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 Amore – 1/2 Priced Wines

half pricedMax Amore in Glastonbury will be offering 1/2 priced bottled wine every Thursday night in February.

Yes, that is right, every bottled wine on the list will be 1/2 priced from its normal offering.  A huge savings and great way to try many of the top wines we carry.  Max Amore’s Italian focused list has selections from every major wine region in Italy, plus favorites from California, Washington State and beyond.  Come in and discover your new favorite along with the spectacular menu from Chef Ted Burnett.

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.

Thursty Thursday @ Max Downtown – Silver Oak Cab for $18

silver oakMax Downtown in Hartford will be offering a new selection from its Wine by Coravin list.  If you are unfamiliar with the new Coravin device, and you are a wine fan, you need to discover the flexibility it allows us in offering more selections by the glass.  The Coravin is essentially a mini-cruvinet system, which allows us to literally tap a bottle of wine without removing the cork, replacing the air inside the bottle with inert gas as we remove the wine for you to taste.  This means we can tap and offer a large selection of wines without any adverse effect to the wine remaining in the bottle.  This week we will be featuring the fabulous Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley, 2010, one of the most highly regarded California wineries, at he unbelievable price of $18 per glass!  Rarely offered by the glass, here is a great opportunity to taste without committing to a full bottle.

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.

America’s First Trappist ale @ Max Burger Longmeadow

by Brian Mitchell, Corporate Beverage Director for Max Restaurant Group

When a club has only eight members in the entire world, you can call it exclusive.  Well one club of eight has just added a new member.  The St. Joseph’s Abbey of Spencer Massachusetts, has launched a new brewery which is to become the ninth brewery in the world to be allowed to make Trappist Ales.  (This is the same abbey that makes the Trappist Preserves label of jams.)

An order of Cistercian monks descended from an order begun in 1098 in France, the modern day monks are carrying on the tradition of generations before them by making beer and brewing an integral part of the “business” of the monastery.  By definition, all Trappist beers must be made under the watch of monks within the grounds of a Trappist abbey, and proceeds must go back into the running and operational benefits of the abbey.  At one time there were nearly 200 Trappist breweries, but today there are only eight, or now nine.beer-on-table

The first beer brewed by the Spencer Brewery is the Spencer American Trappist Ale, and Max Burger in Longmeadow, Mass, has been fortunate enough to get a couple of the first cases.  We will be offering these, while they last, in the 11.2 oz bottle size.  At 6.5% abv, this is a classic Belgian ale with a slightly cloudy soft golden color, medium-body and , bright and crisp on the palate and a smooth finish with just a touch of hops.

The Spencer beers are produced under the guidance of the Chimay Brewery (one of the other nine Trappist Breweries), from which advisers from Belgium have traveled to the US in order to get the new brewery up and running.

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The word is that we will also be able to get some of the first kegs available from the new brewery by the end of the month and we will update then when we know more accurately what and when.  Suffice it to say, though, that we are very excited to be participating in this point in beer history.  Come in and be a part of it as well.

Click here to visit the brewery website

Hélène Jaume Domaine Grand Veneur Wine Dinner Feb 5th @ Max Fish

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Rhone Valley Wine Dinner featuring
Domaine Grand Veneur Dinner and
Guest Speaker Helene Jaume, 2nd Generation winemaker

Helene Jaume

Wednesday February 5, 2014

Reception: 6:30
Domaine Grand Veneur Voignier, 2012
Scallop Crudo, cucumber, seaweed, ruby grapefruit
Steamed Shrimp Dumpling, bean sprouts & bok choy

Seating: 7:00
First 
Domaine Grand Veneur Voignier, 2012
Poached Red Snapper, mussels, orange peel & saffron broth, fingerlings, fennel

Second 
Domaine Grand Veneur Vacueyras, La Garrigue, 2011
Pepper Crusted Ahi Tuna, winter squash Spaetzle, Brussels sprouts, tarragon

