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Hoptimists Rejoice: Half Full Brewery of Stamford Expands into Hartford, Windham, and Tolland Counties…and???

7 Mar

When we went to the January Rare Beer Night at Half Full Brewery, we had these crazy flashbacks.  Images of the building shot into our heads…images of the building’s guts torn apart, images of Conor and crew ripping apart a second floor to make way for a tasting room, and images of a half-finished brewery.  And, we woke up from our flashback, looked around and saw the tasting room packed, people eager and thirsty for some Half Full beer.  Damn, it was amazing to see what a difference a year could make!

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New England Brewing Company to Sail to New Home in Woodbridge

12 Sep

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It’s official!  New England Brewing Company has been approved for a brand new spot for their brewery.  Their spot right now at 7 Selden Street in Woodbridge worked well for them at a time, but if you’ve been there you know how small the area is.  The smaller building makes it harder to not only brew great amounts of types of beer, but also doesn’t provide the kind of experience they’d love to give you for a tasting area.  Not that we minded getting some samples of the brews then heading around the brewery on a tour, but the new brewery on 175 Amity Road will be a major game changer for them.  Plus it’s just right around the block (literally around the block) so they can probably just carry over all their equipment. ;)

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Paul Failla Takes Over Kitchen of Bar Sugo; Pat Pascarella Oversees and Looks to Expand

19 Aug

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When people ask us where some of our favorite restaurants are or ask where we’d go for a nice outdoor spot in the Norwalk area, an answer that always come up is Bar Sugo. Although it took us a while to get there, we enjoyed a feast from Chef Pat Pascarella back in March and we’ve been back two more times since. Two times ago we took Kristien’s parents and they said that Bar Sugo was one of the best restaurants that she’s ever been to. And, we even took our friends there this past weekend and enjoyed another amazing meal.

20130819-073230.jpgSo, it’s kind of selfish to just keep Pat in one place. Even when we talked last year, he had plans to expand and to try new things. And, that’s exactly what’s happening! The first part of the plan involves a brand new chef at Bar Sugo, Paul Failla, that will head the kitchen. But, Chef Failla isn’t what you’d call a new chef. He’s spent time at two of the most popular and highest quality restaurants here in Fairfield County: Nola and The Whelk. Chef Pascarella will still be there for a big portion of the week, though, overseeing the kitchen and the menu.

With more time freed up, Pat will be looking for that perfect location for another restaurant either in NYC or Brooklyn. We’re very happy for Pat as he continues to cook up his own culinary empire.

Buona fortuna, Chef Pascarella and Chef Failla!

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