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 Winners of the 2012 World Beer Cup

The Brewers Association

  In early May, brewers from around the world received awards from an elite international panel of judges in the 2012 Brewers Association World Beer Cup in Boulder, Colorado. The ninth biennial competition boasted the strongest field of entrants on record, with 799 breweries from… 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 »

The Best of Homebrews

Robert Rae

by Nick Doniger SUNDAYS CAN BE PRETTY DRY IN CONNECTICUT. If you forgot to make your Saturday beer run, you might be out of luck, due to the state’s antiquated “Blue Laws”.  Your best bet is to go to your favorite pub.  Or become a… Read more »

The American High Life

Robert Rae

by Joshua L. Durkinfrom HatCityHoppers There are so many good beers out there that I decided I needed to pick out one that no one could argue was a great beer. The sweet, sultry glass of golden empty caloric content saw me through many times… Read more »

Stone Brewing Co’s Brewmaster Authors Book on IPA

The Brewers Association

  India pale ale (IPA) has become one of the most popular craft beer styles in the world, and Brewers Publications is pleased to present the authoritative guide to the brewing techniques and history behind this iconic beer. IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale, by… 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 »

Olde Burnside Brewing Company Puts In Their Ten Cents

Robert Rae

by Nick Doniger from Sizzle Grove “The craft beer business is just exploding now,” stated Bob McClellan, owner and founder of East Hartford, Connecticut’s Olde Burnside Brewing Company, in an interview.  “I don’t think it’s ever gonna crash.” That statement is a promising prospect for… Read more »

Northeast Beer Hunter: Deviant Dale’s IIPA

Dino Acquarelli

Oscar Blues Brewery has another hit on its hands with this tasty Imperial IPA. Deviant Dale’s is the first offering in a tallboy can from the brewery that originated the “can” craft beer revolution 20 years ago. This brew did it right when they made… 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 »

Northeast Beer Hunter: Beer Festivals

Dino Acquarelli

  As craft beer drinkers, this is a splendid time of year for our passion.  As many of you know, we are right in the middle of beer festival season!  Beer fests are great for a number of reasons, but the two primary reasons are… Read more »

New England Brewing Company: Serious Canned Beer

Leeanne Griffin

  With some extra time to kill before an interview in New Haven recently, I made a pit stop at my favorite Southern Connecticut package store: Amity Wine & Spirits in Hamden, near Quinnipiac.   While Amity has a really great wine selection (the only… 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 »