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October 2011 Blog Posts (29)

Don't let this crazy weather scare you, come on by Maltose for a Halloween Special!

It's Halloween!

For you homebrewers - come in today (Halloween day) to buy one of our Hobgoblin Ale kits, and get a Hobgoblin pint glass FREE!



Added by Maltose Express on October 29, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Rain? Snow? Blizzard conditions????? WHAT????!!!!!

Good morning Maltoseans!

That just means it's a perfect day to stay in and brew a batch of beer.  We'll be open at 9:00am with lots of kits on the shelves ready to pick up.

Also, barring any travel issues, our last truckload of the wine season of Paso Robles grapes, Sonoma grapes, and Lodi fresh juice should be arriving this morning.   We plan to crush grapes as the weather will allow.   Please call after 10am this morning and allow us time to prepare the…


Added by Maltose Express on October 29, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

A Whale of a Tale - er, Tuna Steak

New beer pairing article is up. Tuna steaks paired with Whale's Tale Pale Ale from Nantucket's Cisco Brewing. Check it out here.

Added by Kate Eber on October 28, 2011 at 7:59pm — No Comments

Snow? That just means it's a great weekend to stay in and brew!

Now, with the cold temps having arrived - and even SNOW possibly in the forecast - it will be a great weekend to stay in and brew up a couple batches of beer!


We will be open this Sunday from 10:00am until 2:00pm for the last weekend of wine season. The last grapes of the season - Paso Robles - are expected to be coming in, as well as some more fresh juice for all the wine makers. 


Stop by and say "Hi" to Tess, Mark, Al, Bud, Chris, Heather in the shop, as…


Added by Maltose Express on October 28, 2011 at 7:01am — No Comments

It's time to jump on over to Maltose Express for Simcoe and locally grown hops!

Mark & Tess Szamatulski made a trip this summer to visit a few upstate New York hop farms. As a result, we're thrilled to announce that we now carry locally grown hops direct from the hop farms of upstate New York. These hops have been shipped to us in whole leaf form - ready to be dropped right into your brew pots, or into your secondary for dry hopping.…


Added by Maltose Express on October 27, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Cork & Brew beer or wine custom made baskets

Don't forget that Cork & Brew can put together beer or wine making baskets for any occasion. Fall foliage, Thanksgiving, Christmas & other holidays, Valentine's Day, Birthdays, etc.






Added by Cork & Brew on October 25, 2011 at 12:24am — No Comments

Cork & Brew- SodaStream special offer

SodaStream is now offering a $10 mail-in rebate for any new SodaStream Home Soda Makers!  Original price: $117.99, price with rebate: $107.99. Soda Makers includes the soda maker, Co2 canister, bottle & 6 taste samples.  SodaStream is earth friendly & it tastes great.  No empties to recycle, no batteries or electricity necessary. Offer dates: 11/24-11/27. 

Added by Cork & Brew on October 24, 2011 at 11:20pm — No Comments

We've got the brew pot you're looking for!

If you're just getting started in home brewing and buying your first brew pot, or up-grading to something larger if you've moved up to all-grain, Maltose Express has a wide selection of brew pots to choose from.…


Added by Maltose Express on October 24, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Looking for some unique beer glassware for yourself, or perhaps as a gift?

Maltose Express has a wide variety of beer glass styles and sizes to add to your collection and spice up your home bar.



Added by Maltose Express on October 23, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Fall seasonal beer kits are ready for you!



If you're looking to make a great fall beer for Thanksgiving, or maybe start to brew something…


Added by Maltose Express on October 23, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Update on Cork & Brew's Beer & Wine Making Classes

Dear Cork & Brew Friends,

Cork & Brew will now offer free Beer & Wine Making classes on Saturday's by appointment only at 10am or 1pm.  Before we accepted walk in's for the classes, but we feel that making an appointment makes more sense.  The classes are still free.  Just email or call Cork & Brew to sign up for a class.




Added by Cork & Brew on October 21, 2011 at 11:29pm — No Comments

Make some beer with Cork & Brew

Southington, Conn.  – Cork & Brew became the area’s latest home brew specialty shop and the first to offer on premises beer making in the state when they celebrated their official grand opening on Oct 13, 2011.


Cork & Brew, located at 35 North Main St in Southington,…


Added by Bryon Turner on October 21, 2011 at 8:42pm — No Comments

I'm Not Bitter But . . . (Thoughts on IBUs)

        Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.   

         In my last few…


Added by Brien Stephen on October 20, 2011 at 8:34pm — No Comments

Trail Blazer
Beer411: 2011 Pumpkin Beer Tasting Challenge!!

So after months and months of planning... it all came down to this past Sunday. The stage was set... the field was locked. Out of the new craze that is Pumpkin Beer, I found several individuals that were willing to embark on a journey that not many would DARE try.

...oh yes, we dared.

Including myself, I found 8 adventurous people, willing to put…


Added by Tony Leone on October 18, 2011 at 12:16pm — 8 Comments

Tuesday Night Tastings at Eli Cannon's Tap Room: Boulder Beer Company


         Earlier this month (the 4th) Eli Cannon's Tap Room in Middletown welcomed Boulder Beer Company as their featured beer. There were four Boulder beers at the weekly beer tasting: Hazed and Infused; Cold Hop IPA; Hoopla IPA; and Mojo IPA. Boulder specializes in pale ales, and the expertise was well appreciated by the usually large Tuesday night crowd, even though the Hazed and Infused keg wasn't…


Added by Brien Stephen on October 14, 2011 at 4:44pm — No Comments




Folks, we’re trying to get the best things available. While we have access to Ruby St Brewing all grain system (and the most competitive prices, just ask), it is a bit large for our humble floorspace. Oh, we’re still looking into that, but for now I’d like to share what we’ve squeezed in.


Blichmann Engineering’s Top Tier brewtree is now in stock (with three…


Added by Brew and Wine Hobby on October 14, 2011 at 8:45am — No Comments

Open House - thank you!

Thank you to everyone for coming to your open house party.  It was great to see old freinds and to meet new ones.  Photos will follow!



Added by Cork & Brew on October 13, 2011 at 10:19pm — No Comments

Grand opening party tonight from 5:30-7pm. Hope to see you there.

Ribbon cutting @ 6:15pm.  Hopefully the rain stops.



Added by Cork & Brew on October 13, 2011 at 8:47am — No Comments

Traveling in the pursuit of beer (equipment)

By Conor, a.k.a "Chief Beer Philosopher", on October 12th, 2011


In a couple of minutes, I’ll be headed off to Pennsylvania to visit a number of breweries and check out their equipment.  This is one of the biggest decisions I can make in the young life of Half Full Brewery and I cannot express how appreciative I am of everyone who has been willing to help me out with this process.  It really says a lot about the craft beer industry when…


Added by Half Full Brewery on October 12, 2011 at 1:48pm — No Comments

On Tap: The Connecticut Beer Trail

For a while now, I’ve been a part of the Connecticut Beer Trail, an online group dedicated to craft beer and local breweries, brewpubs, restaurants, and other beer-related events.

The beer trail’s been part of the reason I’ve been so supportive of Connecticut breweries in my pairing (the other reason being that the beer is just downright delicious).

I wanted to share this new community and get its name out there to show just how quickly craft…


Added by Kate Eber on October 10, 2011 at 9:47pm — No Comments

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