CT Beer Week 2014- Best Bets

Last year’s CT Beer Week went so well, 2014 will bring not just one, but TWO weeks celebrating locally brewed beer. May 12-18 is the first week, and October 13-19 is the second.

The spring beer week has plenty of events going on across the state. The week kicks off with the 4th annual Rising Pint Brewfest, which takes place May 10 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT.

Culminating the week is the 20th Annual CT Craft Brewers Fest at Jesse Camille’s Restaurant in Naugatuck.

There are a LOT of events going on during the week, which you can see a full list of here. My local picks during the week are below.

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Cask Republic in New Haven will kick off the week by devoting all their draft lines (there are 56 of them!) to Connecticut beers on Monday, May 12.

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The Outer Space in Hamden will have a CT tap takeover on Tuesday, May 13. Tuesdays are also Honky Tonk Tuesdays at the OS, so expect to hear some awesome bluegrass tunes while you’re enjoying the brews.

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Knuckleheads is one of my new favorite places to get a beer and dinner in CT. It’s in Wallingford, the menu is awesome (they have macaroni and cheese pulled pork sandwiches), the beer list is great, there’s live music in the back room a few nights a week, and there are random Misfits and Iron Maiden references on their staff’s shirts and flyers. Wednesday, May 14, they will be celebrating CT Beer Week by tapping some locally brewed beers.

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Coalhouse Pizza regularly has homebrewing competitions, so it’s clear that they love craft beer. They will have a different event each night next week. I am most excited for the Rare Beer Night on Thursday, May 15, and their beer brunch with mead-mimosas on Sunday, May 18!

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Southport Brewing Company has been around and brewing for awhile, and they will be celebrating CT Beer Week with a collaboration with Half Full Brewery. The Southport location will have it on draft Thursday, May 15.
This year is looking to be even bigger than last year, so definitely check out these events and others in your area, and keep the craft beer love flowing!

 

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Q&A: Rock, Rage, and Self Defense

Sometimes a film will hit really close to home, even when it’s about a home on the other side of the country. Rock, Rage, and Self-Defense, a new documentary by Leah Michaels and Rozz Therrien is on tour now (it stops in Connecticut on May 1-2). While it covers a subject matter that stems from an event that took place over 20 years ago, its material still holds an importance in the music community today. Mia Zapata was the lead singer of punk band The Gits who were formed in the mid-80s in Seattle. In 1993, while walking home from a bar one night, Zapata was brutally raped and murdered. The aftermath lead to her friends forming a non-profit anti-violence group called Home Alive, which taught self-defense and campaigned for social justice in the community. While the organization has changed throughout the years (all of its course material is now available online, and instructors are available by appointment to teach classes to anyone who asks), the message of “you are worth defending” remains the same.

Why is this important to Now Beer This? As a music blog, we go to concerts all the time. We hang out at cool bars and drink delicious beers. We should feel safe doing the things we love, without threat. It’s important to have outlets like Home Alive, to be aware and educated, and to have support when violence and injustice do happen.

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I chatted with Leah and Rozz, the filmmakers. What is really remarkable is that the two had never made a film before, so it’s especially fascinating to see their journey through the process.

Can you please give a little background to how the documentary came about?

