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More than 26 Stouts Pouring During 2nd Annual Great Wall of Stouts @ Ginger Man SoNo

27 Feb

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We love beer and we’ve got a hunch that you like beer too.  So, that’s why we’re pumped to share with you the 2nd Annual Great Wall of Stouts at The Ginger Man in Norwalk.  26 stoutly stouts will be on tap (that’s half of their lines, btw) from Monday, March 10 through Sunday, March 16.  That’s a full week of drinking that is worthy of your time.

If this seems overwhelming to you, don’t worry…we’ve got a plan of action that we’re sharing.  Oh, and the 15 brews listed above is just a starting list…there are still plenty more to come.  

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Over 300 Brews, Food, + More @ Big Brew NY Festival in White Plains

29 Dec

Your typical bar has 8 different beers on tap, of which half are usually piss-poor excuses for beer.  We won’t name any names, but you can probably guess what we’re talking ’bout.  And, even at home, maybe you have a few different brews in your fridge, but wouldn’t it be awesome to have over 300 different kinds of beer ready for drinking?

Dumb question.  Of course it would.

Beer flight at Coals in Port Chester, NY That’s where the 2014 Big Brew New York Festival comes in, held on 2/8 from 4-8:30 at the Westchester County Center in White Plains. While this festival isn’t new (it’s held twice a year in NJ), this is the first time that it’s hit NY.  You’ll be in a state of complete hoppiness with the unlimited beer tastings in your fancy schmancy 4 oz. tasting glass.  We’re talking about over 300 different brews and that doesn’t even include the special beers that will be available to VIPs.  Also, there will be lots of local restaurants on hand selling some awesome food.

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Turkey Tour and Tastings @ 5 CT Breweries w/ CT Beer Trail

30 Oct

We’re almost in November here, boys and girls, and you know what that means…Thanksgiving is on the way.  Yes, the day that we test to see how far our stomachs can stretch out, laden with stuffing, turkey, and mashed potatoes.  It’s a tradition and holiday that is completely American, but the CT Beer Trail (you do follow them, right?) has a new tradition that they are starting this year:  The 1st Annual Turkey Tour.

Thomas Hooker Octoberfest LagerYou’ll meet at Back East Brewing Company in Bloomfield at 11:30 am on 11/30 to begin the day.  You’ll start off by taking a tour and get a tasting of Back East brews.  Like all stops on the Turkey Tour, you’ll be able to fill up growlers at each brewery (and you can down the growlers on the limo bus too).  After the tour and tasting, you’ll load up on the bus (riding in style, boyyy) and head out to Cambridge House Brew Pub in Granby.  You’ll get your tour and tasting, but you’ll also get a complete lunch along with a pint of beer.  When done there, you’ll head out to Thomas Hooker Brewing Co. for another tour, more tastings, and you’ll even get to take home some glassware swag.  After this you’ll check out Olde Burnside Brewing Co. then Broad Brook Brewing Co. for more tours and many many more tastings.  The whole day ends around 7 pm when you’re dropped off at Back East Brewing…where the Turkey Tour began!

Tickets are $90 and, to be honest, it’s the best way to spend the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Do you really want to be that punk who stays at home all day or gets stuck at the mall with lines that stretch across for miles?  Meh.  Wouldn’t you rather check out 5 CT breweries and drink lots of great local beer?  Yeah, we thought so.

Buy your tickets by clicking here, but don’t hesitate.  Their bus tours sell out pretty quickly.  We warned you.

Captain Lawrence Taps Into a Cure and Hosts Pig Roast – Elmsford, NY

19 Jun

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Ready for two weekends of events at Captain Lawrence Brewing Company in Elmsford, just over the border in New York?  Of course you are…dumb question!

This Saturday, 6/22, marks the return of Captain Lawrence Brewing Company’s annual pig roast.  The fun goes on for six hours straight from 12-6 pm and is $40 per person online or is $50 at the door.  Your ticket purchase includes entrance to the pig roast, beer, music, cornhole, bocce, and even transportation from the Port Chester, Tarrytown, and North White Plains train stations.  Music will be provided by Rebecca Haviland & Whiskey Heart, Evan Watson’s Old Orchard Band, and Brooklyn Sugar Company.  The roast pig and other BBQ goodness will be provided by Village Dog of Tarrytown at an additional cost, but remember that your entrance fee gets you tastes of classic CLBC brews as well as some great new ones.  Think of it this way:  after just 7 brews, you’ve already made up the cost.  Besides, you’ll be helping raise money (Project Barn Raiser) for Hemlock Hill.  Buy your tickets here:  http://clbcpigroast.bpt.me.  Just a few notes:  you can park off of Executive Boulevard because they’ll be closing up their parking lot so people can hang out and chill.  You need to be 21 or older to attend and need to bring valid ID.

