Let’s Help Black Pond Brews Open a Brewery

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Opening a brewery is no easy task. With the Connecticut craft beer scene growing like it’s been growing over the past year or so, maybe we can help Mike and Cory of Black Pond Brews get their brewery up and running.

The goal? Raise $15,000 in one month. The deadline? March 4. Think we can do it?

Visit the Black Pond Brews page for info on how to donate and check out the sweet rewards for your generosity.

(Video by Alex Hardesty, Photo Credit: Black Pond Brews YouTube video)

Igor’s Dream by Two Roads Brewing: 2014 Release Info

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Remember the 2013 release of Igor’s Dream? I wasn’t there, but I read all about it and the thing I remember the most is the line out the door! Check out Bräuista’s post on Igor’s Dream from last year, for a firsthand account.

Here’s what you need to know about this year’s release.

Brewery parking lot opens: 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25

Doors open: 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25

Selling of bottles: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25

Address of Two Roads: 1700 Stratford Ave., Stratford, CT

Charity: 10 percent of bar sales will go to the Connecticut Fallen Heroes Foundation.

Igor’s Dream 2014 bottle limit: Three per person (1,980 bottles are available for sale)

Igor’s Dream 2013 bottle limit: One per person (first come, first served — 400 available for sale)

Cost: $20 per 2014 bottle; $25 per 2013 bottle

Bottle signings: Two Roads Brewing’s Brewmaster Phil Markowski and Igor Sikorsky’s sons are signing bottles in The Vault Room. The Sikorsky brothers will be at Two Roads from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

ABV: 10.9 percent

Food offeringsFryborg, The Cheese Truck, Cowabunga Food Truck and Firehouse Grill.

Visit the Two Roads Brewing page for more info on the release of Igor’s Dream 2014.

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CT Pour Tour: Where Todd’s Going & When [Update]

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I heard from CT Pour Tour’s Todd Ruggere today, with an updated list on where he’s going and when! Don’t know what CT Pour Tour is? These links will help!

The updated list of towns is after the photo. Here’s the list of spots that have already been scheduled.

If a town has no local restaurant or bar for CT Pour Tour to visit, people are hosting at their homes. One visit is even on a boat!

Towns where Todd needs help with a location: Hartland, Ledyard, Morris, Roxbury and Sherman.

Image Here’s Todd, drinking his first beer of the tour, at Two Roads! (Photo courtesy of Todd Ruggere)

The List of Towns

Andover: Andover Pizza (Jan. 31) *

Ansonia: Crave 102

Ashford: Tavern House * (May 17)

Avon: Lyme Bar

Barkhamsted: Log House

Beacon Falls: New Harvest Restaurant *

Berlin: Sliders (Completed)

Bethany: A person’s home *

Bethel: Greenwood’s Grille

Bethlehem: Nick’s Country Kitchen *

Bloomfield: Thomas Hooker and Back East Brewing Company * (May 16)

Bolton: Three J’s (Jan. 31) *

Bozrah: The Bozrah Moose Lodge

Branford: Thimble Island Brewing Co. (Jan. 18 bus tour: Space still available as of Jan. 12, Click here for more information) * Completed

Bridgeport: Walrus + Carpenter *

Bridgewater: A person’s house

Bristol: Barley Vine and Firefly Hollow Brewing * (May 30)

Brookfield: Rustier Nail

Brooklyn: Hank’s

Burlington: KC Dubliner

Canaan: The Falls Village Inn *

Canterbury: D&G Pizza and Pub *

Canton: LaSalle Market & Deli (April 26) *

Chaplin: Z Best Pizza Restaurant *

Cheshire: C.J. Sparrow Pub & Eatery

Chester: Pattaconk and Six Main Restaurant *

Clinton: Westbrook Lobster *

Colchester: Someone’s house

Colebrook: Knights of Columbus 

Columbia: Z Restaurant (Jan. 31) *

Cornwall: The Wandering Moose

Coventry: Bidwell Tavern (Feb. 23) *

Cromwell: Chicago Sam’s Sports Bar & Grille

Danbury: Stanziato’s Wood Fired Pizza *

Darien: Darien Social

Deep River: Red House

Derby: Dew Drop Inn and Whiskey’s *

Durham: Time Out Taverne *

East Granby: Gio’s Brick Oven Pizza

East Haddam (Moodus): Hilltop BBQ *

East Hampton: Angelico’s Lake House (June 29) *

East Hartford: Olde Burnside Brewing

East Haven: Overshores Brewing

East Lyme/Niantic: Lyme Tavern 

East Windsor: Broad Brook Brewing Co. *

Eastford: Coriander Cafe & Country Store (BYOB)

