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    Avery Glasser: Hartford Brewery (Closed), Hartford CT

    Hartford Brewing Company
    Hartford, CT

    One of three brewpubs in Hartford, The Hartford Brewery is not only the oldest brewpub in the state, but it's also the [...]

    Avery Glasser: City Steam, Hartford CT

    City Steam Brewery Cafe
    Hartford, CT

    When one thinks about the meccas for locally brewed beer in the United States, a number of cities come to mind: Portland, [...]

    Avery Glasser: Turnbridge Brewing, VT

    Turnbridge Brewing

    Telemark Ale

    Oh my god. My beer has a yeast infection!
    Seriously... out of all of the beer that I have ever tasted, this beer singlehandedly qualifies as the most disgusting... the most indescribably vile beverage that has ever passed through my lips. It even surpasses the glass of vinegar and water I was once accidentally served at a Cuban restaurant in San Francisco. It's just that bad.

    The problem? The beer had a yeast infection.

    When one brews beer, it is imperative that the brewers carefully control the yeast that is introduced into the wort in order to make it ferment. You don't want any wild yeasts entering the mix because at best they'll turn the beer into some funky smelling and tasting vinegary swill. By the look of the half-congealed yeast chunks suspended in the beer, someone stirred the fermenting liquid with their nasty athletes foot infested hock. It has the honor of being the first beer that I ever dumped into the sink without any feeling of remorse.

    If you ignore the rank taste, the smell of decay and the muddy-brown color (with suspended globules of off-white yeast bits), it's still a horrible beer. The thin taste shows a lack of fermentable sugars which means that there was a lack of malt in the mix. The dead yeast in the bottom of the bottle confirms this assumption.

    The warning on the bottle stating to be careful when you pour due to yeast solids residing on the bottom doesn't do this foul and funky beverage justice.
    (Avery Glasser)

    Note: Discussions with other people that have consumed this beer seems to confirm my suspicion about this brewery's products.

    Avery Glasser: North Coast Brewing, CA

    North Coast Brewing Company
    Mendocino County, CA

    Sighted at: Table and Vine, Northampton, MA

    Yes, this is the New England Beer Review, but sometimes you have to go back to an old favorite... in this case, the first cask-conditioned beer that [...]

    Avery Glasser: Paper City Brewing Company, Massachussets

    Paper City Brewing Company
    Holyoke, MA

    Sighted at: Table and Vine, Northampton, MA

    The products of an extremely successful local brewery, Paper City certainly exceeded my expectations for local beers after the whole Turnbridge [...]

    Avery Glasser: Old Saddleback Brewing Company, Massachussets

    Old Saddleback Brewing Company
    Pittsfield, MA

    Sighted at: Table and Vine, Northampton, MA

    After my last attempt at finding a new micro-brewed beer that met up to my normally high standards, I was starting to think [...]

    Avery Glasser: Brouwerij De Smedt/Affligem, Belgium

    Brouwerij De Smedt/Affligem

    Sighted at: Spiritus Wines, West Hartford.

    Affligem, a Flemish Abbey with roots to brewing that span over 800 years, stopped producing beer at the abbey after their brew-house was destroyed in WWII. Now the [...]

    Avery Glasser: Corsendonk, Belgium


    Sighted at: Conti's Liquors, Southington and all around the state.

    Corsendonk, one of the venerable Belgian beer labels, does not produce any beers of its own. Instead, Corsendonk developed three distinct beers (Agnus, Pater [...]

    Avery Glasser: Interbrew, Belgium


    Sighted at: All over the state

    Some beer snobs liken Interbrew to the mega-breweries of America like Anheuser-Busch and Miller, but even though Interbrew is one of the largest brewing concerns in the world, it has taken a different path [...]

    Avery Glasser: Brasserie de Saint Sylvestre, France

    Brasserie de Saint Sylvestre

    Sighted at: Super Cellars, Avon

    3 Monts

    When I first laid eyes on this beer, I had a bit of hesitation... as the only other French beer that I had sampled was Fischer d'Alsace... and that was a completely [...]

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