TWO ROADS BEER & BURGER BASH @ Max Burger West Hartford

UPDATE –

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

(and it only took 30 minutes…)

Max Burger in West Hartford is very pleased to announce it’s first ever Beer Dinner and Burger Bash.  For this event we are pairing with one of CT’s premier brewers – Two Roads Brewery out of Stratford.  Teaming up for the menu side of things will be Scott Miller, Max’s head of Catering & Events, along with David Sudol, Max Burger’s Executive Chef.

Wednesday March 4th, 2015

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Reception will be starting at 6:30pm, followed by dinner at 7pm.

UPON ARRIVAL | OL’ FACTORY PILS
ONE RIB | got change for a hundred?
WHAT CAME 1st| pickled egg | smoked yolk | crispy chicken skin
YANKED SWINE | pulled pork shoulder | melville cheese biscuit
UBER TUBER | beef short ribs | foie gras gravy | curds
“BUFFALO” BUFFALO MEATBALLS | dehydrated blue cheese

COURSE ONE | WORKERS COMP SAISON
CRUDO | Beef Tartar | House Kimchee | Pate | Vietnamese Baguette | Gochujang

COURSE TWO | LIL HEAVEN (IN CASK)
BIKINI | Chorizo Burger | Black Truffle Paste | Manchego

COURSE THREE | RYE 95
LOW COUNTRY | Shrimp Burger | Country Ham | Grit Cake | Poached Egg | Rye Spiked Beer-naise

COURSE FOUR | IGORS DREAM
TRIPLE DECKLE | Ribeye Cap Steak | House Bacon | Hog Wash | Giardinera

COURSE FIVE | BLOOD ORANGE CREAMSICLE SHAKE
COOKIES | Citrus Madeleine | Compost | Macaroon | Mini Whoopies

FIFTY FIVE DOLLARS PER GUEST
Not Including tax & gratuity

Please call Max Burger in West Hartford for reservations
860-232-3300

Max Burger  124 LaSalle Rd   West Hartford, CT 06107

Max Burger Circle

            

Black Hog Brewing Co. Dinner at TK

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SOLD OUT – SECOND NIGHT ADDED – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH

Since hitting the Connecticut brewing scene just a year ago, Black Hog of Oxford, CT
has quickly established itself as one of the leading craft brewers in the state.
We are pleased to welcome Special Guest speaker:
Tyler Jones, Head Brewer, Black Hog Brewing Co.
Cuisine by Executive Chef Christopher Torla.

Menu
“Duck Nachos”
Leg Confit, pickled shitake mushrooms, wasabi, peanut sesame soy
Black Hog Ginga Ninja

Moules Mariniere
Canadian mussels, shallots, tomato, saffron vin blanc
Black Hog Easy Rye Da

Crispy Macaroni
Chorizo, leeks, Benning’s goat milk gouda, chipotle
Black Hog Granola Brown

Pastrami Cured Short Rib
Brandied mustard seeds, red cabbage puree, horseradish creme fraiche
Black Hog Bacchanalian Barley Wine

Bananas Foster Bread Pudding
Chantilly cream, espresso butterscotch
Black Hog Nitro Coffee Milk Stout

$65 per person
not including tax & gratuity

Please call for reservations: 860.493.7412
Trumbull Kitchen 150 Trumbull St. Hartford, CT

Tröegs Brewing Tap Take Over at Max Burger West Hartford

February 4th – Max Burger West Hartford welcomes Tröegs Brewing to CT for the very first time with a tap-take-over night.

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We will be enjoying these extremely well-crafted brews from Pennsylvania with a tap takeover and meet and greet with brewery personnel, plus there might be a giveaway or two, as well.

Beginning about 5pm, we will be pouring the following Tröegs beers:

  • Perpetual IPA
  • Hop Back Amber
  • Tröegenator Doppelbock
  • Cultivator Helles Lager
  • Java Head Coffee Stout
  • Nugget Nectar Imperial Hoppy Amber

Contact Max Burger in West Hartford for full details, no reservations required – just come on in and enjoy.

