Top 10 Breweries I Want to Visit

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We’ve all got our wish lists — beers we want to drink, books we want to read, famous people we’d like to have a meal with. (Robert Downey Jr. and Elizabeth Gilbert, I’m looking at you!)

Here’s my brewery wish list — the top 10 spots I want to visit, grouped by the reason why. (As if I need one, am I right?!)

Don’t be shy — I want to know what’s on your wish list too!

Image (Photo credit: weeklydig, via flickr creative commons)

Because their brews fascinate me

Because I love their beers already

Because they came highly recommended

TRVE Brewing Co.

Because I’m a sucker for an awesome logo

So what breweries are you most excited to visit? You know what to do — comment, comment, comment! 🙂

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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)

How to Incorporate Craft Beer Into Your Wedding

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If you’re a craft beer fan and are getting married or throwing a party, here’s some easy ways to incorporate craft beer into the festivities!

The Beer Bar

  • Beer in an ice-filled canoe
  • Beer in an ice-filled wheelbarrow

Centerpieces

  • Beer bottles with flowers: Line up a bunch of bottles in a row for a table-runner feel
  • Growlers with flowers
  • White carnations in a beer mug that’s filled with gold or yellow tissue paper (it looks like beer in a mug)

Party Favors

  • Wedding-themed beer cozies: “To have and to hold and to keep your beer cold”
  • Incorporate the tagline “Love is brewing” onto coasters, mugs, magnets or beer glasses
  • Soap made out of beer
  • Bottles of home-brewed beer with unique labels or tags (This is the time when you go wild with beer puns, like “Hoppily Ever After”)

Bouquets & Boutonnières

  • Incorporate hops or grain stalks into the bouquet or boutonnière

Check out the Books, Brews & Booze Pinterest board on incorporating craft beer into weddings to see where the inspiration for this post came from!

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 Schedule

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Here’s a list of scheduled dates and locations so far, from the CT Pour Tour website. An asterisk means that there’s an event taking place, with some portion of proceeds going toward Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven.

If you work at a local establishment and want to schedule an event, contact CT Pour Tour founder Todd Ruggere at Toddy351@yahoo.com or 781-974-9428.

  • 1/31 Columbia – Z Restaurant
  • 3/22 Torrington- Tim’s House, Homebrew Happy Hour
  • 6/8 Hampton – Someone’s house
  • 6/8 Scotland – Someone’s house
  • 7/19 Hartland – Fire Department

Here’s the full list of CT Pour Tour towns and datesFor more info on CT Pour Tour, visit these links:

(Photo Credit: Two Roads Brewing Co.)

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

CT Pour Tour’s List/Schedule of Towns [UPDATED]

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Here’s the latest list of towns from Todd!

Todd Ruggere is having a beer in each CT town this year and raising money for pediatric cancer research along the way! The kickoff was on Jan. 11 at Two Roads Brewing Co. in Stratford and it was awesome. Approximately $1,200 was raised that day, according to Ruggere.

IMG_7644 This is Todd, at the CT Pour Tour kickoff at Two Roads Brewing in Stratford.

Todd was kind enough to give me his list of where he’s going in each town! One thing to note: The list is a work-in-progress so be sure to follow CT Pour Tour on Facebook to stay up-to-date! When dates are available, they are noted.

If you have suggestions on where Todd should go, email him at toddy351@yahoo.com. If you’d like to help him set up a time at a local bar or spot, email him too!

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