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Compass Box Whisky Master Class 2016

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We were honored to attend the Compass Box Master Whisky Class, taught by Compass Box's founder, John Glaser.  The whiskymakers at Compass Box push the envelope, at times straying from tradition in efforts to offer whisky drinkers the best experience possible.    

The event was put on by our friends at Connecticut Distributors, and held at Krust in Middletown.  We sampled six different whiskys, including some of their limited edition items, while John told us the incredible story of how Compass Box came to be.

John realized that while traditional scotch whisky is near perfection, more could be done.  He began experimenting and blending bottles at home, and the results excited him.  Scotch was known as "your grandfather's drink," and the younger generations were missing out.   No one had entered the market in decades, and few had attempted to market to a new demographic, but he truly believed that by creating the right blends, and branding them in the right way, he could help introduce more people to the world of scotch whisky.

 John began by crafting scotch blends in his home as gifts for friends, and later began selling bottles out of his backpacks to bar owners in London, (all of this is quite legal there!) Eventually, people realized he was on to something, and now Compass Box is available in over 30 countries.  It's also available in all of our McLadden's locations... Stop by and try some for yourself!

Thanks to CDI for the invite, Krust for sharing your beautiful space and serving up an excellent lunch, and John Glaser for a great (educational,) afternoon! 

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Show us some love and Nominate us in We-ha.com's 2nd Annual "Best of West Hartford" Readers Poll!

Our restaurants are a part of some pretty amazing communities, and our flagship store is proud to be a part of West Hartford!  For the second year in a row, we-ha.com is taking nominations for their "Best Of" poll, and we would be ecstatic if our loyal guests would take a moment from their day and show their support by nominating us for a category or two!  We like to think we have some of the best burgers in town, as well as a pretty sweet happy hour and late night scene.  If you agree, help us spread the word!  Cheers, and thanks in advance!

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Thank You, We Are Honored To Be Selected By TripAdvisor

50 States Series: Irish Pubs Worth Traveling For

Still thinking about how much fun you had last month on St. Patrick’s Day? Was there lively Irish music that had you practicing your Irish step dancing moves, or did the taste of that perfectly poured pint of Guinness remind you how much you like the smooth stout after all? Although it might only be acceptable to dress in green from head to-to-toe on St. Patrick’s Day, visiting the local Irish pub in town is something you should add to your regular travel routine.

Even if a trip to Ireland just isn’t in the cards for you this year, do the next best thing and head to one of FlipKey’s top Irish pubs in the country. You’ll be sure to enjoy yourself over a few beers and learn a bit about the city from a local’s point of view.

 

Alabama (Prattville): Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

Alaska (Anchorage):  McGinley’s Pub

Arizona (Surprise):  Irish Wolfhound Restaurant & Pub

Arkansas (North Little Rock):  Creegen’s Irish Pub

California (Novato):  Finnegan’s Marin

Colorado (Fort Collins):  William Oliver’s Publick House

Connecticut (West Hartford):  McLadden’s

Delaware (Wilmington):  Catherine Rooney’s

Florida (Fort Lauderdale):  The Field Irish Pub & Eatery

Georgia (Atlanta):  Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub

Hawaii (Honolulu):  Irish Rose Saloon

Idaho (Boise):  O’Michael’s Pub & Grill

Illinois (Chicago):  Fado Irish Pub

Indiana (Indianapolis):  Nine Irish Brothers

Iowa (Bondurant):  Founders Irish Pub

Kansas (Wichita):  Dudley’s Sports Bar & Grill

Kentucky (Louisville): Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

Louisiana (New Orleans): The Irish House

Maine (Portland): Brian Ború

Maryland (Baltimore): Liam Flynn’s Ale House

Massachusetts (Boston): MJ O’Connor’s Irish Pub

Michigan (Detroit): The Old Shillelagh

Minnesota (St. Paul): O’Gara Bar and Grill

Mississippi (Jackson): Fenian’s Pub

Missouri (St. Louis): John D. McGurk’s Irish Pub

Montana (Billings): Pug Mahon’s

Nebraska (Omaha): Two Fine Irishmen Bar & Grill

Nevada (Las Vegas): McMullan’s Irish Pub

New Hampshire (Manchester): Murphy’s Taproom

New Jersey (Newark): McGovern’s Tavern

New Mexico (Albuquerque): O’Niell’s

New York (New York): The Four-Faced Liar

North Carolina (Charlotte): Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

North Dakota (Bismarck): Blarney Stone Pub

Ohio (Columbus): Byrne’s Pub

Oklahoma (Oklahoma City): McNellie’s Public House

Oregon (Portland): Kells Brew Pub

Pennsylvania (Philadelphia): McGillin’s Olde Ale House

Rhode Island (Providence): McBride’s Irish Pub

South Carolina (Summerville): Madra Rua Irish Pub

South Dakota (Sioux Falls): McNally’s Irish Pub

Tennessee (Memphis): Celtic Crossing Irish Pub & Restaurant

Texas (Austin): B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

Utah (Park City): Rock & Reilly’s Irish Pub

Vermont (Winooski): McKee’s Pub & Grill

Virginia (Virginia Beach): Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub

Washington (Tacoma): O’Malley’s Irish Pub

West Virginia (Lewisburg): Irish Pub On Washington Street

Wisconsin (La Crosse): Dublin Square Irish Pub & Eatery

Wyoming (Fort Collins): Lucky Joe’s Sidewalk Saloon

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McLadden Restaurant Group's Family Just Got a Little Bigger!

On January 28th, our Executive Chef Dan Henneberger and his wife Crystal welcomed their 4th (Yup, you got that right, 4th....)son, Dalton Cole, into the world.  He's a total dreamboat, with a full head of hair and lashes that go on for days.  We are so excited for the Henneberger family, and we hope he takes after his mom and dad and falls in love with the restaurant industry so we can put him to work! 

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Simsbury's "Nightcap Taps N' Apps" Menu Brings a Little Late Night Action to our Favorite Sleepy Little Town!

While the rest of town is fast asleep, our SImsbury location offers up a late night Happy Hour menu that will make you want to stay up past bedtime, and disregard your curfew!  There is nothing better than living outside of the big city limits, until you run into a situation where you're hungry, or thirsty, or just want a little company, and everyone has closed up shop for the night... No need to hightail it to the city on those occasions though, because we are now offering a Nightcap Taps N' Apps menu!  Come on down and join the rest of the night owls for the best late night action in town!  

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McLadden's West Hartford Has a New Look, and is Ready to Show it Off!

Those who frequent our West Hartford location have noticed some changes recently... Our flagship pub was in need of some TLC, and we spent a good deal of time giving it the love it deserved.  The space is warmer, more comfortable, and a whole lot prettier, thanks to a few coats of paint, gorgeous wallpaper, tons of new drapery, and a whole lot of hard work!  

We invite all of our guests; past, present, and future, to join us on Tuesday, October 13th from 4-7 pm, for a extra-happy happy hour.  Passed small bites will be shared, as will some samples from our upcoming seasonal cocktail list.  Austin of Two Roads Brewing will join in the celebration, as will Alex from our friends at Waypoint Spirits.  

Stop by and be our guests!  

 

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Founder's Canadian Breakfast Stout Hits Northampton MA on 10/28

If you missed our Founder's Canadian Breakfast Stout event last spring in our Simsbury location, dry your tears and keep reading!   We are offering you another opportunity to check that white whale of a beer off of your bucket list in our Northampton, MA location.  The beer is amazing, (trust us, we all had a sample at the last event,)  and we can't wait to share it with you!  The event will sell out, so reserve your spot now!

Tickets can be purchased at http://www.mcladdenrestaurantgroup.com/shop  

Join us for a very special evening of rare beer,  featuring: Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS), Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout 2014 (KBS), Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout 2015 (KBS)  & Founders Breakfast Stout.

#foundersbrewing #craftbeer #whitewhale #canadianbreakfaststout #cbs #founderscbs #founderskentuckybourbonstout #kbs #foundersbreakfaststout 


Wednesday, October 28th 

27 Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA

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THANKS TO TWO ROADS BREWING CO FOR AN AWESOME TOUR AND SOME EXCELLENT BEERS!

This week, the team at the office took a road trip.  The group wanted to check out some new spaces and figure out exactly what community would be the right fit for our next location.  We brought along a cooler filled with craft brews, (we had a driver, of course!) and made a pit stop at Two Roads Brewing Co in Stratford, CT.  

They operate in a old factory, and their tasting room nods to the past, incorporating reclaimed lumber, old spools, and bricks that were saved during construction.  The equipment used in brewing, however, is state of the art, ensuring that every beer they brew is exactly as intended, each time. Their impeccable system grants them the ability to brew for others.  This contract brewing allows New Englanders to drink beers they wouldn't likely see otherwise.  A warehouse filled with experimental barrel aged brews, bee hives, a chicken coop, and a stage for outdoor concerts all occupy the space surrounding the main factory, and definitely upped the fun factor.  

The visit was a highlight of our road trip, and we look forward to bringing our teams from the restaurants there in the near future!  Cheers!

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