Must Attend: Stone and Goose Island Beer Dinners @ Ginger Man Norwalk + Greenwich

17 Apr
Stone cold crazy...

Stone cold crazy…

You know that Ginger Man always does things right with their beer dinners, but here are two dinners with quite a hefty beer lineup.  First up is the Stone Brewing Co. dinner on May 12 at 7 pm at their SoNo location.  Tix are $75 per person and include 5 beers and 5 courses.  In typical G-Man style, they’ll be featuring some hard to find brews:

  1. Go to IPA (cask conditioned)
  2. Ruination
  3. Vertical Epic 12.12.12 (a yearly series)
  4. Old Guardian (2012)
  5. Matts Burning Rosids

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CT Beer WEEKS 2014: 2x Big, 2x Brews, 2x Awesome

16 Apr
CT Beer Week 2014

Because one week just wasn’t enough! :)

Last year marked the first ever statewide CT Beer Week, brought together by Connecticut Beer Wholesalers Association.  There was a kickoff with the Rising Pint Brewfest that featured over 70 brewers, plenty of events at breweries, restaurants, and retailers, and even a chance at unlocking the CT Beer Week Badge on Untappd.  

Well, we’re happy to report that this year’s activities will include not just one CT Beer Week, but TWO…CT Beer Weeks.  Well, damn, that’s plenty of drinking time, right?  To be honest, it’s brilliant timing for both dates:  May 12-18 and October 13-19.  

First off, American Craft Beer Week coincides perfectly with the first CT Beer Week of 2014…that’s no coincidence at all.  Breweries like Shebeen, Two Roads, Half Full, Relic, Thimble Island, New England Brewing, and Beer’d have been putting out some artfully artisan crafted brews, so it’s important to shift our focus to these guys.  You, or loyal readers, know about the importance of drinking beer from the “little guys,” but there are lots of people out there who have yet to have their first Gandhi Bot, Cannoli Beer, Biere de Mars, or Road 2 Ruin.  What better time to convert your friends and family? ;)

And, then there’s the second part of CT Beer Week…wouldn’t you know it, but it coincides nicely with CT Restaurant Week that goes down from October 14-20.  Again, this is no coincidence.  You can not only expect lots of great beer-related events, but you can also look forward to lots of great meal deals throughout the state.

We’ll have more details to share soon, but make sure to mark off your calendars with all of these dates.  In the meantime, check out these events and CT’s breweries:

Events (check out events page for up-to-date info on events as we get it)

April 26:  The Thread City Hop Fest, Jillson Square in Willimantic.

May 10:  4th Annual Rising Pint Brewfest, Rentschler Field in East Hartford. 

May 16:  CT Breweries Night at The Corner Tavern in Naugatuck.

CT Breweries

 

Shebeen Brewing Hosting Annivesary Party with Ted’s Food Truck, Fryborg, Cornhole, Tours, Beer, and More

15 Apr

 

 

Update:  Fryborg will be in the house, too!

Shebeen Brewing Company in Wolcott, CT wants to celebrate one year of brewing beer with ya at their Anniversary Party.  Just come on down to their brewery on 5/3/14 from 12-7 for some brews, foods, games, and fun.   Ted’s World Famous Steamed Cheeseburgers food truck will be on hand, so you have something to wash those beers down with.  And, you’ll want to finish up the night with some dessert, right?  Duh…so chow down on some Shebeen Beer cupcakes made by Shebeen’s own Terry!  

In addition, you’ll be able to take a tour of the brewery, have some tastings, or just drink pint after delicious pint.  There will be live music and you’ll be able to see who reigns supreme with a few games of cornh0le.  Don’t miss this one, OmNomivores!


 

Shebeen Brewing Company Anniversary Party

5/3/14 from 12-7 pm

1 Wolcott Road

Wolcott, CT 06716

 

The Dark Crystal Themed Cocktails and Party Before Cult Classic Night at Avon Theatre- Stamford, CT

15 Apr

Watch Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal at The Avon with a party beforehand…

The Avon Theatre at 272 Bedford St. in Stamford is hosting a movie series sure to reawaken the kid inside of you.  Cult Classics takes you back to some of the most talked about and important films of our generation.  The last film featured was Back to the Future (there are few movies that are better, we argue) and this time around on 4/22/14 at 8:30 they’ll be showing Jim Henson’s work of muppet art, The Dark Crystal.  The showing will also be special because it has been recently digitally remastered.  Tickets are free for Carte Blance, $11 for non-members, $6 for members, or $8 for Students and Seniors.  But, if you use code “Gelfling” at the Box Office you’ll get in at member price…suh-WEET!

Erin Shea and Meg Dalton having some Back to the Future inspired fun. Now, where’s that Flux Capacitor?

