We had been trying to get out and try Fairfield Local (an offshoot of SBC) for a while, but the stars just never seemed to align. But, we had our first shot a few weeks back after a dinner at nearby Hana Tokyo. We stopped by to check out one of their legendary staggered beer release parties. It was an amazing night of beer that featured Founders Backwoods Bastard at 9, NEBCo Fuzzy Baby Ducks at 9:30, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout at 10, NEBCo Supernaut at 10:30, and NEBCo Stout Trooper at 11. And, while we were late in getting there for the Founders brew, we still had full pours of that and EVERY OTHER BEER. Yeah, we were nice and toasty by the end of that night. What a great, expansive spot for grabbing a beer, or two, or five.
Well, turns out they’ve got a pretty nice event going on with World Class Beer of Connecticut tonight, 2/12, from 5:30 to 10. They’ll be featuring one of the most highly anticipated brews in the beer world: Sierra Nevada’s Hop Hunter IPA. Anticipated and popular for so many reasons:
1) Lagunitas saw their big, bold IPA lettering on the label as a trademark infringement on their big, bold IPA lettering and threatened a lawsuit. This created a huge stir in the craft beer community. Could another brand really try to stop another brand from creating a label that had a similar font as theirs? Well, people were happy that Lagunitas dropped the lawsuit.
2) Wet hopped beer is similar to truffles in that there is a very limited time of year where you can find them. This special kind of beer is rare because the most common way to make it is taking the hops right from the harvest and using them in their purest form. No dried hops or pellets are used, just fresh fresh hops. The people at Sierra Nevada wanted a way to bring wet hopped beer to people year round, so they worked with a local farmer to create an amazing new technology. In essence (pun intended), they found a way to extract all the goodness from the hops and encapsulate the beauty of in distilled hop oil.
So, you’ll have Hop Hunter, the 2015 Beer Camp brew (excellent, had during the Super Bowl), and the Nooner Pilsner. In addition, there will be another Sierra Nevada beer on tap and there will also be cans of some of their other brews, too. People who stop by first will get to keep their Sierra Nevada pint glasses (pictured above) and everybody will get a shot at prizes including a backpacked loaded up with Sierra Nevada swag.
Fairfield Local is located at 85 Mill Plain Road.