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Connecticut Brewery Gets Green Light

Maltose Express is looking to open a brewery and received the go-ahead from a Monroe land use commission this week.

Tess and Mark Szamatulski of Monroe's Maltose Express received Planning and Zoning approval to open a brewery.
Tess and Mark Szamatulski of Monroe's Maltose Express received Planning and Zoning approval to open a brewery.
Connecticut beer fans, rejoice - home brew shop Maltose Express is entering into the brewery biz!

A joyful message posted on the Maltose Express Facebook page gave us the 'hoppy' news:

"Happy Friday fellow Maltoseans! We went to the P&Z meeting last night and they approved us to have a brewery in Monroe! WOO HOO! It's been a great week! We want to thank everyone for all of their support. We have amazing customers and are so grateful for all of you!"

Maltose Express opened 23 years ago and sells beer and wine making ingredients, equipment and supplies, so you can create concoctions at home. 

Staff also host events in the shop or at local libraries. Here's a sampling of upcoming classes at Maltose Express:

  • Free 'How to Home Brew' Class on Saturday, March 8
  • Free 'Making Wine from Kits and Grape Juice' Class on Saturday, March 15
  • Honey Bee Keeping Class on Saturday, March 29
  • Mead Making Class on Saturday, April 5

Visit the Maltose Express website for more info on classes!
OpportunistWatch April 15, 2014 at 11:55 AM
The absolute worst business to approve during a time when the entire state struggles with poor or no healthcare coverage. Liver disease and other major illnesses attributed to alcohol consumption, not to mention motor vehicle deaths, is the inevitable outcome of a brewery. To think the benefits of a brewery will outweigh the negative effect more alcohol has on a community is outright foolish. Bliss, Alcohol or Love which one is it?
Joe Mancini April 16, 2014 at 10:03 AM
@OpportunistWatch-What the hell are you talking about? Duchess, McDonalds, Mr. Macs, all are way worse for Liver and kidney dx. Last I checked, beer was legal in CT. Get off your high horse and go enjoy a brew.
OpportunistWatch April 16, 2014 at 04:01 PM
@Joe Mancini - What the heck are you talking about? Duchess sells Alcohol? Salads cause Liver disease? McDonalds coffee causes impaired driving? So alcohol is good for the liver and kidneys? Please put down the shot and beer it is STILL illegal to drink and drive. I don't think its illegal to eat an apple pie from McDonalds. Never mind high, your plastered, put down the beer tap, sober up, realize your addiction and enjoy a glass of water for a change. You may need some detox before you stop cold turkey, you can die if you don't ween off it if you drink alcohol daily for a long period of time. Breweries are NOT THE ANSWER.
Joe Mancini April 16, 2014 at 05:36 PM
@OpportunistWatch-Thanks for the laugh. Yes, people go to McDonalds for the salads like men go to strip clubs for the free buffet. The "food" McDonalds serves is so loaded with chemicals that have to be metabolized through the liver and filtered by the Kidneys, this leads to disease as well as diabetes. But you continue on your crusade against people enjoying a brew every now and then and go eat your salad at McDonalds.
Arek Wenta April 16, 2014 at 10:04 PM
Yeah the buffets are great! Not to mention the obscene amount of salt in their foods which is contributing greatly to a slew of health problems. And beer in moderation is actually good for you. In more ways than one. Since when are motor vehicle deaths an inevitable outcome of a brewery? Just because they make it doesn't mean you have to drink it. Cars don't go kill people on their own, they need someone with a good dose of idiot to do it for them. Which you, opportunist, have plenty of. Plus, with the rate at which craft breweries are growing it's an excellent venture to pursue and boost our economy.

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