The film evolved from a class oral history project at the University of Washington. The class was titled, “Making Scenes and Building Communities: boys and girls play indie rock” and the premise was to explore how these popular scenes come to be and who gets written out of the history. The who being predominately people of color and women. Being in Seattle, we focused on what is now referred to as the “grunge” scene. So, for this project student groups were assigned women in Seattle who were a part of different scenes and communities, and each group filmed oral histories. We were each assigned different co-founders to the grassroots self defense organization Home Alive.
When we finished the oral histories, we kept talking about how amazing the interviews were and how inspiring these women were. We asked our professors what was going to become of the oral histories, and they said they will be housed in the “Women Who Rock Digital Oral History Archive” for later projects. Being Juniors, we were like ummm we’ve got another year here, and we want to know more about Home Alive. So out of yearning to know more, we found ourselves making a documentary.
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Mia Zapata was murdered over 20 years ago. What helped to bring her case to life again through your studies?
Our oral history assignments brought the activism that transpired after her death to life for us. We were both familiar with The Gits and 7 year Bitch, but unfamiliar with the social activism the arts and music community in Seattle were doing at the time.
Now that so many things are immortalized forever on the internet, do you think the idea of an oral history is still important today?
We think it’s more important today than ever. We live in a soundbite era, where headlines, reports, and full news hours are dedicated to one soundbite removed from its original context. We aren’t getting the full story from those who are saying the soundbites. With an oral history, or rather our intention with making this an oral history driven documentary, is that we, as filmmakers, are not controlling what our interviewees are saying, or are not intending to prompt a specific answer. With that being said we do have the final say in the editing process, but because these are oral histories we let the interviewees tell us their truth and their histories. The importance of the oral history in the age of twitter, facebook, and instagram is that we are capturing more than 140 characters, and more than one cool photo with a filter on it. Oral histories provide an avenue for people to share in preserving their histories in the first person narrative, that might otherwise be forgotten or excluded from the larger narrative.
Was it difficult to get in touch with the co-founders? Were they receptive to the creation of this documentary?
You know, everyone was surprisingly receptive. I think having met two of the co-founders through our class project, the co-founders and Home Alive volunteers were more accessible and willing to be interviewed.
What was the most rewarding part of making this documentary for you?
Where do we begin? Haha, for both of us the past three years have been an incredible journey, as cheesy as that sounds. The most rewarding part is that these women were willing to trust us with creating a documentary about their baby, Home Alive, and that they’ve been so supportive through this whole process. They have shared their personal stories of trauma, stories of strength, and life advice. Since we started making this film, we’ve graduated (go Dawgs), left Seattle, and are now navigating our post-collegiate lives. These women and their stories have been great beacons of how to live our lives creatively and outside of the traditional 9-5 job, and how to do all that while not losing sight of the importance of grassroots activism.
 
It is also incredibly rewarding to hear responses from people after watching the film. People feel so inspired and empowered to start creating change in their own ways whether it is self-care, creating art, or wanting to start their own community self-defense collective. All of that is amazing because one of the main goals of the film is to have people start thinking about violence prevention in whatever way makes sense to them. 
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What resources are currently available for people outside of Seattle, and across the country?
The folks that are currently running Home Alive have put the curriculum, tools, and reading materials on the internet. Anyone can access the tools, for free at teachhomealive.org. There are people doing great work across the country. Oakland has Girl Army and the latest edition of Ms. Magazine had a great feature on rape culture on college campuses and they showcased a lot of awesome organizations doing really vital work. There are so many people doing so many things that this is not an exhaustive list.

Do you think this documentary could inspire others to lead a revival of the organization’s original message?

We think the collective’s original message of “you are worth defending” is still at the core of Home Alive today. We hope that the film continues conversations about community safety, sexual violence, community responsibility, violence prevention, and art as a resource for positive change.  The more we talk about these issues, the more receptive we are to take action when shit happens, and also plan to prevent these scenarios from happening.

