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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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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
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
Adam Briggs commented on Brien Stephen's blog post Lawson's Finest Liquids Launches in CT
"It's hilarious how many better Vermont IPA's there are than Heady Topper, which is the world's most overrated beer. Lawsons, Hill Farmstead, and Fiddlehead all make much better IPA's. Heady Topper being the number one rated beer…"
Feb 1
Brien Stephen posted a blog post

Why Not Go Out? 5 Reasons to Brave the Cold for a Beer

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.Now that winter's fully set in, it's all too easy to sit back, crack out the thick, malty winter seasonals (which are my favorite), and hibernate. But I'm here to encourage you to embrace the bone-chilling New England weather, brave the cold, and try to leave the house every once in awhile. In fact: I'll give you five good reasons why you…See More
Jan 23
Brien Stephen's blog post was featured

Why Not Go Out? 5 Reasons to Brave the Cold for a Beer

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.Now that winter's fully set in, it's all too easy to sit back, crack out the thick, malty winter seasonals (which are my favorite), and hibernate. But I'm here to encourage you to embrace the bone-chilling New England weather, brave the cold, and try to leave the house every once in awhile. In fact: I'll give you five good reasons why you…See More
Jan 23
Brien Stephen posted a blog post

Bikes & Beer: Winter Edition

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.This past Thursday, I heard about a "mini beer-fest" kicking off at Pedal Power in Middletown, CT. Intrigued, I tagged along with Bryon Turner (of the CT Beer Trail), poured some beer, and got the scoop on the Bikes and Beers: Winter Edition Beer Fest. There were three breweries…See More
Jan 22
Brien Stephen posted a blog post

Super Snooty Beer Reviews: Narragansett Lager

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.As I track my beer blog, I realize that I've blogged about Narragansett beer probably more than any other beer. As such, I've decided to give the Rhode Island beer my…See More
Jan 14
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Lawson's Finest Liquids Launches in CT

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.The other day I the opportunity to head over to Eli Cannon's Tap Room and check out the CT launch (or expansion) of a small Vermont brand called Lawson's Finest Liquids. Little did I know that by the end of the night I'd have drank one of the best IPA's I've ever…See More
Jan 3
Greg Johnston commented on Brien Stephen's blog post Beer Rant: How Pumpkin is Your Pumpkin?
"I'm late to the party, but I did have the First Annual "Pumpkin Fest" in the backyard. 17 different pumpkin beers enjoyed by 25 or so friends around the fire pit. I have to say that the Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin was awesome. Of…"
Dec 4, 2014
Brien Stephen posted a blog post

Tasting Notes: Two Winter Beers From Harpoon

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.Harpoon Brewing Co. was fully represented at Eli Cannons recently with almost a dozen tap lines running brew. I took it on myself to try a couple, and come up with two winter seasonals that you guys should definitely try!  …See More
Dec 1, 2014
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Nov 21, 2014

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Brewery Snapshot: Left Hand Brewery

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 8:21pm 0 Comments

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…

Continue

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

Posted on March 8, 2015 at 4:35pm 0 Comments

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…

Continue

Tasting Notes: Two Big Malty Beers from Dogfish Head

Posted on February 21, 2015 at 2:03pm 0 Comments

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 …

Continue

Tasting Notes: Narragansett's Lovecraft Honey Ale

Posted on February 9, 2015 at 9:55am 0 Comments

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…

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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