CT Beer Trail

February 2011 Blog Posts (20)

So Your Friends Drink Bad Beer; Comprehending the Cause

There is a great Hunter S. Thompson quote that Flying Dog uses on its pint glasses. Summed up (for the sake of brevity), HST tells us that if you go to a bar and look around, you'll see that bad people drink bad beer and good people drink good beer. As a beer fan (read: elitist) I often think of this quote, and get a good chuckle out of it whenever I survey the masses wallowing away in their "Buds" and "MGDs". Yet this air of faux-superiority is shattered whenever I find myself in a situation… Continue

Added by Brien Stephen on February 28, 2011 at 11:17pm — 6 Comments

Signs of progress for state support of the CT Beer Trail

On February 23rd a fully drafted Bill 464 establishing a Connecticut Beer Trail to promote the manufacturing and sale of Connecticut made beer was referred to the Joint Committee on General Law.

The bill now focuses on amending established regulations regarding the authorized use of signs along the state's roadways to promote local business.  The bill lists types of signs already, "...permitted…


Added by Bryon Turner on February 24, 2011 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

Hop rhizomes

Hop rhizomes will be arriving at Maltose Express in March.

We will have a wide variety to choose from.

Brew your own and now grow your…


Added by Maltose Express on February 23, 2011 at 8:13pm — 5 Comments

The Issue of Greater-Middletown Pubs (Or: Having My Beer and Drinking It Too)

What's a guy have to do to enjoy a pint (or two or . . .) of good craft beer? I suppose before I continue I need to specify the topic of my discussion. I've been to a ton of bars/pubs/taverns, from where I used to live in Torrington, down through Colinsville/Avon, and now finally through the Greater-Middletown area. Also I want to specify that I think the folks in Middletown are doing a fine job of always having at least a few craft beers on tap, and in some cases are going above and beyond…


Added by Brien Stephen on February 21, 2011 at 9:30pm — 12 Comments

Connecticut Brewery Passport Challenge?

I know the CT Beer Trail is in its infancy, but a program similar to Vermont's Passport Challenge http://brewersvt.com/passport could be a real draw.  As soon as I discovered this program at the Vermont house at the Big E last year, I knew a trip on the Vermont brewery trail was a must.  Each place I visited commented on how much their breweries and pubs were benefiting from the program.  We met all kinds of people getting their passports stamped… Continue

Added by Joe Fuller on February 20, 2011 at 12:25pm — 12 Comments

Tell your local legislator you support the CT Beer Trail

On February 15th there was a vote to draft for proposed Bill 464, which was introduced to establish a Connecticut Beer Trail, and promote the manufacturing and sale of Connecticut made beer.

A 'vote to draft' essentially means there was a vote to have a proposed bill drafted in full as a committee bill, which is a positive step toward getting the bill passed and gaining state support for the initiative.


You can help!  CT Beer Trail will have more…


Added by Bryon Turner on February 19, 2011 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

Connecticut Beer laws

So I recently found out that Avery (one of my favorites) will be pulling out of Connecticut. I was a bit shocked about this and emailed them about it. The response I got from Avery mentioned the need to cut their losses in CT and put their limited product in other markets that they are doing well in.  The rep also said that "that with modified and more liberal laws I believe the current craft beer landscape in CT would be much improved."

This got me thinking about what exactly are the…


Added by Jason Villani on February 17, 2011 at 8:42pm — 9 Comments

Will CTBeerTrail.net be a Stepping Stone or the Cornerstone for Craft Brewing Social Networking?


I love beer, love the fact that someone ran with an idea I had long ago but never did anything with, and love that this site creates a vehicle for promoting quality craft beers in Connecticut.  I think it is long overdue and I hope it brings more beer drinkers in the state to appreciate our local…


Added by Michael Page on February 16, 2011 at 10:35pm — 14 Comments

Maltose Express joins the CT Beer Trail!

We're proud to announce that Maltose Express has joined the CT Beer Trail!