"ROCK, RAGE & SELF DEFENSE" SPRING TOURWe are going on tour! The film is an hour and all screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and some screenings have panel discussions. All screenings are free unless otherwise marked. Facebook events are hyperlinked on the date of the event. Join us!April 12 Saturday Muskogee, OK Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival OK Music Hall 3 PM*Festival Tickets April 18 Friday Portland, OR Portland State University Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Student ColloquiumSmith Memorial Student Union Building1 PMApril 19 Saturday Portland, ORThe Red and Black Cafe 400 SE 12th Ave Portland, OR 972147 PMApril 23 Wednesday Seattle, WAUW Odegaard Library Screening & Panel Discussion with filmmakers, co-founders Zoe Abigail Bermet, Cristien Storm, and Home Alive volunteer Leah Gold1: 30 PMApril 25 Friday Seattle, WAEMP Pop Conference JBL Theatre 1 PM April 25 Friday Seattle, WAWomen Who Rock Un-Conference Washington Hall 153 14th AveClips of film 5:30 PMApril 27 Sunday Boise, ID Event Marche 2809 W. Idaho St. Screening & Fundraiser 4:30 PMMay 1 Thursday Hamden, CTThe Outer Space 295 Treadwell St 8 PM May 2 Friday New Haven, CTUniversity of New Haven Student Dining Room Bartels Campus Center3PMMay 4 Sunday Washington, DCThe Black Cat1811 14th St NW8:30 PM $8May 7 Wednesday Boston, MAThe Democracy Center 45 Mt Auburn St Harvard Square Cambridge, MA 02138  6 PM $5May 11 Sunday Pittsburg, PAGirls Rock PittsburgPittsburg Filmmakers’ Melwood Screening Room477 Melwood Ave Pittsburg, PA 152135:30 PM May 12 Monday Brooklyn, NYSpectacle Theatre Screening & Panel Discussion with Laina Dawes (more updates to come)124 S. 3rd St. (Near Bedford Ave)7 PM $5May 20 Tuesday Baltimore, MDBreathe Books 810 W 36th St # A Baltimore, MD 212116:30 PM May 22 Thursday Annapolis, MDAnnapolis Bookstore35 Maryland Avenue Annapolis, MD 214017 PMMay 23 Friday Brooklyn, NYSpectacle Theatre Screening & Panel Discussion 124 S. 3rd St. (Near Bedford Ave)7 PM $5Filmmakers will not be in attendance May 26 Monday Brooklyn, NYSpectacle Theatre Screening & Panel Discussion 124 S. 3rd St. (Near Bedford Ave)7 PM $5Filmmakers will not be in attendanceMay 27 Tuesday Cleveland, OHMahall’s 20 Lanes13200 Madison Avenue Lakewood, OH 441077 PM

Rock, Rage, and Self Defenseis currently on tour throughout May. For Connecticut residents, the film will be screened in the New Haven area on May 1 at the Outer Space in the evening and May 2 in the afternoon at the University of New Haven. These screenings are free to the public. For more information, check out the documentary’s official tumblr.

Q&A: Natalie Tuttle

Working at a craft beer bar that is also a music venue definitely has its perks. It’s one thing to see great musicians every night, but it’s another to work with them. The Outer Space’s own Natalie Tuttle will be playing a show at the Spaceland Ballroom with Ohio singer-songwriter Griffin House on Wednesday, November 6. I did a quick Q&A with Natalie about some of her favorite records, being a performer who’s also an engineer, and of course, her favorite craft beer.

You have a show with Griffin House at the Spaceland Ballroom coming up. What can we expect? Are you playing solo or with a band?

I will be playing the show solo. This will be my first solo show in 3+ years. I am excited to present some brand new material!

You’re an audio engineer- how does your background in sound affect you when you’re on the other side of the console- as a performer?

Being a sound engineer and performer can make me a bit more specific at times as well as helps me find my “comfort zone” on stage by communicating with the sound engineer my specific needs.

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What are some records you’re listening to right now?
I am currently listening to “Repave” by Volcano Choir, Blackberry Light by Charlie Mars, and any Jackson Browne song I can get my hands on as well as Andy Mckee.
What are some older or less recent records that you return to for inspiration in your songwriting or performing?
I tend to find my inspiration from live performances/life experiences. Live performances by James Taylor, Dave Matthews, Tim Reynolds, Owen etc are really what inspire me to become a better performer.

As a fellow employee of the Space compound, we love our craft beer. What are some of your favorites right now?

This is a loaded question. I love our IPA selection – Lagunitas IPA would be one that sticks out.
Check out Natalie’s music here and see her live at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden, CT on November 6!

