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Ninety 9 Bottles Beer Fest Returns + Your Shot at Tix!

9 May

Update: we generated a random winner from all the contestants on FB and on here and our winner is: Timothy Bartlett! Congratulations and thanks to everyone for entering!

Tucked off from downtown SoNo is a park that most people have probably never noticed. We’re talking about Oyster Shell Park . . . and it has some breathtaking views of the Sound. This is exactly where the 3rd Annual Ninety 9 Bottles Craft Beer Festival will be, again, this year, as they celebrate with great brews and killer eats. The action goes down on June 4 from 2-5 with tickets costing $40 or $20 for designated drivers. You’ll get unlimited pours of beer, live music, and access to food trucks!  Continue reading

CT Beer News: Brewery Openings, Releases, Takeovers + More 1/29-2/11

29 Jan

We keep our eyes out for events, releases, openings, and anything beer related to help you keep the pulse on the CT Beer scene. If you ever have anything to share, please let us know by commenting here or sending us an e-mail. Cheers.


1/30 Brass Works Brewing in Waterbury is having their ribbon cutting ceremony today. It all starts at 12 and will include a grand opening party, beer tastings, and tours. Check out the brewery at 2066 Thomaston Avenue. Continue reading

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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CT Beer + Food News, Vol. 20: Save Ferris, Chiles, Cocktails, Exciting Brews + Exclusive Events

11 Sep

Before we get started with our weekly beer, food, and event news for the 203 (and beyond), we’d like to just thank you all for reading.  Over the past few years we have seen our blog grow so much, but we couldn’t do it without you.  Literally, we couldn’t do it without you.  Look, without you we’d just be writing all of this with only 1 page view, maybe 2 if we both looked at what we posted.  Well, thanks again.  Always feel free to ask us questions or send event and info our way.

-Dan and Kristien

Events + News

9/12 SAVE FERRIS!  Ohhh yeahhh, chicka, chicka..chickachaka!  Java Westport will be playing Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at 7 pm on their big screen, so get your best Rooney voices ready and practice your driving to avoid any mishaps like driving your dad’s car off of a giant cliff.

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CT on Tap: New Beer Festival in Danbury Focuses on American Craft Beer

28 Jul

Watch out CT, you’ve got another beer festival on the way!  Yup, yup…get ready for Connecticut on Tap at Ives Concert Park in Danbury on 9/13 from 3 to 6 brought to you by i95 Rock and Townsquare Media Danbury.  Think of it:  over 120 different craft brews being poured out for you and your hop-happy friends.  Tickets are either $35 for GA, $55 for VIP, or even a special price for designated drivers on the day of the event.  Now, here’s what you’ll experience at both price levels:

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SWEET! Sour’d in September Beer Festival Hosted by Captain Lawrence Brewery ft. 50+ Breweries

15 Jul

Tix on sale 9 am on 7/15/14!

Update:  Sold out in 1 1/2 hours!

Love sour beers but frustrated because they are so hard to find? Well, how about we make it a helluva lot easier for you by introducing you to Sour’d in September. Yes, on 9/13 from 1PM-5PM Captain Lawrence Brewery in Elmsford, NY will be hosting the first annual Sour Beer Festival.

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Nomworthy Bites of CT Food News, Vol. 5: BBQ, Memorial Day, Brews, Tastings + More…

21 May


Again, there’s so much going on this week and next week, that we wanted to get a whole slew of events out there for ya.  Don’t ever complain that there’s nothing to do here in Fairfield County!  Also, don’t forget to enter our FB contest to win 2 tickets to The Meatball Challenge of Fairfield County, valued at $120.  The contest ends Friday, so make sure to enter ASAP!  

May 21:  Barcelona Stamford is hosting a new series of events called “The Cocktail Classroom.”  This month’s class is called Whiskey Creations.  Okay, sold!  Check out how to make some great cocktails with whiskey while Executive Chef Scott Quis pairs them with some yummy bites.  Cost is $35 per person.

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Nomworthy Bites of Food + Beer News and Events in Fairfield County: 5/9-5/18/14

9 May

There’s so much going on this upcoming week that we just had to share some of the highlights with ya.  So, check out CT Beer Week happenings, some Mother’s Day events, plan for next weekend, check out some restaurant and farm updates, and let’s give some props to an awesome chef.  We have even more events listed under Nomworthy Events too, so keep up to date with the latest and greatest here in Fairfield County.

Keep it Local:  Celebrate CT Beer Week (5/12-5/18)

→ If you’ve got some time, check out the newly opened Overshores Brewing in East Haven, CT’s only Belgian style brewery.  Also, you might want to check out DuVig Brewery in Branford on 5/17 for their opening day!

