SOUTHINGTON – Few things go better together than pizza and beer.
At the Kinsman Brewing Co., hungry and thirsty patrons can get the best of both worlds.
The Canal Street brewery recently opened Sauced, an onsite kitchen/restaurant that offers specialty and make-your-own pizzas in which customers choose their own toppings. There is even a gluten free crust option.
“There are lot of craft breweries in Connecticut,” said Nick LeFort, Kinsmen’s brand foreman. “We want to be a craft beer experience. We want people to come in here and not only get a beer, but bring their family, friends and neighbors and hang out for a while.”
The brewery initially brought in food trucks, but the owners decided there was more than enough room for a kitchen inside the building, formerly known as the Clark Brothers Bolt Co.
“The pizza is off the chain,” LeFort added. “We have craft beer and we have craft pizza. The reception has been great. You’re going to come in here and get a really high-end pizza. Craft beer is fun, so we want to make sure people are having fun.”
The 12-inch pizzas (eight slices) range from $11-$14 and may taste familiar to local pizza aficionados. The owners of Domenic's & Vinnie's Pizza, with locations in Southington, Waterbury and Middlebury, are in charge of the brewery’s 1,500-square-foot kitchen. Their motto: Get Sauced at Kinsmen Brewing.
Domenic's & Vinnie's owners Mike Annenberg, Rick Trocchi and Vin Crudele were more than happy to belly up to the bar at Kinsman.
“It’s certainly outside the box,” Annenberg said. “The brewery has got a built-in audience. We thought it would be something interesting. This is our third week. We haven’t done much advertising and we’re doing a couple hundred pizzas a night. It has exceeded our expectations.”
The McGinty pie, with mashed potato, bacon and chives, and the Hot Lips, with hot soppressata and honey, are big sellers, but the menu also includes mainstays such as sausage, mushrooms and pepperoni.
“In the few weeks we’ve been open, we’ve not gotten one complaint,” Annenberg said. “The pizza is selling off the charts. It’s craft pizza.”
Southington’s Kelly Rogers and Michael Gagliardi stopped by Kinsmen on Friday, which was National Pizza Day, to try a four cheese pizza with Kinsmen’s Roast, an American coffee stout.
“This is some of the best pizza around,” Gagliardi said. “We love it.”
“Any food goes good with beer, but this pizza is delicious,” Rogers said.
Kinsmen and Sauced are open Mondays from 5-10 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3-10, Fridays and Saturdays from noon-11 and Sundays from noon-8.
“So far, it’s been an amazing joint venture,” said Greg Caucci, one of the brewery’s owners. “The pizza that they’ve been putting out is spot on with what we wanted. It’s really crafty and simple and good. It just went with our theme at the brewery very well.”