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Top Bars With A Rotating Beer Menu In Connecticut

March 13, 2014 9:00 AM

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When a bar has a rotating beer menu, it means that the beer is kept fresh. The kegs are changed and the freshness is consistent. These bars also knows what beers are just right for the season. In Connecticut, bars, tap rooms and taverns know how important it is to rotate the tasty brews. Here are a few of the popular bars with craft beers and rotating beer menus.

Red Rock Tavern
369 Capitol Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 246-4527
www.redrocktavern.com

Here’s a place that keeps getting rave reviews from its clientele because it is a no frills, down-to-earth bar with good food, good company and great beer. Matt, a bartender/manager at Red Rock, says that Sam Adams beers rotate the seasons. “We have a lager beer now that has different ingredients in it from the more floral Spring beers of the roasted nutty flavors of the Fall season.” Going through quite a few kegs of beer a week, this is one place that rotates tap beers once a week.

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Backstage
84 Main St.
Torrington, CT 06790
(860) 489-8900
www.backstageeatdrinklive.com

Cole Sutton, the afternoon bartender at Backstage, says that their beer is rotated every day. “We change one to three kegs a day, which changes the beer.” Sutton says that right now they have 12 different kinds of Sam Adams beers and craft beers that you can’t even find anywhere else in Connecticut. “We’re always looking for different beers.”  The clientele at Backstage come from out of town, a lot of workers stop by after work for happy hour and since Backstage is literally connected to the Warner Theatre, it gets people before and after shows.

Plan B Burger Bar
1638 Boston Post Road
Milford, CT 06460
(203) 713-8700
www.planbburger.com

Here’s a bar that is so busy that the beer is rotated at least once a day and sometimes twice a day. According to General Manager Tom Aumack, it’s all craft beer and it has to be American. Currently, the B Burger Bar flaunts a berry cider, a pear cider and a couple of beers from the local brewery, which just opened down the street from the Stratford-based bar. “We always have some stouts and lagers as well as plenty of great burgers,” said Tom. Don’t expect a quiet time on weekends. This place is booming.

McLadden’s Irish Publick House
37 LaSalle Road
West Hartford, CT 06107
(860) 231-8773
www.mcladdens.com

Leave it to the Irish to have “80 fine ales and six Irish draughts,six premiere featured beers and 68 rotating selections.” This place isn’t kidding when it says, “We pride ourselves on always serving the perfect pour no matter what your choice of beer. “ In addition to this, the Publick House states that its “rotating guest draught list can change without notice,” since it constantly rotates due to seasonality, availability and especially since the bar is “obsessed” with new brews.

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Eli Cannon’s
695 Main St.
Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 347-3547
www.elicannons.com

Even before you enter this place, you have to smile. Just visit the website and discover the sense of humor that accompanies Eli Connor’s outstanding beer reputation. According to the promotions at Eli Cannon’s, 36 ales on tap rotate continually to make sure that its clientele is “ensured freshness and revolutionary selection.”  These ales are offered in ale tastings every week and there is always a beer dinner to perfectly accompany that special ale. With the motto “Saving the Ales,” this popular drinking spot keeps its beer always diverse and always fresh.

Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review, a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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