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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: 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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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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Southport Brewing Company Pale Ale Now in Stores and Plans for a SoNo Location!

26 Sep

So, I was on one of my trips to Crazy Grapes on Hope Street in Stamford to replenish our beer supply.  Well, maybe I need to clarify.  I need to add to it and add more variety.  Kristien doesn’t understand why there has to be 10 different kinds of beer in the fridge, but, look…variety is the spice of life.  Right?  Whoever first said that was a brilliant person.  So, yes, I was at Crazy Grapes just to see if I could find some Dogfish Head beer to prepare for our dinner with Coalhouse pizza.  I did sure find their nice Punkin Ale, a favorite of mine now.  But, I also found something new, something very local.

SBC (Southport Brewing Company) Connecticut Pale Ale.  Yes, SBC has begun sales of their CPA in package stores, supermarkets, and restaurants throughout Connecticut.  I decided to get the Punkin Ale and also the CPA even though I knew I might get in big trouble.

The next night the SBC Connecticut Pale Ale was nice and cold, so I poured out a glass.  Here’s what I thought:

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