→ Don’t forget about the Stone Brewing Beer Dinner at Ginger Man SoNo on 5/12

→ Lots of awesome beer to try on 5/13 with the Sierra Nevada and Oskar Blues Tap Takeover at Cask Republic Stamford

→ Ignite Stamford happens on 5/14 with Todd of CT Pour Tour who’s finishing up his 169 CT town gig.  After or before this event, check out Coalhouse Pizza which will be featuring four different versions of the Half Full Bright Ale.

→ Head to SBC Stamford on 5/15 from 6-9 to check out a collabo beer with Half Full, Stamford Ale.  There will also be a Half Full tap takeover, so come thirsty.  Then, just walk next door to check out Cask‘s Vintage Beer Night then take a cab or Uber it over to Coalhouse for their Rare Beer Night ft. KBS, Goose Island, and more hard to find brews.

Mother’s Day Happenings, 5/11

→ Bistro 7 in Wilton only has a few spots left for Mother’s Day.  Call them up at (203) 587-1287 to reserve your spot.

→ Bistro Latino in Greenwich is featuring a $42 prix fixe brunch (tax and tip extra) from 11:30-4 or their regular menu with some specials from 5-9 pm.

→ Dairy Inn:  Now under new ownership, this Springdale landmark is offering up some new choices…and some southern love.  From 11-3, your momma will get a free soft serve sundae with the purchase of Southern Brunch Special:  Momma’s Fried Chicken with either sausage gravy and a biscuit or potato salad.  You can order her 1 piece for just $5 or 2 for $7.25.

→ Parallel Post:  Take your mom out for a nice meal to this Trumbull hotspot.  Seatings are available from 1-10 pm, so make sure you call up and get a reservation because they are going fast.  We’ve got the menu up on our Facebook page, too.

→ Coalhouse Pizza:  If your mom loves brews, pizza, Irish fare, and a satisfying brunch, check out what they’ve got.  $12 pitchers of CT beer make mommy happy.

Whatcha doing next weekend?

→ 15 food trucks are converging at the Orange Fairgrounds on 5/16, all to help raise money for Race Brook School!

→ Beer, BBQ, and music takes over Danbury on 5/17 with the Brews and BBQ Festival!  

→ Todd Ruggere from CT Pour Tour visits Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford on 5/17.  10% of the profits from that night will go to help prevent pediatric cancer.  Also, the winner of the Sam Adams Utopia raffle will be announced, so make sure you get some $5 raffle tix.

→ Stop by Fairfield Cheese Co. from 12-3 on 5/17 for some Vermont Creamery goat cheese samples and also munch away on some cheeseburger sliders from 12-4.  One lucky raffle winner will also get a gift certificate to Fairfield Cheese Co.

→ Get ready for some great time on the farm and to enjoy the beauty of Stamford Museum and Nature Center’s Spring on the Farm Festival Weekend .  Come on 5/17 or 5/18, your choice…but just be aware that there are some slight differences in the food trucks that will be available on Saturday and Sunday.

Cha, cha changes…

→ Farmer’s Table in New Canaan hasn’t closed, it’s just moved right across the street at 12 Forest Street.  Right now, they’re only open for dinner from 5-9 Monday-Thursday and 5-10 Friday and Saturday.

→ Bar Sugo, Norwalk:  Chefs Failla and Pascarella have opened up this Norwalk hotspot for dinner on Mondays with half-priced wine and lunch Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

→ Sport Hill Farm in Easton opens for the season on May 17!  Hours are from 9-6 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays, from 9-7 on Wednesdays, and 11-5 on Sundays.  Also, stop on by on May 18 at 11 or 2 to get a tour of the farm.  Patti Popp will show you around and also let you have a taste of some of the products that they carry at their market.  It’s free, but please RSVP to Patti at farmgal596@gmail.com so she knows how many people to expect.


→ Robin Selden of Marcia Selden Catering and Event Planning has been named to the Women in Business panel at Moffly Media’s 7th Annual Women in Business Discussion & Reception.  Robin will be a panelist alongside famous journalist Joan Lunden, and Brett Galley, Director of Special Events and co-owner of Hollywood Pop.  This event will take place on May 21 from 5:30-8:30, costs $65 per person, and inclucdes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a chance to snag 18k gold Ippolita Cascade Earrings donated by Lux, Bond & Green.




2 Good, 2 Frothy: Two Roads 2 Day Ok2berfest

29 Aug

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Damn, Ryan’s fine. Look at those lederhosen! Taken from Two Roads’ FB page.

