Thinking outside the carafe

Liz Pliska, with Nelson Veiga (left) and Jamie Webb
Liz Pliska, with Nelson Veiga (left) and Jamie Webb

The last place I’d expect locally crafted beers to gain a huge reception? A Waterbury, Conn., wine bar.

Well, I’d expect it even less at a nursery school, but still…

In yet another sign of Connecticut beer’s increasing popularity, 1249 Wine Bar recently opened its rechristened “CT Taproom,” and is already drawing drinkers to its six locals-only taps and expanding bottle list.

While the primarily Euro-centric restaurant is certainly a wine-drinker destination and has won awards for its wine and martini selection, the stretch into beer territory is a welcome move.

Much of the credit goes to one of the restaurant’s managers, Liz Pliska. The upbeat and personable redhead knows her beer and has made strong contacts with local brewers. Continue reading “Thinking outside the carafe”

Charter Oak to release IPA

Charter Oak Brewing of New Canaan, Conn., publicized recently that it will be brewing a Wadsworth India Pale Ale next week for release in May.
The IPA is named after Captain Joseph Wadsworth, a patriot who hid the Connecticut Charter in an oak tree despite a royal decree.
It’s a “west coast style IPA with plenty of hop aroma and bitterness, yet crisp, refreshing and not over the top,” according to a press release.
There will be high Alpha hops (Galena, Chinook, and Cascade) win the beer, along with five malted barleys.
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