Third 
Domaine Grand Veneur Lirac Clos Sixte, 2011
Wild Mushroom-Barley Risotto, braised oxtail, bone marrow jus, crispy kale

Fourth 
Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape Les Origines, 2010
Pepper Crusted Lamb Loin, lamb shank bourguinon, baby roots, sweet potato puree, garlic bread crumbs

Fifth
Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape, 2010
Cheese Course, pressed fig, smoked almonds

Dessert
Truffles & Hazelnut Cream Puffs

$95 per person plus tax and gratuity

Please call Max Fish Glastonbury for reservations

860-652-3474 (FISH)

Click here to visit the Max Fish website

Victory Brewing Dinner @ Max’s Oyster Bar Feb 6th

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Take a break from the winter chill and claim your victory on February 6th with a great selection of Victory Brewing craft beers paired with the exceptional cuisine of Max’s Oyster Bar Chef Scott Miller.  We love doing beer dinners and when we can pair up with a great selection of our favorite beers, it makes it just that much better…

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CRAFT BEER DINNER

Thursday February 6th, 2014

6:30 PM  RECEPTION

Victory Prima Pils
Spiced Hamachi Rolls | Grilled Pineapple | Shiso
Lemongrass Braised Short Rib “Fritters” | Ginger Beer Gastrique
Grilled Clam Flatbread | Fennel | Preserve Lemon

Victory Helios Farmhouse Ale
Melville Cheese & Roasted Cauliflower Gratin Pickled Onion | Sriracha Caviar | Mustard Greens

Victory Mad Kings Weiss
Cornmeal Fried Cod
Okra | Green Tabasco Aioli | Pork & Collards

Victory Hop Ranch Imperial IPA
Shrimp Meatballs
Curry | Eggplant | Yogurt | Cilantro

Victory V 12 Belgian Ale
Rellenos
Confit Chicken | Smoked Bean Puree | Chorizo Vinaigrette

Victory Dirt Wolf Double IPA
Smoked Beef Brisket
Dumplings | Pho Broth | Hoisen Side Car

Victory Old Horizontal Barley Wine
Blood Orange Panna Cotta
Yuzu Gelee | Pomegranate | Lemon Shortbread

Click here to visit Max’s Oyster Bar Website

Terroirs of Mendoza with Jeff Mausbach February 19 @ Max Downtown

We are very pleased to announce a special tasting opportunity with a great wine personality and all around fun guy – Mr Jeff Mausbach.  

As Wine Education Director and Communications and Marketing manager for Catena Wines from Mendoza for 13 years, Mr Mausbach traveled the world preaching the gospel of the unique character of  high altitude Malbec from Mendoza, explaining the character and expression of its many different terroirs.  In 2010, he and several partners decided to produce their own labels and began Malbec 55, a wine company celebrating the workers who get their hands dirty while crafting the fine wines of the region.  Jeff-Mausbach

Mr Mausbach will be on hand at Max Downtown for an opportunity for our guests to meet him, discuss the Argentine wine industry and taste through a a cross section of Malbec wines from various vineyards in the regions and terroirs. Light passed hors d’oeuvres will be available to accompany the wine tasting.

February 19, 5:30-7:00

Meet and Greet with Jeff Mausbach
5:30-7:00

Wine selection:

TintoNegro Uco Valley malbec
TintoNegro Mendoza malbec
TintoNegro Limestone Block malbec
Angulo Innocenti malbec
Angulo Innocenti cabernet sauvignon
Angelo Innocenti unisono

cost is $35 per person plus tax and gratuity

please call Max Downtown for reservations 860-522-2530

Click here to visit the Max Downtown Website

Stone Beer Dinner February 4 @ Trumbull Kitchen

It is with great pleasure that we announce our next beer dinner with our friends at Stone Brewing.  Since 1996, Stone has become one of the most iconic and well-loved breweries in the United States.  Known for making firmly hopped beers with just a hint of attitude, we really enjoy these beers and know you do to. Join us on February 4th, and break the winter cold with some hand crafted brews from the great state of California, along with some tasty treats from Chef Chris Torla.  Word has it that Jeff Nelson will be on hand to expound on the virtues of the beers and answer any questions you may have – he is always full of great things to say and definitely knows his Stones.  When was the last time you were Stoned??

