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Brien Stephen
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  • Nathan Day
  • Ryan Cayer
  • Chris Chimento
  • Plan B Burger Bar
  • Tony Leone
  • Eli Cannon's Tap Room
  • Jake Kulinski
  • Jim Hartzell
  • Daniel Oleksiw
  • Cottrell Brewing Co.
  • Olde Burnside Brewing Company
  • Kevin
  • Brew and Wine Hobby
  • joshua.a.mead
  • New England Brewing Co

Brien Stephen's Discussions

Tools of the Trade

Started this discussion. Last reply by KMM Mar 10, 2014. 12 Replies

Now that my tax return has come in and I (amazingly enough) have a little extra money, I'm looking to buy into a decent home-brewing kit. I have the essentials priced out, but I'm wondering what you…Continue

What's Your Favorite Brewery (Out of State)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kate Eber May 9, 2011. 13 Replies

Ok, I could drink Old Burnside, Hooker, Cottrell, and the other locals all day long: theres nothing like good, fresh, local beer. But is there any out-of-state beer that you can just grab, knowing…Continue

 

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Beer Style Guide: The Shandy

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.The shandy is a particular "fruity" style that's been hitting the markets for the past few years, but gaining the most traction within the past summer or so. Popular examples include Leinenkugel Summer Shandy, Curious Traveler Shandy, and (my personal favorite) Narragansett Del's Shandy. Just in time for the early days of summer, I'm going to take a closer look…See More
Jun 24
Brien Stephen posted a blog post

New State Budget Includes Exciting News for CT Beer Fans

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.The recent passing of the new CT state budget may have slipped under most of your radars (as it did mine, at first); however, a closer look of the budget yields an interesting line item: §§ 78-82 — ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR POLICIES, under Subsection Beer Growlers (§§ 78-80)The bill allows restaurant, café, and tavern alcohol permittees to sell at retail…See More
Jun 9
Holly Rozanski liked Brien Stephen's blog post Tasting Notes: Welcome Spring With Two Fresh-Tasting Beers
May 4
Brien Stephen posted a blog post

Current Beer Trends: Nitro

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.Now that the year is a quarter over already, lets take a look at a brewing trend that is blowing up all over the CT beer scene: Nitro. With the advent of Left Hand Brewing Company coming in with their Sawtooth and Milk Stout Nitro, and the label of "nitro" being applied to beers everywhere from the tasting room of …See More
Apr 30
Brien Stephen posted a blog post

Tasting Notes: Welcome Spring With Two Fresh-Tasting Beers

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.For my semi-regular tasting notes this week, I have two beers that do a great job of ushering in spring! Both were tried at my home away from home: Eli Cannon's Tap RoomJack's Abby…See More
Apr 20
Brien Stephen posted a blog post

Local Beer Spotlight: Stony Creek Brewery

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.Driving up to Stony Creek Brewery in Branford, CT, I was first struck with just how jammed packed the parking lot was on this rainy Friday afternoon. Shuffling inside through the cool mist, I was met with a lively, colorful tasting room that was filled wall to wall with cheerful beer drinkers, a crackling fire,…See More
Apr 9
Al Loomer commented on Brien Stephen's blog post Tasting Notes: Two Refreshing Malty Beers to Get You Ready for Spring
"Being a member of the "Malty" fan side of beer, I had chance to also enjoy the BB Brown Ale and concur. I will look for the Polestar as I love the Left Hand series. AL"
Apr 2
Al Loomer liked Brien Stephen's blog post Tasting Notes: Two Refreshing Malty Beers to Get You Ready for Spring
Apr 2
Brien Stephen posted a blog post

Kick Off Spring With Some Killer Homebrew

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.Ok, yeah, I know it really doesn't seem like Spring yet, but hear me out! I've been very lucky to be included in an awesome Middletown event that I think is worth checking out: Brew With a View. For $10 you can get a TON of high quality homebrew with the best view in town, right on the roof…See More
Mar 31
Brien Stephen posted a blog post

Brewery Snapshot: Left Hand Brewery

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.The other week I got a chance to sample some beer from a company new to the Connecticut scene: Left Hand Brewing Company. Though new to CT, Left Hand Brewing Co. has been brewing award winning beer in Colorado since 1993. I had the chance to sit down, have a beer, and discuss the biz with Brian Sweeney, the Eastern Regional Sales Manager when he represented their tasting at Eli…See More
Mar 19
Brien Stephen posted a blog post

Tasting Notes: Two Refreshing Malty Beers to Get You Ready for Spring

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.I've been on a real "fresh, lightly malted" beer kick recently. I think it's a recursive effect of having a mass amount of amazingly heavy, malty beers and super bitter IPA's to celebrate winter. Now that spring is right around the corner (it is . . . right?) I'm warming my tastebuds up to the warmer, lighter tastes of spring, all kissed with…See More
Mar 17
Brien Stephen posted a blog post

Tasting Notes: Two Big Malty Beers from Dogfish Head

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.The snow has been slowly killing me this month, so when I heard that the tasting coming to Eli Cannon's this week was none other than Dogfish Head, I decided to heed my own…See More
Feb 25
Brien Stephen posted a blog post

Tasting Notes: Narragansett's Lovecraft Honey Ale

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.On a snowy night, when the dread waxen moon hung like a rotting cyclopean eye suspended in yawning ether, I found my soul longing for some cold comfort against the onslaught of leering melancholy. Approaching the ice box, I abruptly heard a reedy, tremulous chattering winding its way out from behind the door. Was it some mad piper from across…See More
Feb 9
Tracy S Vonick liked Brien Stephen's blog post Bikes & Beer: Winter Edition
Feb 6
Tracy S Vonick liked Brien Stephen's blog post Why Not Go Out? 5 Reasons to Brave the Cold for a Beer
Feb 6
Jim Coburn commented on Brien Stephen's blog post Lawson's Finest Liquids Launches in CT
"Beer is completely subjective.  What you may feel is an over-rated beer is to the vast majority a stellar DIPA with few peers. I'm not saying you're wrong because there is no "right or wrong", it's just a matter of…"
Feb 1

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Brien Stephen's Blog

Beer Style Guide: The Shandy

Posted on June 24, 2015 at 9:18am 0 Comments

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.

The shandy is a particular "fruity" style that's been hitting the markets for the past few years, but gaining the most traction within the past summer or so. Popular examples include Leinenkugel Summer Shandy, Curious Traveler Shandy, and (my personal…

Continue

New State Budget Includes Exciting News for CT Beer Fans

Posted on June 6, 2015 at 9:19am 0 Comments

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.

The recent passing of the new CT state budget may have slipped under most of your radars (as it did mine, at first); however, a closer look of the budget yields an interesting line item: …

Continue

Current Beer Trends: Nitro

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 8:26pm 0 Comments

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.

Now that the year is a quarter over already, lets take a look at a brewing trend that is blowing up all over the CT beer scene: Nitro. With the advent of Left Hand…

Continue

Tasting Notes: Welcome Spring With Two Fresh-Tasting Beers

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 1:51pm 0 Comments

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.

For my semi-regular tasting notes this week, I have two beers that do a great job of ushering in spring! Both were tried at my home away from home: Eli…

Continue

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At 11:36am on February 22, 2011, Kevin said…
Welcome to the trail! What is the name of your beer blog?
At 8:21am on February 20, 2011, Michael Page said…
Welcome!
At 3:57am on February 20, 2011, Bryon Turner said…
Welcome to the trail Brian!
 
 
 

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