#28 Liberator Doppelbock: Thomas Hooker Brewing Company, Bloomfield, Connecticut
State: In-between the Tri-State area and the greater Boston metropolitan area, Connecticut is a hotbed for wealthy suburbanites and the people who serve them. The nutmeg state combines one of the highest per capita incomes with one of the greatest income disparities in the country. It also boasts one of the nation's premier country club cultures. But Connecticut's also given us proles such delightful distractions like hamburgers, lollipops, ESPN and WWF.
Brewery: Named after the founder of Connecticut, Thomas Hooker Brewing Company grew out of the brewing arm of the Trout Brook Brew Pub in 2003. The brewery has since quadrupled in brewing capacity and produced numerous award-winning beers.
Beer: Thomas Hooker's Liberator Doppelbock is an impressive beer. And I'm not just talking about the name. It currently boasts a 99/100 rating on RateBeer.com and a 94/100 on BeerAdvocate.
Difficulty of Obtaining in Oregon: Hard. Thomas Hooker does not distribute west of Eastern Pennsylvania and it is difficult to find a store that carries it and can ship it to Oregon.
Rating: 62.3. (The tie-breaking battle between New York's beaver and the sperm whale off the coast of Connecticut was over before it even started.)
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