yay!

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casually magnetic

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we get a lot of question about the magnet sign in little pub wilton. questions like “did you make that?” “is that a horseshoe?” and ” is it real?” (**see below for answers).

we knew all about the magnet symbol as pub signs with giant magnets  were fairly common. traditional English pubs were owned by the brewing companies (talk about a monopoly)  so a magnet sign meant it was a pub owned by, and exclusively selling, john smith’s magnet ales. John-Smiths-Magnet-Old-Ale-Labels-John-Smiths-The-Brewery-Ltd_45760-1896

 

our magnet sign originally came  from an english pub called the black-a-moor head.magnet-littlepub-2little-pub-magnet

so while we understood the magnet part, the black-a moor part was a mystery, and when we asked the guy about it he just kind of shrugged his shoulders ( he probably knew but he wasn’t telling).

we thought well maybe it was a pub owned by the family of  legendary deep purple guitarist Richie Blackmore?

the only guy in rock history who could actually pull off the "pilgrim hat" look.

the only guy in rock history who could actually pull off the “pilgrim hat” look.

or maybe the black-a moor head pub was located next to a particularly dark and muddy moor like the “stay off the moors” from American werewolf in london.

stick to the roads and stay off the moors.

stick to the roads and stay off the moors.

well nice try but wrong. and sorry wrong again. while black-a moor  was  a fairly common names in olde english pubs, much to our post purchase surprise/chagrin a black-a moor refers to a ” a person of moorish descent”.

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(of course you’re probably thinking this would be easy to figure out  in the day of the internet. and you’d be right, but when you’re on the outskirts of cell service in new hampshire negotiating with some guy for a giant magnet sign the internet is not going to help you out very much.)

damn you at&t!

damn you at&t!

so while black-a-moor started out as an well-intentioned acknowledgement of the moorish warriors battlefield prowess over time it ended up casually racist in a washington redskins/professional sports teams sort of way.

this has got to offend somebody

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it’s an acceptable story and not really that all that offensive but who wants to explain that all day long? so we just decided to change the name on the sign to the more appropriate little pub wilton and be done with it.

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(** answers : 1.) no we didn’t make it, but we did customize it. 2.) that depends on whether or not some horses wear magnets as horeshoes. 3.) hard to tell for sure. we might be in inception right now. is the top still spinning? )

 

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we’re sweet on sours

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sweet on sours:  interactive beer exhibit now on display at little pub

chances are your first beer wasn’t a sour beer (if it was it might have been your last beer). sour beers aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but they are all the rage these days so we’ve installed an interactive beer exhibit involving you coming in and drinking sour beers. it doesn’t need to get any more interactive than that.

first the science of sour…

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what makes a beer sour? well, you’ve got lots of tastes out there on the flavor wheel. flavour_wheel

and all these tastes correspond to a specific “flavor-zone” on your tongue.

umamitongue22gene simmons has more of these than anybody.

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except for maybe miley cyrus

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sour beers are fun because they activate the under-served sour zone tastebuds

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anyway, that’s enough of  boring science. we’re kicking things off with rodenbach,   rodenbachrodenbach bears the proud title of “the most refreshing beer in the world” . A title that was, interestingly enough, proudly bestowed upon them by themselves. rodenbach is a great “gateway”  into the world of sours. it’s a traditional Flemish red, a style of beer originating in flanders, belgium. flemish sours are often aged in wood for extended periods of time to enable wild yeast harbored in the wood to impart unique tart flavors to the beer.  rodenbach is a blend of 75% young beer fermented in steel tanks and 25% old beer aged 2 year in large oak casks. it’s a nice polite sour beer. as you say “hello sour beers” rodenbach would reply ” hello, nice to meet you.”.or probably “hallo, leuk je te ontmoeten” or maybe “bonjour heureux de vous rencontrer” because after all its from belgium

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it’s a good thing we aren’t in charge of rodenbach’s marketing because we’d probably blow it all on a rodan inspired marketing campaign. after all,  they have a lot in common because both were aged for a while, rodenbach in oak barrels and rodan in a dormant volcano, and both came out pretty sour. about the only difference we can see is that rodan is a completely fabricated second class monster from the Godzilla franchise  and rodenbach is a world class standard bearer of sour beers. come to think of it, that’s a pretty big difference,..

