New CT beer parcours starts by demand, “overwhelms” older program

However, complications with the pricing program, including complaints from customers who didn’t receive pricing, are just some of the issues the Connecticut Brewers Guild has faced in recent months. In September, the Guild’s chief executive, Phil Pappas, announced that he was leaving the company he had worked for for more than five years. Since then, the board of the guild has filled the position.

Concurrent with the announcement of Pappas’ departure came additional news that the CT Beer Trail would stop awarding prizes to participants. “The Guild’s CT Beer Trail app program has gained an incredible number of users. In fact, much more than we had the infrastructure to support. It’s truly a testament to our industry family and the ardent love for craft beer in this beautiful state,” said Rachel Diamond of Broken Symmetry Gastro Brewery in a statement to Hearst Connecticut of the Connecticut Brewers Guild. “As a 501c3 with a voluntary board, however, we were overwhelmed. The board have just placed our final merchandise order and are aiming to meet the outstanding prices by the start of the new year.”

The ongoing hiatus of the CT Beer Trail pass program has given way to the new beertrail.com website. The site, which will be fully launched by Kevin and Jennifer Mardorf this winter, aims to map breweries for beer fans who want to chart their Connecticut libation journey. The Mardorfs operate CTBeer.com, BeerFests.com and the Craft Beer Community Facebook group.

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