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April 2011 Blog Posts (21)

Proposed Tax Raises Make CT Beer-Drinkers 'Hopping' Mad

Last beer I drank: Shipyard Chamberlin Pale Ale.



            This weekend I went out and bought a 12 pack sampler of Shipyard beers ( a Maine brewery). Out of the stout, IPA, pale ale, and…


Added by Brien Stephen on April 29, 2011 at 12:56pm — 4 Comments

Spotlight on Willimantic Brewing - by Cara Gardner

The following is an article by Cara Gardner.  Cara is a freelance writer with 10 years experience publishing news stories and features for a variety of newspapers and magazines, including Sommelier Journal, a national wine publication.



Submitted by Cara Gardner, freelance writer



Added by Bryon Turner on April 29, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Advocate Homebrew article - direct link

Click on or copy & paste this link into your browser for the Hartford Advocate's Hombrew article:



Added by Cork & Brew on April 27, 2011 at 9:41pm — No Comments

Well hello there.

Hi. I'm Kate.

I'm a writer.

I also like beer. Not just any beer, though. The kind of underground, craft brews that the average drinker has probably never heard of. Odds are, you like those kind of beers, too. I've worked out a term for people like us. "Hopsters."

Recently I found out I combine writing and beer to have one of the best hobbies ever - writing about beer.

I also like food.…


Added by Kate Eber on April 27, 2011 at 8:53pm — 1 Comment

Advocate Homebrew article

If you haven't already, you should check out the homebrew article in the Advocate.

Added by Cork & Brew on April 27, 2011 at 2:28pm — 1 Comment

Hartford's Best and the CT Beer Trail

The results are in for the Hartford Advocates "Best of Hartford" reader poll and a number of CT Beer Trail destinations are listed among the top local favorites.


The poll covered a wide variety of businesses and categories, including 'Best Microbrew' in which Thomas Hooker…


Added by Bryon Turner on April 21, 2011 at 5:30am — No Comments

The Glories of the Gateway Beer

Last Beer I Drank: Molson Golden


            So far this is the "cheapest" beer that I have drank and "reviewed" for this blog. As this post is about "gateway beers", I wanted to revisit some of my favorites. I was feeling…


Added by Brien Stephen on April 19, 2011 at 9:04pm — 3 Comments

MassBig visits CHB in Granby

The rumble was deafening, but endearing. Loud, proud and oddly welcoming; one by one, the riders filtered into the parking lot at the Cambridge House Brew Pub. Some people say Punxsutawney Phil decides the fate of spring, to others spring is defined by the sights and sounds of motorcyclists taking to the road once again. …


Added by joshua.a.mead on April 16, 2011 at 8:17pm — 2 Comments

Cool times for beer and wine makers in CT

Rich and Zok were interviewed for a cool article in the Hartford Advocate.  Check it out! http://www.hartfordadvocate.com/entertainment/dining/ht-fermentation-nation-homebrew-and-homemade-wine-in-ct-20110413,0,5449803.story


Added by Brew and Wine Hobby on April 15, 2011 at 10:15pm — No Comments


Yesterday I rode the CT beer trail to its farthest outpost......Cottrell Brewing Co in Pawcatuck, literally a stone's throw from the R.I. border.  I had a few beers and a chance to talk to Charlie Buffum, who is one of the nicest guys in an industry full of nice guys.....(yeah, yeah, I know, present company excluded).....At any rate, I've always admired the way Cottrell has just kept quietly plodding along for the past 15 or so years, keeping a low profile, producing a minimal variety of… Continue

Added by Ron Page on April 13, 2011 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Big Wally- Calvary Brewing

I would not be able to predict how classic this English style porter is. My first reaction to it before drinking was "Here's just another microbrewery bastardizing the English Porter." But this "bevvy ain't bollocks," as it were, with its 4.8%.

At first whiff you notice the the chocolaty aromas. When you taste it, the flavors immediately hit you with a wallop--I instantly noticed the caramel, raisin, and chocolate. For a darker beer, this one is not only drinkable, but…


Added by Beer Barons on April 12, 2011 at 4:36pm — 1 Comment

Toxic Sludge- "For the birds..."

When roaming your craft beer aisle you may notice a strange bottle with a crazy-eyed oil sludged bird, a man in a radioactive suit, and a poop-splattered street sign with a skull and crossbones...is this a responsible label for a beer called "TOXIC SLUDGE?" Definitely!


Blue Point works tirelessly on creating new brews and challenging seasonals, so it would only be right for them to release Toxic Sludge last fall, a black IPA with a mission. This unappealing label is really a…


Added by Beer Barons on April 12, 2011 at 4:26pm — No Comments

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Added by Cork & Brew on April 12, 2011 at 9:49am — No Comments

The Pride and Pitfalls of "Economy"

Last beer I drank: Blue Moon Spring Blonde Wheat Ale



            I've found that people generally have a mixed reaction about Blue Moon's lineup of wheat ales. Some beer fans frown at the…


Added by Brien Stephen on April 11, 2011 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

Enter to win free tickets to the Rising Pint Brewfest!

Looking for a great way to celebrate American Craft Beer Week this May?  Why not enter to win two free tickets to the Rising Pints Brewfest?  


How do I enter?

Entering is simple, …


Added by Bryon Turner on April 11, 2011 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

(UPDATED) Support Bill 464 and CT's beer industry with these letter templates

Proposed Bill 464, which will establish a Connecticut Beer Trail to promote the manufacturing and sale of Connecticut made beer, needs your support.  


Attached to this post are two sample letters.  We ask that you use these as the basis of your own letters and emails to your local elected officials and tell them you support this Bill and your local craft beer industry.  You can also use these…


Added by Bryon Turner on April 6, 2011 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

Cork & Brew store opening

Cork & Brew Southington, CT store set to open in Aug/Sept 2011. We will sell beer & wine making supplies & be the 1st on premise brewing destination where you can make your own vintage beer or wine, with our help & we clean up the mess. You leave w/ 2 1/2 cases of beer or 30 bottles of delicious wine w/ your own custom label. Stay tuned!!

Added by Cork & Brew on April 5, 2011 at 9:27am — No Comments

Contact the Committee on Transportation to support Bill 464

Proposed Bill 464, which will establish a Connecticut Beer Trail to promote the manufacturing and sale of Connecticut made beer, was referred by the Senate to the Committee on Transportation on April 1, 2011.

The bill focuses on amending established regulations regarding the authorized use of signs along the state's roadways to promote local business to allow for CT Beer Trail signs similar to those… Continue

Added by Bryon Turner on April 2, 2011 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Local recording artist taps into the local beer community to tell his story

4/1/2011 – Eli Cannon’s Tap Room, Middletown, Conn.  – Local recording artist Adam Wallenta invites you to join him for a beer tonight in your finest super hero attire to help celebrate the release of his latest…


Added by Bryon Turner on April 1, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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