If this isn’t awesome enough for you, prepare for your mind to be blown…there’s a pre-party going down at FISH (245 Bedford), only a hop, skip, and a few jumps from the Avon.  The fun starts at 7:30 with a free drink!  But, we’re not talking about any ol’ drinks.  Our buddy, the eternally awesome Meg Dalton of Eat for Equity and Ignite Stamford, has created three Dark Crystal based drinks for you to enjoy:

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Chefs Pasternack, Storch, and Taibe Face Off at Battle of the Chefs for Founder Hall Fundraiser

12 Apr
Chefs Pasternack, Storch, and Taibe are preparing to do battle!  Photo from Karen Rayda

Chefs Forrest Pasternack of Bailey’s Backyard, Matt Storch of Match Restaurant in Norwalk, and Jeff Taibe of The Whelk and LeFarm in Westport will battle to benefit Founders Hall on Sunday, June 1, 4 pm, at Founders Hall.  Call 203-431-7000 for more information. Photo from Karen Rayda

Although June 1 is quite a while away, we wish we could fast forward to that date to witness an epic culinary battle at Founders Hall.  We speak of the Battle of the Chefs for Founder Hall where three chefs from Fairfield County will compete against each other in a food-infused brawl.  

Challenger 1:  Chef Forrest Pasternack of Bailey’s Backyard in Ridgefield.

Challenger 2:  Chef Matt Storch of Match in Norwalk

Challenger 3:  Chef Jeff Taibe of LeFarm and The Whelk…and a soon to open Japanese pub in Westport

All three challengers have extensive experience cooking a variety of cuisines, so it’ll be interesting to see what they bring to the plate.

This is how the night will go down:

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_______ Wins the Pair of Tickets to Hops + Grapes, Toasts + Tastes

11 Apr
See you there!

See you there!

Ooooh, such a mysterious title, right?  Who’s the winner, who won the pair of tickets to Hops & Grapes, Toasts & Tastes?  Well, we had a whole lotta entries, but unfortunately there was only one winner that was chosen by using random.org.  That winner is Rob Bouthet.  Congrats Rob…you and the person of your choice will be heading to Chelsea Piers Stamford on 4/25 from 7:30-10:30 for some great food, drinks, and fun to help raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Connecticut.

If you entered but didn’t win, thanks for entering.  We appreciate you reading and taking your time by commenting.  If you’d like more info about the event and getting a ticket, please just visit here.  

XOXO,

Dan and Kristien

Get $10 off your PAWS Uncorked: A Taste for Rescue ticket

11 Apr
Paws Uncorked banner

Use “OMNOM” as your code to scratch a little off the cost…

Helping out PAWS ain’t so ruff, especially when they’ve just set up a code to scratch $10 bucks off the $45 price for a PAWS Uncorked (see our original post here) ticket.  All you need to do is click right here through to the registration page, then enter “OMNOM” (without the quotes of course, n00bs) in the space where it says Promo Code.  Here’s one catch:  you need to buy your tickets by 4/16/14.
Remember that the event is taking place on Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 5-8 pm at the Stamford Marriott and is a brand new fundraiser for PAWS .  They are the awesome people who help to rescue, protect, and find fur-ever homes for pets throughout Fairfield County.  As of 4/4, here’s the lineup of the great restaurants, bakeries, and vendors that are a part of this event…plus don’t forget that BevMax will be featuring whiskey, wine, and beer:

Food Trucks, Demos, Living Green + More @ Fairfield’s Earth Day Celebration 2014

11 Apr


Earth Day happens every April 22, but the core and heart of this day is something that we hope lives on for the other 364 days a year.  “Living Green” isn’t about just recycling…there’s so much more that we can do to help out our Mama.  What exactly can you do, you ask?  We’ve got some ideas in our heads, but there’s also a huge celebration planned to answer just that question:  Fairfield’s Earth Day Celebration 2014!

This Earth Day celebration is free, open to the public, and is being held on 4/26/14 from 10-4 pm at Fairfield Warde High School.  Here’s a mere schmatering of what’s in store for attendees:

4/26/14!

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Can It: Half Full Brewery Begins Canning, Soon to Hit Stores

10 Apr
Introducing....cans! Pic from Half Full's FB page

Introducing….cans! Pic from Half Full’s FB page

Congrats go out to Conor and crew of Half Full Brewery in Stamford.  Look at that beaut!  It’s their flagship beer that helped to put them on the map:  their Bright Ale.  And, as you can see it’s in a can.  Yes, the moment has finally arrived and production is happening.  According to Half Full, the Bright Ale will hit shelves in the middle of May with their Toasted Amber to follow in June or July.  They also have plans to release another brew in cans by mid-Summer, making three brews available…and year ’round at that.

What else do they have planned?

All we can say is, “Look forward to more”!

 

Vinny’s Backyard Goes Pink to Raise $ for Breast Cancer Treatment + Support – Stamford, CT

10 Apr

There are a bunch of things that we miss so much after moving from Stamford to Greenwich…and one of those things happens to be Vinny’s Backyard right in the Springdale area of Stamford.  While you might look at Vinny’s from the outside and think it’s nothing too special, once you try the wings you will be enlightened, brothers and sisters.  We consistently rank Vinny’s wings (Original, Sweet & Sour, BBQ, Chipotle, General Tso’s, Garlic Parmesan, or Sweet Thai Chili) as one of our favorites in the area, plus it’s a great place to try out one of their cracker-thin pizzas or to even straddle up to the bar and have some brewskis.  

Not that you need permission from us to hit up Vinny’s because it is a favorite local spot, but you’ll definitely need to come by April 24, 2014 from 5 pm until 1 am for a special fundraising night.  Vinny’s will be donating 25% of all beverage sales directly to the CT chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  The money raised will help to provide women with mammograms, education, and assistance with breast cancer treatment for those who can’t afford it.

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