Harbor Brew Fest Returns to Harbor Yard w/ More Brews and Food Trucks Galore

13 Jun

Harbor Brew Fest 9/28 2013 Bridgeport CT

Beer beer beer beer,

beer beer beer beer,

beer beer beer beer,

buh buh buh buh buh buh…


Harry’s is not only a sponsor of this great event, but Renzo (beer god extraordinaire) helps get all the breweries there!  We love Harry’s!

Ah, such lovely songs have never been heard before.  And, chances are, you’ll be singing beer’s praise quite a bit at the 2nd Annual Harbor Brew Fest at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport.  While the event isn’t happening until September 28 from 12-5, tickets are going on sale next Friday, 6/21.  Get your tickets fast because last year’s event sold out part of the way through the event, and you’ll definitely want to get your hands on one of the very limited Brewer’s Special tickets (see the ticket descriptions below).  See, now that’s why you need to get yourself in gear and make sure to get your tix right away on the 21st.  Now, let’s go through why this year’s event is going to be even better and more successful than last year’s:

After checking in, Kristien contemplates what to order at Fryborg food truckFood Trucks

Like last year, there will be food trucks.  If you were at the first event, you might remember long lines and food trucks running out.  Well, it’ll be better this year because there are more options available.  More options=more food=smaller lines=happier beer-filled people.  We’re talking Fire Engine Pizza Co., Super Duper Weenie, Melt Mobile, LobsterCraft, Fryborg, Cowabunga Food Truck, Aurora’s Gypsy Cafe, and Farmboys Smokin’ BBQ.


On Tap at New England Brewing Company-Liquid Gold!!!

On Tap at New England Brewing Company-Liquid Gold!!!

Harbor Brew Fest will feature lots of local beer and breweries.  Plus, you can expect some other very popular breweries to be pouring off samples from kegs, so start prepping.  Right now they plan to have more than 50 different breweries represented.  We’ll update this list as we get closer to the event.   Plus, feel free to contact our buddies Renzo Kian-Kubota of Harry’s at harrys@snet.net or Kelly Scinto at kellyscinto@gmail.com if you’re a brewery and would love to rep your beer at HBF.  Or, say you’re free that day and would love to help out…let either of them know!

  1. Compo Hill Brewing Co. beer bottle, courtesy of Jonathan HealeyBack East  (CT)
  2. Beaver Beer (CT)
  3. Berkshire
  4. Blue Point (NY)
  5. Brooklyn Brewery (NY)
  6. Cambridge House  (CT)
  7. Charter Oak (CT)
  8. Cisco
  9. Compo Hill (CT)
  10. Crispin Cider
  11. Green Flash
  12. Grey Sail
  13. Gw  (CT)gw Beer taken by OmNomCT
  14. Half Full Brewery (CT)
  15. Harpoon
  16. Kona Brewing Co.
  17. Lagunitas
  18. Latis Imports (Palm, Rodenbach)
  19. Long Trail
  20. Maltose Express (Home Brew, CT)
  21. Narragansett
  22. New England Brewing Co.  (CT)
  23. Newport Storm
  24. Oskar Blues
  25. Overshores  (CT)
  26. Red Hook
  27. Sam Adams
  28. Sebago
  29. Sixpoint (NY)
  30. Stubborn BeautyTaps at Two Roads Brewing Company
  31. Stony Creek (CT)
  32. Thimble Island (CT)
  33. Thomas Hooker (CT)
  34. Traveler Shandy
  35. Two Roads (CT)
  36. Unibroue
  37. Weed (CT)
  38. Widmer Brewing Co.
  39. Willimantic (CT)


There will be plenty of music throughout Harbor Brew Fest, too.  The most awesomely named band in history will be taking the stage and filling Harbor Yard with some killer tunes…THE ALPACA GNOMES.  See, we love alpacas.  We love gnomes.  So, putting both together is perhaps the best thing in this world…next to beer of course.

