Black Hog Brewing Comes to Max Burger West Hartford

by Brian Mitchell, Beverage Director for Max Restaurant Group

Lat week I had the pleasure of tasting some of the newly released brews from one of the newest breweries to hit the quickly growing CT brewery scene: Black Hog Brewing.  Based in Oxford, Ct, and built on the ashes of a recently defunct brewery, the beers coming from Black Hog are quickly building to be some of the best quality brewed in the state and certainly able to compete with some of the best nationally.

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Formed as a partnership between Tom and brother Jason Sobocinski, who own and operate Caseus Fromagerie & Bistro in New Haven, and a family friend Tyler Jones, an experienced brewer, the team has the make-up and back ground for making some truly outstanding beers.  I had the pleasure to taste four beers, which will be released later this week to limited state-wide distribution, and was really impressed with the overall quality.  We also featured the Ginga Ninja as one of the featured beers in last week’s Chef to Farm dinners at Farmer’s Cow in Lebanon, Ct.  Very well received by all.

We will be featuring all four beers this coming Wednesday, July 23rd, at Max Burger in West Hartford as part of local mini-tap-take-over.  As an added bonus, you will get a chance to meet brewer Tyler Jones who will be on hand, drinking and talking beer with any and all.  Brewery folks will be on hand starting at about 5pm; Black Hog beers available until they are gone.

Here is a list of what was tasted and what will be featured at Max Burger;

Ginga Ninja – a red india pale ale brewed w. fresh ginger; 6.5% abv

Easy Rye’Da – an easy drinkin’ low abv rye india pale ale; 4.7% abv

Granola Brown – brown ale brewed w. a granola mix of oatmeal, grains, hops & roasted malts; 5.5% abv

S.W.A.G. – summer wheat ale brewed w. grapefruit peel; 4.3% abv

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Lagunitas Tap Take Over @ Max Burger WH

Join us for a great evening of Beers and Burgers, all to support a great cause.

All month long, Max Burger in West Hartford, has been featuring beers from Lagunitas Brewing out of Petaluma, California.  On Thursday June 26, we will be hosting a tap take-over with the beers from Lagunitas, with proceeds going to the Protectors of Animals animal shelter in East Hartford, Ct.

Come on out, enjoy a great Thursty Thursday and support those helping to save animals and give them new homes.  What could be better?  Great Beers, Great fun and all for a Great Cause!

Lagunitas at Max Burger WH

Stone Brewing Dinner at Max’s Oyster Bar

Stone-Brewing-Dinner-at-Oyster-2Join us for a very special evening featuring Stone Brewing Company
of Escondido, California and the cuisine of Executive Chef Scott Miller.
With Special Guest Speaker Jeff Nelson of Stone Brewing.
For more information visit their website, here.
NOANK OYSTERS
Strawberry “Caviar” | Aged Fig Vinegar
Stone Go To IPA – Amerian IPA – 4.5% ABV
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CRAB
Asparagus | Fennel | Yuzu
Stone Saison – Farmhouse Ale – 6.0 % ABV
******
RABBIT
Ricotta Gnudi | Peas | Oyster Mushrooms
Kyle Hollingsworth / Keri Kelli / Stone Collective Distortion
American Double IPA – 9.2 % ABV
******
SWEETBREADS
Black Ledge Fonduta | Pickled Celery | Pimenton
Stone Enjoy by 07.04.14 IPA – American Imperial IPA – 9.40 % ABV
******
BEEF DECKLE
Marrow Gratin | Wild Greens | Smoked Hollandaise
Matt’s Burning Rosids – Imperial Cherry Wood Smoked Saison – 10.5% ABV
******
CHOCOLATE & CHEESE
House Biscuits | Berries
Special Late Night Tasting of Stone Stochasticity Project Quadro Triticale
Belgian Style Quad – 10 % ABV
$75 per person, not including tax & gratuity
Limited seating, please call for reservations: 860.236.6299

Max Chef To Farm Lobsterfest!

