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CT NOFA’s 34th Winter Conference ft. Workshops, Local Lunch, and More

7 Mar
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There will be so much to see, taste, learn, and experience here!

CT NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut) always brings it and brings it hard when their winter conference rolls around. This year it’s taking place March 12-13 at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury with entry costing $60 on Saturday or $50 for Sunday. There will be over 60 workshops to attend from topics as varied as how to obtain organic certification, how to become a beekeeper, how to make beer or wine at home, and how to design your lawn and garden to benefit birds. Continue reading

Stew Leonard’s Expands Cheese Shoppe; Plating Suggestions for Parties

21 Dec

Cheese . . . cheese as far as the eye can see, Timmy!

Think your addiction to Stew Leonard’s can’t grow any more than it is now? Well, prepare to dig deeper into the wormhole of awesomeness that is one of the best grocery stores around! That’s because they have expanded their already large selection of their Cheese Shoppe! Now you’ll be able to find more local and world-renowned cheese than ever! How much more? Try twice as much! BOOM! Continue reading

Giveaway: 8 Tix to Connecticut Harvest Jam 2015 in Danbury

5 Oct

Connecticut Harvest Jam is just a week away and we wonder if you’re even ready? Seriously, have you even prepared? Where is your red flannel shirt, guys? Ladies, where are your Han Solo vests, leggings, and boots? 

But, even if you haven’t prepped for the start of fall, you should still hit up the Connecticut Harvest Jam at Ives Concert Park in Danbury on 10/10 from 2-8. Brought to you by KICKS 105.5 and i95 Rock (the station, not the road), the Harvest Jam will feature plenty of live music, as well as noms from some great local restaurants, a pumpkin patch for photos and selfies, vendors to shop from, plus some great beer options too. Continue reading

Ultimate Guide to CT Summer Beer Fests and Events — 2015

18 Jun

Summer is just around the corner (6/21) and we want to make sure that you soak up every last drop of beer, so we’ve put together the ultimate guide for summer beer fests and hop-heavy events here in Connecticut. As the events pass, we’ll shift them to the bottom so that you don’t have to scroll as much. Also, if you have anything to add on here, please let us know by replying or sending us an e-mail. Cheers!

Craft Brew Races + Brew Festival

Date: 8/1 from 12-4

Location: Edgewood Park at the corner of West Rock Avenue and Whalley Ave in New Haven

Cost: $53.74 for the 5k and Brew Festival; $43.19 for just the Brew Festival; $16.82 for DD

Why you should go: Look, we know you like drinking, so you just might need to work off some of that beer belly with a 5k run! When you cross that line (whether you walked or ran), you’ll get a medal, a pat on the back, and your own Craft Brew Races commemorative event glass that you can use to rehydrate with some brewskis. And, thank God, they’ll have food at the finish line too, so chow down on Bounty Burger, Get Your Irish On, Cowabunga, and Fryborg.

Breweries rep’d: 30+ breweries including Charter Oak, Beer’d, Kent Falls, Overshores, Allagash, No Worries Brewing, Stony Creek, Stone, Powder Hollow, NEBCo, Stubborn Beauty, Pioneer, Relic, Black Hog, Broad Brook, Troegs, Half Full, Cottrell, Long Ireland, Hooker, Grey Sail, Sierra Nevada, and more.

Charity tie-in: Westville Village Renaissance Alliance

Eli Cannon’s Charity Beer Fest

Date: 8/3 from 5-9 (VIPs enter at 4:30)

Location: Eli Cannon’s Tap Room @ 695 Main Street in Middletown

Cost: $37.92 (VIP Sold Out!)

Why you should go: There will be over 60 breweries represented, live music, various vendors, and food trucks including Whey Station, Ted’s Steamed Cheeseburgers, Bear’s Smokehouse, and NoRA Cupcake Company. You’ll also get a customized Eli Cannon’s tasting glass!

Breweries rep’d: 60+ including Foolproof, Shebeen, Thimble Island, Willimantic, Oskar blues, Stone, Olde Burnside, Finch’s, and Baxter.

