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Black Hog Brewing in Oxford Premieres 4 Brews + We Taste Em!

30 Jul

Black Hog Brewing, based out of Oxford, announced last Saturday that their brews would soon be on tap at bars and restaurants throughout CT.  We know people probably wet themselves with excitement…and we were part of the wetters.  Our curiosity with Black Hog was stoked back in April when we had the chance to talk with Jason Sobocinski who along with brother Tom (both of Caseus in New Haven) and Head Brewer Tyler Jones (formerly of Portsmouth Brewpub) would open up Black Hog in the former Cavalry Brewing building in Oxford.  They got everybody excited and, if your favorite spot didn’t have it, people were urged to ask.  So, we did what most people here in the Stamford area would do:  we got in touch with Gerard Robertson, owner of Coalhouse Pizza.  Turns out he already had them on tap and had all four Black Hog brews that they are launching their brewery with.

So, after we judged the Fairway Firefighter Cook-Off, you best believe we hit up Coalhouse with fellow judge, beer savant, and Stamford Advocater, Scott Gargan.  Our mission:  try all 4 brews and report back to you.

Well, here we go:

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Recapping Awesomness: Schneider Weisse Portfolio Tasting with Georg Schneider VI at Harry’s in Fairfield

28 May

 

Our love affair with Schneider Weisse (G. Schneider & Sohn) began a few years ago at Ginger Man SoNo. There was a vintage Aventinus (it was aged for 4 years) on the menu that cost us $16, but was well worth it. That first taste was heavenly and fueled an obsession for us. So, when Harry’s of Fairfield reached out to us about a VIP tasting event featuring the owner of Schneider Weisse, Georg Schneider VI, we didn’t hesitate one bit. And, after spending two hours there at the Fairfield Cheese Company tasting table, we have an even deeper appreciation for all their brews.

Yes, we tasted all of their brews, heard the stories behind each one, and even had an exclusive tasting of their brand new distilled beer. How exclusive? Georg had never even seen the bottle before, it was a first!

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Brew-view: Shebeen Rye Porter, Shebeen Brewing Company – Wolcott, CT

26 Feb

Shebeen Rye Porter at Cask Republic

Coming from the Gaelic word síbín (meaning illicit whiskey), shebeen refers to bars and places where liquor and beer is sold without any kind of license.  Naughty naughty!  But, there’s something to be said about a group of people that come together for drinks, even though doing so is illegal.  It creates a tightly knit community and places beer on the pedestal that it so rightly deserves.

Shebeen Brewing Wolcott CTAnd, this is the exact kind of feeling that founder and head brewer Richard Visco (CEO, head brewer) had in mind when he started Shebeen Brewery in May 2013.  From Ireland (Derry) himself, Richard’s love of the Emerald Isle can be seen in the logo and little touches throughout the brewery.  Something else you can see is the creative touches and unique brews that they have on tap.  Probably one of their most famous beers is their Cannoli Beer which has won a huge amount of support and devotion, though people also rave about their Bacon Kona Stout.  And, one of their major flagship beers is the Rye Porter which we’re going to talk to you about today.

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Brew-view: Even More Denmark Chocolate Stout, Evil Twin Brewing and Chocopologie

7 Jan

Even More Denmark Evil Twin Brewing

“Much has been said about the Danes. Like they seem reserved at first and are obsessed with bikes, food and ‘hygge’ – Danes are always on time, they appear liberal yet traditional and leave their babies outside in prams while they shop. We at Evil Twin Brewing teamed up with fellow Dane at Chocopologie and decided to set the story straight with a Chocolate Stout infused with smoked chestnuts and even more Denmark. The punctual aromas, comfortable taste and liberating body will make you feel like one of the happiest people on earth.”

chocopologie-by-knipschildt-chocolatier-77307138You’ll find this on the side label of Even More Denmark, a chocolate stout brewed by Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø of Evil Twin Brewing in South Carolina with the help of Chocopologie by House of Knipschildt chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt.  Fritz brought his internationally known chocolate to the party that was used to brew the beer with and Jeppe took care of the rest.  After production of the beer, Fritz created Even More Denmark infused truffles that you can purchase at Whole Foods Brooklyn.

Let’s check out what these two crazy Danes (certainly not crazier than Hamlet) did and get all Even More Denmark up in this bitch.

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Brew-view: Route of all Evil – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT

7 Nov

Two Roads Route of All Evil

Muahahahahahahahahahaha.

This is Alesssss from the Crypt.  Muahahahahahahahaha.

Are we showing our age by understanding the tagline to Two Roads‘ new beer, Route of all Evil?  Yes, we remember watching Tales from the Crypt on HBO and being oddly frightened by the Cryptkeeper.  But, Two Roads’ new brew is nothing to get all nervous and freaked out about.  Again, we’re happy with the name of this beer, just like their last seasonal:  Roadsmary’s Baby.  They are fun, clever, and are good hooks to get you to try the beer.