February 2015 Events at Max Restaurant Group Locations

by Brian Mitchell – Corporate Beverage Director for the Max Restaurant Group

I have received a number of requests for our upcoming calendar of events.  Below is a listing for the month of February as it stands now.  I plan to post a listing of the events we have coming up by the middle of the month prior, but I do not always have complete menus or other details at the time of posting.  Once we finalize everything, the complete event details are placed on our main web page calendar at maxrestaurantgroup.com/calendar, where you can by tickets or make reservations.

Events for February 2015

February – All Month Long – St Francis Hospital and Max Restaurant Group CT locations pour Josh Cellar wines to benefit Women’s Heart Health Month.  A portion of the proceeds from every glass and every bottled ordered through the month of February will be donated to the Women’s Health initiative at St Francis Hospital in Hartford.  Join us Wednesday Feb 4th, for the kick-off party with St Francis and Josh Wines (see below).

February 1st – Taste of Hartford wraps up for Max Downtown and Trumbull Kitchen.  Last day of the two week promo comes to a conclusion on Super Sunday. With 3-course meals and discounted wine, this is one of our most popular promotions throughout the year.  All other locations are closed in the evening for Employee Appreciation Parties (our version of the Holiday party).

February 3rd – Newburyport Brewmaster Dinner at Max’s Tavern in Springfield.  Join Max’s Tavern as they welcome Special Guest Speaker Chris Webb, Co-Founder of Newburyport Brewing Co. for a fantastic evening of local craft beer and Max’s Tavern cuisine.  For full details click here.

February 4th – Max Burger West Hartford welcomes Troegs Brewing to CT for the very first time.  We will be enjoying these extremely well-crafted brews from Pennsylvania with a tap takeover and meet and greet with brewery personnel, plus there might be a giveaway or two, as well.

February 6th – Max Lunch Club @ Max’s Oyster Bar with Paul Nerz of Vineyard Brands Imports and the wine of Famille Perrin, famed producers of Chateau de Beaucastel in the Rhone Valley of France.  Paul Nerz is no stranger to the Max Group or the wines of the Perrin family.  Join us in this installment of the Lunch Club as we dive deep into the village wines of the Rhone from this famed producer.  $39.50pp++, call Max’s Oyster Bar in West Hartford for full details and reservations.

February 6th – Max Downtown presents an evening of truffles paired with selections from deep in our wine cellar.  This is the second installment of our Cellar Dinner Series where we pull older wines from our collection to showcase alongside spectacular dishes from Chef Christopher Sheehan.  Sommelier Justin Gavry will be guiding the wine discussion on this dinner.  Call Max Downtown for full details and reservations, seating is very limited.

Black HogFebruary 10 – Trumbull Kitchen rolls on with it Brewmaster 2015 Dinner Series, and this month we have the boys from Black Hog Brewery out of Oxford, CT coming in to talk and taste you through their top notch craft brews.  Quickly ascending the ladder to the top of CT craft brewers, the Black Hog beers are fantastic, we like them a lot and so should you.  Paired with Chef Chris Torla’s menu.  Call Trumbull Kitchen for full details and reservations.

February 10 – Max Amore Chefs Ted Burnett and Brett Cook have been dreaming of hosting a Game and Wine Dinner for the past couple of years, and we have finally been able to fit it on the calendar.  This dinner is filled with delicious plates that have been creatively put together by these two veteran chefs.  On top of that we have decided to feature these dishes with a wine focus on the 2010 vintage from Barolo – perfect matches for this style of food.  Tom Taylor from Worldwide Wines will be on hand to discuss the wine pairings with you.  Contact Max Amore for full menu and to make reservations.  Click Here

February 11 – Max’s Oyster Bar is very pleased to present a winery owner dinner with very special guest Steve MacRostie of MacRostie Vineyards in Sonoma County, California.  Steve made his first Sonoma wines in 1974 and has never looked back. Today he makes a veritable collection of classic Sonoma Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, from appellation wines to small single vineyard collections.  Steve rarely gets to visit CT, but when he does we make room for him and host a wine dinner.  Menu is being finalized, but call Max’s Oyster Bar in West Hartford for details and to make a reservation.