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Stone Beer Dinner
February 4, 2014

Happy 30 minutes, pre-dinner reception in the loft
Enjoy By 2-14-14
Burnt ends with Stone porter BBQ sauce
Smoked Pit ham and onion jam sliders
Charcuterie Sampler
Lamb pancetta wrapped asparagus

Matt’s Saison
Manchego and Hoja Santa Cheese Plate
Quince paste, CT honeycomb, porter crackers

Stone IPA
Indian Chicken Korma
Boneless chicken breast, pistachio yogurt sauce, aromatic basmati salad

Arrogant Bastard
Crisped Maryland Crab Cake
Blood orange marmalade, local apples, smoked jalapeno

Sublimely Self Righteous
Cocoa Braised Beef Short Ribs
White cheddar polenta, garlic kale

Cost on this is $75 per person (excluding tax & gratuity)

Seating is very limited (we are not just saying that – the loft at TK only holds 26 seats)

please call TK to reserve your seat 860-493-7412

Click here to visit the TK website 

Max Downtown Library Wine Added for the Holidays

by Brian Mitchell, Corporate Beverage Director, Max Restaurant Group

Several times a year, Justin Gavry (Sommelier at Max Downtown) and myself go through our library reserves and pull out selections that we feel are ready for addition to the regular wine list.  We do this as other selections that have sold through open up space both in our stock room and on our wine list proper.

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It may not be as well known as it should, but at Max Downtown we keep a substantial number of selections in reserve off the wine list, allowing them to age and develop to optimum drinking levels before we add to the list.  This is a huge commitment on our part, both in inventory dollars and space, but it is a commitment that we feel makes our wine program one of the best around.  There are many wines that come available to us to buy, but are far too young to be drunk right away.  These wines – some California Cabernet, some Bordeaux, some burgundy and others, really can benefit from a number of years of cellaring to soften the tannins and allow for the flavors to reach their peak.

Below is a list of the wines that we have recently added to the Max Downtown wine list, many of which you will notice are in the range of 10 years old. We feel this is the best time for many of these wines, and we hope you will agree.

1) Peter Michael Winery Les Pavots Estate Red, Knights Valley 2002
2) Peter Michael Winery Les Pavots Estate Red, Knights Valley 2003
3) Joseph Phelps ‘Insignia’ 2004
4) Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select 1999
5) Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select 2000
6) Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select 2003
7) Shafer Vineyards  Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select 2004
8) Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
9) Château Léoville-Las Cases 2000
10) Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
11) Two Hands ‘Ares’ Shiraz Barossa Valley
12) Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Ornellaia 2004
13) Elderton ‘Command’ Shiraz 2004
14) Avignonesi Riserva Grandi Annate, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
15) Dominus Napa 2003 & 2004
16) Quintessa Napa 2005

Marguet Visits Max Downtown

Max Downtown in Hartford is very pleased to welcome Mr Benoit Marguet to our Tavern for an informal meet-and-greet on Wednesday, October 23rd.  Max Downtown has been a great supporter of Grower Champagnes and has listed the wines from Champagne Marguet for some time, now.

Benoit MarguetChampagne Benoît Marguet in Ambonnay is one of many extremely interesting small producers in Champagne. He is the kind of producer that you rarely find, unless you know exactly where to go.  

Passing through the region, Mr. Marguet will be on hand from 5-6pm to taste and discuss his family wines, spread the word about the individuality of small producer wines such as his, and to bring a bit of France to Hartford.  Champagne is one of the true luxuries of the wine world, but one that is affordable to anyone.  Celebrate these lovely wines and gain a bit of understanding about the region and it people from one of our favorite producers.