Maltose Express Home Brew and Winemaking Supply store is located in Monroe, CT and offers a wide array of brewing supplies.  They're also the authors of "…


Added by Bryon Turner on February 16, 2011 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Hatch Plug Ale

I just tried Hatch Plug Ale from Connecticut's newest Cavalry Brewing Co. this past weekend. I found it to be a welcome change from all of the super-hopped ales on the shelves now. Hatch Plug is an unfiltered, mildly hopped ale that puts the emphasis on its malt aroma and flavor. I also want to mention how impressed I was by the generous layer of thick, white foam this beer creates. My pint glass kept a steady stream of tiny bubbles rising to the top and the head never disappated. It reminds…


Added by Jim Cavallari on February 15, 2011 at 7:43am — No Comments

Strange Brew

I've been feeling under the weather for the last few days - something my 4 month old son gave me, I'm sure.  I have been taking some standard cold medicine, but I wondered whether those homeopathic remedies and foods with added health benefits were any help.  I began searching the internet for different remedies people have tried and investigated claims of miraculous recoveries only to find that as expected, there is no "cure" for the common cold.  Each remedy and food source just provided…


Added by Michael Page on February 13, 2011 at 10:33am — 5 Comments

Women (and Men) Who Like the Taste of Beer are MORE Likely to Put Out on the First Date

According to OkCupid Trends analysis:


"Among all our casual topics, whether someone likes the taste of beer is the single best predictor of if he or she has sex on the first date."

Ironically the 2nd most leading predictor question is, "Do you want to take a ride in my…


Added by Erik Pettersen on February 12, 2011 at 9:39pm — No Comments

Win a Ten Penny Sword Growler Photo Contest!

CT Beer Trail and the Olde Burnside Brewing Company are proud to announce the "Win a Ten Penny Sword Growler Photo Contest!"


From now until March 31, 2011, we're asking you to take photos of your Ten Penny growlers in interesting, funny, strange, unique and entertaining places and situations.  The photo with the most "likes" on the site on April 1, 2011 will win and will earn the…


Added by Bryon Turner on February 12, 2011 at 2:00pm — 10 Comments

Whaler Ale

Does anyone know who brews Whaler Ale?  I had it at Nikita's in Middletown, but neither they nor the Hartford Civic Center could tell me where it's brewed. 

Added by Joe Fuller on February 12, 2011 at 12:34pm — 8 Comments

Trail Blazer
Thomas Hooker Munich Style Lager

I had a few pints last night at the Windsor 75 Diner. If you like lager style beer I would give it a try, its light and smooth with a nice malt flavor.

Added by Kevin Mayo on February 12, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Seeking Brewery Sponsor for Art Event April 2

Hi all!


I'm having a large art opening on April 2 in Plantsville, CT and am interested in seeking sponsorship from a local brewery.  If you or someone you'd know may be interested in helping me out while promoting their product at the same time, please let me know.  More info about the show appears below.







Added by Eric Stegmaier on February 11, 2011 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Enjoying a new batch of beer.

I recently brewed a kit from Northern Brewer called "Biere de Table" and the sample I just drank is perfect.  Very simple malt bill, the only hops are first wort, and it uses a limited release yeast.  The belgian yeast loves 70F to 85F so I had to rig up a fermentation heater!  I used a seed starter heat mat that normally gets our garden veggies a jump-start in the spring, and used a spare reptile thermostat to keep the temp around 76F on the outside of the glass carboy.




Added by SoltanGris on February 10, 2011 at 10:34pm — 1 Comment

Trail Blazer
CT Beer Trail is getting some great media coverage!!!

I've been seeing the CT Beer Trail site popping up all over the internet over the last two days!  Here's some examples-





Added by Luke Ryan on February 8, 2011 at 7:54pm — No Comments

Testimony provided on behalf of the Connecticut beer trail

2/8/2011 – CT BEER TRAIL, Hartford, Conn.  – Sen. Andrew M. Maynard, 18th Dist., and Chris Kepple, representing Cotrrell Brewing Company and the Connecticut craft beer community provided testimony today before the state’s General Law Committee during a public hearing on a number of proposed bills including Bill No. 464 which promotes the development of the CT Beer Trail and the manufacturing and sale of Connecticut made beer.


The hearing was held on Tuesday,…


Added by Bryon Turner on February 8, 2011 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Brewers and state legislators develop a Connecticut beer trail

2/7/2011 – CT BEER TRAIL, State Wide, Conn.  – Connecticut’s five breweries and several of the state’s brew pubs and other beer related companies have come together to promote the local craft beer culture through a new social media website which enables beer fans to virtually connect with their favorite beer producers and each other.


The web site’s launch comes at a very interesting time for Connecticut beer as local legislators introduce a new bill, which…


Added by Bryon Turner on February 7, 2011 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

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