February 12 – Wild About Wine – it’s back! – the hugely successful wine tasting event that used to be an annual fixture on the calendar is being revamped and presented in a larger and more expanded format.   This event will showcase approximately 100 wines from 30 different vendors, along with food and other treats.  Plus a portion of the proceeds goes toward benefiting the Make A Wish Foundation.  Call Max’s Tavern in Springfield for tickets and full details.

February 14 – it’s Valentine’s Day.  Reservations are going fast so please call early to book a table.

February 18 – Harpoon “Long Thaw” Beer Night and tapping.  Max Burger in West Hartford welcomes the gang from Harpoon Brewery of Boston for its annual release of Long Thaw White I.P.A. Ale.  We will be tapping the kegs early and the reps will be along with plenty of swag to hand out to lucky guests.  Officially starts at 5pm, but come early and get a seat.

February 23 – Max Fish presents a fabulous Regional Wine dinner featuring the wines of Roederer Estate and Napanook. Owned by top Champagne house Louis Roederer, the Roederer Estate and Domaine Anderson wines have been top wines from the cold Anderson Valley of northern California for many years.  Made in limited quantities, these are fantastically styled wines that drink incredibly well with food.  We will be throwing in a bit of Napanook Red blend from Dominus Estate as a compliment – it is related to Roederer through the same marketing firm for the US as Champagne Roederer.  Devin McGary of Champagne Roederer will be on hand to discuss the wines along with Chef Robert Peterson of Max Fish.  Call Max Fish for details and reservations.

February 27 – MOB Lunch Club 2015 – Wines of Chile with Howard Asadow.  Did you know that wine grapes have been grown in Chile since 1540?  For this installment of the Lunch Club we are looking at some of the regionally made wines from Chile’s cool coastal wine-growing areas.  What does Chile do best?  Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.  For this lunch we are looking a little deeper into what this longstanding wine country has to offer.  $37.50++ – call Max’s Oyster Bar for Reservations.

February 27 – Master of Scotch Night at Max Downtown.  Sample our selections or choose your own flights in the Tavern area from 5:30-7:30 as Master of Scotch, Peter Karras is on hand to discuss the selections from Pernod-Ricard Distilleries (Arberlour, Glenlivet, Chivas), in Scotland. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be passed for flight drinkers.  Contact Max Downtown for full details.

Thirsty Thursdays @ Max – as always, February brings us a selection of fun promotions for Thursday nights at Max locations.  Max Amore in Glastonbury and Max a Mia in Avon – 1/2 priced bottles of wine all night.  No limit on prices – all wine list wines are 1/2 off.  Max Burger West Hartford – 1/2 priced Cans of Beer.  All Cans are 1/2 priced all day.  Trumbull Kitchen will also be joining the 1/2 priced Beer Cans on Thirsty Thursdays starting in February.

Every Thursday – Max’s Oyster Bar has Jamie’s Junk Show – Live Music –  starting at 9pm.  No Cover but seats fill up fast.  Thirsty Thursday Drink specials are also usually available.

Every Friday –  Karaoke at Max Fish – every week the singing is happening at Max Fish starting around 10pm.  Late Night Happy Hour is always available, as well.

Every Sunday – Max Downtown presents Sunday Jazz, featuring great food and drink specials and the jazz stylings of The Steve Davis Group.  For more information and reservations, call 860.522.2530

Founders Beer Dinner at TK

Founders-Beer-Dinner-TK-4 copyWith Special Guest: John Abercrombie, Market Manager, Founders Brewing
Trumbull Kitchen is pleased to kick off the New Year with our
2015 Craft Beer Dinner Series. First up: One of America’s premier Brewers,
and a perennial favorite on our draft lines, Founders Brewing Company
of Grand Rapids, Michigan. With a selection of robust & flavorful beers,
Founders has been winning awards for top level brews since 1997.
We’ve put together a great selection & paired them with the
incomparable cuisine of Executive Chef Chris Torla.