Lobsterfest-C2F-REVISEDTHIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

Just in time for Father’s Day ~ an event for the whole family!
Saturday, June 14th 4pm – 9pm
Rosedale Farms & Vineyards in Simsbury, CT
Activities For All Ages!
Featuring live music by Will Evans. Sample his music here.
Adult Dinner: Clam Chowder, Steamed Lobster, Connecticut
Clams, Local Chorizo Sausage, New Hartford Heirloom Potatoes,
Native (fingers crossed!) Corn on the Cob & Locally Grown Salad.
$55 per person
(Beverages, tax & gratuity not included)
Children’s Dinner: Clam Chowder, Grilled Hot Dog or Hamburger,
Locally Grown Salad, French Fries and Lemonade
$10 per child
(Tax & gratuity not included)
Also featuring: $5 Local Craft Beer on Tap,
Oysters and Clams shucked to order for $2 each,
Rosedale Vineyards Wine, and Brewtus Maximus Summer Wheat,
A fresh and frothy, German-style summer beer produced
especially for The Max Restaurant Group; perfect for
warm weather drinking and dining.
To make reservations, visit us here.

Back East Palate Mallet Tapping @ Max Burger CT, Oyster Bar and Trumbull Kitchen

by Brian Mitchell, Corporate Beverage Director, Max Restaurant Group

backeast_PalateMallet_18x24 posterPREPIn addition to our regularly scheduled promotion this Thursty Thursday March 12, 2014, Max Burger and Max’s Oyster Bar in West Hartford and Trumbull Kitchen in Hartford, will be participating in a CT State-wide tapping of the newest beer from Back East Brewery, called Palate Mallet American Double India Pale Ale. This is the newest beer from Back East Brewery and is designed to show off what CT brewers can do.

According to Tony Karlowicz, owner of Back East Brewing, the beer is brewed using four types of West Coast hops (specific varieties are being withheld as proprietary secrets), each used to focus the flavor impact on aromatics rather than bitterness.  These hops will help push the citrus grapefruit notes, and as the brew is double dry-hopped it will further emphasize this aspect.

Brewed to 8.6% abv, it is a big style, but not over-done with alcohol.  Drinkable and balanced is the word.  We will have to wait and see exactly how it tastes tomorrow night at 5p, as this is the official debut of this beer.  It will only be available at this point at the listed locations and while supplies are available.  The tentative plan is to get feedback from this release and probably brew the next batch in late April for a canned summer release.  We will see, but since the others brews from Back East have all been very favorably received by our guests, I can only imagine that this will become a regular item for Back East.

7p tapping – tomorrow night – Thursty Thursday March 12

Max Burger West Hartford

Max’s Oyster Bar West Hartford

Trumbull Kitchener Hartford

Thursty Thursdays @ Max (May 2014)

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By Brian Mitchell, Max Restaurant Group Corporate Beverage Director

Updated June 1, 2014

June marks the fifth month of features for the Max Restaurant Group’s Thursty Thursday promotions, and as usual we are changing things up for the month. Whether you are winding down your week or getting your weekend kicked-off, this is a great opportunity to discover the fabulous sections of beers, wine, and cocktails at each of our locations.  Thursty Thursdays @ Max, just another great reason to join us.

Here is brief description of some of the promotion we are featuring throughout the month of May…

CooperNegroni-2Max A Mia in Avon will be making use of its patio this month and featuring happy hour on the patio (as seating permits).  We will have the classic Italian Negronis available for $5 (regularly $9), plus peach white or red wine sangria for $5, as well.  AS one final addition we will also have $3 Back East Amber Ale pints available for Happy Hour.  Max A Mia has also introduced a brand new Happy Hour menu for the month starting this week, so there is a lot going for Thursty Thursdays in June.

and Max Amore in Glastonbury, will each be going with what has become a fan favorite promotion for Thursty Thursdays, the 1/2-priced bottled wine offer.  Come into Max a Mia or Max Amore on Thursdays, and enjoy a selection from our bottled wine list at 1/2 the normal price.  Such a great value – with over 80 wines to choose from, you can have your pick from Italy, California and beyond. Chef Dave Stickney and the Max A Mia crew always have great choices on the menu, and ½-priced wines are just another reason to pay us a visit.  As always the discount applies to bottled wine selections, only.

