A spare hour and a need for a feed saw me wandering around Newton Corner looking for a big screen with the AL Wild Card game between the Yanks and Astros. I noticed Hopsters as the taxi drove by earlier in the evening. Big bright windows facing the street corner.
I paid about $6.50 a U.S. pint regardless of the style - but it's a city... and there's hops in the name of the place. I had an Endless Vacation with my excellent burger as well as their hefe when I first came in. Both were fine slightly sweetish hop recessive takes, the first coming in at just 4%, an easily drainable maybe Belgian inspired maybe single. [You gotta be careful labelling things these days. Style guide writers are everywhere.] The Newton Corner Porter offered much more. Creamy date, grainy even burlap textured dark sweetish pear juice. A dry cinnamon bark seam. Slight stale milk tang in the long dry fruit finish. A lush 7%. I'd really like this one in a pewter pot. Didn't have mine on me.
The oddest thing is how the brewing kit is out in the open with ten small kettles all in a row sitting to one side of the seating area. But what I didn't realize that it's also a U-Brew operation, a good idea that I am not sure I've heard of before. They also sell other local craft beer and run a retail bottle shop at another location. Good. Dispersed revenue streams are usually a smart move.
Last impressions. A lively attractive bar with room for maybe 60. Designed in the contemporary craft style, with lots of grainy wood and shining metal. Seven happy shouty conversations overwhelming the music, a mixed crowd most not following the baseball game, most in for the food as well as the beer. Yankees lost without much of a fight. All's well with the world. Try the porter.