Grey Sail Brewery: Westerly’s Craft Beer Anchor

Last weekend I toured Grey Sail Brewery of Westerly, RI.

Jen Brinton and her husband Alan are the owners of the brewery, and took on Josh LeTourneau as their head brewer shortly after purchasing the building. The brick building itself is historic- it used to house the Westerly Macaroni Manufacturing Company and was built in the late 1920s. Jen and Alan jumped on the purchase of it in 2010 when it was up for sale, after a massive flood took over Westerly. Grey Sail Brewery officially opened on 11/11/11. This year marks their two-year anniversary.

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One of the things I like best about this brewery is that all of their beers, except for special, limited releases, come in cans. Jen said that cans are more environmentally friendly, but that wasn’t the main reason they chose to distribute their beer in cans. Canned beer celebrates the Ocean State, by making beer easy to bring on boats and the beach. Beer in cans has gotten huge, which I noticed a lot this summer, but to have beer exclusively in cans is still pretty unique.

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I tasted the last of the summer seasonal, Hazy Day, a Belgian wit, as well as the new seasonal, Autumn Winds, a tasty Oktoberfest-style marzen. I also had their Leaning Chimney Porter, which is named for a leaning chimney inside of the brewery. Grey Sail occasionally brews special offerings, which are only brewed once, regardless of how delicious they may be (The Stargazer Imperial Stout won first place in the Strong Beer- Russian Imperial Stout category at the Great International Beer Festival).

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The two all-year beers include the Flagship cream ale and the Flying Jenny Pale ale, which is named for the Genova sail on a boat, with a spelling change that pays homage to the brewery owner.

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The brewery faced some legal trouble regarding their name, after receiving complaints from Oregon’s Full Sail Brewery. However, after much persistence, the case was settled and both breweries continue to exist. The name Grey Sail captures the spirit of the Ocean State, and it’s great that they were able to keep it that way.

Their beers are easily found throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island of course, and are expected to spread out through other states around the country soon.

OktoBEERfest: Connecticut

Despite the name, Oktoberfests are historically held in mid-September as a celebration to kick off the fall, and to welcome the month of October. While the biggest one is in Bavaria, of course, Connecticut is stepping up with a few of their own. All of them are awesome celebrations of seasonal as well as local beer, and most of them have some great musicians performing too! Here are some highlights of upcoming beerfests in the area coming in the next few weeks.

Ok2berfest

Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22- Two Roads Brewery- Stratford, CT

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Two Roads Brewery’s Oktoberfest will span 2 days and take place at their brewery grounds. Music, food trucks, and of course, great beer. Just in time to try their rum-barrel aged pumpkin offering, Roadsmary’s Baby. One of my favorite bands, Slavic Soul Party, will be playing from 12:30-3:00 PM on 9/21, as well as local favorites, the Mclovins, afterwards. Admission on either day includes a beer stein!

Harbor Brew Fest

Saturday, September 28- Harbor Yard- Bridgeport, CT

I grew up in Bridgeport so I am happy to return for events that involve the things I love, such as Rush concerts or beer fests. Well, I already saw Rush last fall there, so this fall brings the Harbor Brew Fest which has a list of over 30 breweries that will be there. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Harbor Light Foundation, a non-profit that provides activities and programs to children in the Connecticut area. Bands that are slated to perform include John Reid, Tom Crowley & the Speakers, String Fingers, and Alpaca Gnomes. There will be a variety of food trucks, including my favorite, Super Duper Weenie! Plus for a $40 ticket, beer sampling is unlimited.

Milford Oktoberfest

Saturday, September 28- Fowler Field, Milford, CT

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I recently moved to Milford so I have to throw this one up here. Plus, there is a bratwurst-eating contest. Do I need to say more?

CT Museum Quest Oktoberfest

Sunday, September 29- Old Heidelberg- Bethel, CT

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CT Museum Quest is embarking on a Connecticut Food Tour of the World! They have already traveled to Portugal and Venezuela, and the third stop will be Germany. What better time to taste German cuisine than Oktoberfest season?