Beer: Route of all Evil

Brewery:  Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford, CT

Style:  Black Ale

Color and appearance:  After the pour, there was about an inch of brown foamy head that took a couple of minutes to fizzle down.  As for the color, it’s black.  Not brown, or even brown-black.  Black.

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Brew-view: Roadsmary’s Baby – Two Roads Brewery – Stratford, CT

29 Aug

Our search for the brand new release of Roadsmary’s Baby started this past Friday when this Two Roads brew was first released.  See, we had just moved into an apartment building that people had warned us about.  Apparently a beer writer used to live there that went crazy and began worshipping the devil.  We had heard of other strange things, but we decided that these things only added more character to the building.  Plus, we’d have lots of crazy stories to tell people when they came over to visit.  People were strange and suspicious that we met there, but life was good still. Well, that’s until Kristien was drugged then was taken advantage by a demonic force. Dan seemed to care, but after the birth he stole the baby away to share with his fellow devil worshippers. This child would be the future ruler of the world, fathered by Satan himself.  Or, something like that. And, that’s about when Two Roads heard about our story and decided to create a beer in honor of our tragically demonic story.  Or, something like that.

Beer: Roadsmary’s Baby

Brewery:  Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford, CT

Style:  Pumpkin Ale

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You Voted: What Are CT’s Best IPAs?

9 Aug

Best IPA in Connecticut 2013

When we set out to see what Connecticut’s favorite IPAs were, we had no idea that so many people would vote.  By the end of Thursday there were almost 1,000 votes…quite an impressive number.  While New England Brewing Co’s Gandhi-Bot took the lead from the start, Shebeen’s Black Hops IPA quickly dominated, followed by Willimantic’s VEG IPA overcoming them all.  Then, in an amazing show of unison, IPA lovers voted for Beer’d Brewing’s Grove Stand Double IPA.

And, that leads us to the winners!  While your favorite CT IPA might not have placed how you wanted, take this as a sign a from the beer gods.  They want you to check out these breweries and try their brews.  It’s always cool to try new things.

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Brew-view: Conntucky Lightnin’ from Two Roads Brewing Co. – Stratford, CT

28 Jun
Ride the Lightning! (Please don't sue us Lars)

Ride the Lightning! (Please don’t sue us Lars)

We love how Connecticut is becoming a beerophiles dream state.  Breweries are popping up all over and there are always new ones in the works.  Since it opened, Two Roads in Stratford has been putting out some great brews and the brewery itself is definitely a sight to see.  Our last brew-view focused on Ryan and the Beaster Bunny, a saison that is brewed at Two Roads for Eviltwin Brewing.  Yeah, the brewery is that massive that they can brew for other companies.  We’ve had all of their brews, but when a new one comes out, we feel it is our personal responsibility to consume and to consume well.  And, a new brew did come along, so our search for Conntucky Lightnin’ took us straight to the brewery in Stratford after we had some killer balls from The Local Meatball and talked with Emily of Two Roads for a bit.  But, sadly, that would not be the end of our journey…

Beer: Conntucky Lightnin’

Brewery:  Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford, CT

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Beer Review: Ryan and the Beaster Bunny – Eviltwin Brewing in Stratford, CT

14 Jun

Ryan and the Beaster Bunny from Eviltwin Brewing

Our last brewview focused on St. Lawrence Brewery’s St. Vincent’s Dubbel and now we’re back for some more.  And, we’re back with something pretty awesome.  We have a saison from Eviltwin Brewing that started in Denmark and has made its way to America.  But, their approach is completely different than other overseas breweries.  They are brewing their award-winning beer at some of the best breweries across the country using their established methods and recipes.  Well, wouldn’t you know it, but there is plenty of room at the massive Two Roads Brewery in Stratford for beer production from other companies?  So, let’s look deeper into Ryan and the Beaster Bunny and Eviltwin Brewing and why they just might take over America, one brewery at a time.

Beer: Ryan and the Beaster Bunny

Brewery:  Eviltwin Brewing (and here’s their site in Denmark)

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Beer Review: St. Vincent’s Dubbel – Captain Lawrence Brewery, NY

27 Apr

Photo by Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro, OmNomCT

So, look.  We already drink beer a few times a week and we love discovering new local beers and breweries, so we had a beerpiphany:  why not share a local beer we liked every once in a while?  We’re going to keep it short, simple, and to the point.  We’ll hit up the vital stats (as long as we can find them), the tasting notes, where we bought the bottle, and anything else we find along the way.  Enjoy and let us know if there’s a beer you’d like for us to drink and cover.

 

Beer: St. Vincent’s Dubbel

Brewery: Captain Lawrence Brewery in Elmsford, NY

Style: Belgian Style Abbey Ale.  Simply put, this means that the beer is similar in style to beer produced by monks.  Trappist beers are certified, while Abbey Ales don’t necessarily need to come from a monastery as is the case here.  As for the dubbel, that refers to beer made at abbeys that were malty, rich, and were light on hops that ended up being twice as strong…hence, dubbel.

Color and appearance:  the beer settles down to a nice dark caramel brown.  A foamy head forms, but quickly settles down to about fingernail length.

Smell: caramel, dark chocolate, and malts

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