Smuttynose Brewery Dinner at Max’s Oyster Bar – March 12th

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Max’s Oyster Bar presents
a Beer Dinner featuring the fabulous brews of
Smuttynose Brewing and Smuttlabs of New Hampshire
With special Guest speaker
Jessica Rice, Smuttynose Ambassador

We do expect to have a few special beers on-hand for this event – the Smuttlabs is keeping it top secret though until the very last minute…

Thursday March 12th
Smutt-ception starts at 6pm

Seating at 6:30pm
Amuse Bouche- scallop ceviche nacho

First Course
Smuttlabs Gose
Fuji Apple Salad- roasted pork, kimchee, maple, pilsner beer battered apple

Second course
Smuttlabs Smoked Peach Short Weisse limited edition
Hot and Cold- Lobster corn Dog- beer mustard- crab scallop, saffron terrine, citrus salad

Third Course
Finestkind IPA
Mustard crusted artic Char- IPA braised cabbage, pretzel, beet, béchamel, pickled mustard seed

Entrée
Old Brown Dog Ale
Ale Braised Brandt Beef cheeks- Horseradish potato puree, carrot salad

Dessert
Robust Porter
Chocolate Porter Cake- House made hop-chocolate Ice Cream

$65 per person
Not including tax or gratuity

Please call Max’s Oyster Bar for reservations
964 FARMINGTON AVE.
WEST HARTFORD, CT 06107
860-236-6299

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.

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

beerfest 2014

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

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

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