1st CT Beer Week Kicks off with Massive Rising Pint Brewfest

30 Apr

Update:  learn how to get your own CT Beer Week badge by using Untappd! 

Connecticut, we have a beer week!  Actually, the FIRST annual CT Beer Week, brought to you by Connecticut Beer Wholesalers Association.  The brews are being poured out all over the Hartford and New Haven areas from May 11-18, 2013.  On the CT Beer Week Site, you’ll notice a big list of events that are going down.  That list is growing daily and we hope to see some events for Fairfield County, too.  The slogan for this week, as you can see, is “Brew & Buy Local.”  And, that’s part of the focus of this week:  let’s keep making Connecticut a great state for beer by opening up more breweries and buying the brews at pubs, restaurants, stores, and at the breweries themselves.  CT Beer Week also wants to show the Connecticut Legislature just how important beer is to Connecticut’s economy.  We can concur with that, having paid a nice portion of our salaries to Half Full, Two Roads, Charter Oak, New England Brewing, and City Steam.  Oh, and we’ve bought quite a few Hookers, too.

And, in addition to all the events that are happening throughout Connecticut, there will also be a massive gathering of over 60 70 brewers that will be providing samples for over 250 varieties and styles.  The third annual Rising Pint Brewfest is the literal kick off for CT Beer Week and happens on May 11 from 1-5 pm at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.  Tickets are $40 and that gets you free parking, a tasting cup, free live music from Kenny Mehler Band and Musical Monk, and tastes of all brews.  Proceeds will benefit Folds of Honor, who gives back to families of soldiers killed or disabled in battle.

Here are the restaurants that will be at the Rising Pint Brewfest:
Harry’s Bishop Corner
Black Bear Saloon
Vaughan’s Publick House
Plan B Burger Bar
Birch Hill Tavern
Toasted:  a Sandwich Revolution
Here are just some of the breweries/distillers that will be at the Rising Pint Brewfest (updated 5/1):
  1. Abita
  2. Ace hard cider
  3. American Vintage Hard Tea
  4. Angry Orchard
  5. Back East Brewery
  6. Beaver Beer
  7. Belhaven Brewery
  8. Blue Moon
  9. Broad Brook Brewing
  10. Brooklyn Brewery
  11. Buffalo Bill’s Brewery
  12. The Cambridge House Beer Company
  13. Captain Lawrence Brewing Company
  14. Cavalry Brewing
  15. Cayman Jack
  16. Chimay
  17. Cisco Brewers
  18. City Steam
  19. Continental Brewing Co.
  20. Crispin
  21. Dogfish Head
  22. Flying Dog Brewery
  23. Founders Brewing
  24. Fox Barrel
  25. George Killian’s
  26. Goose Island
  27. Harpoon Brewery
  28. Heavy Seas
  29. Ipswich Ale Brewery
  30. Julian Hard Cider
  31. Kona Brewing Company
  32. Leinenkugel’s
  33. Lagunitas Brewing Company
  34. Latis
  35. Long Trail Brewing Company
  36. Magic Hat
  37. Mayflower Brewing Company
  38. McKenzie’s Hard Cider
  39. Merchant duVin
  40. Mike’s Hard Lemonade
  41. Narragansett
  42. New Planet (gluten free)
  43. Olde Burnside Brewing Company
  44. Brewery Ommegang
  45. Onyx Moonshine
  46. Otter Creek
  47. Palm
  48. Peak Organic Brewing Company
  49. Pyramid Breweries
  50. Red Hook
  51. Relic Brewing
  52. Rodenbach
  53. Samuel Adams
  54. Sebago
  55. Shed
  56. Sierra Nevada
  57. Sixpoint Brewery
  58. Smuttynose Brewing Co.
  59. Southern Tier
  60. Stone Brewing Co.
  61. Stoudt’s
  62. Tenth and Blake Beer Company
  63. Weed
  64. Tullycross Tavern & Microbrewery
  65. Twisted Tea
  66. Two Roads Brewing Company
  67. Unibroue
  68. Victory Brewing Company
  69. Weyerbacher
  70. Widmer Brothers
  71. Willimantic Brewing Company
  72. Wolaver’s
  73. Woodchuck Hard Cider

Third annual Rising Pint Brewfest

Saturday, May 11 from 1-5 pm

$40 per person

Rentschler Field

East Hartford, CT

Here’s the fine print for the tickets:

Must be 21 years of age to enter the event, ID’s will be checked at the door. No children and/or babies are allowed into the event. The event will feature an amazingly wide variety of craft beers, live music and food for a nominal fee. Your ticket price includes: cup for the event, access to all brews present, live music and FREE parking. The event will take place rain or shine. Everyone must have a ticket to enter. Please enter at GATE C. Buy your tickets early; price will increase by $5 on the day of the event. Rain or shine.

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