Easton: House party 

Ellington: The Hidden Still Bar & Restaurant *

Enfield: The Enfield Tap *

Essex: Griswold Inn *

Fairfield: Colony Grill

Farmington (Unionville): Olive Bar (June 21)

Franklin: Modesto’s Restaurant

Glastonbury: Still working on a location

Goshen: AJ’s Steak & Pizza

Granby: The Cambridge House Brew Pub

Greenwich: Ginger Man *

Griswold: Turning Point Restaurant & Bar

Groton/Mystic: Oyster Club (Jan. 23)

Guilford: Auger’s Irish Pub

Haddam: Tony’s Package Store

Hamden: Mikro Beer BarThe Outer Space, Eli’s on Whitney and Dunn’s Pub *

Hampton: In person’s home (June 8) 

Hartford: City Steam Brewery Cafe/On 20 (March 7) *

Hartland: Fire Department (July 19) 

Harwinton: A person’s house *

Hebron: FennAgain’s Irish Pub & Restaurant *

Kent: Kent Falls Brewing Company and Kingsley Tavern *

Killingly/Dayville: The Lake Tavern and Danielson Sports (May 3)

Killingsworth: June’s Outback Pub (March 2) *

Lebanon: Log Cabin Restaurant

Ledyard: Needs a location (needs help) 

Lisbon: Ruby Tuesday

Litchfield: @ The Corner * (Feb. 22)

Lyme (Niantic): The Lyme Tavern Sports Bar *

Madison: Donahue’s Madison Beach Grille

Manchester: Shea’s American Bar & Grill *

Mansfield (Storrs): Ted’s Bar (Feb. 1)

Marlborough: Boat ride with Rick from Shebeen Brewing Co. *

Meriden: Silver City Sports Bar & Grill

Middlebury: 8 Fifty Wood Fired Pizza and Pies & Pints (April 19) 

Middlefield: Blackbird Tavern 

Middletown: Eli Cannon’s Tap Room (April 15) *

Milford: SBC Restaurant & Brewery (Jan. 18 bus tour: Space still available as of Jan. 12, Click here for more information) * Completed

Monroe: Tavern (Completed)

Montville (Uncasville): Longshots Sports Cafe *

Morris: Needs a location (needs help) 

Mystic/Groton: The Engine Room *

Naugatuck: The Corner Tavern *

New Britain: East Side Restaurant

New Canaan: Fifty Coins Restaurant

New Fairfield: Candlewood Grille

New Hartford: Chatterley’s Restaurant or Portobello’s Ristorante & Pizzeria

New Haven: Anna Liffey’s *

New London: Frank’s/Gaspar’s

New Milford: 1st and 10 Sports Bar & Grill *

Newington: The Brickhouse Bar & Grill

Newtown: My Place Pizza & Restaurant *

Norfolk: Infinity Hall *

North Branford: Doody’s Restaurant

North Canaan: Stateline Pizza *

North Haven: Steel Horse Saloon *

North Stonington (Pawcatuck): Mystic Pizza II

Norwalk: The Ginger Man *

Norwich: Harp & Dragon Pub

Old Lyme: Lenny’s on the Beach

Old Saybrook: Penny Lane Pub (March 27) *

Orange: Prime 16 Tap House + Burgers *

Oxford: Calvary Brewing/Rolando’s (Completed)

Plainfield: New York Pizza Co. * (June 14)

Plainville: J. Timothy’s Taverne *

Plymouth: Chute Gates Steakhouse & Saloon

Pomfret: The Vanilla Bean Café (Completed, Jan.12)

Portland: Winchester Bar & Restaurant * (June 1) 

Preston: Brookside Cafe

Prospect: Senor Pancho’s

Putnam: JD Cooper’s Fine Food & Spirits *

Redding: Redding Roadhouse *

Ridgefield: JoyRidge Cycling Studio and The Hideaway * (Feb. 7) *

Rocky Hill: Wood N’ Tap Bar & Grill (March 24) *

Roxbury: Needs a location (needs help) 

Salem: 2 Brothers Pizza Pub *

Salisbury: At someone’s home

Scotland: At someone’s home (June 8) 