BREAKFAST STOUT
Sweet Korean Pancake
bacon onion marmalade

CENTENNIAL IPA
Chicken Mole Tacos
avocado creme, cara cara orange salsa

RUBAEUS
Arugula, Spiced Macadamia Nuts, Pickled Red Onion, Goat Cheese Crostini
reisling vinaigrette

BLACK RYE
Molasses-braised Bone-In Short Rib
sweet potato hash, crispy jalapenos

BACKWOODS BASTARD
Deep fried Chocolate Truffles
bourbon caramel sauce

$65 per person
not including tax & gratuity
Seating is limited. Please call for reservations: 860.493.7412

Lawson’s Finest Liquids Debuts at Max Burger and Trumbull Kitchen

Lawsons-Sip-Of-SunshineFollowers of truly small production, boutique, even mythical beers will take note about the fact that Connecticut has a new player on the scene.  A player with a big reputation already established for itself.

Lawson’s Finest Liquids out of Warren, Vermont, has become available in extremely limited quantities in the Hartford market, and we will be tapping at two Max location’s later today.

What is so special about this brewer and the beers they produce?  Well, too start – not too many breweries can claim multiple 100 point beers on BeerAdvocate. Lawson’s can, of course.  Making beers that achieve the “World Class” status is no easy feat, and to have one of these beers available on our bars is a real treat.

The Sip Of Sunshine from Lawson’s will be tapped for lunch at Trumbull Kitchen in Hartford, and later today Max Burger in West Hartford will also be tapping a keg.  Based on our recent experiences with similar beers we expect the kegs to go very quickly.  We are lovers of these balanced and delicious craft beers, and feel very lucky to be able to offer these selections to our guests.

TK Beerfest & Pig Roast

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

From 12-5pm

Featuring brews from:

BACK EAST, BALLAST POINT, BLACK HOG, BROOKLYN, DOGFISH HEAD, FOUNDERS, GOOSE ISLAND, LAGUNITAS, LONG TRAIL, NEW ENGLAND, OSKAR BLUES, OTTER CREEK, STONE, STONY CREEK, THE SHED, THOMAS HOOKER, YUENGLING

A portion of the proceeds to benefit Pan Mass Challenge (www.pmc.org)

$45 per person, not including tax or gratuity. Available online here.

($55 at the door the day of the event)

For tickets and information, please call 860.493.7412

Hoptoberfest to Support the CT Farmland Trust

On October 12th, The Max Restaurant Group is hosting its 1st annual Max’s Hoptoberfest.  A portion of the proceeds are being designated to benefit the Connecticut Farmland Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving CT’s farmland for use now and into the future.

For a full explanation of exactly what the Trust does, here is a short video they have recently put together…

Hoptoberfest Beer Dinner @ Max Downtown 10-14-14

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Max Downtown Presents a Hoptoberfest Beer Dinner

Get your Hoptoberfest weekend celebrations off to an early start on Friday evening Oktober 10, at Max Downtown, featuring a comparative Oktoberfest Beer Dinner with coursed selections of Oktoberfest and Harvest style beers from the United States and Germany. Paired side by side, these brews are matched with selections from Chef Hunter Morton of Max Downtown.

Special Guest Speaker for the evening is Jon Stack, Connecticut-based Craft Beer Specialist

Friday October 10th, 2014

American Oktoberfest Sip & Sample Beerception – 6:30 pm
Blue Point Brewing Oktoberfest
Goose Island Brewing Oktoberfest
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Seating – 7:00 pm
Course 1
PRETZELS & PASTRAMI
Gary’s beer braised onions, Cato corners cheddar, caraway mustard
US – Thomas Hooker Brewing Octoberfest Lager
DE – Spaten Oktoberfest

Course 2
GEMISCHT WURST
House-made artisinal Sausages, potato strudel, braised cabbage, rutabaga mustard
US – Widmer Brothers Okto
DE – Warsteiner OktoberfestHackerPschoor-oktoberfest

Course 3
SPANFURKEL                   Secchiarolli Farm Roasted Suckling Pig, Apples chestnut stuffing, brown butter spetzle, Sage jus                     US – Long Trail Harvest Barn Ale DE – Hacher-Pschoor Oktoberfest

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BLUE HILL ORCHARD APPLE FRITTERS
Subedge Farm Hopped ice cream, Maple glaze
US – Redhook Brewery Pumpkin Porter
DE – Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier

$55 per person                               (not including tax or gratuity)

For reservation please call           Max Downtown
185 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 522-2530

maxdowntown.com

1st Annual HOPtoberfest!

