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Win 2 Tix to Sold Out CT Blind Beer Awards @ Blind Rhino

16 Mar



Well, you can’t buy tickets anymore, but you can win them . . .

Update: The Winner of our contest was randomly picked and is Richard Soares. Thank you all for entering.

Our original plan was to talk about the Connecticut Blind Beer Awards as we got closer to the event taking place at The Blind Rhino on April 23. But, well, the event sold out in a week. Part of that plan was to give away a pair of tix . . . and we’re sticking with that plan! BOOM! We’re giving away two tickets to this sold out event, so you best take advantage because you can’t get these tickets anymore. Continue reading

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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Two Local Breweries Release New Beers, You Win: The Rise of Half Full and Charter Oak

26 Nov

IPA…India Pale Ale.  A style of beer loved by many for its bite and its pine-iness.  Have you ever wondered why it’s called India Pale Ale, though?  Turns out life wasn’t so easy hundreds of years ago when sailors had to brave the wild seas.  If you weren’t killed by pirates, Jack Sparrow, mermaids, a krakken, or enormous waves, you might die of scurvy, malnutrition, or of thirst.  While you can’t really help being seduced by mermaids or wriggling free of the grasp of the krakken, you can control things like water intake.  It turns out, people discovered that when you pump up the hop content of beer, it stays fresh much longer.  Now, who wouldn’t love to drink IPAs more than plain ol’ boring water?

We speak of IPAs because Half Full Brewery, located on Homestead Avenue in Stamford, has released their own version.  According to Jordan Giles, Chief Beer Organizer, it is “a medium-bodied, earthy, spicy and piney beer with moderate bitterness that will be on tap year round. Half Full’s recipe uses Northwestern American hops and packs a 7.0% alcohol content that is balanced nicely by a dry rye finish.”  To create this great recipe, they had to spend hours upon hours in their tasting room, going through pale ales, ryes, and different kinds of IPAs.  You know, we don’t feel that sorry for them.  That’s some kind of research that most would die for. :)

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