Support New Haven Pride by drinking beer

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The New Haven Pride Center is holding a beer tasting fund-raiser from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 9.

It will take place at the Savin Rock Conference Center, 6 Rock St., in West Haven, Conn.

There will be appetizers and Coastal Wine & Spirits will be supplying the beer. Choices will include beer from Sebago, Oskar Blues, Newport Storm, Wachusett, Back East (of Bloomfield, Conn.), New England (of Woodbridge, Conn.), along with beers from France, Austria, Spain, and Belgium.

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Ticket are $20 in advance for non-members through tomorrow, Tues., Aug. 6. You can also buy them at the door for $25.

Proceeds will support the New Haven Pride Center, which serves the needs of the area’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.

For more information, contact the Center at (203) 387-2252 or email

Connecticut Beer Week is almost here

(A version of this column was published on May 8, 2013 in the Waterbury (Conn.) Republican-American.)

Spread the news far and wide: May 11-18 is “CT Beer Week.”

It’s basically a party that members of the Connecticut beer industry have decided to throw in honor of… itself.

The statewide event non-coincidentally coincides with the American Craft Beer Week. That’s the one that invented by the Brewers Association to promote the craft beer industry. By craft beer, we’re talking smaller than Budweiser, which basically has its week every week, with a special holiday on Super Bowl Sunday. Continue reading “Connecticut Beer Week is almost here”

Winter Warmer Brew Fest on Feb. 28

CsBrewersguildBrewfestComing up on Feb. 28 is the Second Annual Winter Warmer Brew Fest at City Steam Brewery and Cafe in Hartford, Conn.

Advance tickets for the 7-10 p.m. event are $35. Admission includes beer tastes from more than 20 local breweries, plus a cash bar and food from City Steam. You can get them by going to

If they don’t sell out, tickets will be $40 at the door.

The sponsors are CT Beer Trail, City Steam, and the Connecticut Craft Brewers Guild. The Guild is a nonprofit organization that works to increase interest in Connecticut beer by finding ways to attract tourists and promote beer through festivals.

If you have questions, call City Steam at (860) 525-1600. It’s located at 942 Main St., Hartford.

Part of the proceeds from the event will go to the development of the CT Beer Trail destination map and other promotional materials.

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Brew Fest confessions

There’s nothing like making a rookie mistake in a field where you’re supposed to be a pro.

I did this afternoon at the Waterbury Brew Fest. Early admittance gave me and my special ladyfriend a chance to roam Library Park and its eight tents — some with about a dozen brewers and distributors, others with just a few — for an hour with a “VIP” crowd of probably about a few hundred people.

Like a man transported from a desert to a water fountain, I dove in. I had my plan: start with Founder’s Breakfast Stout and wing it from there. Wing it we did. We hit the mostly-Connecticut beer tent, the foreign-beer tent, the tent that had a lot of beers on tap that I haven’t tried in a while. We went everywhere but the $10-extra Belgian tents… I just wasn’t in the mood.

Continue reading “Brew Fest confessions”

Brass City Brew Fest is Coming!

Courtesy of the Waterbury (Conn.) Republican-American

This Saturday, you have to get to the Brass City Brew Fest at Library Park in Waterbuy, Conn. If you like beer, enjoy friendly crowds, and are into experimenting with mass consumption, get your tickets today. It’s produced by and for the benefit of, Main Street Waterbury, a downtown revitalization program. It’s organized by Mountview Plaza Wine & Liquors.

Feel free to clip and save the Brew Fest Game and carry it with you for maximum enjoyment during the festival!