Can’t make it on Sunday? That’s okay, the Old Heidelberg will be celebrating Oktoberfest every weekend starting on September 13 and culminating on the 29th.

Luck and Levity September Brewlounge

Tuesday, September 17- Luck and Levity Brewshop- New Haven, CT

This one isn’t being referred to as an Oktoberfest, but any gathering of beer drinkers during this time frame might as well count! So get down to the Luck and Levity Brewshop on Tuesday for some beer sharing! You don’t need to be a homebrewer to participate, and for this one, you can bring either a beer or something deliciously autumnal to eat. Plus if you’ve never homebrewed before, it might just encourage you to start!

Single And A Pint: Dance, Charlatan!/ST Hop Sun

Single And A Pint pairs a new song with a new beer I’ve recently tried.
This week is a single which I’m pretty familiar with, from a band I know well from the area, Dance, Charlatan!. Kyle, Mark, and Pete make up the indie rock trio from Wallingford, Connecticut and did a little Q&A with me. Check out their song below and then see what they have to say about upcoming shows and their favorite craft beer!
THE SONG: “Held At Bay”, Dance, Charlatan!
THE BEER: Hop Sun- Southern Tier Brewing Company
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I’ve been looking for Southern Tier’s Hop Sun all summer(not that hard, mind you), and only found it on Labor Day weekend, generally the last party weekend of summer. It’s a wheat beer, but it has enough hop flavor on the finish to attract someone like myself who often shies away from sweet-tasting wheat beers. Crisp and lemony, I do wish I had tried this beer with more summer weather to spare. I drank this one from a bottle at a punk rock club where I didn’t want to risk breaking glassware, so I can’t comment on this brew’s appearance.
As far as a pairing goes, Hop Sun would definitely pair well with seeing Dance, Charlatan! live. They have a ton of energy on stage that radiates into the crowd, and new audience members are often left pleasantly surprised at what they just heard. In that way, I was pleasantly surprised with this beer, and it’s light enough to go with a set of dancing!
Q&A:

You have released a single, “Held At Bay”. When can we expect an EP or full-length album from you guys?

Soon! We’re going back into the studio as soon as possible. We hope to have an EP out in autumn.
Where did you do the recording for this single?
The single was actually recorded at a church/recording studio in Trumbull, CT. The drums were tracked in the room where the sermons take place. It was weird. But it was mixed and mastered at Adorea Studios in Hamden. Where we’re planning on recording our next project.
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I know you guys are all pretty busy, but what is the likelihood for a future tour?
We would love to plan a tour eventually to promote this EP. It’s just a matter of finding the right time and another band to join us. Definitely not ruling it out.
You guys have recently played at some local craft beer bars, specifically The Outer Space and Knuckleheads. What’s the Dance, Charlatan craft beer of choice?
Kyle: I’ve been really into the Coffeehouse Porter by BBC lately.
Mark: I’m really into 668, but I got my hands on some Ghandi Bot last night and it was beautiful.
Peter J: Yin Stout by Evil Twin Brewing.
If you could sit down and have a beer with any musician who would it be?
Kyle: Tough question. I’d like to have a beer with Debbie Harry from Blondie. She seems fun.
Mark: Hmm. I’m thinking Yannis Philippakis of Foals. Seems like pretty a cool dude.
Peter J: Dave Grohl. He’s out of his mind in the best way and he’s a huge influence.
What does Dance Charlatan mean anyway?

It doesn’t really mean anything in particular. We really liked the word “charlatan”. It means an impostor or a swindler. Then we thought we should give that charlatan a command. And what’s better than dancing?

