When we found out that Half Full had a brand new brewer, Tom Price, back in January, we were pretty psyched. As some of you might remember, we have been following Half Full before they oven opened up shop at 43 Homestead Avenue right in Stamford. So, we were excited and hoptimistic to see the evolution after their first brewer, Jen Muckerman left.
Our first taste from the new brewer back on February 27 (gotta love Untappd) was Liquid Hoptimism, a new DIPA. While it did seem like an improvement, the beer didn’t live up to our expectations, so we didn’t bother trying to find it again. Honestly, we didn’t feel the hoptimism. Continue reading
Two Roads is one of the most iconic breweries here in CT, so Dan was more than excited when he got a special media event this past Tuesday. The epic day consisted of picking hops off the vine and gathering them, a special release vault tasting of beers such as all their sours and every single vintage of Igor’s Dream, and a guided tour with founder and Headbrewer Phil Markowski and founders Brad Hittle and Clem Pellani. It all wrapped up with a special catered dinner from Marcia Selden Catering at Stratford Point overlooking the ocean and a lighthouse. That dinner? Woahh! Four courses with each representing a season . . . in terms of food and beer.
Needless to say, this was an amazing experience that won’t soon be forgotten. So, we compiled a list of 16 things that you just might not know about Two Roads, based off what we learned. Continue reading
I am the god of Helles fire!
When two forces of nature come together, the result can be awe-inspiring and amazing. Take, for example, the sharknado. It is a cross between a tornado and the vicious power of sharks. By themselves, wow, but together . . . you don’t want to be caught in the sharknado. Continue reading
We have two tickets set aside for a very lucky winner . . .
UPDATE: The winner of the contest is @hippousmc1 on Instagram! Thanks to everyone for entering. :)
If you’ve got a sumo sized thirst for one of CT’s newest breweries, No Worries, we’ve got an event for you: Sumoslam. This first ever event is hitting Hamden right at No Worries Brewing from 1-5 on July 10. Tickets cost $30 and that gets you unlimited pours of all No Worries beer (you can drink more than $30 of beer, right?), a commemorative t-shirt, and free entry (if you want) into the Intergender Inflatable Sumo Wrestling Tournament. Registration begins right at 1, so you’ll wanna sign up ASAP to get your shot on the competition bracket. Your hosts for the event are Ken Tuccio of the Welcome to Connecticut Podcast (who organized this) and everybody’s favorite chef: Chef Plum! And, tying it all together will be the Spud Stud food truck who will be on site selling some bites of goodness. Continue reading
Summertime, and the beer fest tix are freebies . . .
Yes, it’s true, we’re giving away two tickets to Two Roads amazing Road Jam Fest thanks to our beer-buds at Two Roads and Beerfests.com. This awesome annual event takes place on 6/25 from 2-9 and will feature Road Jam Raspberry Wheat and other awesome Two Roads brews, a Cluster Truck food hub, and two stages of music from the likes of Alpaca Gnomes, Turkuaz, Moon Hooch, and Deep Banana Blackout. Tickets are normally $30 (includes your first pint) or $22 for DD, but when you roll with us, there are benefits. Well, not like friends with benefits benefits, but you get us. Continue reading
It seemed like such a long time ago when we told you about Kent Falls, a brewery that we believed in with its roots deep in the CT soil. They started off slowly with a few beers and self-distributing to a very select set of restaurants . . . but soon, they had a beast on their hands. People caught on to the Brett-ilicious brews and other funky beers that they’ve put out and distribution grew as well as their popularity. Then, back in February we caught up with Barry who shared they were looking to open soon . . . and now we can share that they will be open next week, June 11!
While they’ll be releasing the full details next week on their site, Kent Falls Brewery shared that they would not only have some of their regular bottles for sale (no on-site consumption), but will also have a special bottle release that day. Also, they are set to remain open on Saturdays from 11-5 during the warmer months. Trust us: you don’t want to drive through those roads in winter!
When we get more details, we’ll let you know, but let’s just say this: it’s such a beautiful brewery and we think you’re gonna fall even more heads over heels for Kent Falls after visiting.
