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Cavalry Brewing
  • Oxford, CT
  • United States
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About Cavalry Brewing and Mike McCreary, Owner and Brewer

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Cavalry Brewing beers are brewed using traditional English methods on American equipment to create fresh and flavorful ales and stouts to entice the most discerning palate.

During the Great Recession of 2008 I became a casualty of company consolidation. Forced to redirect my life I decided to use my previous experiences and pursue a completely new avenue for a career path. I always loved beer. After all I am Irish so therefore it is innate. I combined my previous talents as salesperson, business manager with my background in biology, biochemistry and subsequent education in business and brewing beer seemed the logical option. I trained in Sunderland near the Scottish border in the UK and had the opportunity to work with several local breweries while training and establishing my own brewery. Cavalry Brewing came about because I wanted to tell a story about my experiences in the military and about the friends I served with in Iraq. I was on active duty for three years and in the Army reserves for 19 years before Uncle Sam thought it would be nice to send me to Iraq for a well deserved vacation in early 2003. My wife was 5 months pregnant and I was off to work as a Civil Affairs officer in Baghdad. I went over as a Major with some of my best friends. We all made it back alive despite many close calls. Please enjoy my first line of beers as a tribute to them and all soldiers who fight for this country.

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Cavalry Brewing beers are brewed using traditional English methods on American equipment to create fresh and flavorful ales and stouts to entice the most discerning palate. Each product is a balance between the barley and the hops to provide an easy drinking ale or stout.
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Hatch Plug Ale
A classic English ale made with pale malt, crystal malt, Fuggles and East Kent Goldings hops providing fruity aromas.

A happy tanker is a fat tanker and a real fat tanker is a Hatch Plug. This beer is named after a 1st Lieutenant that was traded for six M-16’s to another unit prior to departing for Iraq in early 2003. Hatch Plug went on to run the Baghdad airport and helped establish the telecommunications system in the region. Despite what we did to him he remains a good friend to this day.

Dog Soldier Golden Ale
This fine golden ale while light in color has great malt and hop flavors with citrus aromas.

Dog Soldier covered the eastern Baghdad area of operations and was made famous by a reporter who published his disdain for those running the war. Despite his faux pas his performance was exemplary and he was instrumental in providing water and food to thousands of Iraqi’s in his AO. DSNQ

Nomad Stout
This dry Irish stout is smooth and flavorful with excellent malt and chocolate undertones. 4.5% Alc.

Nomad is a good friend that led a team in eastern Baghdad with a base at the Al Rustimayah war college in southeastern Baghdad. He was the only officer in our group to be wounded and this came from an Iraqi ceiling fan. We promptly shot the fan and transported the wounded soldier to the aid station where he received three stitches.

Big Wally Porter
An excellent example of an English Porter with subtle coffee and chocolate aromas that come through in the flavor.

Big Wally Porter is named after our commander in Iraq during operation Enduring Freedom/OIF 1. He was and still is an excellent leader that was even handed but, at times loud (hence the name). Through his leadership and concern for the soldier we left Iraq with many close calls but, no losses.

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At 8:17pm on February 24, 2011, Bryon Turner said…
Looking forward to trying the Marauder!
At 7:05pm on February 20, 2011, oatmattstout said…
thanks for the mini tour tasting and the 5 growlers myself and my friend chris stopped by for on Wednesday night. They were huge hits on poker night and we have some orders for growlers before next weeks game now.

Opened and finished the Hatchplug today and was real tasty.


...and maybe your next round of logo glasses should be on English Nonic pints as all your beers are English style. Ale just seems to look and taste better in an english pint IMHO. I would pay double for that glass!

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