found at: The Black Rose Tavern (Newington)
Do you serve a lot of CT craft beers? Which ones?
Yes, on draught we have Naughty Nurse, Blonde on Blonde, Thomas Hooker Irish Red, Cambridge Big Hoppy Double IPA, Ten Penny Ale, Two Roads Double IPA. In bottles we have Pilsner, Double IPA, Saison and White IPA. Our restaurant is all about local, so we wanted to sell locally made beer and wines. We sell a lot of beer here. Right now craft beers are hot and local IPAs are selling phenomenally.
Hot drinks for cold weather?
Barely anyone orders hot drinks. I've been a bartender for many years and they don't really sell. That myth of hot drinks for cold weather I think is gone. The only hot drink I see is an Irish coffee, that's about the extent of hot drinks.
What's the best drink you've had recently?
I was experimenting and taste testing and came up with a drink I call the Spring Fling. It's got raspberry, citrus, vanilla and orange vodka, triple sec, St Germain Elderflower and Kinky Liqueur. I sampled these to guests and it was a home run, now it's on the menu. I wanted to approach spring.
Most memorable regulars?
Brett, Hilary, Jimmy and Kristen are the best regulars. We were open during the big blizzard and we were packed because every place else in town was closed. There was only me and our head chef working here. These regulars were wiping tables down, helping out where they could and that to me is memorable. they are all local and they want us to succeed. Brett and Hilary are here every day.