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Coalhouse Pizza Expands: Offers Games, Beer Classes, + More – Stamford, CT

20 Sep

Our ol’ go-to pizza/beer spot is becoming bigger and better.  Soon (hopefully by the end of September) it’ll be a whole lot easier to get a table, grab a beer, and nom away on a slice of their coal-fired pizza.  This has all been made possible by getting the shop next store, gutting it out, then sprinkling on the Coalhouse mojo.  When you go into the new room, you’ll notice how big the room is, filled with tables, a bar, and more.  Onto the more part:  you’ll notice that you can do more than just eat at Coalhouse Pizza.  Gerard and co. have a shuffleboard table, darts, karaoke, and Golden Tee 2013 so you can drink some cold ones or eat while you destroy your friend (or significant other) at any of those games.  Plus, there will be four large flat screen tvs for your viewing pleasure.  And, you asked for it, now you’ll have it:  60 additional seats.  That’s enough to spread out and also enough for a nice party.  Just sayin’. 

One of the first things that Coalhouse Pizza has planned for the next space is a monthly series of beer classes that you can attend to learn more about beer or even how to homebrew.  PhD. in Beerology?  Yes.  Masters in Brews?  You know it.  Beer Philosopher?  Most definitely.  The first date is October 8 and will be hosted by Brendan Kingston of B. United International.  On topic?  “Hopstacle,” a talk about the five major hop growing areas and their different flavors and aromas.   To really get what he’s talking about, Coalhouse will have five beers for tasting that use those exact hops.

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New Chef, New Menu, More Beer Than Ever @ The Ginger Man – Norwalk, CT

12 Jul

If you’ve never been to The Ginger Man (see our CBS review) in Norwalk, you’re missing out.  Seriously, you are.

•  52 beers on tap with a constantly expanding and updating beer list of 100 bottles and one cask

Creative gourmet pub food

• Beer dinners featuring different breweries paired into five courses

Brunch:  ’nuff said

From @GingerManSoNo on Twitter

There are now more reasons to go, though.  With the addition of Chef Mike Hazen, they are changing things up.  The menu has been tweaked and now you have another reason to spend each and every night there.  Yes, Chef Hazen has created amazing gastropub style daily specials that start at 5 pm.  Here’s the rub:

Monday:  Donut Burger  |  $14
maple glaze, cheddar, bacon, square patty

Tuesday:  Taco Slider Night|  $8.5

Wednesday:  Pint of Prawns  |  $15
lemon mayo, cocktail sauce

Thursday:  Chef’s Night

Friday:  Farmer’s Market, it’s all about local

Saturday:  Brunch till 4…
Lob Cobb  |  $22

Sunday:  Brunch till 4…
Proper Roast Beef Sandwich  |  $12
horseradish sauce & watercress

Check them out any ol’ time and check them out July 30 at 7 pm.  At that time they’ll be hosting a Stone Brewing Company beer dinnerStone Brewing Company, based in San Diego, is putting out killer beer and one of our favorites of all time:  Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale.  So, check out the new chef, the new specials, the new brunch, and the new beers.

Cheers, blokes.

The Ginger Man

Address:  99 Washington Street
South Norwalk, CT 06854
Phone: 203.354.0163

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Killer Wings and Beer. ‘Nuff Said. Monster B’s – Stamford, CT

3 Jan

We first checked out Monster B’s over the summer when we were putting together the most awesome places to check out for craft beer experiences.  One of the most intriguing things about Monster B’s is the seemingly endless beer selection.  They have 30 rotating beers on tap and have more than 150 different bottles, too.  Which means you’ll have a lot of fun trying to work your way up on their Hall of Foam.  The first level, Silver, is earned for downing 100 beers, and earns you a picture on the Hall of Foam, a membership card, a t-shirt, $10% of all food orders for the year, and even $1 off draughts.  But, there are two more levels, too.  With greater power, comes greater benefits, too. ;)

But they don’t just stop at the beer, nope. They also have the Hall of Flame.  Yup, eat 12 insanely crazy redonkulously hot chicken wings and you’ll get put up on the Hall of Flame, right next to the Hall of Foam winners.  So, when my friend (and wing connoisseur) Paul Mueller was coming over for a manly, action-packed Saturday of watching the Stamford Harbor Parade of Lights show and watching The Muppets movie (errr), we knew we had to take him here.  He’s just about the most devout wing-nibbler that was ever created on this here Earth.  He even just took a roadtrip with his brothers to the original home of the buffalo hot wings:  Anchor Bar.  Yup.  I had these visions in my head of Paul and I, head to head, chomping down through the Hall of Flame challenge.

