Fall can’t come soon enough because that’s the scheduled opening of Barcade New Haven. Now, what is Barcade exactly? Think of it like this: it’s one part American craft beer bar with one part retro, classic arcade, and one part American pub grub mixed in for good measure. They started up in Brooklyn back in 2004, and have expanded to Jersey City, Philly, and St. Mark’s Place . . . and they have set their sights on New Haven.
Veracious Brewing is just about ready to open and you should be excited because they are having a Grand Opening Sneak Preview real soon. How soon? Like June 19 soon. The party will start at 5:30 and go until 8 and will include a tour of the brewery, brews, food, and live music. Tickets are $20 per person or $25 at the door. Starting Saturday, you can buy the tix here or by calling up (203) 268-6518. Please note that tix won’t be sold at Maltose Express (where Veracious was born!) or at the brewery itself because it’s being hosted by the Monroe and Trumbull Chambers of Commerce.
Now, let’s get down to the details about what your $20 will getcha:
There’s lots to do, a ton to eat, and lots to see this week so let’s get cracking right away with the freshest and biggest source of Fairfield County food news and CT beer schtuff around these here parts.
Events, Dinners, Food Trucks + More
5/29 Celebrate the indie spirit and don’t miss the Indie Gala: charity Shindig that starts at 7! There will be cocktails, noms, and music for just $39 online or $50 at the door.
5/30-31 Don’t forget about the New Haven Food Truck Festival that will feature Hooker beer gardens (the brewery, you sick people)! Deets here.
Port Chester is one of our favorite places and is a short drive from nearly anywhere in Fairfield County. When you think about it, they’ve got it all: from barbecue, to pizza, to Peruvian, to Mexican, to pubs, to movies, to awesome markets, to The Cap, and just way too many other things to list. What it comes down to is this: if you can think of something that you want to eat or do, chances are you’ll be able to do it there.
Well, add one more thing to that list: visiting and drinking at a local distillery that’s all about local ingredients. That distillery, as you can probably guess from the title (so smart!) is Neversink Spirits. This distillery is now in full production and already has their brandy on store shelves for purchase along with select bars. In addition to their brandy, you can look forward to trying their bourbon, their gin, and a boatload of specialty brandy based on the season (pear brandy anyone?)
Let’s look a little deeper at Neversink Spirits now:
Three simple ingredients: vermouth, gin, and Campari.
Three simple ingredients is all it takes to make a Negroni (see a recipe here), but even still, there are infinite liquors and ingredients to add in and countless ways to put those ingredients together. And, while the taste might not be for everyone, for a real liquor aficionado, there’s nothing quite like a proper, well done Negroni.
We’ve got two tickets to Beers at the Beach, a brand new summer series organized by Ken Tuccio of Welcome to Connecticut Podcast. It all takes place at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk starting at 6 and includes unlimited pours of the legendary Beer’d Brewing from Stonington, CT and your choice of a burger, 2 hot dogs, or veggie burger.
To win, all you need to do is:
1) On Twitter, find our tweet then Retweet/Quote Tweet, use #W2CT and mention a friend that you want to take along.
2) On Instagram, share our announcement post, tag a friend, and use #W2CT.
That’s it. That’s all you need to do in order to win $70 worth of tickets for FREE! The contest begins now and goes until Friday at 7 pm.
We know, we know, the “professionals” say that you’re NEVER supposed to go to a restaurant during the first few weeks of opening, let alone the first day! And we totally understand why, but what you gotta understand is, after Dan RAAAAAAAVED about his preview of Hoodoo Brown Barbeque a few weeks ago (when Kristien was at a 6.5 hour hair appoint–yeah, WTF?), saying it was some of the best BBQ he’s ever had, Kristien HAD to get in ASAP to confirm his declarations. Apparently we weren’t the only ones excited because even way before their opening at 5:30 on May 23, there was a line that stretched down the parking lot with people ready to get down and dirty with Nestor Laracuente’s Texas outlaw BBQ. Pretty awesome for a first night in business, huh?
It’s just about Memorial Day weekend, people! So much to do, see, and eat . . . And you best believe we’re giving you the freshest, newest bites of news regarding restaurants, dinners, events, and breweries here in CT. For things already covered (we don’t want to bother you with old, repeated news), check last week’s post and our most current blog posts. We’ve got the most extensive and helpful calendar info that you’ll find anywhere else!
Dinners, Deals, Happy Hours + Events
5/21 There’s a Spring Fling going on at Luxe in Westport 2night from 7-10. There will be drink specials, live music, new and exciting wines, and passed small plates. Spring Fling at Luxe in Westport tonight.
5/21 Local SoNo is hosting BeerBQ tonight for their 1 Year Anniversary! They’ll have slow smoked ribs and a crazy lineup of brews for you to down including Dogfish Head 61 and 120 Minute, Goose Island Ogden and Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout, Bluepoint No Apologies, Heavy Seas Phantom Ship, and Founders Centennial. In addition, check out their Insta to enter for a $25 gift card.
Without reservation, when we’re asked where our favorite spots are in CT, we always mention The Fez in Stamford. And, when we do, we get one of two reactions:
1) What? Where is that?
2) I LOVE The Fez!
And, when 1) goes to The Fez his/her reaction turns into 2) after the first visit.
Immediately, we were drawn to The Fez after our first meal there. What stood out to us was owner Eric Monte, who is a walking wine encyclopeida. He had so many suggestions of great wines to try with our meal and even let us try a few so that we’d be happy with our choice. But, yes, The Fez is more than just wine. They have great drinks and their food selections are just killer, taking the diner up and down the Mediterranean, specifically Morocco.
Well, you’re going to need to wait a bit to get into The Fez starting on 5/31 at 11:59 pm. That’s because they are shutting down for about six weeks while they update, renovate, and get ready for a brand new dining experience. The updates will also include some menu changes and an extended wine and cocktail list.
We’re very excited to see what The Fez will be like when they are done and think it’s a great move for them. We always did love The Fez, but the room can defnitely feel cramped, especially when it’s packed with people at the bar and sitting at at tables.
And, of course, the much-admired and eclectic music program will continue. For more info about closing week events and to stay up to date with what The Fez is doing, check here. Also, check out our first and second reviews of The Fez.
You’ve all been good boys and girls (well, most of you), so we’ve got some great news to share with you: today marks the seasonal opening of The Beer Garden at Shippan Landing. If you remember, The Beer Garden opened two years ago where Paloma is now and changed venues last year to its current spot at 290 Harbor Drive. When we visited last year, things were more chill, more open, and felt like a little getaway.
Well, they’re back and back with a vengeance: they’ll be open Wednesday-Thursday from 4-11 and Friday-Saturday from 3-12. You can also expect to see more craft and local brews on tap and in cans including Half Full, Broad Brook, and Captain Lawrence. They will also have plenty of games like cornhole, a hugeass Jenga set, a new favorite called Kan Jam, and even beer pong. They have lots of events, specials, and deals that are planned this summer, so make sure that you keep up with us and with them on FB and on their Instagram page.
Now, although they are still finalizing their food truck schedule for the entire summer, we’ve got the deets on Thursday-Sunday’s trucks and the Memorial Day Party on Sunday: