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CT Beer Week 2015 Goes from 11/15-21 w/ Deals, Specials, Events + Tap Takeovers

13 Nov

For us, every single week in the year is CT Beer Week, but it’s cool when we really focus in on what we have here. And, what we have here is a growing, thirving community of brewers and hopheads who are keeping the beer scene active. So, whether you’ve been a hardcore supporter since the start, you’re just a plain ‘ol beer lover, or you’re new to CT beer or just beer in general, there are plenty of great things going on during CT Beer Week from November 15-21 (see some below).  Continue reading

CT Beer + Restaurant Weeks Brewing Statewide October 13-19

30 Sep

Get ready to drink some ridiculous amounts of beer and eat dish after dish as the second CT Beer Week of the year eclipses with Connecticut Restaurant Week from October 13-19. Well, okay, you’re probably ready to eat and drink, but let’s get ya primed and ready for meals and deals galore.

First up is CT Beer Week. Breweries and restaurants around the state will be offering special beers, collaborations, events, and deals to help quench your demanding thirst. Plus, make sure you check into Untappd (let’s be friends) and get the CT Beer Week sticker just like last year!

Well, here’s a little taste of what to expect (with more to come):

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Celebrate CT Beer Week with Todd from CT Pour Tour at these nearby spots

12 May

Yes, we know it’s American Craft Beer Week.  Everybody’s been advertising it, everybody’s been talking about it, everybody’s been hyping it up, but how about we show some local love, too?  Share the fact that it’s CT Beer Week (5/12-5/18), share your favorite Nutmeg brews, drink some, support local business, local crafters, local brewers.  Do it right, son! ;)

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CT Beer WEEKS 2014: 2x Big, 2x Brews, 2x Awesome

16 Apr
CT Beer Week 2014

Because one week just wasn’t enough! :)

Last year marked the first ever statewide CT Beer Week, brought together by Connecticut Beer Wholesalers Association.  There was a kickoff with the Rising Pint Brewfest that featured over 70 brewers, plenty of events at breweries, restaurants, and retailers, and even a chance at unlocking the CT Beer Week Badge on Untappd.  

Well, we’re happy to report that this year’s activities will include not just one CT Beer Week, but TWO…CT Beer Weeks.  Well, damn, that’s plenty of drinking time, right?  To be honest, it’s brilliant timing for both dates:  May 12-18 and October 13-19.  

First off, American Craft Beer Week coincides perfectly with the first CT Beer Week of 2014…that’s no coincidence at all.  Breweries like Shebeen, Two Roads, Half Full, Relic, Thimble Island, New England Brewing, and Beer’d have been putting out some artfully artisan crafted brews, so it’s important to shift our focus to these guys.  You, or loyal readers, know about the importance of drinking beer from the “little guys,” but there are lots of people out there who have yet to have their first Gandhi Bot, Cannoli Beer, Biere de Mars, or Road 2 Ruin.  What better time to convert your friends and family? ;)

And, then there’s the second part of CT Beer Week…wouldn’t you know it, but it coincides nicely with CT Restaurant Week that goes down from October 14-20.  Again, this is no coincidence.  You can not only expect lots of great beer-related events, but you can also look forward to lots of great meal deals throughout the state.

We’ll have more details to share soon, but make sure to mark off your calendars with all of these dates.  In the meantime, check out these events and CT’s breweries:

Events (check out events page for up-to-date info on events as we get it)

4/26:  The Thread City Hop Fest, Jillson Square in Willimantic.

5/10:  4th Annual Rising Pint Brewfest, Rentschler Field in East Hartford. 

5/12-17 CT Beer Week at Mikro in Hamden, CT

5/12 Stone Brewing Beer Dinner at Ginger Man SoNo

5/12 East Coast vs. West Coast IPA Day at Cask Republic Stamford

5/12 CT Brewery Night at Cask Republic New Haven

5/12-18 Captain Lawrence Acid Test Flight at Cask Republic Stamford

5/13 Sierra Nevada and Oskar Blues Tap Takeover at Cask Republic Stamford

5/13 NEBCO Night at Prime 16 in New Haven

5/14 Dinner Underground with Chef Plum at Williams-Sonoma in Danbury

5/14 Goose Island Beer Dinner at Ginger Man Greenwich

5/14 CT Cask and Tap Takeover at Cask Republic Stamford

5/14 Krust Tap Takeover in Middletown

5/14 Special barrel aged Two Roads brews at Ordinary in New Haven

5/15 Rare Beer Night (KBS, Goose Island and more) at Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford

5/15 Vintage Beer Night at Cask Republic Stamford

5/16 Barrel-aged Beer Night at Cask Republic Stamford

5/16 CT Breweries Night at The Corner Tavern in Naugatuck

5/16:  CT Breweries Night at The Corner Tavern in Naugatuck.

