Black Rock has always been a thriving community, but it has grown even more over the past few years with a great variety of restaurants and shops coming in. It has especially blossomed due to the start of the Black Rock Farmers’ Market three years ago. Fresh meats, cheeses, veggies, homemade products galore—the BRFM definitely made a big splash on the scene. Continue reading
At the Westport Farmers’ Market, you can do a helluva lot more than just shop for the freshest farm-to-market foods and meats . . . there’s always something fun going down. And, specifically, if you come by from 10:15-11 on Thursdays, you’ll catch Fairfield County chefs demoing a dish that you can learn to make yourself. The cool thing? You can pick up the ingredients right there at the market and make it that day when you get home for din din. Continue reading
People haven’t always been so kind to the CT beer scene. We’ve been degraded, we’ve been left off of lists, and we still suffer some stigma that people have been carrying around with them from over a decade ago that is now outdated. But, over the past few years, there has been a huge renaissance in the CT Beer scene with more breweries here than ever . . . and even more that are putting out some fine, top-notch brews that can compete with the big boys. We know it, and you probably know it too, so it’s time that we silence all the haters out there who think the only good beer that you can find in CT isn’t brewed in CT. Continue reading
Hooker beer, people, Thomas Hooker Brewing Company: get your heads out of the gutter. Seriously.
But, let’s start off this post with some straightforward, honest talk: we tried Hooker’s Watermelon Ale a few years ago and didn’t love it. Because of that, a lot of time went by before we tried another Hooker. That is, until we happened upon their Chocolate Truffle Stout which we featured in our guide to CT porters and stouts. That beer we just adored in all its chocolatey lusciousness. Well, that helped open our eyes a bit to Thomas Hooker Brewery.
And, wouldn’t you know it, we got a nice message from Gerard at the brewery, asking if we wanted to meet up to talk Hooker and try out some of their latest beer. Who are we to refuse the chance to try out an entire array of Hookers from Bloomfield? We of course said yes, took down some of their newest brews as well as a few classics that are back, and have lots of thoughts to share with you: Continue reading
We’re almost in May, so we know what that means: time to think about the beach and time to think about more beer. Okay, so we’ve been thinking about beer all year long, but cut us some slack as we try to riff on this. And to help your love of open air, warm sand, and sipping on brewskis, Ken Tuccio of Welcome to Connecticut Podcast presents a series of summertime events called Beers at the Beach.
Two places that we love in Fairfield, Craft 260 and Harry’s Wine & Liquor, have teamed up to create a killer beer festival! Check out how sick this is: 18 Breweries from Connecticut will be bringing two casks each. The awesome thing about this is that each brewery will start with the same base beer, but both casks from each will be different with spices, hops, and other add-ins. So, it’ll be an interesting experiment to see how breweries can change the taste of a brew by just adding in different ingredients and methods.
Join The Bridgeport Brewfish . . . er . . . Bluefish, brand new manager Ricky VanAsselberg, and Two Roads Brewing of Stratford on 2/17 for FeBREWary. This event goes down from 5-8 right at Two Roads and your $35 ticket includes a tour, food, and two beer vouchers. We gotta say, that’s a great deal, especially when CT Challenge is involved and is getting the profits from that night. If you’re not aware of the work of CT Challenge, here’s some of the great work that they do:
“The mission of CT Challenge is to empower cancer survivors to live healthier, happier, and longer lives by creating and funding unique survivorship programs, offering credible resources, and building a broad community of support. To learn more about CT Challenge, visit www.ctchallenge.org.”
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Now in its third year in White Plains, the Big Brew NY Beer Festival is returning on February 7 to the Westchester County Center. When we first wrote about the festival on December 29, 2012, they were just getting started and expanding from bi-annual beer fests in NJ. Ever the veracious beer drinkers, we went and had a great time. There were an amazing amount of breweries there and people there, too, but it never seemed too crowded and the lines were never too long because the breweries were spread out nicely. And, yes, the VIP experience was well worth it with super-rare beers being poured out along with an exclusive buffet and entrance into the fest an hour early.
Well people, this awesome beer fest is back to help warm up your winter blues and will have over 250 different craft brews including a special all-cask VIP session! A total of 20 casks provided by Craftsman Ale House include Black Hog from Oxford, and other local breweries like Captain Lawrence, Great South Bay, Greenport Harbor, Kelso, Peekskill. For the full list (and all the beer that you’ll drink) go down to the bottom of our post.
While some of you were at work, taking care of the kids, or chillaxin’ this past vacation, Dan set out on mission: to find some elusive CT-based brews that were just sent from the brewery, namely two from Woodbridge-based New England Brewing Company. During this time they not only released bottles of their Imperial Stout Trooper, but also one of Beer Advocate’s most highly-rated Double IPAs, Gandhi-Bot.
Around this time we heard about a group of people in India filing a petition for New England Brewing to change the name of Gandhi-Bot. At first, the petition could only be found mentioned on a few sites and didn’t seem like a major problem, but last week protesters of Gandhi-Bot turned up the heat by flooding New England Brewing Company’s Facebook page with objections, threats of lawsuits, repeatedly mentioning Mahatma Gandhi’s name, pleas for change, and even a few vague, violent threats.