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March 2011 Blog Posts (15)

Spring Time Is Finally Here, But Who's That Chubby Bloke (or Bird) In The Mirror?

Last beer drank: Sierra Nevada Glissade.




             I was happily surprised at the mild hops in this one. Most of the Sierra Nevada I've had in the past have been packed with bold hops. This works well for their pale ale, but I've had mixed…


Added by Brien Stephen on March 31, 2011 at 6:59pm — No Comments

So Your Friends Drink Bad Beer: Part 2

             Last beer drank: Cottrell Mystic Bridge IPA         

            As promised a few weeks ago this post will concern how one can be a good friend to a misguided beer drinker. Obviously some people will simply drink bad beer and be (perceivably) content. However I hate to see my friends suffer the slings and arrows of poor beer choice and so have come up with ideas to help sway my friends back onto the path of wise…


Added by Brien Stephen on March 24, 2011 at 7:05pm — 2 Comments

Thanks for everything guys!!!

Thanks again for the beer making party.  Simply one of the best nights of fun and laughter I have had in years.  Can't wait to do it again!  Rick A.

Added by Rick Amaral on March 23, 2011 at 8:32pm — No Comments

CT beer among the best in New England!

3/24/2011 – CT BEER TRAIL, Conn.  – Twelve Connecticut craft beers were rated among the best in all of New England this week by fans across the nation through the compilation of millions of independent reviews on the highly respected online community at BeerAdvocate.com.


“Lists are generated using a Bayesian estimate that pulls data from millions of user reviews (not hand-picked) and normalizes scores based on the number of reviews for each beer,” explains the…


Added by Bryon Turner on March 23, 2011 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

The Health Benefits of Beer Infographic

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day The Health Benefits of Beer Infographic.


Click here to see the full poster, this is just a "taste"…


Added by Erik Pettersen on March 16, 2011 at 6:42pm — No Comments

Proposed Bill 464 voted on by the General Law Commitee

Proposed Bill 464 has now moved from the General Law Committee to Office of Legislative Research and to the Office of Fiscal Analysis.  All of those who were present for the vote in the General Law Committee voted 'yeah' as you can see here: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/TS/S/2011SB-00464-R00GL-CV34-TS.htm 

Those interested in supporting this effort cam reach…

Added by Bryon Turner on March 16, 2011 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

Green Beer and Cheesy Plastic Hats

Last week's blog addressed recognizing beer abuse in our friends, and this post was supposed to be about how we could "re-educate" our buddies to a healthier drinking palate. That was before I realized that St. Patrick's day was already upon us! It would be an unforgiveable sin for me to be writing a "culture-oriented beer blog" and not touch on St. Patty's Day.

            Now before we get into it, let me say that I always observe St. Patty's to the best of my ability. I will be…


Added by Brien Stephen on March 14, 2011 at 8:32pm — 2 Comments

St. Patrick's Day Beer Special!

St. Patrick's Day Beer Special!  20% off any Festa Brew beer kit. Just email info@corkandbrew.com with the subject line "St Patrick's Day Beer Special" and instructions will follow.  Check out Free Shipping for additional savings. Offer good from 3/9/11 - 3/25/11. 

Added by Cork & Brew on March 9, 2011 at 3:22pm — No Comments

Green beer…revelation or abomination?

With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, I’m wondering how enthusiasts feel about green beer.  Is it a colorful commemoration of the Irish in all of us, or beer blasphemy?  I’d imagine depraved consumption of dyed suds could be sacrilege in the eyes of some who hold a deep respect for the art of brewing.

But to me, any holiday or practice to which beer has become so tied can only be good.  Whether it comes from a room temperature cask, is served in das boot, or is blended with food…


Added by Joe Fuller on March 9, 2011 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Spring thaw- get your brew on!

With the spring thaw, come on down and grab your ingredients for brew days.  A couple weekends ago I was able to get together with Bryon Turner (our host here!) and brew courtesy of his garage.  The sub-artic "Hothlike" conditions have made those of us who do our brewing outside all cooped up and itching to brew.  This is the perfect season to go fill the propane tanks, get the ingredients, break out a recipe, and get together with some friends and get your brew-day…


Added by Brew and Wine Hobby on March 8, 2011 at 8:32pm — 2 Comments

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Added by Cork & Brew on March 8, 2011 at 9:53am — No Comments

Sen. Maynard makes a statement to the CT Beer Trail online community

3/2/2011 – CT BEER TRAIL, Hartford, Conn.  – Sen. Andrew Maynard issued an official statement to the online community at CTBeerTrail.net and to craft beer fans across the state regarding support for proposed Bill 464 establishing a Connecticut Beer Trail to promote the manufacturing and sale of Connecticut made beer.

“The Connecticut Wine Trail is an example of the success that we…


Added by Bryon Turner on March 2, 2011 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

John Harvard’s now Tullycross Tavern-- New name, new ownership but same great atmosphere

MANCHESTER, Conn. -- Sunday February 27, 2011 patrons of John Harvard’s clamored and cheered filling the air with an electric vibe as they gathered to bid a bittersweet farewell to the microbrew as they once knew it. The event emceed by DJ K2, offered John Harvard’s patrons a chance to win a bunch of John Harvard’s swag and to celebrate the opening of the new Tullycross Tavern in its place.  Even the Jerry Garcia stained glass and fabled storyboards from around the bar had to go…


Added by joshua.a.mead on March 2, 2011 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

How do you prefer your beer?

Today is my birthday.  What better way to spend your birthday than with your favorite CT beer?  Today I enjoy my day with a lukewarm Sea Hag.  It's something I've garnered from my great grandfather.  Warm beer is where you find the true flavors of a beer.  Even when poured in a frosty mug, my hands serve as the beer's insulator.  Sure there are times in the dead of summer when I prefer an ice cold brew, but in these warm winter months, there is nothing better than a cellar temperatured IPA…


Added by Michael Page on March 1, 2011 at 9:16pm — 9 Comments

Where have you been?

Something seemingly important to this beer trail (other than just beer) is where we have been and what we have experienced. Share about all of the great places on the trail you have been thus far. It should be motivating to read about all of the great events people have attended, tours people have been on, interesting things and people you have encountered along the way.  Who knows, something you find along your travels could spark an interest in other enthusiasts.

Added by Ryan Galligan on March 1, 2011 at 8:52pm — 9 Comments

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