Breakaway Brew Haus

It’s no secret that I love entrepreneurial businesses. I also love good beer. Beer and business make a great combination. Tonight, my son and I finally got a chance to visit our local neighborhood craft brewery…on our bicycles.

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The aptly named Breakaway Brew Haus, is the brainchild of our neighbor, Matt Soucy. Matt is a longtime friend from both the cycling and manufacturing communities. Years ago, he worked (for a brief time) with me at Horst Engineering, and that was after years as a machining industry supplier.

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His history of working in and around small businesses has certainly helped with the launch of his new business in our hometown of Bolton, Connecticut. I have to say that it’s pretty cool to have a microbrewery 1/4 mile from our house. I can get there in four minutes by bicycle, via the Hop River State Park Trail, and I only have to travel on a paved road (Steeles Crossing) for 500 feet. That’s local!

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You know the beer is fresh when the proprietor (in his socks), labels your bottles, pours your beer, and caps your bottles, right before your eyes. For now, Matt is operating (by permit) from his garage, but by judging the taste of his recipe, and my knowledge of his entrepreneurial spirit, he is going to grow into bigger digs, and that will require a move out of his house.

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He launched three weeks ago and has sold out every week. Last week, he remained closed on his retail days (Friday and Saturday) so that he could increase capacity. So, I seized the opportunity tonight to ride over just before his 6:00 P.M. closing, and nab his last two (literally) bottles of beer. My choice was:

  • Wandering Fool #2
    • “New England” style IPA (DIPA, 9.0%).
    • His marketing materials (a simple weekly email) describe this IPA as having a “rich malt profile, beautiful golden color with a deep hop aroma.”

This is one of three standard beers on tap. The other two are:

  • Bonfire Stout #1
    • Oatmeal Stout with South American Cocoa and Coffee (DIPA, 6.7%)
    • A very easy Stout with well-balanced subtle rich Cocoa and Coffee notes
  • Face Plant Ale #1
    • “New England” style IPA (DIPA, 8.0%)
    • Delicious light malt profile, light hazy color with layers of hop aroma

I’ll champion any local business, but especially one in my hometown, led by an entrepreneur who I’ve worked with in the past. His wife, Cindy, helps out too, so this qualifies as a family business; and that makes me an even bigger fan. I told Matt that I hope he outgrows his garage, but that he also finds a good commercial building in town so that we can keep him on the local tax rolls.

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If you tried clicking the link to his website, you know that it isn’t live yet. If you are finding this post weeks, months, or years after I wrote it, then the site is likely up and running and Matt is either a beer mogul, or he sold to one of the giants for bazillions. Sophisticated marketing isn’t needed when demand outstrips supply. A simple email and word of mouth have led to three weeks of sell outs. He has to keep building capacity if he is going to scale production.

The Journal Inquirer covered his story the week of his opening. That press alone contributed to the early buzz about his beer. For now, I’m content to be able to ride from my house to his. I’ll have to ride longer if I expect to burn off the calories gained from a 750ml BBH branded bottle. Given the name “Breakaway,” I’ll count on this brew being a cycling performance enhancer.

1 Response to “Breakaway Brew Haus”


  1. 1 Michael Lavorgna 16 May 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Hi, is there a way to find out the hours for the brewery? Great article! Not too much out there yet about this place


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