By Renato Ghio
After a long day at the office, there is nothing better than being able to walk around the corner and grab a good beer. In downtown Danbury, Two Steps is the only spot with a solid beer selection on tap. Don’t get us wrong, we love to go out to all the different kinds of restaurants around CityCenter; but, when we want a beer, a good beer, Two Steps is the place.
Over the last few years, Two Steps has definitely upped its beer selection. The credit goes to Samantha Bengtson, who got things rolling, and when she left to move down South, Tyler Munzenmayer took up the job. A self-proclaimed beer geek, Tyler said he loves that owner Tom Devine lets him play around with the choices. “I love that we have the freedom to branch out,” he said.
With 12 taps, there’s a beer for all kinds of beer drinkers. Sure, they still offer the big commercial beers like Bud, Coors and Shock Top, but you’ll also find craft brands like Stone, Lawson’s, Two Roads and Ithaca. “You don’t need to go commercial to keep people happy,” said Tyler. And, that’s the key, he added; as long as people are happy, he’ll keep the different selections coming.
We decided to have some fun and asked Tyler to name his best beer, least favorite beer and most surprising beer. For the best beer, he quickly answered with Stone Brewing W00t Stout. The biggest surprise, he said, was Jolly Traveler, a winter shandy with spices, orange and pomegranate. “I was really surprised. It was actually really good,” he said. When it came time to name his least favorite, he had to think about it for a while. Finally, he said it would have to be the first sour-style beer he had ever tasted. “I wasn’t prepared for what I was getting into,” he laughed. Now, however, he’s acquired the palate for a beer with some pucker. He gives a thumbs up to two locally made sours, the Captain Lawrence “Gose Before Bros” made just over the border in Westchester County, NY, and to Two Evil, a collaboration beer between Evil Twin and Two Roads out of Stratford, CT.
We love being able to stop in just around the corner for a good beer. Better yet is that we know we can ask Tyler about any of the current choices, because this guy has tried them and he “loves talking beer.”
So, one night after a tough day at the office, head on over to Two Steps for Happy Hour. Grab yourself a good beer, maybe an order of the $5 happy hour lamb chops and say hi to Tyler.