Contact: Kevin Coughlin
February 8, 2011
Last year, in the midst of an economic downturn, Cottrell Brewing Company of Pawcatuck grew its sales by 30 percent and hired a full-time brewer and a part-time salesperson.
The local brewery is one of five production breweries in the state that, along with 11 brewpubs scattered around Connecticut, constitute what state Senator Andrew Maynard (D-Stonington) today called a flourishing, but under-promoted state industry.
Joined by Chris Kepple, director of sales and marketing for the Cottrell Brewing Company, Senator Maynard testified before the General Assembly’s General Law Committee this morning in support of creating a Connecticut Brewery Trail to promote the state’s burgeoning brew industry.
“It’s easy to make light of something as whimsical-sounding as the Connecticut Brewery Trail,” said Senator Maynard. “But the potential here for economic development of a home-grown industry is great. Our hope is to follow in the footsteps of the Connecticut Wine Trail—which is, by all accounts, a successful marketing initiative—and to draw attention to a quality locally made and produced product.”
“Connecticut breweries add to the unique character and culture of our state,” Mr. Kepple said. “Connecticut brewers hire here, live here, play here and inspire here. When you purchase a Connecticut-made beer in the state, up to two-thirds of the money spent stays right here. For more New England states, their beer is a matter of state pride; we should embrace that model here in Connecticut.”
The legislation—Senate Bill 464, An Act Establishing a Connecticut Beer Trail—now awaits further action from the General Law Committee, which has cognizance over all matters dealing with alcoholic beverages.
The 2011 regular legislative session adjourns on June 8.
Senator Andrew Maynard represents the communities of Griswold, Groton, North Stonington, Plainfield, Preston, Sterling, Stonington and Voluntown in the Connecticut State Senate, where he serves as Senate chair of the Transportation Committee and vice chair of the Environment Committee.
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