Ticket Options (on sale starting June 21)

And, here we are now with the ticket options (make sure to bring cash for parking if using the nearby lots):

Conor Horrigan of Half Full

Conor Horrigan of Half Full

1) Designated Drivers — $10.00
– Designated Drivers “take one for the team” & will not be allowed to sample beer
– Live Entertainment
– Access to CT’s Most Popular Food Trucks
– Complimentary Bottles of Water and Soda
– Festival Guide

2) General Admission (1-5pm) — $40.00

– Unlimited Sampling of ALL Beer
– Free Harbor Brew Fest Tasting Glass
– Live Entertainment
– Access to CT’s Most Popular Food Trucks
– Festival Guide

3) Brewer’s Special (12-5pm) — $60.00
*Limited Number Available*

– Unlimited Sampling of ALL Beer
– Samples of Reserve & Specialty Brews from Participating Breweries an Hour Before General Admission
– Exclusive Access to the Brewer’s Beer Garden where starting at 1PM a different keg will be tapped on the hour every hour through 5PM. Unlimited tasting off kegs (limited amount available) 
– Free Harbor Brew Fest Tasting Glass
– Live Entertainment
– Access to CT’s Most Popular Food Trucks
– Festival Guide

We look forward to the event being bigger and more badass than ever!  Again, make sure you get your tickets and especially think about snagging those VIP tickets.  If you’re free that day, why not reach out to Kelly or Renzo and ask to volunteer?  Also, rest easy knowing that your beer drinking will directly benefit the Harbor Light Foundation (over $50,000 raised last year).  Here’s more about them, from the Harbor Brew Fest site:  “Harbor Light Foundation, Inc., is a Connecticut-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing safe and beneficial programming for children. Professional and trained staff provides an environment and special care that allow children to have fun-filled and diverse experiences while encouraging development of their social skills, self-confidence and independence. It is their goal to continue the important work of discovering and developing each child’s individual strengths and abilities.  For additional information, please call (203) 292-6949 or visit their website at harborlightfoundation.org.”

And here is some other important info from the site for you, too:

The Rules

No one under 21 will be permitted inside the stadium. Event staff will check everyone’s IDs before walking through the front gate. Unfortunately no four-legged animals will be permitted. No outside beer tasting mugs; no worries, ours are super cool and with each ticket purchase you receive a free tasting glass!

Drink Responsibly and Stay Safe

With an emphasis on beer appreciation, Harbor Brew Fest is a place to discover and taste a variety of different beers. We do not promote over-consumption so pace yourself. Anyone found to be intoxicated will be removed from the premises.

Before you arrive at the festival, arrange for a safe ride home! Discounted Designated Driver tickets ($10 per ticket) are available for anyone who wants to “take one for the team” and attend without sampling the beers. Can’t find a designated driver? The Metro North train station is a 5 minute stroll away. Additionally, there will be taxicabs available outside of the stadium throughout the day.

Harbor Brew Fest, 2013

9/28/13 (tickets on sale 6/21/13)

12-5 pm for Brewer’s Special, 1-5 for General Admission

Ball Park at Harbor Yard

500 Main Street

Bridgeport, CT


14 Responses to “Harbor Brew Fest Returns to Harbor Yard w/ More Brews and Food Trucks Galore”

  1. Aurora's Gypsy Cafe August 14, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

    Hi guys – I see you’ve reviewed every one of those food trucks except mine! Stop by and see us at the Brew Fest, would love to meet you! Check out our other events too. – Aurora http://www.facebook.com/AurorasGypsyCafe


    • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro August 14, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

      We saw you at Blues, Views & BBQ but we’re too full from bbq judging to eat but we’re very interested. We can’t wait to try you out, thanks!


      • Aurora's Gypsy Cafe August 14, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

        Awesome, I’m glad you waited, Blues Views was a limited menu. We’ll be going all out this time: elk, wild boar & venison burgers, stews, wraps, and more. Going to be a blast!


  2. Jessica @ He Cooks, She Bakes, They Eat June 13, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    is it the 22nd or the 28th? (you say the 28th at the start, but then mention the 22nd farther down)



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