Charity tie-in: Middlesex Coaltion on Housing and Homelessness

A Hot & “Sour” Summer 2: Acidic Adventures

Date: 8/15 from 12-7

Location: OEC Brewing @ 7 Fox Hollow Road in Oxford

Cost: TBD

Why you should go: OEC will not only be presenting their killer sour beers that they have become known for, but they’ll also be serving up sour beer from across the world. Pucker up and get ready.

Breweries rep’d: OEC Brewing and various other sours from across the world.

Shore 2 the Pour Beach Run

Date: 8/22 from 8:30-?

Location: Short Beach Park and Two Roads Brewing in Stratford

Cost: $35

Why you should go: There’s nothing quite as rewarding as conquering a challenging run then drinking afterwards. And while this run won’t be too long (3 miles), it’ll definitely be a challenge because 3/4 of the race will be on sand or grass. But, you’ll hit the sweet spot, er Honeyspot, when you get to the finish and start drinking some brews. 

Breweries rep’d: Two Roads

Charity tie-in: Audubon Connecticut @ Stratford Point

ShakesBeer Festival

Date: 8/22 from 1-7 for VIP and 2-7 for GA

Location: American Shakespeare Theatre @ 1860 Elm Street in Stratford

Cost: $60 for VIP or $40 for GA

Why you should go: Because it’s an awesome name and because beer. Oh, and there will be plenty from CT and across the Northeast! Adding to the excitement, there will be lots of rare brews on tap including some speciality casks being brewed just for this night including one from Two Roads. Oh, and VIPs get to try a few more speciality casks, so the VIP tix are worth it! To sweeten the pot, you can purchase some iambic pentameter inducing food from Vazzy’s Brick Oven Pizza, High on the Hog, The Spud Stud, Lobstercraft, and Zack’s Frozen Yogurt.

Breweries rep’d: Two Roads, Sam Adams, NEBCo, Charter Oak, Otter Creek, Brooklyn, Dogfish Head, Cisco, Shebeen, Long Trail, Clown Shoes, Back East, Foolproof, Half Full, Sixpoint, Black Hog, Ommegang, and more.

Charity tie-in: Tix help to fund the revival of the American Shakespeare Theatre!

Secret Stash Beer Bash

Date: 8/29 from 5-8

Location: Goodwin College @ 1 Riverside Drive in East Hartford

Cost: $42.99 for GA; $16.74 for DD; $105.99 for Pilsner Sponsor

Why you should go: Not only will you be helping to fund money for Goodwin College scholarships, you’ll also get to taste one-of-a-kind brews for over 20 CT breweries. Why so unique? Well, Onyx Moonshine sent them their Secret Stash whiskey barrels and the breweries will be making their own beer right inside. You taste, you vote! Plus, you’ll get some tastes from local restaurants and will also be able to purchase some food from local food trucks.

Breweries rep’d: Back East Brewing Company
Black Hog, Broad Brook,Bru Rm at Bar, Charter Oak, City Steam, DuVig, Half Full, Hooker,
Firefly Hollow, Outer Light, Overshores, Powder Hollow, Relic, Shebeen, Southport Brewing Company, Stony Creek, Stubborn Beauty, Thimble Island, Willimantic Brewing

Charity tie-in: Goodwin College Scholarships

Hops for Hope Brewfest

Date: 8/30 from 12-1 for Early Birds (sold out) or 1-4 for GA

Location: The Quartette Club @ 225 Wooster Street in New Britain

Cost: $45

Why you should go: It’s always nice to go to a beer fest that has a heart and this one definitely does! What we also love about this brand new fest is the quality breweries they nailed down. Beer’d, Lasting Brass, Steady Habit, and Kent Falls? All in the same place. Hell yes. Smokin’ with Chris and Whey Station will also be on hand to provide your nomming needs.

Breweries rep’d: NEBCo, Beer’d, Steady Habit, Lasting Brass, Captain Lawrence, Willimantic, Firefly Hollow, Kent Falls, Back East, Relic, Thomas Hooker, Overshores, Stony Creek, Black Hog, Grey Sail, Stubborn Beauty, Long Trail, City Steam, Broad Brook, Two Roads and more.

