The Trion Tavern in New Haven has made quite a name for itself with its huge selection of beers. With 58 different beers on tap and dozens by the bottle, the Trion has everything from the familiar favorites to incredible imports and regional craft brews.
So it's no surprise the Trion pulls out all the stops for its annual Brew Haven craft beer festival, which is 2-6 p.m. Aug. 2 on Main Street in New Haven.
The event features more than 300 craft beers from over 55 breweries, including more than 50 homebrews from MASH, the Fort Wayne Homebrew Club.
Last year's festival drew nearly 2,000 attendees.
Main Street between Broadway and Ann streets in New Haven will be blocked off for the festival, as well as the parking lot behind the Trion. There are plenty of nearby parking lots, and on-street parking is free.
As of Friday, 70 breweries were going to be at the festival; the list of individual beers starts with 1 Hop, 1 Grain, 1 Beer by Burn 'em Brewing and ends with Zombie Killer by B. Nektar Meadery. To see the list of brews and breweries, go to the event's website at http://brewhaven.triontavern.com/index.php. You also can order tickets from the website.
Or you can buy tickets at the Trion, 503 Broadway St., New Haven, but they're taking cash only. General admission tickets are $35 ($45 day of event) and include unlimited samples, a souvenir tasting glass and water.
A VIP package is $60 ($65 day of)and includes everything in the general admission ticket, plus a one-hour early admission (with sampling beginning at 1 p.m. instead of 2 p.m.); a T-Shirt; lanyard with VIP Pass; access to VIP-only special beers; and access to the VIP-only tent for exclusive interaction with select breweries.
A VIP Fast Pass for $100 ($120 day of) includes everything in the VIP ticket plus the ability to walk directly to the front of all beer lines.
A designated driver ticket is $5 ($10 day of) and includes unlimited soft drinks.
The event is 21 and older only and smoke-free, with a separate smoking tent. It will be held rain or shine.
The cold and snow of last winter may be a distant memory to most of us, but one eatery, TGI Friday's at Glenbrook Square, is still suffering the effects of it.
The eatery has been closed since February when heavy snow caused the roof to cave in. According to the restaurant's Facebook page, the restaurant still is being renovated and hopes to open by the end of summer.