HOPtoberfest-Ad-for-CTnow---MAX-Group-2Max’s 1st Annual HOPtoberfest!
Sunday October 12, 2014. 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Rosedale Farms & Vineyards
25 East Weatogue Street, Simsbury, CT
Beer & Food Tasting: $35 per person
tax & gratuity not included
Live Music, Food Trucks, your own tasting glass and more!
For tickets visit: TinyURL.com/HOPtoberfest
or call 860.566.8360 for more information.
A portion of the proceeds goes to the Connecticut Farmland Trust.
This is a 21 and over event, rain or shine. Valid ID required for entrance.

29 Craft Brews and Counting:
Allagash Brewing Co. – Portland, ME
Back East Brewing Co. – Bloomfield, CT
Black Hog Brewing Co. – Oxford, CT
Blatant Brewery – Williamsburg, MA
Blue Point Brewing Co. – Patchogue, NY
Broad Brook Brewing Co. – East Windsor, CT
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. – Elmsford, NY
City Steam Brewing Co. – Hartford, CT
Firefly Hollow Brewing Co. – Bristol, CT
Foolproof Brewing Co. – Pawtucket, RI
Harpoon Brewery – Windsor, VT
Hartford Better Beer Co. – Hartford, CT
Long Trail Brewing Co. – Bridgewater Corners, VT
Olde Burnside Brewing Co. – East Hartford, CT
Ommegang Brewery – Cooperstown, NY
Overshores Brewing Co. – East Haven, CT
Pioneer Brewing Co. – Sturbridge, MA
Relic Brewing Co. – Plainville, CT
Shebeen Brewing Co. – Wolcott, CT
Somerville Brewing Co. (Slumbrew) – Somerville, MA
Smuttynose Brewing Co. – Hampton, NH
Spencer Trappist Brewery – Spencer, MA
Stony Creek Brewing Co. – Branford, CT
Stubborn Beauty Brewing Co. – Middletown, CT
Thomas Hooker Brewing Co. – Bloomfield, CT
Two Roads Brewing Co. – Stratford, CT
Willimantic Brewing Co. – Willimantic, CT

What’s On Tap This Week @ Max Burger West Hartford

by Brian Mitchell, Corporate Beverage Director, Max Restaurant Group

beer-chico-floydsThis summer Sierra Nevada Brewing, one of (if not the) leading Craft Brewer in the United States, set out on a summer long tour and festival drive.  Taking their bus and brewing genius across the country, the folks for Sierra stopped over in Festivals from Californai to Maine.  Along the way they created and made a series of beers that are as unique and varied as any out there – all in conjunction with 12 other craft breweries.  You can read about this huge collaborative effort on the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp webpage by clicking here.

To celebrate this huge endeavor, Max Burger in West Hartford will be featuring a selection of these collaborative brews from the Beer Camp collection, starting today with the Sierra Nevada / Three Floyd’s Brewing Co. Chico King Pale Ale.

brewer-3flyds3 Floyds has a reputation as the Midwestern kings of alpha (hops). Chico King is a mash-up of a mutual passion between these breweries for hoppy pale ales, and combines a uniquely robust malt body with intense citrusy and fruity new school hop varietals.

3 Floyds marches to the beat of their own (double kick) drum when it comes to collaboration, often partnering with comic book artists, tattoo parlors or heavy metal bands when inspiration strikes. These eclectic beers are coveted throughout the Midwest and some beers, like the legendary Dark Lord Imperial Stout, have spawned something akin to a beer-themed holiday in the brewery’s hometown of Muenster, IN.