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Harbor Brew Fest Returns to Harbor Yard w/ More Brews and Food Trucks Galore

13 Jun

Harbor Brew Fest 9/28 2013 Bridgeport CT

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BEER!

Harry’s is not only a sponsor of this great event, but Renzo (beer god extraordinaire) helps get all the breweries there!  We love Harry’s!

Ah, such lovely songs have never been heard before.  And, chances are, you’ll be singing beer’s praise quite a bit at the 2nd Annual Harbor Brew Fest at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport.  While the event isn’t happening until September 28 from 12-5, tickets are going on sale next Friday, 6/21.  Get your tickets fast because last year’s event sold out part of the way through the event, and you’ll definitely want to get your hands on one of the very limited Brewer’s Special tickets (see the ticket descriptions below).  See, now that’s why you need to get yourself in gear and make sure to get your tix right away on the 21st.  Now, let’s go through why this year’s event is going to be even better and more successful than last year’s:

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Pour at the Shore brewing up at Seaside Tavern Memorial Day weekend

20 May

America is all about the indie spirit…especially when it comes to music and beer.  And, it just so happens that Seaside Tavern and Sound Magazine are hosting a wicked good time this coming Sunday (5/26), starting at 1 pm.  Pour at the Shore will surely be one of the great highlights of your Memorial Day Weekend.  Now, you can’t exactly wear white yet, so hold off.  Very soon, but not quite yet…

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Bobby Q’s BBQ Kicks off the Season with Beer Garden Opening – Westport, CT

20 May
Ah, that's a beautiful beer garden.  Photo from Bobby Q's FB page.

Ah, that’s a beautiful beer garden. Photo from Bobby Q’s FB page.

Biergarten:  literally translating over to beer garden.  Much cooler than kindergarten which is, literally, a garden of children?!  Um, no thanks…we’ll take a garden of brews, ales, and stouts thank you very much.  And, we’ve seen beer gardens sprouting up recently:  the popular Beer Garden @ Harbor Point opened recently  and The Landmark Biergarten at Station Eats is opening up any day now.   But, Bobby Q’s Bodacious BBQ & Grill in Westport has been ahead of the curve.

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A seedling of potential at The Beer Garden @ Harbor Point

14 May

It’s a Friday night, mid 70s outside, and there are just a few little clouds in the sky. Could there have been a better day to hit up the brand new Beer Garden @ Harbor Point? No, probably not. Unfortunately, it seemed that everybody in Fairfield County agreed, but we still managed to find a killer parking spot just right outside of Walgreen’s. There’s also a huge lot nearby that they have devoted to Beer Garden parking, too, if you can’t find any street-side spots.

Before we even entered, we were amazed to see this building that was empty  just a few months ago, turned into a massive party scene. Maddy’s food truck and Lobstercraft were outside, with about 50 devoted followers ready to get their grub on. That is one of the great things about this Beer Garden: although you can’t get food inside (yet), they’ll have food trucks there for you to get your nom on.

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Ginger Man + Coalhouse Celebrate American Craft Beer Week

13 May

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Two of our favorite spots to get brews and grub in Fairfield County have lots of fun ahead for American Craft Beer Week.  ACBW kicks off today, 5/13, and goes until 5/19.  The focus of the beer week has always been on smaller batch brews, a focus on fine details, and more of a hands-on approach to beer.  Now, it’s no coincidence that Ginger Man in Norwalk and Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford live and breathe this philosophy year round, but you know they have to step up their game (is that possible?) to celebrate American Craft Beer Week.  It’s kind of like the Super Bowl of the beer world.

Coalhouse Pizza is featuring a week of tap takeovers:

Flights at Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford CT

Flights at Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford CT

Monday, 5/13:  Sebago

Tuesday, 5/14:  Half Full (see a full week of special Half Full events here)

Wednesday, 5/15:  Harpoon

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Half Full Brewery Takes Over May and American Craft Brew Week

2 May

We can still remember walking into Half Full Brewery when it was in shambles and just a run down skeleton of a building. Even with so much work ahead, Conor and crew saw it all as if the glass was, well, half full. Then, we saw Half Full Bright Ales all over Stamford, then we saw more brews hitting Stamford restaurants, and then we saw Half Full expand out to restaurants all over Connecticut. And now, almost one year later, they celebrate their first ever American Craft Brew Week (May 13-19) with amazingly awesome events . Here we go:

May 3, 17, and 31:  Friday Night Open House, 5:30-8:30

Pay $15 and get a Half Full recycled plastic pint glass.  Taps are open for your consumption pleasures.  You are free to circulate, look around, hang with friends, play bags, and play the huge Jenga game.  Note:  Friday Night Open Houses happen every other Friday from here until eternity.

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