Charity tie-in: Smith-Magenis Syndrome Research Foundation

Beer Fest & Pig Roast

Pulled pork at Dinosaur Bar-b-que StamfordDate: 8/30 from 1-6

Location: Harugari German American Club @ 66 Highland Street in West Haven

Cost: $5 entrance; free for under 18

Why you should go: Slow roasted pork, German food, and German beer. But, if that ain’t enough, there will be live music from The Adlers along with dancing from The Harugari Schuhplattlers.

Breweries rep’d: Various German brews.

Brass City Brew Fest

Date: 9/12 from 1-5 for GA and from 12-1 with a Preview ticket

Location: Library Park @ 267 Grand Street in Waterbury

Cost: $30 for GA; $10 for a Preview ticket; $10 for Belgian and International tent

Why you should go: This is probably the most epic beer fest of them all with over 125 breweries in attendance with more than 275 brews in total for sampling. Holy crap, people. That’s insane! In addition to all that sampling (no doubt you’ll be busy doing that), you can check out free seminars, listen to some bands, and munch on some food.

Breweries rep’d: TBD, but will be epic.

Charity tie-in: Main Street Waterbury

America on Tap 2015

Date: 9/12 from 3-6 for GA or 2-6 for VIP

Location: Ives Concert Park @ 43 Lake Avenue Extension in Danbury

Cost: $35 for GA; VIP for $55 (you get access to rare beers)

Why you should go: We went last year and we had a great time, so we’re excited to see what American on Tap has . . . er . . . on tap this year! Right now, they are set to have over 100 brews from over 50 different American craft breweries. In addition, there will be a silent disco which will be pretty freaking amusing with all the tipsy people as well as some live music. Plus, there will be food from The Spot, Northern Smoke BBQ, Rita’s Italian Ice, The Cookhouse, Bull and Barrel Brew Pub, Mima’s Meatballs, and Hog Wild BBQ as well as fun stuff to purchase and check out from Buttheads Tobacco Emporium, Ireland on the Road, Danbury Tattoo, and more.

Breweries rep’d: The list should be released sometime in July.

Get Lei’d Charity Pub Crawl

Date: 9/19 from 1-10 pm

Location: West Hartford, details TBD

Cost: $22.09

Why you should go: The Craft Beer Enthusiast Union is an awesome group on Facebook that has grown from its Connecticut roots to expand into other states. And, Jeff Roberts is organizing a pub crawl that will go down in the books as purely awesome. Jeff has picked out some great spots, bars will have specials for attendees, and he promises that everyone will get lei’d! So, make sure to throw on your Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts then hit up the mean streets of West Hartford with some great people.

Breweries rep’d: whatever’s at the pubs!

Charity tie-in: CT Children’s Hospital

3rd Annual Ok2berfest from Two Roads

two roads logoDate: 9/19 and 9/20 from 12-6:30

Location: Two Roads Brewery in Stratford

Cost: $20 for either day or $35 for both days. 

Why you should go: Two Roads does it right when it comes to Ok2berfest! Entry gets you a stein made just for the event and one free beer. If you buy the weekend pass, you’ll get two steins and two free drinks. After that, beer costs just $5, but remember that it’s cash only. And, you’ll get hungry, no doubt, so check out some of the many food trucks that they’ll have available. And, of course you’ll need to start to sing along to some music, so they’ve got you covered with plenty of live bands on both days. We definitely recommend this one, as we’ve been there for both years and we’ve had a great time.

Breweries rep’d: Two Roads will have their Hef, Pils, Road Jam, Marzen, and Fester pouring. 

Oktoberfest @ Harugari German American Club

Date: 9/20 from 1-6

Location: Harugari German American Club @ 66 Highland Street in West Haven

Cost: $5

Why you should go: Brats, bier, potato pancakes=happy times. In addition, there will be live music from Bernie’s Orchestra and The Harugari Schuhplattlers will be back to dance up a storm.

Breweries rep’d: Various German breweries.

Past Beer Fests

Half Full Brewery Hop Skip & a Run 5K & Beer Festival

Date: 6/20 from 10:30-2:30

Location: Waterfront (17 Harbor Point Rd.) @ Harbor Point Stamford

Cost: $40.03 for 5k, t-shirt, festival, and 1 free beer; $34.75 for under 21 including t-shirt and festival; $16.82 for festival entry and 1 free beer.

