Whenever I've driven down Roosevelt Drive in Derby, I wonder (out loud, and often, according to Jason) why none of the seemingly abandoned buildings have been turned into breweries yet. Well, the folks behind BAD SONS Beer Co. must have heard me because they turned one of those buildings into a brewery and tap room that opened to the public last week.
The brewery is housed on the site of a former metal supplier, Manger Die Casting Co. It's conveniently situated between Oxford breweries like Black Hog and Two Roads down in Stratford, adding to Connecticut's hoppin' beer trail.
Owners Bill and Mark DaSilva – who also happen to be founders of SBC Restaurant & Brewery in Milford – were raised in the Valley (Shelton specifically) and return to their roots with BAD SONS. Their respect for the Valley runs deeps – BAD SONS is an acronym for the seven towns that make up the region: Beacon Falls, Ansonia, Derby, Shelton, Oxford, Naugatuck and Seymour. Clever!
Enough history – onto the beer and the vibes.
It's a really cool space. They did an awesome job incorporating old factory stuff into the decor.
How cool is the light sticking up from the bar?
I'm in love with the tap. Just look at how majestic it is.
It's a large space with beautiful exposed brick walls. The brewing operations happen in plain sight.
And finally, there's this outdoor space that you know you and your friends will be hanging out at all summer. There's corn hole, giant Jenga and a big fire pit.
After giving the place a once around, we worked on our flights. I'm not a hop-forward person (tragic, I know) so Lupefied and Doobage didn't appeal to me (bottom row). I did like the Conn Ale, a mild and drinkable East Coast Pale Ale, and the Skip Daze, an American Weissbeir (top left and right, respectively).
The Skip Daze was light, with a burst of citrus as you sipped. BAD SONS was out of their session IPA, Flight Risk, but I think I would have enjoyed that (as I love most of DuVig's session beers!)
I settled on a pint of Conn Ale and knocked it back at the fire pit.
I'm looking forward to trying more of BAD SONS beers as they're brewed, and spending many summer nights around the fire pit.
Have you been to BAD SONS Beer Co. yet? What did you think?