We asked our waitress to explain it again for us:  12 chicken wings, you can’t drink or eat anything during, and 10 minutes after, you eat the wings.  I looked up on the board:  only 3 people beat the challenge, while about 30 people tried.  I was thinking, eh, maybe, but then she described one person whose lips ballooned out and was in horrible pain all night.  So, we decided to just go with some regular hot wings, ribs, and burgers.  Wusses. :(

Buffalo Wings

These are some of the best wings that you’ll find anywhere, even better than Vinny’s Backyard BBQ in Stamford.  Better than a lot of wings we’ve had beyond CT. Yeah, they’re that good.  They were saucy, but not too saucy.  The sauce was a bit tangy, a bit sweet, and had lots of bite to it.  If you’re into pain and are sadomasochistic, try the Hero sauce.  It’s helluva spicy and will knock you on your tookis.  We ordered it on the side…smart move.  Kristien liked the wings a lot too!  They weren’t those mammothly meaty wings that some places serve and they weren’t overly breaded either.  Nope, just the right size, just the right amount of meat and so tender and juicy – not soggy and not too crispy. YUM!

Ribs

Paul, ever the rabid carnivore and official Omnomivore too, was thinking about salad but then proudly declared he wouldn’t push the wussiness.  He got a 1/2 rack of baby back ribs.  Yeah, half a plate was enough, no doubt.  The ribs came to him, smothered in a sweet and tangy bbq sauce and they lay atop a bed of shoestring fries.  Paul and I agree that the sauce is decent, but there was just too much of it.  The taste of the ribs got lost, but they were still tender and you could easily pull the meat off the bone.  We learned that’s good at our Blues, Views, & BBQ judging gig.  The coleslaw was swimming and drowning in mayo.  Not a favorite of Paul or Kristien, who as you know is a coleslaw expert.

Burgers

Kristien and I got burgers.  She’s a self-confessed burger purist, so she got it with her usual cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mayo and ketchup.  She thought it was just okay and didn’t have much flavor.  My guy was plain and simple too, with onions, tomato, and lettuce.  The beef was cooked a bit over medium for us.  Although there wasn’t a ton of flavor going on, it was still a decent enough burger for a bar. I would order it again to wash down a beer.  The fries, though, rocked it for me.  They were crispy and there were so many. I’m one of those people who can take down half the order of fries before even digging into the burger.

Drinks

You might go crazy trying to figure out all the choices available here.  A good thing to do is start with the style of beer that you like, then ask your server or the bartender what’s good like that.  We love thicker, darker, stoutier, hoppier beers and they had a nice selection of those.  If you’re not sure that you’ll love a beer, you can usually ask for a small taste and try it out.  I like to be daring and just order it, then find out the results.  Kristien’s more cautious with her beer drinking, she doesn’t like hoppy or too light of a beer, but I still love her.  If she orders and doesn’t like it, I’m the default drinker-upper:  beer should not go to waste. ;)

Final Impressions

Monster B’s is a fun place to go with friends.  You can sit at the bar or sit down at some of the tables in the front of the house or in the back.  There’s darts, electronic shuffle board, and pool.  They have really killer wings and beer selection. The rest of the food is ok – but the wings and beer are so good they make up for it.  Also, you can reap some pretty impressive rewards just by keeping track of your beer consumption.  We know that Ryan from Food Plus Beer is on the Hall of Foam and  Jessica May from Alternative Control is a fan too.  So, we were wondering.  Have you made the Hall of Foam?  Do you have a goal to shoot for?  Maybe the Gold or even the Platinum level?  Let us know.

Noms:  3

Cost: $$

Monster B’s
487 Glenbrook Road
Stamford, CT 06906
(203) 355-1032
Hours:  Opens at 11 a.m.; closes Tue at 11 p.m.; Wed at 12 a.m.; Thu at 1 a.m.; Fri to Sat at 2 a.m.; Sun at 10 p.m.; Closed Mon
Site:  http://www.monsterbs.com/index.asp

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Stamford and Norwalk Restaurants Get Crafty with Craft Beer – Our Newest CBS Post

19 Oct

We asked our tweeps, FB buds, and friends about some of the best spots to get craft brews and that had the best variety.  What followed was an awesome research project that led us to create our newest post for CBS Connecticut.  We start at Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford, then head over to Monster B’s, then end off at Norwalk’s very own The Ginger Man.  If you haven’t been to any of these spots and you love beer, prepare to love it more.  Yes, start preparing now.

Here’s the leadin, along with the first sentences from each beer spot.  Click here for the entire article, please.  ;)

“Any restaurant can sell a few beers by the bottle and offer up a few beers on tap, but those are usually the kinds of beer that you can find at your local corner store.  A brave few spots in Stamford and Norwalk, though, pride themselves in their beer selection and what they do for their beer loving friends.  To help you on your quest for that perfect brew, we’re giving you a guide to some of our favorite watering holes that have the best beers on tap and by the bottle.  Sorry, but Budweiser just won’t cut it here.  We’re talking craft, micro, and all-around-awesome beers.  Pull on up to the tap and pour in some brew, this is going to be a tasty one.

Coalhouse Pizza

“In the mood for ice-cold beer with thin crust pizza? Want oodles of options like ribs, salads, and Italian specialties?  Well, Coalhouse Pizza has you covered…

Monster B’s

“Hall of Foam?  Yeah, we spelled that right.  At Monster B’s in Stamford you actually get rewarded for your love of hops with their Silver Challenge.  All you have to do is…

The Gingerman

“In the heart of SoNo (that’s South Norwalk for you newbies) is a bar that serves up fantastic food that goes beyond traditional bar food and pairs it with a killer beer selection…”

Read the full article…

Coalhouse Pizza
85 High Ridge Road
Stamford, CT 06905
(203) 977-7700

Monster B’s
487 Glenbrook Road
Stamford, CT 06906
(203) 355-1032

The Gingerman

99 Washington Street
South Norwalk, CT 06854
(203) 354-0163

Pizza so damn good, even pizza fascists can’t deny it. Colony Grill–Stamford, CT

22 Apr

Have you been stung? The stinger is a must have topping!

Update:  The controversy is alive.  Is Rico’s or Colony’s pizza better?

Update of an update: lunch delivery in Stamford and credit card machines coming!

Pizza fascists.  You’ve seen them, you’ve talked to them, maybe you know one…hopefully you aren’t one.  Here are the key indicators that you are, in fact, a pizza fascist and that you require help:

• You swear pizza can only be done one way.

• You’ve broken up with people because of Neapolitan vs. thin crust arguments.

• When you go to a pizza place with friends, only your topping choices may be ordered.

• Regarding the last bullet:  you leave the pizza place if friends use unsavory toppings and you erase them from your life.

• You are offended by this post.

There’s all different types, different styles, different toppings, and different shops who all claim have the best pie.  We’ve spoken quite in depth about this and people are really freaking crazy when it comes to pizza.  Everybody has their own opinion and everybody swears they hold the key to the gate of pie heaven.  Guess what?  OmNomCT officially states that, in most cases, pizza is in the eye of the slice-folder.  Even folding the slices is an opinion, see?  Represent Long Island and slice folding!  Say what???

Well, we’ve heard all the talk about Colony Grill here in Stamford and decided that it was ’bout time to give it a try.  What took us over the edge was Toni’s special that highlighted some of the local pizza talent in Stamford:  Hope Pizza, Coalhouse Pizza, and–of course–Colony Grill.  So, there’s not much to the place, except a large room with lots of tables, and another room with a large bar.  There’s no menu to speak of at your seat, except for a list of available toppings:  sausage,  pepperoni,  meatball,  mushroom,  onions,  black olives, cherry peppers, stingers, hot oil, anchovies,  peppers, and bacon.

They had a few beers on tap. but no standouts, so I just went with the Thomas Hooker IPA, a nice, bold, flowery beer.  And better yet, it’s brewed in CT.

Meatball, pepper, hot oil, and black olives

Pie 1:  Sausage, hot oil, stingers, cherry peppers, and onions.

Pie 2:  Meatball, peppers, hot oil, and black olives.

Both pies came dripping in that lovely, spicy, hot oil that just puts the pies into another category that lots of other pizza never can attain.  The Headbanging Hostess agrees.  She tweeted that her favorite topping was hot oil, though she did comment that just sounded wrong. ;)  Really, though, the hot oil makes the pies.  Vinny’s Backyard up on Hope Street in Stamford also has the option of hot oil, though it doesn’t come dripping out and oozing out like it does here.  Normally we’d say too much oil in pizza is undesirable, but it’s good here because it’s not a product of too much greasy cheese–it’s the spicy oil that does it.

Speaking of the cheese, it melted on the pie nicely and was in perfect proportion to the amount of sauce.  Yeah, I know…you like more cheese, no you like more sauce, no you don’t like cheese on there.  I get it. :)  We all like our pies different, got it.

Sausage, hot oil, stingers, cherry peppers, and onions

Also, the stingers on pie 1 added even more spice, but not more than could be handled.  I’d add them to everything that I could if I had the chance. Both pies were great in their own ways and had amazing flavors, but pie 1 just blew us away.  The crust wasn’t too thin and wasn’t too thick at all–just the right amount to make it a bit doughy.  Yeah, this place is definitely the real deal here in Stamford.  They opened up a while back in Fairfield in more of a cool, modern spot on Post Road.  So, who owns that spot?  None other than Paul Coniglio, Cody Lee, Ken Martin and New York Rangers captain Chris Drury.

So, the verdict?  The crust is not too thin, but just right for thin crust.  There’s an excellent sauce to cheese ratio.  The sauce and toppings are full of flavor and beg to be mixed up in several combinations.  The hot oil was abundant but didn’t make the pizza soggy. A tough feat in and of itself. It’s hard to say this is the best pizza in CT, because there are so many types, so many styles, so many ingredients, so many cooking methods. But we can say that it was incredibly delicious and we’d go back, no doubt, to chomp down on two more pies, any day, any time.  This is good freakin’ quality pizza that’s been made the same way for decades.  Institutions like this stay around because they’ve just got it.  Oh yeah, they got it.

Noms: 4.25

Cost: $$

Colony Grill

Address:  172 Myrtle Ave

Stamford, CT

Phone:  (203) 359-2184

Site:  http://colonygrill.com

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Colony-Grill/352619784407?sk=wall

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