New Brews. Old Dogs. Blue Oar. – Haddam, CT

…and so the adventure continues.   We literally drove down the street and landed in HADDAM, CT.

Welcome to Haddam!
Welcome to Haddam!

STOP #1 – STEADY HABIT BREWING COMPANY – 95 BRIDGE ROAD (IN BACK OF TONY’s PACKAGE STORE)

http://steadyhabitbrewing.com/main/

Our first stop in Haddam was one that Brian was pretty excited about.   Steady Habit Brewing Company resides in a unassuming warehouse in the back of a building that holds the local grocery and package store.    You almost wouldn’t know where to enter if it wasn’t for the big Steady Habit sign (which I guess does let you know exactly where to enter…anyway).   Steady Habit has been in this location for 6 months and it was great to get to talk to the head salesman as the brewmaster stood by the kegs and filled up patron’s growlers.   On tap was SESSION RYE, SHORTY SAISON, GEEK NIP IPA and A HOP AND A DREAM DOUBLE IPA.   As an IPA family, Brian and his Dad were excited to try the IPA’s and while they were very good, they opted to walk away with a growler of SHORTY SAISON (which wouldn’t last the car ride home!).  Great new brewery and excited to check out what else they come out with.  This is a definite highlight of Haddam!

Steady Habit Brewery
Steady Habit Brewing Company
Tasting Room at Steady Habit
Tasting Room at Steady Habit
Kegs
Kegs
Inside Steady Habit
Inside Steady Habit
Sampling the goods!
Sampling the goods!

STOP #2 –   PILOT HOUSE – 1364 SAYBROOK ROAD 

This is the kind of place we love to find.   PILOT HOUSE has been serving up hot dogs, burgers and their home made relish for over 70 years!   The ladies (Kelley and Brian’s Mom) passed on eating since we had already done so much during the day (and with more to come).   Brian and his Dad looked at Pilot House as an appetizer if you will.   And there’s no better appetizer than a CHILI CHEESE DOG and A BACON DOG.    Pilot House uses Hummel Bros. hot dogs (made out of New Haven) and are delicious!   The buttery bun made these a perfect summer pre-meal…well…meal.    Two folks behind the counter were super friendly and made for great conversation over the smell of dogs on the grill.

Triple P chatting it up with the friendly staff of The Pilot House
Triple P chatting it up with the friendly staff of The Pilot House
Friendly staff at Pilot House preparing the dogs
Friendly staff at Pilot House preparing the dogs
Pilot House
Pilot House
Bacon-wrapped Hot Dog
Bacon-wrapped Hot Dog

Wait, now its time to eat dinner!?!   We did a little driving around before dinner (and to let the dogs settle) and this is where we came across the BLUE SIGN!   Out of the all the blue signs, this one was not near anything town-related.   It was on a green so that formula sticks and there was a very old cemetery across the street.   Triple P noticed it first which makes him tied with Brian and Kelley atop the Blue Sign leader board.  (KELLEY 2, BRIAN 2, TRIPLE P 2, MOM 1)

Haddam's Blue Sign
Haddam’s Blue Sign
Blue Sign #2 of the Day
Blue Sign #2 of the Day

FINAL STOP – THE BLUE OAR – 16 SNYDER ROAD

http://blueoarct.wix.com/ctrestaurants

The final stop of the night is a popular destination for the Pelle’s, THE BLUE OAR.    It’s a great seafood joint where you sit outside right on the Connecticut River, bring your own wine or beer and enjoy the summer days winding down…unless its absolutely pouring out and you have to run from your table to the car to take cover.    Thankfully the rain was more of a Florida-rain where it poured for about 20 mins and then the sky cleared as if nothing ever happened.    We finally took our table back, cracked open a bottle of wine and the Steady Habit growler we bought earlier.   Needless to say, the growler didn’t last long.   Highlights (as seen below) are the SCALLOPS AND BACON HASH, BBQ SHRIMP and somehow we found room for CHOCOLATE DECADENCE CAKE.   It should be noted that Brian’s closet friend from college, Doug (remember him from Cromwell?), his wife and baby Jake met us out.   So we blame the cake eating on Jake.    Ok, he had no cake but we wanted to at least order in case he wanted some.  (It was decadent by the way, which makes sense given the name.   Decadent).  We had picked the perfect time to hit up this outdoor eatery because there was a pretty good line forming to grab a table.   Perfect end to a great day of Haddam (East and Regular) adventuring!

The Blue Oar on the Connecticut River
The Blue Oar on the Connecticut River
Our BYOB was a Steady Habit growler of Saison
Our BYOB was a Steady Habit growler of Saison
BBQ Shrimp
BBQ Shrimp
Scallops with Bacon Hash
Scallops with Bacon Hash
Chocolate Decadence Cake
Chocolate Decadence Cake
The line to be seated as we were leaving
The line to be seated as we were leaving
Haddam, CT
Haddam, CT

#eatdrinkbepelle is off to Westbrook, CT next and although this may not be a full report, we’ll post none-the-less!

Until then, Happy Connecticut-ing!

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