 

clearly a person in a giant gold radioactive prehistoric bird suit

clearly a person in a giant gold radioactive prehistoric bird suit

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next up is ichtegem (rhymes with… nothing) grand cru. another classic example of a flemish red ale .  grand cru pours a lovely deep mahogany, with a sweet malt base and a delicate medley of mildly sour flavors ranging from plums to cherries and raisins, with faint notes of apple cider and balsamic vinegar.  this is a great introductory sour beer – balanced and complex, but not over-powering.is a standard bearer for the traditional flemish red/oud bruin sour ale style;  nutty, malty, and a subtle dark cherry tang that is beautifully balanced.  like a liquid sweet tart

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alvinne omega is a sour belgian blond ale brewed using wild french morpheus yeast.  unlike commercial brewers’ yeast, wild yeast imparts tangy and tart flavors to beers (think along the lines of sour-dough bread or even sour patch kids).  omega pours a lovely copper color, boasting yeasty and fruity aromas. take a sip and get ready to pucker up – flavors of tart grape, peach, and citrus notes lie over a very dry, slightly sweet malt base.  overall a highly refreshing, crisp, and well-balanced sour beer.

plus even cooler,  rumor has it the morpheus yeast was named after larry fishburne’s character in matrix.Morpheus-Red-or-Blue-Pill-the-matrix-1957140-500-568

or  maybe it was morpheus the head ghoul in the omega man?

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for english, press 1

para espanol, oprime el dos

para espanol, oprime el dos

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come on in and get ready to pucker up.

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we beat congress again! the maineline is flowing

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while congress dilly dallies  with the keystone pipeline and all that nasty oil sand we’re happy to announce the completion of the little pub maineline: a pipeline from our friends up at maine brewing delivering fresh beer  to your friendly neighborhood little pub.

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the maineline tap starts pouring monday march 30th . all maine beer, all the time, at little pub.

 

 

 

 

 

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recipe time!: harvest bruschetta

 

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Little Pub Harvest Bruschetta

This popular little pub appetizer combining sweet and savory flavors is being replaced on the menu with a spring version. If if you want it after April 1, you’ll have to make it yourself. Here’s how:

Prep time 10 minutes. cooking time 30 minutes.

Ingredients list

Candied squash apple ragout

  • 1 butternut squash, peeled,seeded and cut in 1 inch cubes
  • 4 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 stick of butter, cut into 8 tablespoons
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Rosemary-garlic goat cheese

  • 10 oz goat cheese
  • 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon granulated garlic

Toasted Crostini

  • 1 French baguette
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • pepper

Optional ingredients

  • sweet balsamic syrup
  • Chilled white wine

Step one: prepare the candied squash and apple ragout

  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Pour the chilled white wine into a wine glass. Take a sip and set aside.
  3. Place squash and apple cubes on a baking sheet.
  4. Top with the butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, salt pepper and cinnamon.
  5. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes, remove pan from oven and use a spatula to turn ingredients, return pan to oven and continue baking for another 15 minutes until caramelized.

Step two: prepare crostini

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Slice baguette into ¼ inch thick slices and arrange on a baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil
  4. Season with sea salt and cracked black pepper.
  5. Bake at 350 for 5-7 minutes until golden brown. If you only have one oven, crostini can be prepared first and kept at room temperature until ready to serve.

Step three:  prepare rosemary and garlic goat cheese

  • Combine ingredients in medium mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.

Step four: Assemble Harvest Bruschetta

  1. Spread the rosemary garlic goat cheese on the crostini.
  2. Top with caramelized squash and apple ragout.
  3. Drizzle with sweet balsamic syrup
  4. Serve warm.
  5. Refill wine glass if necessary.

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it’s peanut butter jelly time!

hey neighbor, it’s peanut butter jelly time!

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 little pub greenwich has partnered with our neighbor, diamond hill church, for a peanut butter and jelly food drive to benefit greenwich’s neighbor to neighbor food pantry.

http://www.ntngreenwich.org/

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we’re collecting the jelly, diamond hill is collecting the peanut butter

so it’s a bit of a contest.

if we win we get everlasting salvation,

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if they win they get free wings

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and if you bring in some peanut butter or jelly you can add your name to the raffle to win one of these cool PB+J t-shirts

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so bring by some pb and/or j and join the fun. food drive ends easter sunday.

