Beer Trails: City Steam Powers Hartford As Relic Takes Root In Plainville

Located at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Hartford, City Steam Brewery may be the most versatile New England gastropub. On an overnight May ’12 jaunt, my wife and I (with dog, Roscoe, in tow) stayed across the river from the “Insurance Capital Of The World” in a cheaper, East Hartford …

by   |  06/04/2012  |  Comments (1)

Beer Trails: Mews Tavern’s 69 Taps & Cloverleaf’s MBA Program

Neatly reminiscent of a proper English pub, pine-timbered Country Inn-styled sports bar, Mews Tavern is rightly claimed Southern Rhode Island’s best and most popular watering hole. Hosting an astounding 69 microbrew taps in its original tree house-like tavern, this natural wood Colonial-style fort just a few miles west of historic …

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Beer Trails: Dog, Fox, & Duck Face Off Against Vintage Port District

Along with my wife, Karen, I once more ventured out on a brewpub tour. This time, we took in a few newly discovered and previously uncovered Maryland-Virginia-D.C. establishments. Taking 78 West through Pennsylvania, we made a quick stopover in the Keystone State.

One of America’s largest and most successful microbreweries, …

by   |  04/27/2012  |  Comments (1)

Beer Trails: Twisted Elm Validates Mr. Rogers’ New Neighborhood

As America’s craft beer revolution continues to move onward and upward at an increasingly fast pace, many fine neighborhood gastropubs have been popping up all over the Garden State. Being one of the latest beer-centric restaurants operating in Northern Jersey, Elmwood Park’s Twisted Elm Tavern couldn’t possibly have a better …

by   |  04/13/2012  |  Comments (1)

Beer Trails: Rummaging Jersey Pre-March Madness

A few days before Kentucky and Syracuse lead a field of limber hopefuls into the NCAA basketball tournament, I perused Central Jersey’s northernmost shoreline in search of newfangled brews from three trusted brewpubs and one freshly sprouted microbrewery—though I’d have to accomplish this feat on two separate days.

But first, …

by   |  04/02/2012  |  Comments (2)

Beer Trails: 508 Gastro Raises NYC’s Beer Profile

There’ve finally been some steps taken to make Manhattan not only the cultural capitol of the world, but perhaps someday, the hottest brewing municipality on the planet. Granite City has dragged behind the rest of America’s incredible Craft Beer Renaissance due to ridiculous political animosity, nonsensical licensing regulations and the …

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Beer Trails: Northern Connecticut’s Willimantic Brewery and Tullycross Tavern Prove Worthy

Willimantic Brewery

Connecticut may not get the same respect its New England neighbors receive, but there’s a few wonderful Constitution State breweries competing favorably against the best public houses dotting Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire. Besides five decent Southport Brewing franchises, Granby’s upscale sports bar, Cambridge House, New Haven’s fabulous …

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Cotton Mather: Kontiki

I first got introduced to Austin-based band Cotton Mather when 1994’s superb debut, Cotton Is King, hit the streets. Genuine hook-filled opener “Lost My Motto” sounded like ‘80s pop kingpins Squeeze, riding along a nifty guitar beat emulating Matthew Sweet. And leader Robert Harrison’s wonderful pop sensibility guided the …

by   |  01/18/2012  |  Comments (1)

Beer Trails: Manhattan’s 404 Hosts Triumphant Beer Bar Fest NYC

Hundreds of beer geeks joined ranks Saturday, Dec. 10, for the first Beer Bar Fest. Hosted by prospering New York City Homebrewers Guild bellwethers Chris Cuzme and Mary Izett at a hot new venue, this merry two-session gathering culled eight new-sprung Big Apple beer bars serving ‘the choicest small plates’ …

by   |  01/10/2012  |  Comments (1)

Beer Trails: Nine-Day Thanksgiving Feast

November 19: Enjoyed 381 Main’s November Winter Fest in Little Falls, NJ, this Saturday, featuring Jersey brewers’ elixirs tapped or bottled. Owner Steve Baskinger’s made this lounge-y hangout the perfect sports bar for craft beer enthusiasts. Alongside New Jersey Beer Co’s Matt Steinberg and Carton co-owner Augie Carton, I consumed …

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