Organic farming is the preferred method at Champagne Benoit Marguet, utilizing plow- horses and minimal inputs create an environment that will produce outstanding grapes and preserve the land for generations to come.  The attention and commitment to these details show in the wine and create a quality divide that is quite apparent when tasting against most large production producers.champagne_marguet_horse

We will be sampling some selections from Champagne Marguet along with complimentary treats from the kitchen to pair.  Any and all are welcome to join us.

New Wines at Max’s Oyster Bar

by Brian Mitchell, Corporate Beverage Director

I am very pleased to announce several new additions this week to our wine list at Max’s Oyster Bar in West Hartford.  Both Bob Cooke, Managing Partner, and myself tasted these wines in recent weeks and felt they were compelling enough to add to the program.  We always look for wines that share that special combination of very high quality and that compliment the cuisine of Chef Miller.  These wines each fit this criteria.

Earlier in the week, we tasted the new releases from Domaine Serene from the Willamette Valley in Oregon.  Domaine Serene enjoys a very high reputation for both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir production, and we were very pleased with selections of each.  Typically we will not rely too heavily on any single winery for multiple wine listings, but these wines were so good that we took both.  On the list for this weekend is the Domaine Serene Chardonnay Evenstad Reserve 2012 and the Evenstad Pinot Noir 2011.

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The Chardonnay is delicious, plane and simple.  A generous, but very well integrated, layer of oak rides just under lovely flavors of ripe apple

and fresh pears – the combination coming across as beautifully balanced and elegant enough to enjoy with delicate (but cooked) seafood.  Not an exact replacement, but certainly on par with 1er Cru Puligny.

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The Pinot Noir to me was just short of the Chardonnay in its overall quality, but quite good in its own-right.  For me, I enjoy the elegance of Oregon Pinot Noir, but still always want to see a bit of depth in the fruit and not a wine that is weak like “traditional” French Pinot Noir.  This wine has just that – lush, but not sweet, cranberry and deep cherry fruit, some spice and a balanced lovely long finish.  I would prefer the Chardonnay, first, but I’m not kickin’ this to the curb, and would be quite content with this and lovely piece of grilled salmon, or swordfish, such as is on the specials menu this weekend at MOB.

download (2)Also hitting the list shortly is a great wine that is a little hard to classify as it does not fall in any single varietal camp, but rather is among the new generation of finely tuned blends that have become quite popular, as of late.  The is the Blindfold White Blend from famed winemaker Dave Phinney of Prisoner Wine Co.  This wine has a big chunk of Chardonnay, with a great selection of Rhone-regional varietals thrown in.  Varietals such as Marsanne, Rousanne, Viognier and Grenache blanc, plus a touch of Riesling and Semillon just for some added aromatics.  To me this wine is excellently balanced, with deep flavors of waxy apples – really loved his wine.

26187Additionally, I am very excited to be able to finally offer the fabulous Brut Rose from Billecart-Salmon Champagne, perhaps the most famous of the Rose Champagnes.  Over the past few years it has been a challenge to acquire this wine as the previous importer caused pricing and availability to be a challenge for us.  Now with a new importer, Billecart has become available for us once again – and so we have it starting this weekend.  Not cheap, but the elegance, the complexity of the fruit, the racy acidity, make Billecart all that and then something.  Had a good week?  Come celebrate with a bottle and dozen of the freshest oysters around.  You will be happy with that choice, for sure.

 

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Finally, if Billecart is not quite in your wheel-house, but you still love the beauty of sparkling rose wines, I have selected what I consider to be one of the finest Spanish selections – the Raventos i Blanc de Nit Cava Rose.  A favorite winery, this particular wine is a great value in the sparkling wine category.  Deeper fruit than what you might find in the champagnes, it delivers a lot of freshness and elegance.  Made from some less-than-familiar grapes (Xarel.lo, Macabeo, Monastrell, and Parelleda), the combination is really delightful.  Have this with some fried seafood apps or maybe some fresh tuna.

 

New cocktails for the fall are coming next week, on the menu starting Monday October 14.