I can’t think of a better response than that. You can find out where to dance to the Charlatan by following them on Facebook and Twitter

Six Pack Project: Connecticut

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Being a beer blogger has opened me up and introduced me to a lot of cool people and ideas. This month, I am excited to be participating in Bryan Roth’s Six Pack Project. It’s a project that brings beer bloggers from across the country together, through giving props to local brews. The rules are pretty simple:

  1. Pick a six-pack of beers that best represents your state and/or state’s beer culture.
  2. Beer must be made in your state, but “gypsy” brewers are acceptable, so long as that beer is brewed with an in-state brewery and sold in your state.
  3. Any size bottle or can is acceptable to include. Current seasonal offerings are fine, but try to keep selections to year-round brews as much as possible. No out-of-season brews preferred.

Without further ado, here is my six pack!

Cannoli Beer- Shebeen Brewing Company– Wolcott, CT


I love the presentation of this beer when I tasted at the brewery. They rimmed the glass with powdered sugar and sprinkled cocoa powder all over it. Very much a dessert beer because of its sweetness, but in a different way than say, a sweet milk stout. The cannoli beer is most certainly unlike any other beer I’ve tasted.

Conntucky Lightning- 2 Roads Brewing Company– Stratford, CT

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Lots of brewers are testing out the waters of barrel-aging, with some results better than others. 2 Roads’ Conntucky Lightning is one of the better ones. I’ve had it on draft and have yet to taste it from a bottle to compare. Brewed with corn grits, Conntucky Lightnin’ has a bit of a moonshine flavor to it. I like that it’s a relatively low alcohol content in comparison to other barrel-aged beers out there.  It allows the flavor to come through while remaining drinkable.

Misty Mountain IPA- Back East Brewing Company– Bloomfield, CT


As a fan of Lord Of the Rings as well as Led zeppelin, I love the name on this one. For a 7% ABV IPA, Misty Mountain goes down incredibly smoothly and easily. Back East has recently started canning it, so it’s easy to bring on road trips to the beach or camping. This one is definitely my favorite offering from Back East Brewing.

Ten Penny Ale- Olde Burnside Brewing Company– East Hartford, CT

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A tasty, almost-session (5.6% ABV) Scottish ale. Named for the old saying, “You can get a good beer for a nickel, but a really good beer will cost you ten pennies!”. Drink well, it’s worth the price. The blend of 2-Row and Caramel malts give it a well-balanced sweetness. The label illustrates a story of the brewer’s grandfather working as an ice deliveryman, and drinking a beer after a long day of work. Ten Penny is a great end-of-the-workday beer.

668 The Neighbor Of The Beast- New England Brewing Company– Woodbridge, CT

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A surprisingly big beer that can be found in a can. 668 is a Belgian-style strong ale at 9% ABV. Its name says it all- “the neighbor of the beast”. 668 is pretty beastly in its own right, sneaking up on you with it’s flavor that hides behind the beautiful golden color and lighter body. The label is great as well- it’s a cartoon of a kindly older man dealing with the tribulations of living next door to Satan. You know, getting your shrubbery burned down occasionally. This one is from New England Brewing, which is located just outside my own city of New Haven, Connecticut.

Coffee Stout- Thimble Islands Brewery– Branford, CT

Thimble Islands Brewing is another fairly new brewery to Connecticut. They have 3 flagship brews- a pale ale, an IPA, and my favorite, the coffee stout. It’s delicious, and definitely showcases the flavors and aromas of roasted beans. The brewery itself is actually down the road from Willoughby’s Coffee, a company that has been roasting their beans in the New Haven area for over 25 years.

Check out the rest of this month’s 6 packs here!

Single And A Pint: Terrible Roars “Cottons”

When a song is awesome and you want to drink a new beer with it. Not necessarily a review pairing, just a new song and a new beer for you to check out.

Terrible Roars is the side project from Ross of The Raven and The Wool, one of my favorite Connecticut bands. He released this new track recently and I love it. Where The Raven and The Wool has more folk and bluegrass vibes, Terrible Roars takes a page out of the book of pop sensibility.

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I tried the Hefeweizen from the Gilded Otter Brewing Company in New Paltz, NY.