Why you should go: Half Full is hosting their second annual 5k and it’s like none other that you’ve probably ever run. At times you’ll hop, at times you’ll skip, and at other times maybe you’ll run . . . or walk: hey, no one is judging! After the 5k, head back where you started for some cold and refreshing Half Full brews and pick up some food from The Brunch Box and Christophe’s Crepes.

Breweries rep’d: Half Full

Charity tie-in: Achilles International

Ski Sundown Summer Brewfest

Date: 6/20 from 4-8

Location: Ski Sundown @ 126 Ratlum Road in New Hartford

Cost: $30 in advance; $35 at the door; $20 for DD (includes water and soda)

Why you should go: The Ski Sundown Summer Brewfest is one of the best festivals that you’ll attend all year long. This one shines because of its heavy focus on CT breweries. There will be over 30 breweries on hand and, chances are, that you haven’t had a good deal of them, so you’ll want to come out and explore. Also, there will be live music from Uncle Polly & The Family Jam and plenty of good food from Prime Meats and KC Dubliner.

Breweries rep’d: Nearly all are CT breweries including Back East, Black Hog, Broad Brook, City Steam, DuVig, Firefly Hollow, Half Full, Kent Falls, Overshores, Relic, Stubborn Beauty, Thimble Island, Thomas Hooker, Two Roads and more!

Charity tie-in: Connecticut Brewers Guild

Brew with a View 

Date: 6/20 from 3-5

Location: Community Health Center roof @ 675 Main Street in Middletown

Cost: $15 in advance; $20 at the door (anyone who attended the March event and brings their tasting cups will get $5 back!)

Why you should go: This is one of the most anticipated events of the year, beer-wise, so you’ll want to make sure that you come on down. There will be a nice amount of homebrewed beer that you get to taste and ultimately vote on. While you’re sipping on the homebrews, jam out with your kilt out with the Middletown PBA Bagpipe Band and chill with some jazz from Clay Selmont

Breweries rep’d: CT Homebrew!

Charity tie-in: North End Action Team

Veracious Brewing Grand Opening Party

Date: 6/20 from 5:30-8

Location: Veracious Brewing @ 246 Main Street in Monroe

Cost: $20 in advance; $25 at the door

Why you should go: Veracious Brewing is CT’s newest brewery and you need to check that out, right? As if that wasn’t enough reason to go, listen to this: you get a tour, a pint/a flight of four brews, and your own unlimited supply of pizza and fried dough from Vazzy’s Pizza Pie Wagon. Oh hell yes.

Breweries rep’d: Veracious Brewing

Two Roads Road Jam Fest

Date: 6/27

Location: Two Roads Brewery @ 1700 Stratford Ave. in Stratford

Cost: $25 with first beer free; $18 for DD (water and soda extra)

Why you should go: This is the second year for the Road Jam Fest and it’s definitely gonna be another great time. Beer is just $5 (you buy tickets with cash, btw) and there will be food trucks there too to help you soak up all that Two Roads. Also, don’t forget the “jam” part of the event with Snooty Garland, McLovins, The Alpaca Gnomes, and The Soul Rebels.

Breweries rep’d: Two Roads

Kent Falls Tasting & CT Beer Book Signing

Date: 7/2 starting at 6

Location: Westbrook Lobster @ 300 Church Street in Wallingford

Cost: Per pint and whatever you order; specials

Why you should go: Not only is Kent Falls Brewing so killer good, but Westbrook Lobster is one of the most popular seafood spots here in this fine state of ours. So, why not bring them together with special pairings of their Field Beer w/ Spelt, Waymaker Brett IPA, and Farmer’s Table? There will also be a deal for ya: $20 gets ya a lobster roll with a Kent Falls beer! Wrapping this all up will be Will Siss (@beersnobwrites) who will be signing copies of his book Connecticut Beer: A History of Nutmeg State Brewing.

