Va-va-VOOM: Get ready for burlesque in Oakville

Hardcore
from http://www.desultorytheatreclub.com

From correspondent Lulu Michiell:

A definite do not miss: Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes, the coolest bakery in the New Haven area, and the Desultory Theatre Club will be hosting:

The Hardcore Halloweenie Burlesque & Variety Show! 
on

Saturday, October 24
at 7 – 10:30 p.m.
20 Main St
Oakville, Connecticut

Featuring the burlesque talents of Dot Mitsvah (CT), the Juiciest Jewess this side of the Wailing Wall; Vanil LaFrappe (CT), who will shake and stir you!; Nikki Tiki (NJ), the Jessica Rabbit of burlesque; and Vivienne LaFlamme (CT) who will make you hot under the collar.

What makes this different from your usual Saturday night is that this burlesque is as frothy and delicious as a white frosted cupcake sprinkled with goodies. Mmm… yum! These ladies are sure to tickle your fancy and delight your sense of titillation. I’m turned on, are you?
Show up early to get your seat and grab something from the food trucks of “SPUDS YOUR WAY” and “The Green Grunion. Find out more on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HardcoreSweetCupcakes.
Also featured: Firefly Hollow Brewing.

Pouring it forward

Steve and Eileen Maynard, behind Tess Szamatulski, at Maltose Express in Monroe, Conn.
Steve and Eileen Maynard, behind Tess Szamatulski, at Maltose Express in Monroe, Conn.

The couple with the bag of beer bottles beamed as they bounced into the hombrew store.

Steve and Eileen Maynard were just beginning their annual tour, visiting friends to distribute their Christmas beer. They let me tag along as they handed out whimsically wrapped bottles, which they called their Jolly Good Christmas Ale. From sitting in on the brewing to witnessing the deliveries, I had a chance to see what real appreciation looks like.

They’ve just entered Maltose Express in Monroe, where the employees have walked Steve through crises small and big since he started brewing almost 10 years ago. Steve’s hobby began with an extract kit that he lobbied for as a Father’s Day gift. In five years he graduated from turning pre-fabricated syrup into beer on his stovetop to brewing with raw ingredients on a small, open-flame set-up on his deck that overlooks a wooded backyard in Cheshire. It was there in August that I had a chance to watch as Steve, Eileen and Eileen’s brother Peter poured the nascent beer into its fermentation bottle in hopes that months later it would serve as a small thank you for a year of inspiration and guidance. Continue reading “Pouring it forward”

When the world discovers Connecticut beer

Ted Pert, left, and Ryan Crowley working the taps at Two Roads Brewing Company. (photo: Andrew Sullivan for the New York Times)
Ted Pert, left, and Ryan Crowley working the taps at Two Roads Brewing Company. (photo: Andrew Sullivan for the New York Times)

You know how when you go to see a band, and the opening act is just amazing? You’d never heard of them, and weren’t even expecting to see them play. They were so mesmerizing, in fact, that you don’t remember much of the headliners. All you know is that you’ve been listening to the openers nonstop for two weeks and are checking up on their live gig schedule.

And then you hear them on the radio. And their video goes viral. You think, I knew them first.

There’s a parallel with breweries there, I think. Once the world discoverers “your brewery,” there’s a dual twinge. One is, “Hey, they’re MINE! You’re going to just ruin them… somehow.” The other is, “Cool. Good for my brewery. I mean, OUR brewery.”

The buzz around the Feb. 27 New York Times piece by Christopher Brooks, “Slaking a Thirst for Beers at Craft Breweries,” reminds me of this duality. The piece covers the latest generation of Connecticut breweries that have cropped up in the past year. Firefly Hollow, Top Shelf, Broad Brook, Beer’d,  Shebeen, and Two Roads are highlighted, with brief quotes from the brewers. Continue reading “When the world discovers Connecticut beer”