Everything’s coming up 2’s this September as Two Roads Brewery celebrates their first ever Ok2berfest celebration.  We’re talking Two Roads, two bands, two Oktoberfest style beers from Phil Markowski, and two days of action packed madness.  Let’s start with just the basic details:  the when.  We’re talking September 21 or September 22 from 12-6:30…or both days.  Hey, we won’t judge.  Tickets for Ok2berfest are just $15 and that gets you into the doors, gets you some live music (Slavic Soul Party on Saturday), gets you some fun games to play, gets you access to some great food trucks, and (most importantly) gets you a German beer stein.  Achtung baby!  That stein’s gonna get heavy after a day of brews!  Oh, and did we mention that Master Brewer Phil Markowski (he was most recently at Southampton Publick House and wrote the book Farmhouse Ales) has two special Oktoberfest beers?  Yes, we did…hmm, must be the six pack of Roadsmary’s Baby talking.

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Rare Beer Night at Half Full is a Tour de Force for Beer Geeks

8 Aug

People have an obsession with finding the most unique items and claiming them as their own.  Take, for instance, the perfectionist Ash Ketchum who’s gotta catch ’em all.  Or your weird neighbor (we apologize if this is you) who collects stamps and goes to stamp conventions all over the world.  Or that fanboy who scans ebay hourly for the rarest of Dr. Who and Star Trek figurines.  And then there’s a whole other breed…the beer geeks, crossing off brew after brew from their massive list, then bragging about their finds for decades after.  They don’t want a Bud, they don’t want a Corona…they want a beer experience that few have ever partaken in.

Well, we have great news beerocrats, Half Full Brewery Rare Beer Nights!  The beer from these monthly events is made on their nano system that produces just one keg at a time.  After missing the first two events, we finally had our chance on 7/17 to attend with our friend Christine Montero. When we arrived, there already was the Amber Ale waiting for us…and we needed it. Just hours before the AC went caput (fixed now), but the brave attendees could not be stopped. We drank our brews, cooling us down, and settled down as Conor Horrigan (Owner), Jen (Brewmaster), Chris (Brewer), and John (Brewer) talked to us about Half Full and talked about each beer on the menu while Jordan (Chief Beer Organizer) talked about what each beer was paired with. Enough dilly dallying, let’s share our rare beers and get you excited for the next event:


1)  Grapefruit Pale Ale paired with a triple creme Delice de Bourgogne.

ABV:  6.3%

IBU:  18

Malts:  2 Row, Munich 10L, Special B

Hops:  Cascade

Very drinkable, nice aroma, subtle grapefruit taste that awakens at the finish.  This was our favorite of the night and it seemed to be a major hit with all the drinkers.

Imperial Dark Red

2)  Imperial Dark Red paired Prince de Claverolle semi-firm sheep’s milk.

ABV: 8.2%

IBU:  55

Malts:  2 Row, British Crystal Malt, Roasted Barley

Hops:  Columbus, Centennial

Here’s a funny story that Jen told:  the recipe called for 4 oz. of roasted barley, but she put in 4 lbs. instead.  This made this beer dark and roasty with hints of char and cherry.  The toasted flavor hid the bitterness pretty well, too.

Columbus IPA

3) Columbus IPA paired with Cypress Grove Midnight moon goat cheese.

ABV: 4.7%

IBU:  90

Malts:  2 Row, Munich

Hops:  Columbus

Foamy pour, two fingers worth, with a piny aroma.  This was brewed by a guest brewer, Joe.  This was actually his first commercially brewed beer.  It was super hoppy and quite bitter, but was very popular with the IPA guys and gals.

Belgium Apricot Ale

4) Belgium Apricot Ale paired with Cinnamon Raisin Nut Rugelach from Delancey Dessert in Brooklyn.

ABV:  5.7%

IBU:  32

Malts:  Dark Crystal, Pale, Crystal 40, 2 Row, Chocolate

Hops:  Centennial

Christian was the guest brewer for the BAA.  This started as a Belgian beer, but got lighter as the brewing process went on.  It was actually brewed with apricots and raisins, so you get a nice finish at the end from both of those flavors.  What’s good, though, is that it wasn’t over the top.  Rather, it was nicely balanced and was a great end to the tasting.

Rare Beer Night was an awesome time and a great deal at just $30 per ticket that included full pours of each beer (plus maybe a little extra from Conor) and pairings of cheese with some olives and dried meats on the side.  What’s even better is that each rare beer night will be different, so you never know which brews you’ll get (like their famous Peanut Butter Hefeweizen) or who will be there to pair the beer with food.  There is one thing we can say, though:  Rare Beer Night takes place on the third Wednesday of every month and is definitely an experience that you don’t want to miss.  We’d also be remiss if we didn’t say Happy Birthday because one year ago Half Full began to serve their beer at bars!  Congrats!

Here are the next dates so that you can start planning and get your tix:

August 21, September 18, October 16, November 20, December 18, and there are even more planned out for 2014.

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