Now that we finally have that warmer weather that we dream of during the colder months in Connecticut, we can look forward to BBQ season. For some, BBQ season never ends, though. The tailgate warriors, the backyard chefs who won’t allow a little annoying snow to ruin their plans of cooking up some burgers on the barbie. But, whether you’re a BBQ expert, a novice, or just a BBQ eater, you’ve probably never had a BBQ meal like the one that Chef Plum of Newtown, CT has planned out for Sunday, May 26 from 7 to 10. He’s repurposed Butcher’s Best in Newtown as a pop up restaurant in his dining series called Dinner Underground. Tickets are limited to just 30 people and cost $85.39 (that’s with the service fee) and you can buy them here. So, you know how we work…this is where we explain why you need to get yourself to this event:
People went crazy last year when Plan B Burger Bar opened in Stamford Town Center. What? A restaurant with great burgers, a killer beer selection, and an amazing variety of bourbon? Yes, yes, and yes. Well kiddos, ya’ll further out east in Fairfield County won’t have to drive out to Stamford anymore for your Plan B fix. Coming this fall, Fairfield will have its own Plan B Burger Bar at 1262 Boston Post Road, the old post office building. If that’s too far to wait, don’t worry. They opened the Stamford location ahead of schedule and maybe that will happen here?
Keep up to date with Plan B Burger Bar Fairfield on Twitter and their Stamford FB page to see what’s new. You’ll especially want to see what this cryptic message on FB means:
We are opening in Fairfield, CT Fall of 2013!
But, you won’t have to wait that long to have a Plan B Burger in the fair city. Stay tuned to find out what we’re doing in Fairfield for National Burger Day on May 28th.
Two of our favorite spots to get brews and grub in Fairfield County have lots of fun ahead for American Craft Beer Week. ACBW kicks off today, 5/13, and goes until 5/19. The focus of the beer week has always been on smaller batch brews, a focus on fine details, and more of a hands-on approach to beer. Now, it’s no coincidence that Ginger Man in Norwalk and Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford live and breathe this philosophy year round, but you know they have to step up their game (is that possible?) to celebrate American Craft Beer Week. It’s kind of like the Super Bowl of the beer world.
Coalhouse Pizza is featuring a week of tap takeovers:
Flights at Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford CT
Monday, 5/13: Sebago
Tuesday, 5/14: Half Full (see a full week of special Half Full events here)
Wednesday, 5/15: Harpoon
Update: learn how to get your own CT Beer Week badge by using Untappd!
Connecticut, we have a beer week! Actually, the FIRST annual CT Beer Week, brought to you by Connecticut Beer Wholesalers Association. The brews are being poured out all over the Hartford and New Haven areas from May 11-18, 2013. On the CT Beer Week Site, you’ll notice a big list of events that are going down. That list is growing daily and we hope to see some events for Fairfield County, too. The slogan for this week, as you can see, is “Brew & Buy Local.” And, that’s part of the focus of this week: let’s keep making Connecticut a great state for beer by opening up more breweries and buying the brews at pubs, restaurants, stores, and at the breweries themselves. CT Beer Week also wants to show the Connecticut Legislature just how important beer is to Connecticut’s economy. We can concur with that, having paid a nice portion of our salaries to Half Full, Two Roads, Charter Oak, New England Brewing, and City Steam. Oh, and we’ve bought quite a few Hookers, too.
And, in addition to all the events that are happening throughout Connecticut, there will also be a massive gathering of over
60 70 brewers that will be providing samples for over 250 varieties and styles. The third annual Rising Pint Brewfest is the literal kick off for CT Beer Week and happens on May 11 from 1-5 pm at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. Tickets are $40 and that gets you free parking, a tasting cup, free live music from Kenny Mehler Band and Musical Monk, and tastes of all brews. Proceeds will benefit Folds of Honor, who gives back to families of soldiers killed or disabled in battle.
Here are the restaurants that will be at the Rising Pint Brewfest:
It’s time again for Taste of Westport (we covered this event last year, too). What’s great about this event is that you get to taste some of the best food that Westport has to offer and you do good at the same time. Taste of Westport will be on May 2 from 6-9 pm at the Westport Inn and will cost $75 prepaid or $80 at the door. You can get your tickets easily by going to the purchasing page or calling (203) 226-7895 x144. Proceeds are being donated to Clasp Homes of Westport and even more will go to Clasp through silent auctions. Here’s a little bit about Clasp, from their website: “Our mission is to provide homes and opportunities for people with autism and other developmental disabilities. We offer high quality personalized services that enhance each person’s independence, dignity, and continued growth. As a non-profit community organization we are dedicated to increasing public understanding of the people we serve and their ability to be contributing members of the community.”
Now back to the food…but, we’re not talking about just great restaurants. Michele’s Pies, the award-winning and Bobby Flay-throwdown-winners, will be on hand. Plus, there will be lots to drink like Beaver Beer, local Onyx Moonshine, and even more provided by Black Bear Wines & Spirits, Crystal Rock, and Green Farms Spirits. Here is all the info.
Good beer is worth writing and talking about. And, do you know what else good beer is perfect for? Drinking, duh. So, it only makes sense that beer dinners are great because you get to drink the beer and you get to learn about the beer. Sometimes a rep from the brewery will be present and sometimes if you’re lucky you’ll get the owner or head brewer to present. But, in the case of the Brewmasters Dinner at Ginger Man SoNo on Monday, May 6 at 7 pm ($85 pp includes tax and tip), you’re getting much more than that.
That’s right beerologists, you’ll be getting a major treat. We’re talking about two brewers from Italy and a brewer from Denmark. The guests of honor, along with their breweries, are: