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Rise & Shine Collabo w/ Half Full and Rise Coffee Brews in Stamford; Special Release Friday

29 Sep

It’s National Coffee Day, people. So, while you’re sipping that cuppajoe, take a look see at this: Half Full in Stamford is introducing a brand new series of collabo beers with local brewers and businesses. The first release in the Community Sourced Ales Project is Rise Coffee who is putting out some killer good nitro-infused cold brew coffee (you’ve undoubtedly seen them on tap at your local watering hole). The cold-brew coffee porter packs a punch at 8.5% ABV and will be released tomorrow right at Half Full from 6-9 and will also be in stores on a limited basis.  Continue reading

Kent Falls Brewing Opening June 11 w/ Special Bottle Release!

3 Jun

It seemed like such a long time ago when we told you about Kent Falls, a brewery that we believed in with its roots deep in the CT soil. They started off slowly with a few beers and self-distributing to a very select set of restaurants . . . but soon, they had a beast on their hands. People caught on to the Brett-ilicious brews and other funky beers that they’ve put out and distribution grew as well as their popularity. Then, back in February we caught up with Barry who shared they were looking to open soon . . . and now we can share that they will be open next week, June 11!

While they’ll be releasing the full details next week on their site, Kent Falls Brewery shared that they would not only have some of their regular bottles for sale (no on-site consumption), but will also have a special bottle release that day. Also, they are set to remain open on Saturdays from 11-5 during the warmer months. Trust us: you don’t want to drive through those roads in winter!

When we get more details, we’ll let you know, but let’s just say this: it’s such a beautiful brewery and we think you’re gonna fall even more heads over heels for Kent Falls after visiting. 


Here’s more from Kent Falls regarding their opening:

“And to answer a lot of questions that have been coming at us about what the experience will be like when we finally do open, I thought I would share them with you here.  The experience will be similar to  farmer’s market…

  • pre packaged bottles available for sale
  • focused on special releases – brewery only bottled IPAs, barrel aged beers, small batch projects… (distributed brands available as well)
  • no growlers
  • no samples
  • no full pours
  • no on site consumption
  • farm store open on site

…only with a few improvements.

  • increased allotments (9 liter/18 bottle limit per person at the brewery vs 5 liter/10 bottle limit at the farmers market)
  • a wider selection of beer available
  • longer hours and eventually multiple retail days per week
  • self guided farm tours (walk through the hop yard, see animals…)
  • seeing the brewery, ability to ask us about our setup etc…”

Kent Falls Brewing

33 Camps Rd

Kent, CT 06757

Tom Price from Brooklyn Brewery Hired as Headbrewer @ Half Full in Stamford

5 Feb

 

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Hmmm . . . Buffalo Trace barrels, a dark beer, a wanton, aloof look whilst smoking a pipe. Yeah, something’s going down! Picture of Tom Price from Half Full.

Although Jen Muckerman has been with Half Full Brewery in Stamford since the start of it all, she left mid-year in 2015. We talked with some of the crew at Half Full during their Halloween party and were told that they were in serious talks with a new headbrewer who’s had a ton of experience and comes from Brooklyn Brewery. We were excited at that notion and what it could mean for Half Full . . . especially for how people see their beer and brand. 
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Spreading Cheer: Aspetuck Brew Lab Opening Saturday in Black Rock

15 Dec

It’s finally happening, people: Aspetuck Brew Lab opens this Saturday, 12/19. They will be open from 12-4 and will kick it all off with a ribbon cutting at noon. To start on tap will be the following brews:

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Aspetuck Brew Lab Beer Preview: Expect Great Things for Their November Opening in Black Rock

19 Oct
Aspetuck Before and After

Before and after. The first shot is from our visit in July, while the second shot is from Peter this past Friday.

It’s fun to make friends in the beer world . . . because the beer world employs some of the coolest, down-to-earth, nicest peeps we’ve ever met. Case in point: Peter Cowles and Tara Kasaks Cowles from Aspetuck Brew Lab (see all the background details in our February post).

It all started with a casual conversation at Harbor Brew Fest 2014 where they were sampling some of their brews. After a little bit of talk about the CT beer scene, we learned about their plans to open up in Fairfield (plans would change when they found a Black Rock spot). Continue reading

What’s Brewing? An Inside Look at Kent Falls Brewing and Camps Road Farm

15 Jun

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The Orchard at Camps Road Farm for Neversink Spirits

Set in the back of the farm you can see glimpses of the orchard where apples are being grown for Neversink Spirits Brandy.

If you went to Fools Day Farm just three years ago you wouldn’t see much at all, just some grass and weeds growing a mile high, overtaking the once proud dairy farm and orchard. But, that all changed when Barry Labendz, Headbrewer Derek Dellinger, and David Birnbaum took over the farm and have since put in a ton of hard work to make it what it is today: Camps Road Farm. Starting with the orchard, they had planted hundreds of trees whose fruit will soon be used to make Neversink Spirits brandy. And three years ago, in the main farm area, they planted an impressive hops garden that has now grown to a total of 2,800 vines. In fact, it’s gotten so huge that last year, even before they were officially a brewery, they had to recruit friends and family to help with the hop harvest, which will take place again this year (complete with a BBQ and beers to enjoy) on September 5.

Centennial Hops being grown at Kent Falls farmhouse Camps Road FarmBecause we wanted to help spread the word of all the great things they have going on, Barry was kind enough to take us on a tour of the farm and farmhouse brewery. He took us row by row, through the hops garden, past the Willamette, the Centennials, the Chinooks, the Cascades, the Brewer’s Gold, and the Northern Brewer, and shared several other awesome things. Here are some highlights:

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