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BEER FIGHT II : Fuzzy Baby Ducks v. Grapefruit Sculpin

it's on! beer fight II

it’s on! beer fight II

BEER FIGHT II, New England Brewing’s Fuzzy Baby Ducks v. Ballast Point’s Grapefruit Sculpin, is set for 1:15 pm on March 16th at Little Pub Greenwich.

sip lost beer fight I in the 2nd round. but it was a delicious fight and everyone won.

sip lost beer fight I in the 2nd round. but it was a delicious fight and everyone won.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beer fight fans will recall that Fuzzy made quick work of Lawson’s sip of sunshine at BEER FIGHT I.

we can't tell if this is the "eye of the tiger" part or "the part where rocky realizes  he has lost the "eye of the tiger". either way, very powerful and moving.

we can’t tell if this is the “eye of the tiger” part or “the part where rocky realizes he has lost the “eye of the tiger”. either way, very powerful and moving.

Insiders later reported that sip had been reading its own press and stopped training hard because it was not taking the fight very seriously. Kind of like Rocky vs. Clubber Lang in Rocky III.

rocky was so crazy the wind from his punch could knock you out

rocky was so crazy the wind from his punch could knock you out

We haven’t heard the last of sip, remember Rocky got the eye of the tiger back and came back to beat Clubber Lang in slow motion.

Grapefruit is the younger and hungrier of the two Sculpin brothers.

grapefruit sculpin is HUGE in japan.

grapefruit sculpin is HUGE in japan.

Grapefruit trained in Japan and has a huge following in the Far East. Grapefruit was also the fastest beer to crack the top 20 ipas in ratebeer and beer advocates top 50 ipas. it’s got a real punchers chance

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still, no one is giving Grapefruit much of a chance against fuzzy. Then again, no one gave Buster Douglas a chance against Tyson….

mike gets a little "love" (right cross to the temple) and peace (that left hook is loaded up and coming soon) from buster!

mike gets a little “love” (right cross to the temple) and peace (that left hook is loaded up and coming soon) from buster!

You remember Buster Douglas. He knocked out MIKE “FREAKIN” TYSON.

dynamite joe won in round 2, but that's just because our mom called us up to dinner and we left the Nintendo on

dynamite joe won in round 2, but that’s just because our mom called us up to dinner and we left the Nintendo on

Sadly buster was never the same after losing to Dynamite Joe in Nintendo Boxing.

This is a Sculpin. Forget swimming in the ocean, after seeing this we don't even want to go swimming in the pool anymore.

This is a sculpin. Forget swimming in the ocean, after seeing this we don’t even want to go swimming in the pool anymore.

Is that blood? This fuzzy thing is pissed!

Is that blood? This fuzzy baby thing is pissed!

All will be revealed  Monday March 16th at 1:15pm.

Winner moves on to BEER FIGHT III

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ah pilgrim-ahge to emm bee see (or you cahn’t get therh from heah)

yep, we're in maine allright.

yep, we’re in maine allright.

to prep for our maine beer dinner we thought it would be good to go up there and learn about beer right from them. so we hopped in the car and drove all the way up there. here’s what happened.

this is pretty common

this is pretty common

 

 

 

we saw lots of questionable pickup trucks, blue tarps and duct tape (blue tarp + duct tape = maine first aide kit).

 

 

Bubblegum-Moosewe didn’t see any moose, but that doesn’t mean the moose didn’t see us. moose are notoriously  shy.  they hide. we also heard that moose  smell like bubblegum, if you ever get close take a whiff.

if you see this, run.

if you see this, run.

luckily we did not see any bear either. bears are scary. we thought we did but it was just a large hairy guy that looked like the guy haggrid from the harry potter movies.

 

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this is where all the magic happens

we met some very nice people and talked about beer and other stuff like cold water and the use of the word “wicked” as in “wicked cool” vs. the use of the “hella” as in “hella good time”. wicked is more fun to say ( unless you’re from l.a.  of course).

maine-trip4we toured the facility. it was wicked.

 

can't see the hop room so look at this instead

can’t see the hop room so look at this instead

we looked in their secret hop room. (we can’t show you a picture of that. it’s wicked top secret!)

maine-trip3we got to drink wicked super fresh everything. as much as we wanted.

maine-trip9including a brand spankin new  super secret “marvel comicsesque”  ipa hop project called beer 1, and a new session IPA called pilot 6. can’t get that down heah.

