Jeremy Gobien, owner and brewmaster, prefers Belgian and German styles and he does them well. His Helles and Hef would be welcome at a Bavarian brauhaus, and a couple Saisons that push your tastebuds to their funkier limits (i.e. Key Lime Saison aged in Chardonnay barrels, my top pick). But the tap list at Copper Kettle is decidedly diverse.
No better example than the GABF gold medal winning Mexican Chocolate Stout. This thing is an explosive black ale packed with chili peppers that dance on your tongue without leaving you gasping for water (I’m looking at you Greg Koch), balanced out by the bittersweet chocolate. The combo left me tasting a sweeter molé. I took home a bomber, and my Cinco de Mayo guests loved it for dessert.
Biggest minus was the lack of a flight or taster offering. Lots of stuff I would have wanted to try but my wallet and my ability to walk out with my keys prevented me. Guy serving me was kind enough to offer to give me a taste of anything before committing to a pint, but courtesy dictates that I shouldnt abuse that by trying five beers before buying one. (I was there for the anniversary week, so I don’t know if this is their everyday policy).
Otherwise, Copper Kettle is a comfortable visit whether you’re hanging out on the couches in the taproom or out on the patio with the food truck du jour. Either way, friendly staff are taking good care of you. Locals had the place full, which is always a good sign.