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Balbilla

Balbilla is our German Kölsch-style Ale. Crafted with German malted barley and wheat, a blend of classic and new German hops, and our favorite kölsch yeast, it is crisp, dry, and refreshing. Lagered for many weeks and naturally carbonated, we taste notes of candied lemon, blackberry, freshly baked bread, and crackers. It is named after Julia Balbilla (72 – after 130 CE), who was a Greco-Roman noblewoman and famous poet. She accompanied the emperor Hadrian on his tour of Egypt and several of her epigrams, which survive today, were inscribed on the Colossi of Memnon.

Brutus

Brutus is our flagship India Pale Ale. Crafted with American malted barley, specialty German malts, a touch of flaked oats, and our house ale yeast, it is refreshing, juicy, and soft. Hopped generously with Citra®, Simcoe®, and Mosaic®, we taste notes of orange sorbet, bubblegum, apricot, overripe mango, and candied lemon. It is named after Lucius Junius Brutus (6th century BCE), who was a famous founder of the Roman Republic after the expulsion of the last Roman king, Tarquinius Superbus.

Catullus: Chinook

Catullus is our rotating single hop series of IPAs. In each variation, we use the same malt bill but change the hop variety. This iteration was brewed exclusively with Chinook hops from Smokedown Farm Hops in Sharon, CT. Crafted with American and German malted barley, white wheat, and our house ale yeast, this ale is soft, juicy, and incredibly complex. We taste notes of pineapple, overripe mango, candied orange, and a slight pine finish. It is named after Catullus (84 - 53 BCE), who was a famous poet of the Roman Republic. He influenced other famous Roman poets such as Ovid and Virgil, and his collection of poems continue to influence writers, poets, and artists to this day.

Cleopatra

Cleopatra is an India Pale Ale celebrating New Zealand hops. Crafted with American malted barley and white wheat, specialty German malts, and our house ale yeast, it is juicy, delicate, and soft. It was hopped generously with a blend of four New Zealand hops, including Nelson Sauvin™ and Riwaka™. We taste notes of gummy bears, papaya, peach, and pineapple. It is named after Cleopatra (69 – 30 BCE), who was the last queen of Ptolemaic Egypt and only Ptolemaic queen to learn Egyptian. She is also known for her relationships with Julius Caesar and Marcus Antonius.

Hydna

Crafted with 100% Bohemian floor-malted pilsner malt, a blend of classic noble hops, and our house lager yeast blend. Double-decocted, naturally carbonated, and lagered for over eight weeks. Notes of candied lemon, honey, freshly baked bread, and crackers. Named after Hydna (lived around 480 BCE), who was an Ancient Greek swimmer. She is known for swimming over ten miles in order to sabotage the Persian fleet during the Persian invasion of Greece.

Julia the Elder

Julia the Elder is our Italian-style Pilsner. Crafted with Italian malted barley, specialty German malt, a blend of German noble hops, and our house lager yeast blend, this lager is soft, complex, and bright. In the style of Italian pilsner, we dry hopped it gently with Hallertau Blanc hops from Germany. Single-decocted, naturally carbonated, and lagered for over eight weeks, we taste notes of Sauvignon blanc grapes, gooseberry, candied orange peel, and a light floral finish. It is named after Julia the Elder (39 BCE – 14 CE), who was the only daughter and biological child of the first Roman emperor, Augustus. While she is primarily known for being exiled by Augustus due to her promiscuous behavior, she was beloved by the people of Rome. She was witty, intelligent, and enjoyed reading and writing poetry.

Plotina: Nelson

Plotina is our rotating single-hop American Blonde Ale. For this version, we hopped it with Nelson Sauvin™ hops from Freestyle Hops in New Zealand. Crafted with German malted barley, American malted wheat, specialty British malt, and our house ale yeast, this ale is soft, complex, and incredibly drinkable. We taste notes of white wine, gummy bears, guava, passionfruit, and a light pine finish. It is named after Pompeia Plotina (died around 121/22 CE), who was the wife of the Roman emperor Trajan. She was awarded the highest title for a woman in Rome, "Augusta", due to her virtue, morality, and dignity. She was also interested in philosophy, particularly Epicureanism.

Sappho

Crafted with German pilsner malt, a blend of classic and new German hops, and our house lager yeast blend. Single-decocted and naturally carbonated. Notes of bread, crackers, candied lemon, and melon. Named after Sappho (~615 – 570 BCE), who was one of the most renowned ancient poets. She was even regarded as the tenth muse!

Vespasianus

Vespasianus is our Pale Lager which celebrates Connecticut ingredients. Crafted with malted barley and flaked corn from our friends at Thrall Family Malt in Windsor, CT, Cascade hops from our friends at Smokedown Farm Hops in Sharon, CT, and our house lager yeast blend, this lager is crisp, soft, and refreshing. Single decocted, naturally carbonated, and lagered for over eight weeks, we taste notes of candied lemon peel, crackers, grapefruit, and a light floral finish. It is named after Vespasianus (9 - 79 CE), who was a Roman Emperor and the founder of the Flavian dynasty. He was the first emperor from the equestrian class and gained prestige through his military success. He is known for starting the construction of the Flavian Amphitheater, which is known today as the Colosseum!

Vitellius

Crafted with German malted barley, specialty German malt, Hallertau Mittelfrüh hops, and our house kölsch yeast blend. Step-mashed, naturally carbonated, and lagered for six weeks. Notes of honey, spice, candied lemon peel, breadcrust, and caramel. It is named after Vitellius (15 – 69 CE), who was a Roman emperor during the year of the four emperors, which was a period of civil war during the Roman empire. During his short reign, Vitellius was known for his gluttony, and a recipe for stewed peas, known as Vitellian peas, has survived to this day!

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Caligula

Caligula is one of our Wheat Cerealia™ Ales. Crafted with malted winter white wheat, Cascade hops from Smokedown Farm Hops in Sharon, CT, and our house mixed culture, it is soft, complex, and tart. Triple decocted and naturally carbonated, we taste notes of pear, blackberry, lemon/lime zest, sourdough bread, and cookie dough. It is named after Caligula (12 – 41 CE), who was Rome’s third emperor and known for his reign of tyranny. While hated by the senate, he was loved by the people of Rome due to the many public games he put on.

Seneca the Younger

Seneca the Younger is one of our Wheat Farmhouse Ales. We crafted it with 75% German malted wheat, 25% German malted barley, a touch of Tahoma hops from Smokedown Farm Hops in Sharon, CT, and our house mixed culture. Following a complex step mash schedule, we fermented and conditioned this ale in one of our American white oak foeders. After many months of conditioning in oak, it was bottled and naturally carbonated within the bottle over the course of several weeks. The beer that emerged is soft, delicate, and complex. We taste notes of candied lemon peel, blood orange, blackberry, and guava. It is named after Seneca the Younger (4 BCE – 65 CE), who was a Stoic philosopher, statesman, and playwright during the Roman Empire. His suicide under the order of Emperor Nero has been held as an example of calm in the face of adversity.

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