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May
16
In today's craft beer age, Stouts and Porters are often spoken in the same breath as being nearly the same beer.  I would have to say, today, this is true because the two styles have indeed overlapped one another.  However, back in the 1730’s when the first Stout was introduced in London, it was known as a Stout Porter, which was simply a stronger Porter beer.  This style soon enjoyed popularity throughout both England and Ireland. In fact, the Guinness Brewery was... + read more
May
07
Ever wonder why the craft beer brewers decided on strange packaging such as a growler or why it is named a growler?  While it is true that during the prohibition, the distillers pushing ‘moonshine’ had a container that appeared similar, the modern day beer growler traces its roots back to the 19th century.  The growler was first used when a loyal pub drinker wanted to bring some beer home or sent his kids down to his favorite watering hole to fetch some beer.  They... + read more
Apr
30
There is perhaps no greater Connecticut legend than that of the Charter Oak. In 1662, the colony of Connecticut, owned and governed by England, was granted a Royal Charter by King Charles II. The “Connecticut Charter” permitted the colony to make some of its own rules and to elect certain officials. Charles’ death in 1685 brought his brother, James II, to the throne. James disapproved of the Royal Charters and demanded their return. The charters interfered with James’s... + read more
Mar
29
Connecticut, the state Charter Oak Brewing Company operates in, has a new Governor and he is reviewing our liquor laws.  This was a long awaited event in that our state is surrounded by other states that have all updating their respective laws and the result has hurt sales in Connecticut.  You may recall, Connecticut is often referred to as the Blue Law state because of the tight regulations.  Governor Malloy initially proposed several modifications, but the final docket appears... + read more
Mar
26
We enjoyed a very productive session with Jim Koch and his team at Sam Adams / Boston Beer Company. In a word,  Jim Koch was fantastic.  He spent time with me and certainly understood all the challenges of starting up a business, especially in this difficult economy.  Jim shared many pointers regarding his start as an entrepreneur in 1984, brewing his first Sam Adam’s Lager and going into the market to sell craft beer.  I was also able to meet with Jim’s... + read more
Mar
14
In an era of extreme everything, the Charter Oak Tree quietly stands apart as a patriotic symbol of strength and truth. That’s why we chose Connecticut’s beloved tree to be the symbol of our dedication to brewing the most honest, freshest and un-hyped beer possible. Our ales are handcrafted from 100% natural ingredients: select malted barley, choice hops, special yeast, and using only the purest water for a unique and delicious taste. We never use any adjuncts or preservatives... + read more
Mar
01
There is perhaps no greater Connecticut legend than that of the Charter Oak.  This is why we named our brewery after this historic event and our beers after events from the tale. In 1662, the colony of Connecticut, owned and governed by England, was granted a Royal Charter by King Charles II. The “Connecticut Charter” permitted the colony to make some of its own rules and to elect certain officials. Charles’ death in 1685 brought his brother, James II, to the throne.... + read more
Feb
15
Researchers are beginning to release sales and volume figures for 2011 beer sales in America and initial figures look promising.  The total USA beer sales increased by nearly 2% to $98.94Billion.  The Beer Institute reported that most of this growth was a result of strong performance by craft beer, imports, and premium beers.  Restaurants and bars (up 3% to $55Billion) witnessed increased demand despite a poor economy, while 'off-premise' stores such as convenience,... + read more
Jan
23
After decades of operating under antiquated regulations, Connecticut, the state that the Charter Oak Brewing Company is headquartered in, is currently reviewing their infamous Blue Laws.  Although our state never actually ratified the 18th amendment, calling for prohibition, Connecticut is often referred to as the Blue Law State.   Two examples of this reference include the lack of Sunday liquor sales which have been prohibited since 1933, and the confining serving hours of... + read more
Jan
19
Earlier this month we reported on the reduction of sales in the USA for the big four world leaders; Anheuser-Bush, Miller, Heineken, and Carlsberg.  More 2011 figures have been confirmed and we thought we would share these with our readers.   2011 beer shipments were the lowest since 2003 Worldwide, beer shipments down 2.9Million barrels (nearly 40Million cases) or 1.4% from 2010 Budweiser shipments fell 2.9Million barrels (2.9%) to less than 100Million barrels (... + read more

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