Best of Connecticut–BEER’D

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Stonington, (860) 857-1014,
Beer lovers will want to do themselves a favor and seek out this Connecticut brewery tucked into a former velvet mill in Stonington. It’s so small it’s not even considered a microbrewery—instead it’s a nanobrewery—but the proudly bearded brewer Aaren Simoncini’s carbonated creations have been making big waves in the burgeoning Connecticut craft beer industry. In fact, local bars and restaurants are so eager to carry Beer’d they’ve begun offering to pick up their own kegs. One taste of the Whisker’d Wit will tell you what all the fuss is about—this refreshing witbier is a tasty work of liquid art.

Why it’s the best: Beer’d embodies what the microbrewery movement is all about: finely crafted beer made in small batches by a brewing genius.

Trip to the near east

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While the explosion of new breweries is making shockwaves in central and southern Connecticut, it’s easy to forget the eastern part of the state. It’s well worth the ride to get tastes of seasoned veteran Cottrell Brewing Co. and brash newcomer Beer’d Brewing Co., which is just what a group of us did last weekend.

Aaren Simoncini and Precious Putnam of Beer’d Brewing.

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Collaboration Brew with Night Shift

Vince and Aaren- BEER IS ART!!

Beer’d Brewing Co. and Night Shift Brewing Co. may be in two different states, but both companies believe in the craft of beer. Today, Aaren Simoncini from Beer’d Brewing went to Night Shift, located in Everett, Mass., to collaborate on a hoppy IPA loaded with experimental and New Zealand hops. Look for this collaboration brew to hit Night Shift Brewing Co. taps in a few weeks! Don’t worry CT, Vince will visit Beer’d Brewing Co. for another collaboration brew!!!

Want Beer, Will Travel

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I f you only have one beer road trip in you this summer, aim southwest and head to Beer’d (with stops at Grey Sail and Malted Barley to maximize your time and gas and pleasure). Aaren Simoncini started pouring late in 2012 and quickly made converts with the results of the hop alchemy at his three-barrel brewhouse, which he says “allows us to be creative, agile and extremely hands-on with every ounce of beer we produce.” Aaren is big on imperial/double IPAs; more than a dozen current and past variations are listed on their website. Their tasting/growler filling room is in the American Velvet Mill (think: Hope Artiste Village; Beer’d is open on Friday from 5-9 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 pm). Aaren’s partner, Precious Putnam, was the engaging beer guide, proffering two-ounce samples and detailing the particulars of the brews. All five beers were superb, including Whisker’d Wit and Midnight Oil, an oatmeal stout, but we decided on growlers of Hobbit Juice, a phenomenal double IPA single-hopped with the distinctive New Zealand hop, Nelson Sauvin, and 8 Days a Week, a great American Pale Ale made with the uber-tropical Citra hop (and further maximized our time and gas and pleasure with a great lunch — with a great beer selection — at the Engine Room in nearby Mystic). Beer’d is nano-brewing at its finest.

The Rhode Island Brew Bus

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Providence, RI (Providence Journal) –

Bill Nangle was finishing up his last semester at the University of Rhode Island and decided he wanted to start his own business. A home brewer and a craft beer enthusiast, he decided to start a brewery tour company and buying a bus was his starting point.

Now, the Rhode Island Brew Bus is set to run its first all-inclusive brewery tour on Friday.

The first tour is called “The Border Jumper” and it starts at Grey Sail Brewing, in Westerly. Then it heads to Cottrell Brewing and Beer’d Brewing in Connecticut before ending at The Malted Barley pub in Westerly.
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Connecticut towns welcome cancer fundraiser on a Pour Tour

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The Connecticut Pour Tour is coming to Stonington and North Stonington on Saturday.

It’s part of a yearlong plan by Todd Ruggere, a Massachusetts man who is on his way to drinking a beer in each of Connecticut’s 169 towns. While he drinks, he’s also raising money for the pediatric unit of the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hosptal.

First he plans to have lunch at Mystic Pizza II in North Stonington. No fanfare there, he said, just some pizza and a beer. He welcomes the public to join him, and he’ll accept any donations for Smilow that are offered.

At 2 p.m., he’ll be at Beer’d Brewing in Stonington Borough’s Velvet Mill. The craft brewer will be hosting Tulips for Treatment, with a goal of raising $500. From noon to 6 p.m. that day, Beer’d will sell 13-ounce tulip glasses with one drink ticket for $7. Half of each sale will go to Smilow. The tulip glasses, according to Beer’d co-owner and operations manager Precious Putnam, are ideal for drinking double IPA and Belgian pale ales.

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