Word of the Monday, April 15, 2013: “small beer”

By Amanda Bloom

  small beer noun 1 chiefly Brit. a thing that is considered unimportant : even with $10,000 to invest, you are still small beer for most stockbrokers. 2 archaic weak beer.   Small beer – another way to say no big deal, small potatoes, mole… Read more »

UK Style Home Brew Competition

Mercurial Staff

  Monroe, Connecticut’s homebrew supply store Maltose Express and Stamford’s Coalhouse Pizza have joined forces in creating a UK style home brew competition.  The deadline for entries is Saturday, February 16 (you’ve got one month, get brewing!) and all styles from the UK will be… Read more »

The Craft Beer Blow-up

Amanda Bloom

  This past December, The Brewer’s Association issued a statement defining what it means to be an American craft brewery along with a call for transparency in beer brand ownership.  The statement has set off significant backlash in the beer world as traditional and multinational… Read more »

Small Brewer Federal Excise Tax Bill Reintroduced in Congress

The Brewers Association

  With the 113th Congress underway, the Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group representing the majority of U.S. brewing companies—announced the reintroduction of H.R. 494, the Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act (Small BREW Act) in the House of Representatives. The bipartisan legislation, which… Read more »

Sixpoint Brewery Can-to-Table Dinner at Wilton’s Bistro 7


  Sixpoint Brewery is pretty new to the Connecticut market, but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming all the buzz.  We had our first taste of Sixpoint last year when we tried out around 50 different custom brews (some made with lobster, some made with oyster, even some made… Read more »

Sierra Nevada Offering Limited Summerfest Can Release

Penelope News

  Attention can-hounds: Sierra Nevada is releasing a limited run of Summerfest lager 12-packs, following the popular run of canned Pale Ale and Torpedo Extra IPA earlier this spring. Within 10 weeks of its introduction, Pale Ale 12-packs topped the craft can category, and Torpedo… Read more »

She’s So Heavy: The Imperial Stout

Amanda Bloom

  It’s cold and gray outside; that means it’s time to crack those thick, dark, sprit-warming beers. Now is a great time of year to explore the world of imperial stouts, the proverbial king of winter-time brews.  Here are a few heady, heavy imperials to… Read more »

Sam Adams to Debut the “Sam Can” this Summer

Mercurial Staff

  Samuel Adams announced on Monday that it plans to offer Samuel Adams Boston Lager in a can for the first time (though the company did sell “Samuel Adams Boston Beer” tall boys in the UK in the 90s)  – but not just any can. The… Read more »

Rogue Ales to Release Pumpkin Beer During Pumpkin Season

Mercurial Staff

  This fall, Rogue Ales is releasing its beloved Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Ale, an ale brewed with Rogue’s own fresh pumpkins grown and harvested at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon.   Because no canned pumpkins, purees or concentrates are used in the brew, the… Read more »

Northeast Beer Hunter: DeCicco’s Brewster

Dino Acquarelli

photos by Amanda Bloom   The landscape of craft beer in the Greater Danbury, Conn. area changed dramatically when DeCicco’s Family Market in Brewster, New York opened their doors a year and a half ago.  We had some nice places to find our nectar fix,… Read more »

Magic Hat Sues Kentucky Brewer for Trademark Infringements

Amanda Bloom

  West Sixth Brewing Company of Lexington, Kentucky is being sued by Vermont-based Magic Hat’s parent company, Cerveceria Costa Rica, for trademark infringement – Magic Hat claims that West Sixth has copied their #9 beer logo.  One has to admit that the similarities are clear, but… Read more »

Lemon Balm and Mint Iced Tea

Robert Rae

by Amanda Bloom For those times when water can’t quench you, here’s an easy recipe for a lemon balm and mint iced tea.  This herb infusion will cool and calm you from the inside out: lemon balm is known for its calming properties, and mint… Read more »

Lab Tests Show Budweiser Not Watered Down

George Gombossy

  NPR has taken on the challenge of finding out whether there is merit to lawsuits filed claiming that Budweiser and other beers brewed by Anheuser-Busch are watered down.   The results of lab tests show that they are not, according to NPR.   “Tests conducted on… Read more »

Introducing the Beer Garden at Two Steps Downtown Grille

Rebecca DiFabbio

  Two Steps Downtown Grille in Danbury, Connecticut, is kicking off the summer with the opening of their new beer garden, now open on Friday and Saturday nights. This past weekend was the beer garden’s fourth official weekend.  (Two Steps is an advertiser on The… Read more »

Homebrewing Finally Legal in All 50 States

Mercurial Staff

  As of July 1, 2013,  homebrewers can legally brew in every state in the country, as recently passed homebrewing legislation took effect in Mississippi, according to the American Homebrewers Association (AHA).   Homebrewing was federally legalized in 1978 for the first time since Prohibition… Read more »

Homebrewing Expert Pens ‘For the Love of Hops’

The Brewers Association

  Centuries ago, brewers discovered the potential of an unassuming flower growing on vines. Now, it’s nearly impossible to find a beer without hops, which is why Brewers Publications tapped beer and homebrewing expert Stan Hieronymus to pen For the Love of Hops: The Practical Guide to… Read more »

Guinness Launching a Non-Pumpkin Fall Beer

Penelope News

  Guinness & Co. has announced that Guinness Red Harvest Stout, a new, limited edition seasonal beer, will be available in the United States this fall in celebration of ancient Celtic traditions. This new craft brew provides a change of pace from the array of pumpkin… Read more »

French Parliament Increases Beer Tax by 160%

Mercurial Staff

  Despite the best and combined efforts of brewers, bar-owners, consumers, politicians, citizens and celebrities over the last six weeks, the French Parliament last approved a bill to hike French beer tax by a massive 160% earlier this week. Despite the best efforts of the… Read more »