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January 2011 Blog Posts (17)

Real ale real fun

The 11th Annual Connecticut Real Ale Festival held on January 30th at the BruRoom in New Haven was a great event for Connecticut’s craft beer culture.


The festival brought together the who’s who of local craft beer, along with a wide…


Added by Bryon Turner on January 31, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

New England Brewing Co., Imperial Stout Trooper Cask with Vanilla Beans and Cherry Puree

New England Brewing Co.

Grade: A-


Finding Imperial Stout Trooper is a bit like trying to find a four leaf clover. It is an extremely limited release, and possibly one of the most sought after beers on the east coast, and for good reason. It’s a very…


Added by Mike R Lynch on January 31, 2011 at 7:36pm — No Comments

Front Page News!

Today's front page of the Hartford Courant features the Thomas Hooker Brewing Company's expansion!



Also, look for the upcoming issue of the Yankee Brew News! Jaime Magee came down and checked out the changes we're making. He wrote a great article on our…


Added by Thomas Hooker Brewing Company on January 31, 2011 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Cavalry Brewing Co., Hatch Plug

Cavalry Brewing Co.

Grade: A

Cavalry is Connecticut's newest brewery, joining the likes of Hooker Brewing and the large number of brewpubs in the state. Mike McCreary is the owner and brewer, and decided to…


Added by Mike R Lynch on January 30, 2011 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

Celebrations Through the Years

(Cross posted from Burgers and Brews)

Well, with the year coming to a close and everyone posting about the special beers they popped on New Years, I figured I'd throw my hat into the ring. While I didn't have anything insanely rare (well, there…


Added by Mike R Lynch on January 30, 2011 at 11:13am — 2 Comments

The 6th Ever Not-So-Snooty Beer, Cheese and Wine Tasting Adventure

Beer, wine and beer and wine; but more importantly beer and wine.


I think that sums it up. The 6th Ever Not-So-Snooty Beer, Wine and Cheese Tasting…


Added by joshua.a.mead on January 26, 2011 at 7:45pm — No Comments

Brewery Expansion

Our 4000sq ft expansion is underway! Eight new tanks will be added as well as a new bottling line to increase capacity. Construction on a new tasting room and visitors center is already underway. Completion scheduled for early spring!

Added by Thomas Hooker Brewing Company on January 25, 2011 at 9:44am — 1 Comment

Willimantic Brewing Company joins the CT Beer Trail!

I'm happy to announce the addition of the Willimantic Brewing Company to our growing list of great CT craft beer producers.  WilliBrew is an outstanding brew pub in down town Willimantic housed in an abandoned granite and…


Added by Bryon Turner on January 22, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

State officials propose support for CT beer trail

State officials have proposed a bill to the General Assembly establishing state support for the development of the CT Beer Trail earlier this week.


Sen. Andrew M. Maynard, 18th Dist. Proposed Bill No. 464 was introduced by…


Added by Bryon Turner on January 21, 2011 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Times are good for Connecticut's beer industry

With five active craft beer breweries and at least four others in the development phase, there’s a growing buzz of excitement in Connecticut’s local craft beer community.


From Connecticut’s oldest brewery, Cottrell Brewing Co., to its newest craft beer producer,…


Added by Bryon Turner on January 21, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

All active CT Breweries are now on the CT Beer Trail

CT Beer Trail is proud to announce every active brewery within the state is now on board!  


Today Chris Kepple from Cottrell Brewing Co. contacted us and agreed to take part in this endeavor to promote Connecticut craft beer.  Chris is very active in local politics when it comes to support of the craft beer industry in Connecticut and has also agreed to keep us in the know on all of his related efforts.  When…


Added by Bryon Turner on January 18, 2011 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

The Story Continues....

We've spent years visiting pubs, brew pubs and other establishments. Some Awesome and some Awful! But we got to know a good thing when we saw it. While searching for an industrial business to satisfy my entrepreneurial spirit, I stumbled upon a troubled Brew Pub for sale less than an hour away from home.

Can you believe it! Less than an hour away. Well after my initial inquiries were rebuked by a disinterested broker, the place went under contract. Too my amazement it went back on the… Continue

Added by Cambridge House Brew Pub on January 18, 2011 at 8:24pm — No Comments

Calling all CT Beer Bloggers!

We've just started a new group here at the CT Beer Trail just for local CT Beer Bloggers.  If you like to blog about beer, especially Connecticut beer, then we'd like to help you get more readers.  Consider joining our new CT Beer Blogger's group here:  …


Added by Bryon Turner on January 16, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

SBC and City Steam Join the CT Beer Trail!

Friday was a great day. I first had the pleasure of meeting up with Bill DaSilva and the gang from SBC Restaurant & Brewery, a great bunch of guys. After a brief demo of the CT Beer Trail site, I enjoyed a pint of SBC's ESB, delicious! They also showed off a rare contraption used for filling growlers. Apparently they picked this thing up in Russia, there's only two in the area and they own them both.  Be sure…


Added by Bryon Turner on January 15, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

CT Beer Trail welcomes Cambridge House Brew Pub and Cavalry Brewing

Today the CT Beer Trail grew by two!  We're proud to announce the addition of Cambridge House Brew Pub (in East Granby) and Cavalry Brewing (in Oxford).  If you haven't had the pleasure of tasting their beer, make plans this weekend to check them out!


Our official list of CT Beer Trail locations now includes (in order of their joining):…


Added by Bryon Turner on January 11, 2011 at 7:59pm — No Comments

CT Beer Trail Welcomes Brew and Wine Hobby

We're proud to welcome the first home brew supply shop (brew-wine.com) to the CT Beer Trail!  They'll be establishing their presence on the CT Beer Trail site in the days to come.


We expect to have a number of other additions to the trail in the days to come in the wake of a few very positive meetings and discussions with other breweries and brew pubs from across the state, so stay tuned!


Note: Some of…


Added by Bryon Turner on January 5, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

CT Beer Trail Blazing...

If you're reading this you're an early adopter of the CTBeerTrail.net project.  This site is still in its beta testing and setup phase and our first group breweries are just getting on board.  Most of the content you see on the site are demo profiles to give the local breweries a sneak peek on what they'll be able to do here.


Right now we have three of CT's five breweries signed up, including Thomas Hooker, Olde Burnside and New England Brewing.  We're also in contact with…


Added by Bryon Turner on January 1, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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