“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
No doubt you are familiar with these lines of Robert Frost’s famous poem, The Road Not Taken. But did you know they were the inspiration for the naming of Two Roads Brewing Co., based out of Stratford, CT? Two Roads, which opened at the end of 2012, will be distributing its beer to New York City starting this Tuesday, February 18.
Two Roads is founded by Brad Hittle (former Chief Marketing Officer at Pabst who also worked in marketing at Rolling Rock), Clement Pellani (who has a brewing degree from Siebel and has worked at Labatt USA, the New England Brewing Company and Pabst), Peter Doering and Phil Markowski (former brewmaster at Long Island’s Southampton Publick House).
The friends started Two Roads to serve two purposes: to brew its own brand of beer, and to contract brew for other breweries. Evil Twin, Terrapin and Stillwater Artisanal Ales are just some of the contract brewing clients.
Located a short car ride from the Stratford Metro North Station (about a 1.5 hour trip from Grand Central Station) Two Roads Brewing Co. is an enormous brewery. It has a brewing capacity of 100 barrels per brew and is equipped to do five brews a day.
Their strong lineup of brews is marked by flavor and drinkability. “We pay close attention to and are respectful of traditional beer styles, but put a Two Roads spin on things,” says Brewmaster Markowski about his beers. An example of this “Two Roads spin” is the Ol’Factory Pils, an excellent version of the style which is dry hopped for a subtle twist. The delicious, citrusy Workers Comp Saison is brewed with an American yeast strain and no spices, unlike other saisons.
Two Roads will launch in NYC with a celebration at Blind Tiger Ale House in Greenwich Village on Wednesday, February 19, starting at 2 p.m.
Three of the founders of Two Roads (l-r) Clement Pellani, Brad Hittle and Phil Markowski
Lineup of beers at the brewery taproom