On tap today, come into Max Burger West Hartford to taste some of this very limited production beer.  We will be following this up with a selection later in the week, including other Beer Camp collaborative brews, such as:

Sierra Tater Ridge Scottish Ale, brewed with the Asheville Brewers Alliance, from Asheville, NC

Sierra Yonder Bock Tropical Maibock, brewed with Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, FL

Sierra There and Back English-style Bitter, brewed with New Glarus Brewing in New Glarus, WI

Sierra Double Latte Coffee Milk Stout, brewed with Ninkasi Brewing Co., from Eugene, OR

Sierra Yvan the Great Belgian Style Blonde, brewed with Russian River Brewing Co, out of Santa Rosa, Ca

Sierra Alt Route Altbier, brewed with Victory Brewing out of Downington, Pa

What’s on Tap this Week @Max’s Oyster Bar

by Brian Mitchell, Beverage Director, Max Restaurant Group

One of our favorite local brewers produces this tasty beer on occasion and only in limited quantities, especially on draft.  This week, though, at Max’s Oyster Bar we will be placing the New England Brewing Company Weiss Trash Culture on line (you should expect it to start either Tuesday or Wednesday).

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Produced at NEBCO, in Woodbridge, Ct., this is a great example of a weiss style beer, which is closest to what is known as a Berliner Weiss.  The name though is a play on words and also refers to the specialty yeast that is used to make this style of beer, which are known as White beers. “Weiss” refers to the yeast strain as well as the cloudy effect the beers often have from both yeast and wheat which is the main grain for production.

Extremely refreshing and crisp, the Berliner Weiss beers are often dosed with a little sweet syrup, such as raspberry, to soften them.  These are perfect to enjoy on their own when the weather is a bit warmer (such as it will be this week), as they are crisp and light.  A characteristic which also makes them a perfect draft to have at Max’s Oyster Bar with some fresh seafood dishes, including Oysters and the raw bar, or a lobster special, which will also be running later this week.

The other great thing about this beer is the fact that it is only 3.4% abv, which means you can drink one (or two) and not get as weighed down as from one of the fuller styles of beer.  Perfectly suited to dining and fine cuisine.  Give this a go at Max’s Oyster Bar this week and enjoy one of the best locally produced beers by one of CT’s best brewers – NEBCO.

Newburyport Brewing Co. Dinner at Max Burger Longmeadow

by Brian Mitchell, Corporate Beverage Director, Max Restaurant Group

Newburyport Brewing Company was founded just a couple of years ago (2012), but my first really solid encounter with them was at our Marchtoberfest Beer tasting last March at Max’s Tavern in Springfield.  I had the opportunity to meet the guys from the brewery and taste through the beers.  Without being overly biased, this was one of the best take-aways for me from the whole tasting.  I really enjoyed the style of the beers, the fact that they brew exclusively in cans (large and small), and that they are a couple of local guys.

So, it is with great pleasure that I announce that co-owner Chris Webb, will be joining us at Max Burger in Longmeadow on September 8th, for a great beer dinner, pairing Newburyport Brewing beers with the cuisine of Executive Chef David Sudol.

The price is great – the beer and food are going to be delicious; really no reason not to attend.  Take a look at the menu…

Max Burger of Longmeadow

Presents a Super Awesome Beer & Food Pairing Dinner

Featuring – Newburyport Brewing Company

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With Special Guest – Chris Webb – Owner

 September 8th

Reception at 6:00 · Dinner at 6:30

Awesome Course 1

Potato Bacon Cheddar “Fritters” with Tasso Ham Gravy

Melt Away Session I.P.A. – 4.6% ABV

Awesome Course 2

“Fish n Chips”- Blackened  Swordfish Sliders (Sweet Slaw, Agent 9 Sauce, Crispy Onion Straws) Beer Battered Steak Fries

Yeet! Extra Special Bitter – 5% ABV

Awesome Course 3

Pork Tenderloin, Chorizo Potato Hash, Spiced Cherry Compote, Sweet Tea Gastrique

Green Head I.P.A. – 7.2% ABV

Super Dessert Course

Peach ‘N’ Cream Cobbler Milkshake

Plum Island White – 5.4% ABV

COST: $55.00 per person

(not including tax or gratuity )

Please call Max Burger Longmeadow to reserve your seat

413-798-0101