As a side note – Max A Mia will be closing this Thursday May 1, for a private party.  1/2 priced wines will be available during the day and we will be back to normal schedule for the next Thursday promo.

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Max’s Tavern in Springfield is getting an early start to the Kentucky Derby this weekend by offering a special Pear Julep for Thursty Thursday drinking.  Made with Four Roses Bourbon, this is slight twist on a classic southern cocktail featuring fresh mint, some pear flavoring and of course the Bourbon.  Sweet and smooth, plus refreshing and so easy to drink.  Come in and try one of our Spring favorites – the Pear Julep.

Max’s Oyster Bar in West Hartford will also be starting off its Derby Weekend early and offering $5 Russel’s Reserve Mint Juleps for Thursty Thursday, this week.  A classic Mint Julep is great and it is even better when paired with a 1/2 pound of fresh Louisiana Crawfish.  Thursty Thursday for May 1 is a minty julep and crawfish, all for $10.  Your inner Bubba loves it!

As a preview to CT Craft Beer Week (May 11-18th) Max’s Oyster Bar will be running a (TBD) selection of CT only beers at $5 for Thursty Thursday, May 15.  Plan ahead…

Max Fish in Glastonbury will be continuing the tropical drinking season by featuring more Tiki on Thursdays all month.  We love rum filled drinks and as such we will be featuring a few at great prices on Thursdays, all featuring the most popular selling rum in the world (yes I said bestselling rum in the world) Tanduay, which is made in the Philippines and sells in huge volumes all around the Pacific.  Now available in the US for the past few years, it is starting to gain great traction and is a perfect accompaniment to our Tiki drinks…

Tiki Bar

$5 Tiki Torch … a lovely fruit driven style of a cocktail featuring Tanduay Rum, passion fruit, and a splash of cranberry

$6 The Tremont. Think complex Rum Manhattan style cocktail…Tanduay Rum, Meletti amaro, Cinzano, and a dash of orange bitters

$7 Max’s Classic Painkiller. One of my favorite drinks – lovely coconut, orange juice and pineapple flavors mix with the barrel-aged Tanduay Rum flavors for a very drinkable drink that will make anyone more comfortable

$8 Palm Beach Hurricane – a real Tiki throwback, the Hurricane in this case is throwing a nod to our 10th newest location (The Cooper) which opens this month in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  Tanduay rum, Caruba dark rum, oj, pineapple, grenadine – yum!

Max Downtown of Hartford will be offering three options for its Thursty Thursday line-up in June…

1)  Meiomi Chardonnay for $10 a glass, the newest addition to the Wagner family’s

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2) Chef Hunter Morton’s’s Prosciutto and Pimiento grilled

cheese sandwich served with a Bluepoint Mosaic “Session” IPA for $8.00 (you get both for $8)

3) Or you could pick the Max Manhattan served on a “rock” for juts $5.

Anyway you look at it – three great offering at tremendous value from Max Downtown.

 

Max Burger in West Hartford will continue to offer 1/2-Priced Cans for Thursty Thursdays @ Max in May.  C’mon in and take your pick of any of our canned brews and get them at a 50% discount, all day and all night.  The canned beer has made a huge return among craft brewers over the past few years as many people have discovered that fresh beer really does taste better this way.  One of the most damaging things for beer is light and the can provides the perfect vehicle for getting all the flavor the brew master intended to your glass (or just from the can).  We agree and we also like the fact that this is a lighter and more eco-friendly way to transport beer.  We have a growing selection of great canned brews from across America, so join us each Thursday in May to taste your way around the canned section.Canned Beer

Guinness ShakeTrumbull Kitchen in Hartford will be featuring a few fan favorites on menu selection for Thursty Thursday this May 1.  Keeping it simple, Trumbull Kitchen will be featuring a Guinness Cheddar Burger for $5 or House-smoked wings for $.50 each, plus we will be rolling out Bar Manager Steve Temple’s famous Guinness Milkshakes for $5 (regularly $9), as well.  Get a shake and Burger or wings for a great Thursty Thursday kick-off.