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anyway. if you come to the beer dinner on 3/15 you’ll hear all about our adventure to maine. thanks again maine! you’re wicked cool.

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maine beer dinner line up set

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here ’tis….

 

MAINE BEER DINNER

sunday march 15 @ 7 pm

a six beer/five course tasting dinner

 

welcome and peeper pale ale

 

lime salt chicharróns and a tiny beautiful something apa

crispy chicharrón style pork rinds seasoned with lime salt and tabasco aioli

 

“et tu, brute?” crostini and another one ipa

chunks of chicken breast tossed in creamy caesar dressing with olives, red onions and tomatoes served on a crisp parmesan crostini

 

lobster mac and cheese and weez black ipa

maine lobster, four cheese sauce, cavatappi macaroni, breadcrumbs, drizzle of white truffle oil

 

thanksgiving meatballs and lunch ipa

ground turkey, sweet potato, stuffing and dried cranberry meatballs simmered in a rich herb roasted turkey gravy

 

bacon banana split and mean old tom stout

timbos  dark chocolate peanut butter stout ice cream with a deep fried, buttermilk pancake battered, bacon stuffed banana

 

 

 

 

little pub

26 danbury road

wilton, ct 06897

203.726.1122

 

 

reservation form

please fill out and email back to wilton@littlepub.com or fax to 203 702 5116

or you can call in your info to 203.726.1122

 

 

 

 

Name:_______________________________________________________

 

Address: _____________________________________________________

 

City: ____________________  State:_____________  Zip:______________

 

 

 

Tickets Requested: _____  X $65 = _______________

 

 

 

Credit card (circle one) VISA  AMEX  MC

 

Number:_________________________________________________________

 

CCV/CCID Code: _________

 

stuff you need to know

  • event starts at 7:00 sharp: please plan on arriving at 6:45
  • tax and tip are not included in the $65.00
  • space is limited to 36 people and we anticipate a complete sell out. if you are holding a reserved spot and cannot make it please give use 24 hours advance notice so that we may try to fill your slot from the waiting list. if we are not able to fill it, you will be charged for the reservation.
  • in the event of inclement weather ( a blizzard that closes the roads) we will reschedule.

helpful hints:

  • please carpool if possible
  • it’s a lot of food so eat a light lunch
  • pace yourself, some of these beers are “high octane”
  • have fun!

 

questions? call us on 203 762 1122 or email wilton@littlepub.com

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beware? get psyched for the ides of march!

ides of march beer dinner at little pub wilton is go!

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gotta catch ‘em all!

because a.) the “beer dinner to end all beer dinners” was so much fun, and

b.) we ended up with all this great maine beer,

so we figured,… well you know what we figured…

the maine beer dinner is set for sunday march 15th.

 

 

 

maine-beerhere’s what we have ready to go

peeper, another one,lunch, weez, mean old tom, zoe, and king titus

you’d typically have to drive to the brewery to sample all these on tap in one location, and that would essentially take you all day.

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WORCESTER = DANGER!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

factoring in a few  stops to pick up beef jerky and salt water taffy (and some danger in worcester) it would take you 11 hours to drive up there and back. plus you have to spend a few hours there drinking beer, and a few hours getting over all that beer..

so we just saved you like 20 hours. what are you going to do with it?  you could read the holstee manifesto and ponder “life changes”….

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this is good advice, but so is a lululemon bag

or you could just watch tv all day. hey, it’s your life, do what you want. but if you’re interested in attending this maine beer dinner send an email to wilton@littlepub.com and we’ll send you the reservation form.

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don’t miss out!

 

welcome and peeper pale ale

 

lime salt chicharróns and a tiny beautiful something apa

crispy chicharrón style pork rinds seasoned with lime salt and tabasco aioli

 

“et tu, brute?” crostini and another one ipa

chunks of chicken breast tossed in creamy caesar dressing with olives,

red onions and tomatoes served on a crisp parmesan crostini

 

lobster mac and cheese and weez black ipa

maine lobster, four cheese sauce, cavatappi macaroni,

breadcrumbs, drizzle of white truffle oil

 

thanksgiving meatballs and lunch ipa

ground turkey, sweet potato, stuffing and dried cranberry meatballs

simmered in a rich herb roasted turkey gravy

 

bacon banana split and mean old tom stout

timbos homemade dark chocolate peanut butter stout ice cream

with a deep fried, buttermilk pancake battered, bacon stuffed banana

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