Seymour: Trestle Tavern

Sharon: Sharon Valley Tavern *

Shelton: Bar 140 *

Sherman: Needs a location (needs help) 

Simsbury: Plan B Burger Bar *

Somers: Joanna’s Cafe *

South Windsor: The Mill on the River Restaurant (Completed, Jan. 12)

Southbury: Shadrach’s Restaurant & Pub (Completed)

Southington: Groggy Frogg * (March 12)

Sprague (Baltic): TJ’s Family Restaurant & Catering *

Stafford: Stafford House of Pizza & Restaurant *

Stamford: Coalhouse Pizza *

Sterling: Weidele’s Pizza & Pub

Stonington: The Handlebar Cafe (Pawcatuck) and Beer’d Brewing Co. * (April 5)

Stratford: Two Roads Brewing Co. (Kickoff, completed on Jan. 11)

Suffield: Lucky’s Pub * (July 11)

Thomaston: Holly’s Cafe *

Thompson: Thompson Rod & Gun Club

Tolland: Tavern House Grill * (May 17)

Torrington: Tim’s House for Homebrew Happy Hour, Backstage and Bogey’s Restaurant & Pub (March 22) *

Trumbull: Parallel Post Restaurant

Union: Traveler Restaurant

Vernon: Wood N’ Tap Bar & Grill and Free Spirit Cafe (July 13) *

Voluntown: Two Brothers Country Pub

Wallingford: Knuckleheads (Jan. 18 bus tour: Space still available as of Jan. 12, Click here for more information) * Completed

Warren: The Rooster Tail Inn 

Washington: The White Horse Country Pub & Restaurant

Waterbury: The Hills Restaurant and 1249 Wine Bar (June 6)

Waterford: Filomena’s Restaurant

Watertown: Ordinary Joe’s and Stars and Bars Home Brew * (March 15)

West Hartford: Working on a location 

West Haven: Duffy’s Tavern

Westbrook: Bill’s Seafood *

Weston: Cobbs Mill Tavern

Westport: Little Barn

Wethersfield: Wethersfield Historical Society tasting * (April 12)

Willington: Willington Pizza House *

Wilton: Little Pub *

Winchester: The Swingin’ Parrott Pub * (March 22)

Windham: Willimantic Brewing Co. *

Windsor: Union Street Tavern *

Windsor Locks: Bobby V’s *

Wolcott: Shebeen Brewing (Jan. 18 bus tour: Space still available as of Jan. 12, Click here for more information) * Completed

Woodbridge: New England Brewing Co. (Jan. 18 bus tour: Space still available as of Jan. 12, Click here for more information) * Completed

Woodbury: The Zoo (also known as the Tollgate Inn)

Woodstock: Sherwood’s Restaurant & Bar (Jan. 12) Completed

Aurora Borealis? How About Aurora Beerealis?

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If you haven’t figured this out yet, I love a good pun. Or a bad pun. All puns, really.

Alright, back to the real reason for this post. You might have heard something about the Northern Lights being visible in Connecticut today and tomorrow, Jan. 9 and 10.

I started wondering what I would serve at a Northern Lights party (mainly so I could use that pun). And then I started thinking about what kind of drinks I’d serve. Because if you’re going to have a themed party, the beer and wine needs to coincide!

I searched online and found some pretty perfect drinks to serve at a Northern Lights party. I admit that I haven’t had firsthand experience with these — if you have, let me know how these are!

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(Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn, via flickr creative commons) 

Starr Hill’s Northern Lights

Can’t have a Northern Lights-themed party without it! This beer is an IPA with 6.5 % ABV.

Nøgne Ø/Bridge Road Aurora Borealis

Well, check out the ABV on this! 14.9 %!

Autumn Harvest Winery’s Northern Lights

This is a semi-sweet white wine made in Wisconsin. Can we get it in Connecticut? No. But we can order it online!

Bet you’re hungry too, right?

Since you can’t starve at our virtual Northern Lights viewing party, here’s some menu ideas!

Lastly, this cocktail is aptly named Aurora Borealis and I have to wonder if it’s as awesome as it looks! I’m pretty sure the cocktails doesn’t actually come with galaxies…

I heard it’s the tonic water that makes it glow under a blacklight. So now I have a new goal — to try and make this drink. Oh, and buy a black light.

Let me know if you see the Northern Lights and hey, come follow newly created Books, Brews & Booze on Facebook and Twitter!