First of all, I love the smiling otter on the label. The beer is clean and tasty, pours a bright golden color with a light, white head. I tasted it from a growler after a long day of moving and it was perfectly refreshing. Crisp, wheat-y, with some light lemon citrus notes. Summery and lovely. I have not yet been to their brewpub but definitely plan on making a trip out there soon!

LocalBrew: Shebeen Brewing

The 4th of July holiday gave me an extra day off, so I got the chance to check out Shebeen Brewing in Wolcott, CT.

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The brewery opened earlier this year. Pronounced “shuh-been“, The brewery’s name comes from the Irish word “sibin” which means “an unlicensed establishment or private house selling alcoholic liquor“. Basically, the term for local brewhouses. Shebeen has already created a variety of interesting brews. I tasted the Irish Pale, Royal IPA, Pineapple Wheat, Cannoli Beer, and Rye Porter. I was hoping to try the Bacon Kona Stout and the Concord Grape Saison, but they did not have any kegs available. I definitely plan on returning when they brew more of those two!

The Irish Pale, at around 3% alcohol, is a perfect session beer. Light, slightly sweet, a great beer for all-day consumption.

The Royal IPA was excellent as well. I tasted it both at the brewery and at a local bar, the Pourhouse Tavern, which is one of a handful of bars starting to carry brews on tap from Shebeen.

The Rye Porter is lighter and has many qualities of a brown ale, with more of a toasty flavor.

The Pineapple Wheat was surprising. The tropical flavor was not overwhelming, and the pineapple taste was strongest on the finish.

I love that they take classic styles and put an interesting spin on them. My favorite that I tasted was the cannoli beer. Sweet and spicy, I tasted vanilla and cinnamon. An awesome sweet beer, and a perfect alternative to the sweet stouts I enjoy so much. I also loved the presentation on this one- the glass was rimmed in powdered sugar and the fluffy, cream-colored head was sprinkled with cocoa dust.

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If the numerous beers already brewed aren’t enough of an indication, the size of the brewery shows that there is a lot of room for growth. During the tour, the head brewer explained that he purposely got a larger space (2,500 square feet!) that they could expand into quickly, without running out of room.

The brewery has tasting hours Wednesday through Sunday, which vary by the day and can be checked out on their website here.

Q&A: Lipgloss Crisis

I have been a resident of New Haven, Connecticut for a little over a year now and am constantly pleasantly surprised with discovering places and venues to check out music, art, and of course, craft beer. Now there will be a new one to add to the list- Lipgloss Crisis. I did a little Q&A with Lipgloss herself, the lovely Sara Scranton, who will be opening a new art space this weekend in the Elm City.
Can you give me a little history of Lipgloss Crisis?
Lipgloss Crisis is the name that I have been making art with for over a decade.
What are your initial plans for your new space?
The plans for the new space are it is going to be a retail store with a art gallery attached, The retail shop in the front is a collection of home made goods from local New Haven artisans and selected goods from Vintanthromodern Vintage. The art gallery is going to have a revolving collection of artist from New Haven. I will also have a photography studio, classes ranging from organic art for kids to belly dancing, and event space rental.

What can we expect at the grand opening party? 

The grand opening party is June 15th 6-9 p.m. I have some fancy live performers up my sleeve… and will be selling all the goods previously listed.
 
Do you have any events in the works that you’re especially excited about?
I am particular excited the live model drawing sessions. Additional to the classic model set up, I will be designing the sets from all different eras and have live musicians playing during the sittings.
Will you be serving beer at your space?
We do like beer at Lipgloss Crisis…
If so, do you have any interest in having local beers available there? 
Of course! I am all about local!! Do you have any good blondes up your sleeve?
How can local artists and artisans get involved?
They can email me at sara@lipglosscrisis.com I am always looking for new fun things for the store!!
Lipgloss Crisis is located at 756 Chapel Street in downtown New Haven. The grand opening will be this Saturday, June 15, from 6-9 PM. You can RSVP and get more information on the party on Facebook here.