Guinness Cheddar Burger – All natural beef, stout onions, kettle chips $5

 or

House Smoked BBQ Wings – Great hill blue cheese dip, celery sticks .50 per piece

 

Spencerbottleglass-640x1029_cThis week Max Burger in Longmeadow, Ma, will be doing a 5pm tapping of the rare an lovely Spencer Trappist Ale, brewed at our one and only local Trappist Brewery in Spencer, Ma. (Keep in mind, there are only 9 Trappist Breweries in the entire world, and we are lucky ducks having one virtually in our back yard.  We are even luckier because they allow us an allocation every so often of their glorious beer.  Starting at 5pm, until it is gone – Spencer Trappist Ale, on draft at Max Burger Longmeadow.

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Marchtoberfest @ Max’s Tavern March 8th

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We are very pleased to announce MARCHTOBERFEST, our newest Beer Fest at Max’s Tavern in Springfield.  We have contacted our best and favorite breweries and beer vendors to pour some great beers (see the growing list below) on Saturday March 8th, from 2-6pm.  A fun afternoon full of regional and American craft brews as well as some delicious Max food, music and fun.  All to benefit a great cause – the Ronald McDonald House of Springfield.logo_news1

Participating breweries (as of 2/14/14):

Innis & Gunn (Scotland)

Sam Adams (Boston, Mass)

Spencer Trappist Brewery (Spencer, Mass)

Old Burnside Brewing (East Hartford, Ct)

Berkshire Brewing Co (South Deerfield, Massachusetts)

Shipyard Brewing Co (Portland, Maine)

Foolproof Brewing Co (Pawtucket, Rhode Island)

Rising Tide Brewing Co (Portland, Maine)

Thomas Hooker Brewing Co (Bloomfield, Connecticut)

Grey Sail Brewing (Westerly, Rhode Island)

Peak Organic Brewing (Portland, Maine)

Baxter Brewing Co (Lewiston, Maine)

Tröegs Brewing Co (Hershey, Pennsylvania)

Oskar Blues Brewery (Lyons, Colorado)

Wachusett Brewing (Westminster, Massachusetts)

Sixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn (Redhook), New York)

Anchor Steam Brewing (San Francisco, California)

Clown Shoes Beer (Ipswich, Massachusetts)

Newburyport Brewing Co (Newburyport, Massachusetts)

Stone Brewing (Escondido, California)

Longtrail Brewing (Bridgewater, Vermont)

Otter Creek Brewing (Middlebury, Vermont)

Wolaver’s Organic Brewing (Middlebury, Vermont)

Narragansett Brewing Co (Narragansett, Rhode Island)

Belfast Bay Brewing Co (Belfast, Maine)

Coronado Brewing Co (Coronado, California)

Westfield River Brewing (Westfield, Massachusetts)

California Cider Co. ACE Ciders (Sebastopol, Ca)

 

Tickets are $40 per person with a portion of the proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Springfield.  Buy tickets for Marchtoberfest on the Max Restaurant Group Website, at Max’s Tavern Springfield, or Max Burger in Longmeadow, Mass

Click here for more information and to buy tickets

 

Relic Brewing Celebrates 2nd Anniversary with Tap Take-Over @ Max Burger WH

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Max Burger is very pleased to be a part of Relic Brewing Co’s second anniversary celebrations with our friend Mark Sigman.  Mark has been producing some great beers over the past few years from his small but growing brewery in Plainville, Ct.  Max Burger in West Hartford will be turning over out tap lines on Wednesday February 19th to some of the stylish brews from Relic.  This is a rare occasion to have so many of the brewery’s beers on at one time as the production is generally fairly small and limited and the demand is quite high.  We are pretty excited and think you should be as well.