5/17 Flight Night at Cask Republic Stamford

5/17 20th Annual CT Craft Brewers Festival in Naugatuck

5/18 1/2 Priced Big Bottles at Cask Republic Stamford

CT Breweries

 

Ginger Man + Coalhouse Celebrate American Craft Beer Week

13 May

American Craft Beer Week

Two of our favorite spots to get brews and grub in Fairfield County have lots of fun ahead for American Craft Beer Week.  ACBW kicks off today, 5/13, and goes until 5/19.  The focus of the beer week has always been on smaller batch brews, a focus on fine details, and more of a hands-on approach to beer.  Now, it’s no coincidence that Ginger Man in Norwalk and Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford live and breathe this philosophy year round, but you know they have to step up their game (is that possible?) to celebrate American Craft Beer Week.  It’s kind of like the Super Bowl of the beer world.

Coalhouse Pizza is featuring a week of tap takeovers:

Flights at Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford CT

Flights at Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford CT

Monday, 5/13:  Sebago

Tuesday, 5/14:  Half Full (see a full week of special Half Full events here)

Wednesday, 5/15:  Harpoon

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Two Roads Brewery Has Some Serious (Meat)balls this Weekend

10 May

Get your mind out of the gutter, people.  We’re talking about Two Roads Brewery having The Local Meatball shop on hand for their Saturday food truck experience from 3-7 on 5/11, the start of CT Beer Week.    Since TLM launch on 4/20, Mike’s been gaining quite a following of ballers.  There’s no doubt that Mike will be serving up some Serious meatballs, his standard formulation made with Saugatuck Craft Butchery beef and other local ingredients.  Here are descriptions from his site about the meatball choices (there is usually Serious and one other on special):

SERIOUS:  made with the finest ground beef from Craft Butchery, we use only the best local ingredients. Soaked in our traditional sauce, they are like no other. These balls burst with flavor and are our version of the classic.
Future Specials
KICK IN DA:  made with the most tender local pork around and some hot cherry peppers to give them just the right kick. Served in a chunky, spicy sauce, they’re a win-win.
IN THE BUFF:  fresh ground chicken and our own buffalo sauce—these are the perfect combination of heat and flavor.
HONEY’S:  honey BBQ sauce from a local favorite and a tender, juicy pork ball…who needs ribs when you’ve got balls?
JEWELS:  these salty, sweet creations are what we like to call a “breakfast ball.” Made with delicious ground beef, sausage, bacon and chunks of melted cheddar cheese. Topped off with the tastiest local maple syrup on a soft, light and airy snowflake roll. They’re jewels.

Here’s how to do it:

1)  Place your oder.

2) Grab your slider, Average Joe, or Grinder.

3) Head upstairs to Two Roads Brewery  and down those meatballs with some old cold brews.  We highly recommend the saison.

4) Fill up some growlers or growleritos (they are so cute and tiny).

5) Get some more meatballs before you leave.

Two Roads Brewing Co.

1700 Stratford Ave

Stratford, CT 06615

Phone:  (203) 335-2010

How to get your CT Beer Week Badge on Untappd

8 May

Want this fancy badge for your Untappd Collection? Yeah, we do too!

CT Beer Week is right around the corner (May 11-18th) and, as we first told you, it’s brewing with lots of great events that show off how awesome Connecticut beer can be and how we can hang with the big boys at the Rising Pint Brewfest.  Now, the sad thing about beer is that once you drink it, it’s gone.  Well, kind of.  See, it gets caught in your belly somehow, but that’s not a souvenir most want to keep around.  BUT, we’ve got the info on a nice shiny badge that you’ll want to put up in your collection and to keep.  Yes, CT Beer Week will have its own Untappd badge!  There it is right above you.  See that?  That needs to be in your brew badge collection.  Here’s how:

Just some of our 40 badges.  Yeah.  What u got, son?

Just some of our 40 badges. Yeah. What u got, son?

1)  Make sure you’ve downloaded Untappd.  It’s a great way to keep track of the beer you drink, to add notes and ratings, and to add brews to your to-drink list.  You can also follow your friends and get brew advice. :)

2) Then, here’s the fun part.  You need to drink and use our favorite brew app.  Untappd’s blog post says: “Earn your special-release badge between May 11th – 18th, when you check-in any beer while at two or more of the participating venues listed here! Be sure to include your location at check-in to qualify.

Here are some of the local spots:  Bar in New Haven, Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford, Drew Drop Inn in Derby, Half Full Brewery in Stamford, J. Timothy’s in Plainville, New England Brewing Co in Woodbridge, any Plan B Burger, any SBC, Ginger Man Greenwich and Norwalk, Two Roads Brewery in Stratford.

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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:
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