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Aug
12
CRAFT BEER NEWS First Half of 2013 - Industry Report In the first half of 2013 the craft beer industry grew by 13 percent by volume and 15 percent by dollar sales.  The craft beer industry again has shown an impressive rate of growth. With 2,483 craft breweries selling 7.3 million barrels of beer in the first half of 2013 the name of the game has been fermentation capacity and brewery expansion.  Many well-known breweries are expanding their facilities with multi million dollar... + read more
Jul
26
Pale Ale The pale ale originated in England in the 1780s and was described as a lighter ale compared to its darker counterparts. Typically, pale ales are characterized by their light golden color and their upfront malty and hoppy taste. The ratio of hops to malts is what determines if a pale ale is in the English style or the American style. English style pale ales have a more definitive malt body to them, while the American style pale ale showcases the citrusy and piney flavors of American... + read more
Jul
15
-Graham Tolson Social Media intern Currently I am a senior at The University of Oregon finishing up my degree in Political Science. Attending University in the Willamette Valley, which has a huge craft beer culture, has exposed me to the wonders and joys of hoppy ales. Since my exposure to craft beer I have been looking for ways to become involved in this growing industry. When I noticed Charter Oak Brewing Co. in New Canaan, I jumped at the chance to get involved as an intern at this newly... + read more
Jun
24
The United States’ thriving and ever growing craft beer industry has some friends to thank across the pond in Great Britain.  In 1971, a group of four Englishmen founded The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), to promote real ale and real cider in english pubs. Their mission, revolutionary at the time, was simple, to restore the reputation of British ales to what it once was. The beer market in the U.S. and Great Britain was a sad state by the early 70’s. Beer was being mass-... + read more
Dec
27
Although all the figures are still to be confirmed, an early report suggested that the craft beer market in the USA enjoyed an increase of 14% in dollar sales and volume was up 12% for 2012.  Double digit growth appears to be the normal year over year increase for this segment, although over all beer sales continue to decrease.  As of the first half of 2012, the Brewer's Association reported 2,126 breweriers were in operation which was an increase of 350 from 2011.  One... + read more
Dec
17
The number of brewery start ups continue to grow in the United States and are now at a record 2751 ... with literally hundreds more in planning.  This represents an increase in actual breweries of 20% (or 422 operators)  from last year.  California gained the most with 31 new breweries for a total of 363 working breweries in the state.  Texas enjoyed the second largest gain at 29, and Colorado, Illinois, and Washington all gained 28 each. Notable mention included New York... + read more
Dec
04
If you are looking for a fun winter recipe that includes beer, this one is a real winner.  ....and always remember, it is more fun to cook with a locally brewed craft beer! One for the recipe... one to drink while cooking! Ingredients 2 teaspoons oil 2 onions, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 lb lean ground beef or ground turkey 1 (14 1/2 ounce) cans diced tomatoes 1 bottle 1687 Brown Ale, Brewed fresh from Charter Oak Brewery! 1 cup strong coffee - espresso is best 2 (6... + read more
Nov
26
The town of New Canaan, often referred to as a typical 'New England" town, will have their annual Christmas stroll on Friday, November 30th starting at 6 in the evening.  Most of the shops are still owned and staffed by individuals that have operated their boutiques for many years, offering unique gifts for Christmas ideas.  This year, Design Solutions on Elm Street will entertain quests with Charter Oak Brewery's 1687 Brown Ale and Royal Charter Pale Ale.  ... + read more
Nov
19
The Connecticut based brewery, Charter Oak Brewing Company, recently released its newest style to the Connecticut beer market, Royal Charter Pale Ale.  This is a West Coast Pale Ale style illustrating an upfront citrus nose and a well balanced upfront, taste and a modestly hoppy finish.  The Royal Charter Pale Ale will serve to be a wonderful sessionable beer at 5.5% alcohol by volume and a full head of foam that will last for the entire 12oz pour. The Royal Charter Pale Ale is the... + read more
May
25
In that the Charter Oak Brewery is about to release our 1687 Brown Ale, we thought it prudent to update our releases with a section on the American Brown Ale style.  The demand, and knowledge, of this style is weak in comparison with styles such as IPA, Pale Ale, Stouts and Porters; however, this year round beer certainly has an important spot in the beer world! I find that many newer craft beer drinkers are afraid to even venture a sip of an American Brown Ale for fear that the dark... + read more

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