Congratulations to Mark for hitting the two year milestone, for having the vision (and guts) to start a new brewery-business, and for making some killer beers that we have had the pleasure to enjoy these past couple of years!  We look forward to pouring many more in the future.

Here is a list of the brews we are expecting in…

Queen Annes Revenge Porter – robust porter brewed to a traditional 1800 recipe, strong notes of coffee and chocolate tremendous aroma 7% abv

The Huntsman Oatmeal Stout – rich, chocolaty and roasty stout 5.8% abv

Ryepocolypse Stout – Our Anniversary Beer – 9.4% Belgian Rye Stout, roasty, boozy, complex, spicy, dark fruit flavors.

Clockwork Pale Ale – 5.2% abv, American Pale Ale, tropical citrus flavors and aromas on top of malty backbone.

Thursty Thursday @ Max Burger Longmeadow – Specialty Tap Night with Founders Imperial

Imperial-Stout-Bottle-256x790Max Burger in Longmeadow, Ma, will be holding a Specialty Brew Tap Night, tonight for Thursty Thursdays @ Max.  This week’s tapping will feature the very special and rarely offered Founders Brewing Imperial Stout, an imposing creature at 10.5% abv, but a great treat on a cold night like tonight in Western New England.  Brewed with ten varieties of malted barley, this stout is smooth as silk, yet complex and rich in body.  We will be tapping at 5 pm, so come in and treat yourself to one of the finest Stouts in America from one of the top American craft brewers.

At Max Restaurant Group we are very pleased to announce a new initiative at each of our locations: Thursty Thursdays @ Max.  Come into any Max location on Thursdays and discover a great special only available that night.  Each month our locations will have new promotion that will be available on Thursdays.  These will change from week to week and month to month, so check back here or subscribe to our Social Media sites to get the latest updates on what we are offering.  Some of the creative offering may include drink and food specials, half-priced wines, or special tastings – the choices are limitless and are designed to give our loyal patrons another great reason to join us.  Whether you are winding down your week or getting your weekend kicked-off, this is a great opportunity to discover the fabulous sections of beers, wine, and cocktails at each of our locations.

Thursty Thursdays @ Max, just another great reason to join us.

Thursty Thursdays @ Max’s Oyster Bar – Local Brews with Local Seafood

Blue-Point-Brewing-LogoMax’s Oyster Bar in West Hartford will be offering a regional pairing of Local Brews with Local Seafood.  Each week in February we will pick a New England region and pair a selection of local seafood along with a local craft brew from that area.  Starting this week for Thursty Thursday @ Max, we will be promoting Bluepoint Brewing Co from Patchogue, NY, along with a 1/2 dozen plate of Bluepoint Oysters, all for $9.  What better way to celebrate local farming than with local seasonal products and great local brews.

Upcoming specials may include Thimble Island Brewing with Thimble Island Clams, Narraganset Brewing with Rhode Island Oysters, Harpoon Brewing with Massachusetts Oysters, Maine Brewing Company with Maine Lobsters , Rogue Ale with Washington State Oysters, or whatever combination we can think of.

At Max Restaurant Group we are very pleased to announce a new initiative at each of our locations: Thursty Thursdays @ Max.  Come into any Max location on Thursdays and discover a great special only available that night.  Each month our locations will have new promotion that will be available on Thursdays.  These will change from week to week and month to month, so check back here or subscribe to our Social Media sites to get the latest updates on what we are offering.  Some of the creative offering may include drink and food specials, half-priced wines, or special tastings – the choices are limitless and are designed to give our loyal patrons another great reason to join us.  Whether you are winding down your week or getting your weekend kicked-off, this is a great opportunity to discover the fabulous sections of beers, wine, and cocktails at each of our locations.