Here’s more from Kent Falls regarding their opening:
“And to answer a lot of questions that have been coming at us about what the experience will be like when we finally do open, I thought I would share them with you here. The experience will be similar to farmer’s market…
- pre packaged bottles available for sale
- focused on special releases – brewery only bottled IPAs, barrel aged beers, small batch projects… (distributed brands available as well)
- no growlers
- no samples
- no full pours
- no on site consumption
- farm store open on site
…only with a few improvements.
- increased allotments (9 liter/18 bottle limit per person at the brewery vs 5 liter/10 bottle limit at the farmers market)
- a wider selection of beer available
- longer hours and eventually multiple retail days per week
- self guided farm tours (walk through the hop yard, see animals…)
- seeing the brewery, ability to ask us about our setup etc…”
Kent Falls Brewing
33 Camps Rd
Kent, CT 06757
Hobbit Juice DIPA, one of the legendary beers from Beer’d Brewing that people go crazy for.
Hold tight onto those tusks, Walrus Fest is hitting Black Rock for the first time ever on June 26! This new festival brings together a restaurant, a brewery, vendors, charities, community groups, musicians, and more to celebrate not only the Black Rock Community but also the 3 year anniversary of Walrus + Carpenter. Just stop by the corner of Fairfield Avenue and Jetland Street in Black Rock from 1-6 and get your nom . . . and groove . . . on.
Here are some of the emerging details for Walrus Fest: Continue reading
Over 40 casks . . . and we’ve got your shot at free tickets to attend this year’s event!
Thanks for all the great entries for this contest! We are excited to say that Melissa Dowers was randomly selected as the winner! Thank you all for entering . . . and we hope that you can still stop by!
The 2016 Craft 260 Cask Festival is taking place at the Scandinavian Club in Fairfield from 1-5 on June 12 . . . and there are a whole cask full of reasons to go. Well, actually, more than 40 casks full of options. That’s because 20+ local breweries from CT and the Northeast will be on hand with two casks each. Both casks that each brewery brings will have the same exact base beer, but there will be two different recipes to create two different beers. Also, it wouldn’t be much of a beer fest if there wasn’t food involved . . . and lucky for you that Craft 260 which we gave a 3.75 Nom rating to, will be catering the event! There will also be live music playing all day including Hide & Seek and CT’s own The Alpaca Gnomes. Plus, it’s damn nice to say that they will be offering up a portion of proceeds directly to the Connecticut Fallen Heroes Foundation. Continue reading
Swine, swigs, and swishes . . .
Update: WOW! So many entries, thank you! We listed all of your entries and put them in a random number generator. Combining all entries from FB, Instagram, and Twitter, the winner was Sip.of.CT from Instagram. Congrats to you!
‘member how we told you about the 2nd Annual Flag Day Cornhole Tournament, Pig Roast, and Beach Party coming to the shores of Black Hog Brewing? Yes, of course you do (but, if you don’t, here’s a refresher) . . . well, we’ve got something nice for one lucky winner. Yup, yup: a pair of tix to this event brought to you by Ken Tuccio of the Welcome to Connecticut Podcast and Black Hog on 6/12 at 1.
“Woah, so you’re giving away $140 worth of roast pork, beer, and music?” Continue reading
The unofficial start to summer is just two weeks away . . . and it’s going down at The Beer Garden @ Shippan Landing! Here are the opening dates and times so you can plan your weekend drinking and eating:
5/26-27 open at 3 pm
5/28-29 open at 2 pm
When you get down there by the water (they are located at 290 Harbor Dr. in Stamford), have some drink and beer specials, relax, play some cornhole or beer pong, nom away at the nice selection of food trucks (yes, Hapa will return), and just chill all damn day.
When we get more details, we’ll let you know, but that should be all you really need right now. ;)
Here are the details:
Thursday- HAPA Food Truck and Dough Girls
Friday- HAPA, Melt and Dough Girls
Saturday- HAPA, Firehouse Grill
Regular hours will be: