Connecticut will be celebrating local breweries in a weeklong event that begins Saturday.
"Honestly I'd rather have somebody drinking a local beer than a beer that gets shipped halfway across the country," said Jason McClellan of Old Burnside Brewing Company.
On Saturday, the beer industry will launch its Brew & Buy Local campaign in effort to showcase local brews and their effect on the state's economy.
"From breweries to restaurants, our industry produces fabulous products and contributes a significant amount to the local economy," according to the campaign message.
There are 17 production breweries as well as more than 35 bars and restaurants that are expected to participate in the event.
An event called The Rising Pint Brewfest was held at Renschler Field in East Hartford on Saturday, where about 90 brewers will be on tap and more than 230 beers will be available.
"Consumers really want to know where their things are coming from, you know, that whole farm to table movement," McClellan said. "There's also a brewery to table movement where people want to know, 'Hey that brewery is down the street, I know this beer is going to be fresh. I know it's going to be well-made. I can go visit the guys and get their story.'"
A press conference was held at the State Capitol on Tuesday where a phone app called Beerdog was unveiled.
The app allows the beer fans to snap a photo of local beers and get information on the beverage. Users can keep track of what they tried, where they tried it and where they can buy it.
"Craft beer is a local product. This is a local device," said Beerdog CEO Kevin Bradshaw. "This is how people are going to discover, find and spend money in the state if we can get them to discover it through this device."
The Connecticut Beer Trail was also established Tuesday.
For more information on CT Beer Week that runs from May 11 to 18, click the following link.
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