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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Twain Tapped

Image courtesy of our good friends at the Hartford Party Starters Union

While we always lament the end of summer the coming of fall does bring a few good things, notably post season baseball, (other peoples) Halloween costumes and an endless slew of Octoberfest events. How October became a month full of beer drinking events we don't know, but we do know what they say about gift horses.

Friday we attending our first Octoberfest event of the season, Tapping Into Twain at the Mark Twain House. Mark Twain totally seems like a Sad City type of guy. He enjoys Hartford. He enjoys a drink now and again. He liked shooting some pool. He hated golf. We can't imagine what it would have been like to hang around with Twain in Hartford. Wait, yes we can and at one time we did try to imagine such a thing.

While at $35 a ticket some have been scared off from the event on a rainy Friday, the price of admission was well worth it. We'd love to give you a break down of all the different beers we got to try but really there were far too many. It was no doubt a gathering of the craft brewers. Being fall, pumpkin ales were very popular and many different brands could be sampled. Did we mention tons of food too? Not just the run of the mill finger foods either, there were a variety of tasty foods. Our favorite were the pulled pork sliders. A great time was had sampling different beers, eating and checking out the Twain Museum.

Since we can't give you a breakdown of the beers at the event how about telling us your favorite fall beer?  Favorite pumpkin beer? Will we see a rogue brewer come up with a new fall beer like butternut squsah beer?


  1. Harpoon Octoberfest. Heard the Twain event was sold out!

  2. It was a packed house. Recently had a Shipyard Pumpkin. Great beer. The bar rimmed the glass with sugar and cinnamon. Awesome.

  3. Try Pumple Drumkin by Cisco Brewery. Just because of the name and there's a picture of a pigeon-toed jack-o-lantern man on the bottle. Yum.

  4. I'm pissed I didn't hear about this.