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August 2011 Blog Posts (24)





With the hop harvest right around the corner I felt a compulsion to share my thoughts about whole hop flowers with the world, especially those of you who grow your own or plan to get a hold of some fresh hop flowers this season.

So why spring for fresh or local hops?  For me its about experiencing a piece of our local brewing culture.  Hops are heavily influenced by the soil and growing…


Added by Brew and Wine Hobby on August 31, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

The Crisp Taste of Autmn

Reposted from my blog: Malted Musings.


Last beer drank: John Harvard's Brew House "Zwart Bliksem"



Added by Brien Stephen on August 30, 2011 at 4:38pm — No Comments




We’ve been working to build up our kegging supplies for some time, and with the addition of refill swaps we now carry all kegging supply needs. A quick list:

Regulators, secondary regulators, shanks, faucets, disconnects, kegs (both in ball lock and pin lock), commercial taps, cast aluminum gas manifolds, shut-off valves, ice jackets for kegs, portable dispense options, temperature…


Added by Brew and Wine Hobby on August 27, 2011 at 7:50pm — No Comments

Cork & Brew Website Updates

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Added by Cork & Brew on August 26, 2011 at 9:07am — No Comments

Eli Cannon's Tap Room Donates to Oddfellows Playhouse (and Holds 'Samuel Adams' Tasting)

Linked from my blog "Malted Musings."


The weather outside was perfect this past Tuesday for Eli Cannon's Taproom owner Phil Ouellette and head manager Carrie Carella to present Matthew Pugliese (Oddfellows Executive Director) with a $500 donation that was raised through last…


Added by Brien Stephen on August 25, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Bikes & Beers 2011 UPDATE!

We've had a great deal of positive feedback from our Bikes & Beers events. Special thanks to the folks at Pedal Power who have helped us put these great rides together with their wealth of experience and knowledge. We're already talking… Continue

Added by Bryon Turner on August 25, 2011 at 5:32pm — No Comments

Beer & Chili Fest today

Beer & Chili Fest was a huge hit! Thanks to all of our friend & followers who stopped by.  Also, a big shout out to the newbies.   All around great day!  Be there next year and get tickets early.  Place was sold out!

Added by Cork & Brew on August 21, 2011 at 5:15pm — No Comments


Not to brag or anything, but I’m a genius.  And here is the liquid expression of said genius.  A moderate-high strength IPA using some unconventional hops in an attempt to harness the true power of the lupulin gods.  For this recipe I’ve chosen 5 hops: Yakima Magnum (aa 13.1%), Palisade (7.8%), Aurora (7.5%), US Sorachi (11.6%), and Ahtanum (4.5%).

I wanted something different for this brew.  Something other than the conventional pungent grapefruit of Columbus, the floral citrus of…


Added by Brew and Wine Hobby on August 19, 2011 at 12:53pm — 2 Comments

CT Beer & Chili Fest this Sunday!

Don't forget to come see Cork & Brew on Sunday at The Craft Beer & Chili Fest at Rentschler Field on 8/21/11 from 12noon - 4pm!…


Added by Cork & Brew on August 19, 2011 at 9:28am — 1 Comment

Tuesday Night Tasting at Eli Cannon's Taproom: Victory Brewing Company

This past Tuesday, August 16th, Eli Cannon's Tap Room featured Victory Brewing Company  as their "Tuesday Night Tasting" beer. The ten Victory beers that took over Eli Cannon's taps were Storm King Imperial Stout, Golden Monkey, Prima Pils, Headwater Pale, St. Victorious, Hop Devil IPA, Hop Wallop, Yakima Glory, Summer Love, and Whirlwind Witbier. Victory is a… Continue

Added by Brien Stephen on August 18, 2011 at 11:24pm — No Comments

A Quick Half Full Update from Stamford…

By Chief Beer Philosopher, on August 17th, 2011

I apologize for the long delay since the last post — life has been pretty crazy due to our move to Stamford and due to the fact that things have reached a fever pitch with the brewery. So, why not a few quick updates on both? Here you go:

    * Most importantly of course, we have changed our Facebook status to show that we are now in Stamford.

    * We set up a Stamford phone number for the brewery on Skype:  203-274-8788…


Added by Half Full Brewery on August 17, 2011 at 12:14pm — 1 Comment

Tuesday Night Tasting at Eli Cannon's Taproom: New England Brewery

This past Tuesday, August 9th, Eli Cannon's Taproom in Middletown featured the Woodbridge, CT brewery "New England Brewery" for their Tuesday night tasting. New England brewers and reps came out with six beers: Imperial Stout Trooper, 668 Neighbor of the Beast, Ghandi Bot, Sea Hag IPA, Elm City Lager, and Alpha Weizen.…


Added by Brien Stephen on August 15, 2011 at 7:38pm — No Comments

Southington Observer Article

Go to Cork&Brew's facebook page to check out yet another article about us!



Added by Cork & Brew on August 13, 2011 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Eli Cannon's Tap Room Throws a Luau to Usher Out "Beer God's Week"

 Last Friday, August 5th, Eli Cannon's Tap Room threw a Luau complete with four beers by Kona (a Hawaiian brewery in, where else, Kona), a full buffet, and a fire breather.  The weather cooperated with nice cool 70 degree temperatures and a cool (almost island like) breeze blowing through Eli Cannon's beer garden.             
The backyard/ beach/ beer garden was filled…

Added by Brien Stephen on August 13, 2011 at 12:03am — No Comments




There’s a basic trend in the brewing community to gravitate towards a small group of American hops, most of which begin with the letter “C”.  What many have never seen are the little green gems that don’t often enter into the spotlight.  What many homebrewers see as the best options are the ones they’ve tasted, i.e the varieties established breweries use.  By the same token, most big breweries play…


Added by Brew and Wine Hobby on August 11, 2011 at 11:07pm — No Comments




I’ve been promising Saison recipes for some time.

The truth is, these are simple recipes! Gentle bittering hops, gentle finishing hops, both should have some classic European character (and a little spice is nice, too). Spalt, Saaz, Tet, even Kent… the usual suspects all work. Keep it light, keep it simple. The key, like any Belgian style, is to let the yeast shine!

While I could offer traditional recipes…


Added by Brew and Wine Hobby on August 10, 2011 at 9:15pm — No Comments

Craft Beer & Chili Challenge

Cork & Brew will be there! Come see our booth!

Added by Cork & Brew on August 9, 2011 at 10:36am — No Comments

Eli Cannon's Tap Room Serves Up Beer Right: In Casks

      This past Wednesday, August 3rd, as part of their epic "Beer God's Week", Eli Cannon's Tap Room held the "Are You Frickin' Kidding Me?!" cask beer event. Cask beer is beer that has been aged and stored in wooden casks and so is unfiltered and unpasteurized. It is also thought by many beer snobs to be the "real" way to drink beer: in its purest form. There were four casks tapped: Thomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPA; New England Brewery Citra Dry-Hopped Sea Hag IPA (a…


Added by Brien Stephen on August 8, 2011 at 10:35pm — 1 Comment

2 tickets to CPTV craft beer and chili challenge

I have two extra tickets for the CPTV craft beer and chili challenge 12-4 on Sunday, August 21.  Not trying to make money on them just want to see them get used, it was a great time last year, and definitly not an event to miss.  I paid $109 for the pair, so im asking $50 a peice or a hundred for both.  If your interested in them either message me on here, or shoot me an email @ rdacey@live.com

Added by Ryan Dacey on August 8, 2011 at 5:19pm — No Comments

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