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Bridgeport Bluefish host FeBREWary event at Two Roads Brewery to support CT Challenge

14 Feb

FeBREWary with Bridgeport Bluefish and Two Roads

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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Guess What’s Bock? Bock Again? Two Roads’ Bock! Tell a Friend . . .

4 Feb
Henry's Farm Double Bock dopplebock lager Two Roads

From Two Road’s FB page.

“Without Brew” to the tune of “Without Me” by Eminem

Guess what’s bock? Bock again?

Two Roads’ Bock, tell a friend.

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Big Brew NY Beer Fest Returns w/ over 250 Beers + Our Readers Get $10 Off!

21 Jan

Big Brew NY 2013 Collage

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. 

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Much Ado A-bot Gandhi: the CT Beer that’s Brewing Up Controversy

8 Jan
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One of two cans left in the Del Ferraro household.

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.

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Two Roads Brewery Makes National List of Best New Beers in 2014

7 Jan

It’s the beer from Stratford-based Two Roads that had a festival named after it: Road Jam! This seasonal brew became a popular choice of people ready to chill throughout CT and the surrounding states when it was released in 2014. Red in color, a bit jammy in taste, and refreshing all over, their raspberry wheat ale just screams summer drinking. Well, guess people have really been noticing because Two Roads was one of 13 breweries that were given the status of having one of the Best New Beers of 2014 by First We Feast.

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Gift-mas-ukah Day 4: Beardsley Cider Mill Jams, Jellies, Cider + Pies #ctmade

4 Dec

Day 4 of Gift-mas-ukah in Fairfield County takes us to another Shelton hotspot: Beardsley Cider Mill. Whenever you go, there’s always a line, and there’s a reason for that: people know where to get the good stuff. And, when you’re there, it’s hard to ever get just one thing! 

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Gift-mas-ukah Day 1: Connecticutly Grown Hoardable Hot Sauce

1 Dec
Hoardable Hot Sauce, picture from their Facebook Page

Oh yeah, the hot sauce gods smile upon this! Pic from Hoardable Hot Sauce’s FB page.

Over the next two weeks, we’re going to do bite-size posts that throw the spotlight where it belongs: on the local producers, the local artisans, the local business owners who are putting out unique, high-quality products. Whether you get any of these gifts for yourself, for a friend, or a family member, we’ve combed Fairfield County so you can get you a slice of what the 203 is all about.

Up first for Day 1 is Hoardable Hot Sauce. Created by Jens Tschebull and Abby Yates and made right in the good ol’ Springdale neighborhood of Stamford, there’s bound to be at least one style that you’ll want to pour all over your food. From the flavors that we’ve tasted, we’d pour them all over anything . . . maybe even work some into the bedroom, too. Plus, another great thing about these sauces is that they are local, they are organic, and are made sustainably.

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Stubborn Beauty Brewing Raffles off Final Growler Club Membership to Benefit Furry Friends

21 Nov

Last Stubborn Beauty Growler

Stubborn Beauty, based out of Middletown, is hosting a raffle for their last, exclusive 125 Cubed stainless steel growlers. Oh, but it’s not just a growler. It also gets you half priced fills for an entire year. Plus, it makes you member of an exclusive club, even more elusive and secretive than the Illuminati.

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Paint Your Own Masterpiece at Shebeen Brewing While Drinking Some Brewskis

12 Nov

Over the past few years, CT has seen a major influx of art studios, but they aren’t what you’d think of as typical studios. Instead, these new businesses like Pinot’s Palette in Stamford and Muse Paintbar in Norwalk are focused on two hour sessions that get people (anywhere from novice to expert) painting. For each class, there is a different painting that the teacher takes you through, showing you how to paint it. As you paint, you get to talk with friends, meet new people, and (yes, it’s true) drink your favorite wine, beer, or cocktails. 

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The Fermenting Upward Growth of CT Beer and a Call to Action

17 Oct

As food bloggers here in Fairfield County, we’ve seen the food & beverage scene grow immensely since we started back in 2010. One of the biggest areas in the food and bev biz to kick some serious butt has been CT breweries! Just think, in 2011, we had just 16 breweries, in 2012 we had 21 breweries, in 2013 there were 23, and now, we have 30 in-state breweries that are open with 45 breweries slated to be open by 2015*. Doing the math on that, that’s current growth of a whopping 81.25% since 2011! And the best thing is, these breweries are not just about making beer for beer’s sake…they’re about making good beer that we can all be darn proud of! Which brings us to our point…

Not enough of the rest of the U.S. knows about all the great beers CT has to offer and it’s about time they did! Now, to be fair, some of this is due to limited distribution, although things are getting better. As example, The CT Brewers Guild has become a unifying force in putting CT beer forward as a whole with an all for one and one for all mentality. And, this past year has seen CT breweries take sizable steps into new markets like Two Roads pushing into NYC, MA, and Rhode Island, Half Full pouring out brews in Westchester County, Thomas Hooker bringing suds to MA, NJ, NY, and PA and Overshores even expanding distribution to Washington, DC.

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