Breweries rep’d: Kent Falls Brewing

German Bierfest

Date: 7/12 from 1-6

Location: Harugari German American Club @ 66 Highland Street in West Haven

Cost: $5 entrance; free for under 18

Why you should go: The Austrian Boys will be on hand to slap you in your polka face . . . boom! Like their other events (2 more listed), they’ll have plenty of great German food and brews to partake in.

Breweries rep’d: Various German brews.

Moo & Brew Festival

Date: 7/12 from 4-8

Location: Rosedale Farms & Vineyards @ 25 East Weatogue Street in Simsbury

Cost: $45 (tax and tip extra)

Why you should go: The 7th Annual Max Chef to Farm event series is now in full swing and heats up with the Moo & Brew Festival. Your ticket gets you not only tastes of brews, but also gives you food pairings. Oh, but they aren’t any ol’ food pairings. Nope: each brewery will be paired with a speciality from the state or region where they are from! There will also be music from Will Evans. 

Breweries rep’d: Abita, Allagash, Ballast Point, Full Sail, Google Island, New England Brewing, Oskar Blues, and Victory Brewing.

Beers at the Beach with Kent Falls Brewing

Date: 7/16 starting at 6:30 or 6 for VIP

Location: Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk

Cost: $30 for GA or $42 for VIP; $10 to park at city beach

Why you should go: Drinking beer at the beach is an American birthright! Plus, we freaking love Kent Falls Brewing and they’ll be there with their stellar farmhouse ales. All entrants get to pick between a burger, 2 hot dogs, or a veggie burger. VIP tix get you in half an hour early, access to a special release beer brewed just for that night, and a Beers at the beach tee.

Breweries rep’d: Kent Falls Brewing

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Mecha Noodle Bar Slurps Up Pasta Nostra Spot in SoNo

9 Jun

Big news for SoNo: South Norwalk Buzz just reported that Mecha Noodle Bar of Fairfield will be opening up a second spot and taking over the Pasta Nostra space at 116 Washington Street. Not only will this be a big game changer in SoNo by adding more variety of food, but it helps to keep the dining scene alive more than ever. With this expansion, this marks the third restaurant from the same owners including Pho Vietnam in Danbury. We don’t have any more information at this time, but when we do, we’ll be sure to share it with you. In the meantime, you’ll just need to practice your slurping and your ramen skills at their other two spots.

Oh, and if you’re wondering what has happened to Pasta Nostra, don’t worry devotees: it’s evolving and will soon reopen down the street at 20 North Main Street as Bruculino. 

Tasty Trifecta: Derby Day, Cinco de Mayo + Mother’s Day Events in Fairfield County

30 Apr

We’ve combed through a lot of restaurants and events in Fairfield County and are giving you our favorite choices for this amazing trifecta that is going down in the next two weeks. What a great time to be here in the 203, huh? So, check out some things to do to help justify your drinking habits or places to take mom to show her how much you love her. 

Derby Day

Cask Republic, Stamford: stop by one of our favorite spots in Stamford from 3-7 for Mint Juleps and flights of Bulleit bourbon! 

Mama’s Boy, SoNo: Greer and crew will be hosting a Kentucky Derby Party from 3-7. If drinking and chowing down isn’t enough, take your picture with cute ol’ Lil’ Secretariat from 4-6.

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Saucy n’ Sauced Up: BBQ and Beer Bashes in Danbury, Stamford + Ridgefield Coming Soon

29 Apr

Beer and BBQ: don’t get much more ‘Murrican than that! That’s why you’re gonna need to check out these three events that are happening soon. First up there’s Ridgefield Gone Country on May 2-3, then there’s there’s Beer and BBQ on May 16, and rounding it all up is the Harbor Point Green Day and BBQ if you’re looking for a different kind of experience. Either way, check out these great events that are on the horizon: 

2nd Annual Ridgefield Gone Country BBQ Fest

Saturday, May 2, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Sunday, May 3, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

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CT Food News, Vol. 36: Must Try New Menu Items, Rooftop Parties, News, Events + CT Beer Goodness

16 Apr

Lots and lots of things going on here in Fairfield County and beyond over the next couple of weeks, so we’re gonna get right down to things with events, food news, new menu items to seek out, and what’s new with CT beer. By the way, how many of these 100 foods have you had? We’ve had a respectable 86.

