CT Beer + Food News, Vol. 21: Openings, Updates, Fundraisers, Deals, Beer Dinners + More

18 Sep

We hope you’ve all been having a great week…well, it’s about to get even better.  Look at all these great events, openings, and beer-related goodness going on in the 203 and the rest of the state!  As always, let us know if we can add anything or feature an event that you love. 


The Norwalk Open Door Shelter’s kitchen was recently renovated and they need your help restocking the kitchen (well, they could always use your help with that).  Donate to them by bringing donations or helping out online.

OmNomCT has entered the Stamford Chili Contest on 11/2 from 11-3 pm at Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Do you think you’ve got the beans to go toe-to-toe with us and other home cooks from the area?  If so, write Joe Gonzalez at stamfordchilicookoff@yahoo.com.  Even if you’re not participating, come down…more info coming soon.

9/18 Check out 850 Degrees Wood Fired Pizza from 7-10 today to help raise money for Bully Breed Rescue.  Also, there will be $5 pints of Black Hog! The Ridgefield restaurant will be donating 15% of all profits to Bully Breed of New Canaan who not only rescue pit bulls, but also help to find them new homes.

9/18 It’s a Harvest Happening Food & Wine Tasting over at Stew Leonard’s Wines in Danbury from 6-8 pm. You’ll get samples of wines, bourbon, and craft beers, all while helping to raise money for The Lions Club of Danbury.  Tickets are 1 for $35 or 2 for $60.

9/18+19, 10/1, 10/9, 10/31… Showcase 61 has relaunched their awesome concert series that features popular musicians and also up-and-comers.  Showcase 61 is located inside of the Palace Theatre in Stamford and they feature Berkshire Brews that are pretty damn hard to find.  And, now, by printing out The Punch Card (or finding it at a local Stamford business), and bringing it with you to each event, you can earn your shot at winning a free evening out in Stamford. You get entered into the running for every four stamps, so make sure to bring it with you and go to as many performances as possible!

9/19 Park(ing) Day is almost here…and Lorca of Stamford is doing their part!  They’ll be setting up a nice little park in front of their store on Bedford Street.  So, come on down, nom away on some of their awesome baked goods, drink some great coffee or tea…and just chill.  The fun begins at 5:30, but always feel free to stop by Lorca at other times too.  Hey, those churros get lonely…

9/21-22 One of the major highlights of September is when Bedford Street closes and the tents take over! There is art, jewelry, decorations, food, and more all at the Arts & Crafts on Bedford Festival.  Afterwards (or during a break), hit up some of the restaurants on Bedford that have extended their sidewalks onto the road.  When you’re done, work off some of the calories by climbing the rock wall!  Hours on Saturday are 10-8 and Sunday from 10-5.

9/26 Morello Bistro is hosting a Goose Island Beer Dinner that starts with a reception at 6:30 then continues into dinner and drinking at 7.  Tickets are $80, all in with tax and tip included.  To get your tix, call up (203) 661-3443 or e-mail them at info@morellobistro.com.

9/30 Things ’bout to get all ‘Murica up in Cask Republic.  They’ve got whiskey, they’ve got beer, and they’ve got cigars at their Cigar & Whiskey Night.  Just show up at 7, drink some Willett and Willett-based cocktails, smoke some rolled-on-the-spot cigars from Connecticut Cigar Company (2 are guaranteed), drink some special barrel aged brews, and devour an all-you-can eat appetizer buffet.  Tix are $75, all in, so call up (203) 348-2275 to get your spot.

Openings, Updates, and Closings

Guvnor’s Brewery in SoNo has closed.  No word yet on why they closed, but we’re upset that we didn’t get a chance to go back and see how the restaurant and brewery had matured.

Oishi SoNo is close to opening.  They are an Izakaya (Japanese pub) and will feature modern takes on Japanse and Pan Asian dishes, highlighted through small plates.  Pair those dishes up with some choice beer, wine, and cocktails and you’ve got a new spot to check out.  Oishi is located at 124 Washington Street.

Jax & Co, also in SoNo, is slated to open on Monday.  Get ready for killer lunches and taking things down to the Low Country.

Not a restaurant opening per se, but it’s another great reason to check out Bar Sugo:  in about a year there will be a theatre opening up right across from Chef Pascarella’s awesome Italian spot.  The name:  the Wall Street Theater!

Congratulations to Community Plates:  they have expanded their food rescuing mission to New Orleans!  Help celebrate with them and raise some very necessary money at their Food for All event on October 2.


9/20 Last call for alcohol:  Harbor Brew Fest  is this Saturday, 9/20!  You’ll thank us now if you buy your tickets right away because it’s pretty close to selling out already.

9/20 If you loved the Exilis at OEC Brewery in Oxford, Saturday’s your last chance for a few months to get your growler filled and taste this beaut.  In a recent FB post, OEC shared that they have plenty more in the works, too.

10/4 We recently updated our Oktoberfest and Beer Fest list for CT by adding in The Beer Garden SoNo’s own Oktoberfest!

Move on in at the ground level at Powder Hollow Brewing of Enfield.  Join their Powder Hollow Brewery Pint Club now before opening and they’ll get some major #swag.  First of all, when they visit the brewery they’ll get their own 20 oz. glass to keep and store there while the other sucks drink just pints. You’ll get a free t-shirt, a free 64 oz growler fill, exclusive updates on events and new brews, and as an added bonus you’ll be helping to keep things local!  Membership is a puny $65 and can be acquired by mailing payment to 504 Hazard Avenue; Enfield, CT 06082…or you can even stop by the brewery and get a mini-tour of what’s being done right now. E-mail Michael.mcmanus@powderhollowbrewery.com for more info.

Shebeen Brewery in Wolcott is starting Food Truck Saturdays on 10/4 when they’ll be featuring The Meat Truck.  Then on 10/25 they’ll have Ted’s Steamed Cheeseburgers and The Spud Stud on hand!   The food trucks arrive at 12 and leave by 6…or if all their delicious contents are devoured.  Check out their FB page for listings.  Also, on 9/21, check out Liz Fohl from 12-5 as she stops at Shebeen for her Northeast Brewtour.

More from our Nomworthy Events Page

9/19 Plan B Milford will tap a special keg of Black Hog Granola Brown Ale with bacon

9/19-20 9th Annual Milford Irish Festival

9/19-21 Oktoberfest at Old Heidelberg in Bethel

9/19-21 SoWe Food & Wine Festival

9/20 Big Brew NY Festival

9/20 Harbor Brew Fest 2014!

9/20 Perry Haus Oktoberfest in Stratford

9/20 Ski Sundown Brewfest in New Hartford, CT

9/21 Westpour Block Party in Westport

9/22 The Art of the Cocktail party at ROIA in New Haven

9/25 Westport Farmers’ Market, 10-2 (demo from Chef Jeff Taibe of LeFarm/The Whelk)

9/26-9/27 Greenwich Wine & Food Festival

9/26-28 Oktoberfest at Old Heidelberg in Bethel

9/27 Milford Oktoberfest from 12-9

9/27-28 Westpour Block Party in Westport

9/27-9/28 2nd Annual Ok2berfest at Two Roads

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