When we grew up in our New York towns a 1-2 hour drive was no big deal. But, since living in Fairfield County for 10 years, 1-2 hours might as well be 20 hours for some crazy reason. Hence why we never seem to make our way up to Hartford to try Firebox, a Modern American Farm to Table restaurant people have been raving to us about for years! But, one random Saturday we had nothing going on so we figured it was about time to make our way on up . . . Continue reading
While our blog focuses on the best places to eat, great beer, and fun experiences here in CT, we also like to help give back any way that we can. And, because you are all so freaking awesome, we’re sure you feel the same kinda way that we do. You want to be able to help out people in need. So, we’ve compiled four ways for you to get involved and help local food banks this holiday season. But, please, remember that the need for support is year-long and these organizations can always use your support.
1) If you’re already heading to The Palace in Stamford this weekend to see The Four Freshmen or Warren Miller Entertainment, just bring some cans to help families have a good meal for Thanksgiving. Non-perishable items will be donated to The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.
Stubborn Beauty, based out of Middletown, is hosting a raffle for their last, exclusive 125 Cubed stainless steel growlers. Oh, but it’s not just a growler. It also gets you half priced fills for an entire year. Plus, it makes you member of an exclusive club, even more elusive and secretive than the Illuminati.
It’s been a dream of ours to open up a hop farm for a while now. First of all, it’s a hop farm: that’s awesome. Second of all, it’d be great to create a local, field-to-beer experience like breweries are now embracing more than ever (see one example below). Third of all, we’d make a ton of dinero because hops are in high demand. Even if we don’t have the farmland to grow some killer hops right now, we’re dying to get to Two Roads on 12/11 for the Organic Hop Workshop and Farmer Mixer. It all goes down from 5:30-8:30 with two awesome parts.
Shebeen Brewing Company, based out of Wolcott, Connecticut has met with great success since they opened in May 2013. Since then, you can find their beer in more restaurants and package stores than ever. Also, they’ve definitely stepped up their game with a better tasting room experience and food trucks. They are putting out plenty of brews, too, like their newest 10% ABV Double Rye Porter that comes out only at the brewery on 11/26 from 12-7. And, why yes, they are expanding their reach. You can also celebrate with them on, appropriately enough, Black Friday from 2-9 downing said beer . . . if there are any left, that is.
If you’re still not sure about what to make this Thanksgiving, then we’ve got some great recipes for you to follow. A collection of Thankgiving dishes that will make this holiday the best one ever in recorded history. All of these recipes come from chefs and local business owners who have appeared at Westport Farmers Market and support it.
Headbrewer Tyler Jones of Black Hog Brewing Co. (see our interview with Jason and our first tastes) in Oxford has been a busy little beaver. In just a few short months, he has brewed his year-round favorites, has created numerous seasonal brews made from local produce and products, and has started another series of beers called The Hop Collective. Continue reading
Do you know what we’re thankful for? Pizza that isn’t just plain ol’ Neapolitan! Yeah, we always tend to get sausage, pepper, and onions, but how damn boring would life be without variety in our pies? Correct: it would suck. Life would suck. Who wants a sucky life? No, we don’t. We want pizza in all its heavenly forms.
Last year we shared a breakdown of the best spots to get some pizza and get crunk’d on Thanksgiving Eve, one of the busiest and lushest drinking days on the calendar. So, check out that post, and definitely check out this post where we go through some more Thanksgiving Eve options, some spots where you can have a Thanksgiving meal, and even places that are offering up Thanksgiving catering. Whatever you do, make sure you eat lots of cranberry sauce. It’s not Thanksgiving without that stuff: amen.
If you know of any other events or special meals, feel free to comment here or e-mail us at email@example.com for inclusion in this article. We’ll update continuously.