Events and News

4/16 Sean Rainey plays O’Neil’s Sono from 8-11. What’s cool about his performance is that it’s an interactive, all request show. Wanna hear him sing “Bad Romance”? He’ll do it. Wanna hear him sing “Stairway to Heaven”? He’ll do it. Want him to sing “Call Me Maybe”? Well, maybe he’ll do that . . .

4/17 Tigin in Stamford will officially open up their patio tomorrow! Oh yeah, let the hooliganism ensue! ;)

4/18 Check out the Spring Fever Party on the deck at Sign of the Whale in Stamford that’s going down all day and night long. There will be BBQ, Cornhole, Jenga, and even putting contests. In addition, check out specials on Half Full beer and $2 off spring cocktails.

4/18-4/19 The Made in CT Expo hits the Durham Fairgrounds from 11-6. This event will feature over 150 CT Made companies including retail, crafters, food and beverage, artists, and artisans.

4/19 When you hit up Capriccio Cafe in Stamford for brunch, you’ll enjoy 1/2 priced bottles of wine. What what?

4/21 Barcelona SoNo will be hosting a preview of their new spring menu selections. Not only will you get to taste these dishes, but you’ll also learn how to make them. It all begins at 7 pm . . . get your info here.

4/21 Mosey on down to Mama’s boy in SoNo for Low country Boil Night. You’ll get a bucket of crawfish with potatoes and “all the fixins'” for $22. Reserve your table by calling them up at (203) 956-7171.

Farmer Joe, dishing out fresh veggies at the New Canaan Farmers' Market

Farmer Joe, dishing out fresh veggies at the New Canaan Farmers’ Market

4/25 Cook and Grow will be hosting a bake sale at the Black Rock Library from 11-2. Come get you some!

4/25 The New Canaan Farmers’ Market is back, starting at 10 am at the corner of Maple/South/Main Street. Definitely check out one of the best farmers’ markets in the area! :)

4/26 Shake off some of that meal that you had at Mezon Tapas Bar in Danbury with some Salsa Dancing! Come by with your dancing shoes on from 3-5 and pay $10 to get a dance lesson and passed tapas. Spots are filling up fast, so call up (203) 748-0875 to get your spot.

4/28 Chef Lucente of Barcelona Greenwich will take you through some classic Spring Refreshers as he shows you some great warm weather cocktails and gazpacho. Show up at 7 to let the party begin.

Fortina in Stamford is getting closer and closer to opening and you should be even more excited because they’ll have a rooftop bar!

Mr. Frosty’s in Norwalk is back in action with some great ice cream and is starting up their weekly food truck parties. As of now, they’ll have Chef Tony Mexican Food Truck on Tuesdays and Melt Mobile on Thursdays.

No surprise here to us, but J. Timothy’s in Plainville made the #2 spot on BuzzFeed’s search for 22 Chicken Wings You Have to Try Before You Die! Read our review here.

The Whelk has changed their lunch hours to Fridays and Saturday from noon all the way until closing time. Kawa Ni and LeFarm is keeping their hours, so don’t freak out.

New Menu Items

Strada 18, Norwalk: there’s a new dish that you’ll want to try that is called Burricotta. That’s mozzarella filled with buttermilk ricotta and we’ve gotta try it STAT!

Paloma, Stamford: there are lots of new dishes on the menu including a new version of their grilled salmon. This one includes a fresh pea guacamole, pickled carrots for crunch, and a Meyer lemon mojo.

Washington PrimeGolden Age Cocktail at Paloma in Stamford, CT, Norwalk: it’s not just food that’s new come spring time, it’s also the drinks! One of the new drinks for warmer weather is The Coco which includes Cilantro Rhum Clement Barrel Select, Clement Mahina Coco, Cream of Coconut, Fresh Lime, and Fresh Coconut.

Amore, Stamford: Chef Jared Falco has been hard at work with a killer Sunday brunch that you can devour from 11-3. Some of the dishes that we can’t wait to try are the “Boh” Sandwich that features chicken park, two fried eggs, sriracha, Eddie’s bread, and shoe string fries; the BEC Sandwich that has braised pork belly, creamy ricotta, two scrambled eggs, house ketchup, Eddie’s bread, and shoe string fries; Steak and Eggs with an 8 oz. NY Strip, poached eggs, Calabrian chili-truffle Hollandaise, and duck fat potatoes. The menu is just plain ridiculous and should be on your brunch radar!

