In my continuing efforts to get all of you out and about, and enjoying great beer and fun, I've touched base with Eli Cannon's Tap Room (in Middletown CT) to see what this great beer bar has in the cards for the winter season. As expected- they did not disappoint me; and have a few great events coming up that every beer lover should make an effort to attend.
First are the Tuesday Night Tastings. These are nights when Eli Cannons features a certain brewery on their taps, and hosts a brand representative to talk about what makes that brand's beer great. These run pretty much every Tuesday, and the one coming up next is the great New Hampshire brewery: Smutty Nose. For this event JD Crandall (the bar manager) will devout a few lines to Smutty Nose and have someone on hand to fill you in on all the ins and outs of what goes into the Smutty Nose beer. The Tuesday Night Tastings are a great way to try new and interesting beers, and generally learn a lot about what goes into making the beer that you enjoy so very much.
These tastings will be leading up to Eli Cannon's End of the World Party. This event (to take place around the end of December, I'll let you know!) is going to be a festival to pad out bets in case the Mayans were right. And even if that's doubtful, do you really need an excuse for a beer blowout at Eli Cannon's? Crandall was a bit tight-lipped about this one, but he says it will be a great time, which is all I need to hear. Stay tuned to my blog and keep your Fridays open for this one!
Coming a bit down the road in February are two more events that have me excited. The first is a collaboration with Blue Point, Brooklyn, and Six Point breweries to take over the taps at Eli Cannon's. Tentatively called "The New York Tap Attack," this event will give 4 lines to each company and feature some of the best beer on the east coast.
Then, taking place on February 5, Crandall is doing a collaboration with the Plainville-based Relic Brewing Co. For this one Crandall is once again keeping the nitty-gritty secret for now, but he does say that they're going to open up four draught lines to the project, and feature a cask! The last cask that Relic did was fantastic, so this is another one for you beer fans to "red letter" (especially if you've never had cask-drawn beer before).
As usual I will keep you updated with any local events headed your way, to ensure that you don't spend all winter barricaded in your house, sipping beer and staring blearily at the TV! Follow me on on Blogger, Twitter, and Facebook and stay current with all the beer happenings you could ask for.