Tullycross Is Newest Connecticut Brewpub; Trinity Brewer Starts Own Label — Revival
By now it is likely that the Connecticut legislature has acted upon Senate Bill 464 that moves towards the establishment of a CT brewery trail. Give a call to your legislators and ask them about the bill and tell them you hope they did or will support it as it moves forward.
Connecticut has a brand new brewpub! Tullycross Tavern is in Manchester and is the new pub that replaced the chain John Harvards pub. Brewer Frank Fermino is still on board and will be cherishing his increased freedom of choice and tweaking of beer recipes. Frank will have an imperial stout named Tempting Murphy on line, with robust chocolate and roasted notes. Also look for foo-fighter IPA at 5.7% with chinook, centennial, and amarillo hops.
In May look for The Graduator to pour into your glass. This beer is a 7.2% malt bomb and was co-designed with Chris Jacques. Also look for Eddies Special Beer (ESB) with all East Kent Goldings hops and registering 50 IBUs. Frank will be pouring at several events in the region including Knights of Columbus in Hamden on 4/8 and the Spring beer fest in Providence on 4/9. Finally Tullycross will be allowing growler refills at the pub with house growlers only; this is a change from previous policy of only original sales of growlers. There will be some guest beer lines at the pub as well with Newport Storm Amber starting the list off on 4/6.
In New Haven at Bru RM @BAR, Jeff Browning has just put released his new bock, Ten Years After, a 6% American Bock brewed with 10 different malts and named both after the 70s band and in honor of the 10-year anniversary of Delaney’s beer bar in New Haven. This beer will be dark in color and have rich roasted malt notes. Also look for the first in a single hop Pale Ale series to be on draft. Jeff used Falconer’s Flight hops only in this 5%, 35 IBU beer. The next batch will showcase Warrior hops only and the third in the series will be with citra hops. Jeff will be putting the Raven Haired Beauty on tap in mid May and is hosting a beer collectibles show at BAR April 9. For $5 you get admission to the show, plus some beer and pizza. Also look for the Knights of Columbus Hamden beerfest on April 8.
Moving along to Cambridge Brew House in Granby, Adam Read will also have a bock on the draft lines with Bumble Bock pouring for guests. There is no honey in this beer and it is a traditional German bock registering 7.1%. Also look for the ESB at 6.3% to come back around and finally the English Brown Ale at 5.2%.
Cavalry Brewing Co., is riding its success and pushing out another beer for their portfolio. Brewer Mike McCreary will release Marauder IPA in mid-May. This brew will be English Style at 5.0% and 35 IBUs. Also check out their Facebook page for information on cask Wednesdays at the brewery. First event will be in mid-April.
Jason McClellan from Olde Burnside in East Hartford will be releasing the Penny Weiz in April, this 5.2% Belgian/Scottish Wit beer is crisp and refreshing for the upcoming warmer weather. Keep your eyes peeled for an Imperial Dirty Penny ale named Stone of Destiny that will register 11% and will be bourbon barrel aged.
Prime 16 in New Haven will be featuring a tap takeover of Stillwater in the end of April, the date depends on when the brews arrive from down south. On May 26, the taps will be turned over to Weyerbacher for 10 drafts and a special cask.
If you are in Middletown swing by Eli Cannon’s for a Tuesday tasting with a different brewery each week. Here is the list of events: 4/19 Sierra Nevada, 4/26 Boulder, 5/10 Berkshire Brewing, 5/17 Magic Hat, 5/24 Blue Point. Come by for the Memorial Day picnic/BBQ with Stone beers. Tickets are available at Eli’s.
Ron Page at City Steam Brewery in Hartford has been struggling to keep up with demand at the pub due to massive draft sales of Naughty Nurse across Connecticut. Demand is so high many longer maturing lagers and specialty brews have been put off to keep pumping out the Naughty Nurse. But the solution is arriving soon with two additional fermenters now and a third on order, so look for more variety and more beer to be flowing at the pub in the near future.
Dave Wollner at Willimantic Brewing Co. in Willimantic is pouring a solid array of spring time brews. Look for draft lines pouring Mail Carrier Maybock (5.8%), Pony Espresso Stout (5.9%), Glacier IPA (6.2%) and IPA Squared Double IPA (8.3%). There is also a wide range of events for April and May. On 4/16 the pub will be rocking to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Willibrew and will also be keeping it “green” for Earth day with local and sustainable food specials. April 25 is the spring 4-course beer dinner — 4 courses paired with 4 four beers. Tickets are available at the pub. Finally, come celebrate Cinco De Mayo on May 5 th with a Mexican fiesta at the pub.
Marshall Righter of Coddington Brewing in Middletown will have a wide range of spring beers available at the pub. Stop by for a pint of the doppelbock, a dark brown brew with garnet highlights registering 7.1%. You can also try a 6.2% Maibock, a 3.8% Oatmeal Stout r an English-style IPA (5%) with cascade and magnum hops. All beers are available to go in growlers.
Aaron Crossett of Union Station Brewery in Providence will have a specially designed guest brew on tap with a high likelihood of the style being a breakfast stout. Also look for a big Double IPA at 100 IBUs and more than 9% strength. A Belgian Wit and Bavarian Hefe will also feature on the draft lines at Union Station. Mug Club renewal is going on now and there is a wait list, so renew on time or you could potentially lose your spot.
Sean Larkin at Trinity Brewing in Providence is ultra busy as usual. He will have a Hefeweizen at 4.0% and 22 IBUs using wheat and pilsner malt this spring. Also look for Murphy Brown Ale at 52 IBUs and brewed
with five different malts, summit and amarillo hops and registering about 9%. Sean will continue his Belgian explorations with a saison and a Belgian pale ale using cascade hops. He is also brewing the Narragansett beers and will have the Helles Bock as a spring seasonal in 16 oz cans in April. This 6.5% beer with northern brewer and hallertau hops will be the third in the line of seasonal releases. Also look for the summer seasonal at the end of May, a golden ale of 4.2% and 25 IBUs.
Because he wasn’t doing enough to boost the beer world of Rhode Island Sean is also starting his own brewing company with some contracted batches for Revival Brewing Co. The first beer is going to be a Belgian Saison of 6.5% and 20 IBUs. Mostly a draft release for this beer currently, there are some plans for 22 oz bottles in the near future. A second beer for late summer/early fall will be an Imperial Octoberfest.