CT Beer News and Events

4/22 Tigin in Stamford is getting in on the beer action more than ever with Extreme Beer Month. Yesterday they featured some awesome big and bold brews from Europe. On the 22nd, they’ll be featuring cask conditioned and specialty brews at the awesome price of 4 for $20!

Ride the Lightning! (Please don't sue us Lars)

4/26 Oh hell yes! Take the Branford Beers & Cheers Brewery Tour of DuVig, Southport Brewing Company, Stony Creek, and Thimble Island. For $40, you’ll get a bus to take you to each brewery where you’ll spend 45 minutes at each drinking and checking out each spot in depth. You’ll even get lunch at SBC! You’ll meet at 10:45 right at Stony Creek for your first tour and tasting.

Kent Falls Brewing Co. has doubled production of their Field Beer Saison, so check your local packy and get your hands on those bad boys! Fairfield County peeps: it’ll be at Warehouse Wines & Liquors in Danbury, so check it out and here for other locations.

There’s plenty going on at Coalhouse over the next few weeks with Night of the Quads on 4/16 starting at 5, Best of the Belgians with 4 brews and a cheese plate on 4/21 at 5, and One-off Night on 4/23 at 5.

Back East Brewery has released their Summer Ale made with Simcoe, Citra, and Galaxy hops. Find it on draft and in six packs at your local packy.

Celebrate National Pizza Day @ These Fairfield County Pizza Joints

9 Feb

We have a weakness for pizza and we’re sure that you do too. But, it’s hard to say what’s the best part about pizza: the cheese, the toppings, the crust, or maybe it’s all the beer and wings that you have with it? Yeah, we don’t know what we love more. And, we also wonder what’s the right way to order a pie: plain, simple ingredients, or crazy combinations that somehow work? Hey, we don’t have any answers as to what makes the perfect pie for you, but we sure as hell are always ready to explore, try more pies, and see what we like. 

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Cluck Yeah: Connecticut Wingfest Flies into Danbury this January

15 Jan

Hot Wings are an American gift, an American duty, dare we even say an American right? Yes, those hot and spicy little bites of heaven are on nearly every restaurant menu and seem to be the perfect accompaniment to a nice pint or six of beer. Whether you like the wingette, the drumette, like them with celery, with carrot, with ranch, whether you do that trick where you smoosh down the meat until it pops off the bone, it’s clear we all have our own ways to devour our Hot Wings.
However you eat those wings, you’ll definitely want to head out to Danbury on January 24th for the first annual Wing Fest! The event, $15 per person, is being held at the Matrix Conference Center (39 Old Ridgebury Rd) from 5-9 and will feature some of the area’s best wings. Once you enter, you’ll get 12 free wing vouchers with each additional voucher costing $2 each. When you’ve picked your favorite, just drop your Connecticut’s Best Wing token into your favorite restaurant’s bucket. There will also be a panel of judges who are doing blind tastings so that they can find their favorite of the bunch, too. Oh, and bring some extra cash for beer too, because they’ll be serving up 12 oz. pours of Half Full Bright Ale and Toasted Amber. One last thing: from 6-8, Super Bowl Champ New York Giant Jeff Feagles will be on hand signing free autographs. 

As of now, here are the participants (with 1-2 to be added):

Bluu Restauraunt and Lounge in Danbury

Boru’s Bar and Grill in Waterbury

Christy’s Irish Pub in New Haven

Georgetown Saloon in Georgetown

Hog Wild BBQ in Newtown

Mima’s Meatballs and More in Danbury

Mezon in Danbury

O’Connor’s Public House in Brookfield

One Eyed Pig BBQ in Newtown

Pippa’s Sports Café in Danbury

Relaxin’ Jack in Southbury

The Spot in Bethel

Tigers Den in Ridgefield

Triple B BBQ in Brewster

Wing It On in Waterbury

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