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Some of the best specialty beers are being made right here in Connecticut
Beer is the new wine. We've been hearing it in the bar business for at least three years running now. And why shouldn't it be? Beer is complex and varied. Beer's an excellent complement to food. And in an increasingly DIY, locavore culture, beer is something that can be made in a kitchen, with ingredients found locally – or better yet, in a local brewery or brewpub. But, much like wine, craft beer — as specialty brews made in small batches are known — can be overwhelming in its complexity. Here's some of the basic terminology — with insights from those in the know. And, as it happens, May 14 through May 20 is American Craft Beer Week, so there will be hundreds of events around the country, and several right here in Connecticut, including the Rising Pint Brewfest in East Hartford, showcasing beers from all over. It's a good time to test your tasting skills.
By Alexis Zanghi
May 9, 2012