National IPA Day Celebrations In Connecticut

Hop fans, get ready: Connecticut craft beer bars are poised to celebrate National IPA Day Thursday with special, limited-edition brews and beer-infused dishes.

At Plan B Burger Bar, IPAs are available at all six locations, with a complete IPA tap takeover at the Glastonbury restaurant.

Glastonbury's celebration, with tapping at 5 p.m, includes passed appetizers from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (IPA cheddar fondue; IPA-soaked bacon wrapped pigs in a blanket; jalapeno IPA white bean hummus.) A dinner special, IPA-glazed carne asada with honey and chipotle ($19.99)  is served with corn tortillas, pico de gallo, cilantro sour cream, sliced avocado and dirty rice.

Glastonbury's beer list includes: Mendocino Talon Extra Select Double IPA, Coronado Idiot Double IPA, New England Brewing Co. Gandhi-Bot, Nectar IPA, Stone Ruination IPA Tropical Heat, Founders All Day IPA, Goose Island The Illinois Imperial IPA, Lagunitas Maximus, Sixpoint Resin Imperial IPA, Southern Tier Nitro IPA, Back East Imperial IPA, Green Flash West Coast IPA, Rogue Dad's Little Helper Black IPA and Smuttynose Homunculous IPA.

In West Hartford, food specials include a cheddar IPA soup, IPA mussels with leeks and carrots, an IPA ham burger topped with grilled ham and IPA caramelized onions and an IPA BBQ strip steak. Beer selections include Sixpoint Resin, Widmer Brothers Nelson, Lagunitas IPA, Green Flash West Coast and Pyramid Outburst.

At Max Burger in West Hartford, the draft lines will feature New England Brewing Co. Gandhi-Bot, Victory Brewing Company Hop Devil, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits Sculpin, Back East Brewing Company Imperial IPA, Green Flash Brewing Co. Le Freak,  Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Blindfold, and Sixpoint S.O.L. Galaxy.

At J. Timothy's in Plainville, Thursday's featured IPAs include three from Connecticut: New England Brewing Co.'s Gandhi-Bot and Sea Hag and Relic Brewing's Shipwright, along with Stone Brewing Co.'s Ruination.

And Eli Cannon's in Middletown, with 36 drafts, promises its "normal awesome IPA selection."

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