Thursty Thursdays @ Max, just another great reason to join us.

Thursty Thursday @ Max Fish – Pick Your Draft + Oysters for $9

draft-beerMax Fish in Glastonbury will be offering a Pick Your Draft + Oysters promotion.  We will be featuring a 1/2 dozen fresh oysters along with a pick your draft selection, all for $9.  There are few better combinations than fresh, briny oysters and craft beer – get them both at a great price on Thursdays at Max Fish.

At Max Restaurant Group we are very pleased to announce a new initiative at each of our locations: Thursty Thursdays @ Max.  Come into any Max location on Thursdays and discover a great special only available that night.  Each month our locations will have new promotion that will be available on Thursdays.  These will change from week to week and month to month, so check back here or subscribe to our Social Media sites to get the latest updates on what we are offering.  Some of the creative offering may include drink and food specials, half-priced wines, or special tastings – the choices are limitless and are designed to give our loyal patrons another great reason to join us.  Whether you are winding down your week or getting your weekend kicked-off, this is a great opportunity to discover the fabulous sections of beers, wine, and cocktails at each of our locations.

Thursty Thursdays @ Max, just another great reason to join us.

Thursty Thursdays @ Max’s Tavern – Round Trip Flight with Brews & Sliders

beer flightMax’s Tavern in Springfield will be offering the Round Trip Tasting Flight consisting of a beer flight paired with a slider flight- all for an amazing $6.  Pick your favorite brews or try something new: offer includes three beer samplers in one of our famous Max sampler glasses served along with a flight of one of our famous beef, pork and chicken sliders.   Not a bad way to start the evening!

At Max Restaurant Group we are very pleased to announce a new initiative at each of our locations: Thursty Thursdays @ Max.  Come into any Max location on Thursdays and discover a great special only available that night.  Each month our locations will have new promotion that will be available on Thursdays.  These will change from week to week and month to month, so check back here or subscribe to our Social Media sites to get the latest updates on what we are offering.  Some of the creative offering may include drink and food specials, half-priced wines, or special tastings – the choices are limitless and are designed to give our loyal patrons another great reason to join us.  Whether you are winding down your week or getting your weekend kicked-off, this is a great opportunity to discover the fabulous sections of beers, wine, and cocktails at each of our locations.

Thursty Thursdays @ Max, just another great reason to join us.

Thursty Thursdays @ Max Burger West Hartford – 1/2 Priced Cans

beer can topMax Burger in West Hartford will be offering 1/2-Priced Cans for Thursty Thursdays @ Max in February.  C’mon in and take your pick of any of our canned brews and get them at a 50% discount, all day and all night.  The canned beer has made a huge return among craft brewers in the past few years as many people have discovered that fresh beer really does taste better this way.  One of the most damaging things for beer is light and the can provides the perfect vehicle for getting all the flavor the brew master intended to your glass (or just from the can).  We agree and we also like the fact that this is a lighter and more eco-friendly way to transport beer.  We have a growing selection of great canned brews fro across America, so join each each Thursday in February to taste your way around the canned section.

CAN BEER IS COOL!

At Max Restaurant Group we are very pleased to announce a new initiative at each of our locations: Thursty Thursdays @ Max.  Come into any Max location on Thursdays and discover a great special only available that night.  Each month our locations will have new promotion that will be available on Thursdays.  These will change from week to week and month to month, so check back here or subscribe to our Social Media sites to get the latest updates on what we are offering.  Some of the creative offering may include drink and food specials, half-priced wines, or special tastings – the choices are limitless and are designed to give our loyal patrons another great reason to join us.  Whether you are winding down your week or getting your weekend kicked-off, this is a great opportunity to discover the fabulous sections of beers, wine, and cocktails at each of our locations.

Thursty Thursdays @ Max, just another great reason to join us.