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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: Farmhouse

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.Even though it's hard to admit, summer is on its way out. Within another few weeks, temperatures will dip, the air will get crisp, and we will soon find ourselves bundling up and running to the comfort of the closest hearty stout or porter. It's with this idea that I thought, "What beer style do I love, is currently popular, and transcends seasonal…See More
Aug 21
Dave Peichert liked Brien Stephen's blog post Eli Cannon's Holds Its Biggest Beefest to Date
Aug 19
Brien Stephen posted a blog post

Eli Cannon's Holds Its Biggest Beefest to Date

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.Last Monday Eli Cannon's held its 6th annual beerfest to a crowd that was the biggest one yet! This fest has been growing slowly but surely over its lifetime, and it was no different this year. Featuring five food trucks, over 70 different breweries, and 600 of the happiest, friendliest fest-goers you've ever…See More
Aug 11
Brien Stephen posted a blog post

Stony Creek Celebrates Summer and Sun Juice in Sizziling Louisiana Style

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.This past Sunday (the 26th) Stony Creek Brewery held their first Sun Juice Crawfish Boil on the River. Featuring a delicious crawfish boil put on by Clambakes of Connecticut, funky Louisiana-inspired jazz music played by the …See More
Jul 29
Brien Stephen posted a blog post

Summer Beer Roundup 2015: Part 1

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.Now that summer is in full effect, it's time to start thinking about what beers we want to bring to the beach, drink after mowing the lawn, and enjoy at those hot summer picnics. For part 1, I bring you three beers that are both on tap at Eli Cannon's Tap Room and readily available at any decent package store near…See More
Jul 13
Brien Stephen posted a blog post

Two Great Summertime Beerfests Coming Soon

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.Tis the season of warm weather, cool beers, and (of course) awesome outdoor beerfests! Though there already have been a stellar selection of fests this year, there are still many more fests coming along. Today I'm going to take a look at two upcoming beerfests that should go along way to make your summer a bit more exciting!  …See More
Jul 6
Brien Stephen posted a blog post

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
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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
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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

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Beer Style Guide: Farmhouse

Posted on August 20, 2015 at 11:36am 0 Comments

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.

Even though it's hard to admit, summer is on its way out. Within another few weeks, temperatures will dip, the air will get crisp, and we will soon find ourselves bundling up and running to the…

Continue

Eli Cannon's Holds Its Biggest Beefest to Date

Posted on August 11, 2015 at 12:58pm 0 Comments

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.

Last Monday Eli Cannon's held its 6th annual beerfest to a crowd that was the biggest one yet! This fest has been growing slowly but surely over its…

Continue

Stony Creek Celebrates Summer and Sun Juice in Sizziling Louisiana Style

Posted on July 28, 2015 at 7:32pm 0 Comments

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.

This past Sunday (the 26th) Stony Creek Brewery held their first Sun Juice Crawfish Boil on the River. Featuring a delicious crawfish boil put on…

Continue

Summer Beer Roundup 2015: Part 1

Posted on July 12, 2015 at 1:26pm 0 Comments

Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.

Now that summer is in…

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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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