Spirits and Brews In The News 1/19

Conn. craft beers catching up on national trends

Seattle PI

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Rich Visco’s friends looked at him funny when the craft brewer vowed to make a beer that tastes like a cannoli pastry.

But his friends weren’t laughing when they put the cannoli brew to their mouths and tasted vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg on their palates: They were asking for more.

“These experimental brews can be hit or miss, but I get the most satisfaction out of doing this when someone really likes what we’ve made,” said Visco, co-owner of Shebeen Brewing Co. in Wolcott, which opened to the public in May.

Visco, who has brewed beer for 25 years, is able to sell brews that taste like cannolis, bacon and even pineapple because many beer drinkers these days are stepping out of their comfort zones to try something unique. It is one of the factors propelling the growth of the craft beer industry, across the country and in Connecticut.

While the craft beer market has thrived for years in other parts of the country, it is just catching on in a big way in Connecticut. Today there are 21 craft breweries in Connecticut — more than triple the number 20 years ago — with several more in the planning stages.

The CT Beer Trail website (ctbeertrail.net) estimates that 15 breweries have opened in the state since 2010, including Shebeen in Wolcott and Cavalry Brewing in Oxford.



Court reinstates Ky. ban on stores selling liquor


LOUISVILLE, KY. — The prohibition on grocery stores, gas stations and other retailers selling wine and liquor is back.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday reinstated the 76-year-old ban, saying it serves a legitimate purpose and doesn’t violate the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The decision affects a variety of stores around Kentucky, including Kroger, Wal-Mart, Family Dollar and smaller grocery stores that are barred from having liquor on their shelves near staples such as bread, milk and meat.

Judge Deborah L. Cook wrote the state “indisputably maintains a legitimate interest” in reducing access to liquor and wine. Cook said the law doesn’t affect the “liberty interest” of any business.



10 New Crazy Flavored Vodkas

Liquor.com (with slideshow)

One of our favorite things to do is stroll the vodka aisle at our local liquor store and see all of the new flavors that have recently rolled out.

Brands are continuing to introduce ever more exotic and creative types of vodka. While we thought we had seen everything already, including bacon and smoked salmon vodkas, we’ve found 10 new ones that are even crazier. (Think electricity, sriracha and tobacco.)

Check them out and then tell us in the comments which one you most want to try. Cheers!




The Drinks Business (With Slideshow)

From on-board bottle openers to pedal-powered kegs and moving bike bars, we have rounded up the top 10 accessories for drinking on two wheels. Please drink and ride responsibly.

First up is this beast of a bike sure to satisfy your beer keg moving requirements.

Available from cetmacargo.com, the Margo cargo bike mini comes with 10 gears and can carry the weight of one small passenger, or two kegs of beer, but will set you back $3,150.



Sockeye Brewing Celebrates “Beer Can Appreciation Day”


Boise, ID-January 17, 2014. In 1935, The Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company began canning and selling Krueger’s Finest Beer and Krueger’s Cream Ale when they debuted their libations in Richmond, Virginia.  The new package was a national hit and much like the craft beer movement today, the brewing company began dipping into the market share of the biggest American breweries of their time.  Since then, consumers have been sipping suds in the metal containers across the globe.  Back then American Can was supplying Krueger’s with 180,000 cans a day.  January 24th is National Beer Can Appreciation Day and Sockeye Brewing in Boise Idaho will be celebrating the comeback of the can.

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