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Half Full Brewery Expands Brews, Staff, Events, and Market Reach

5 Sep

Half Full Brewery Stamford Logo

Although Half Full Brewery of Stamford has only been around for one year and a month, they have grown exponentially month by month.  And, if you looked at their portfolio of brews and everything they’ve done in the past year, you’d be pretty amazed.  Fundraisers, a Halloween party, bar crawls, rare beer nights, open house nights, and hundreds of tours make up just over 365 days worth of hard work.  But Conor Horrigan (Chief Beer Philosopher and owner) and crew have so much in store for Connecticut…and beyond.


Conor and Jen from Half Full Brewery

Conor and Jen speaking to the beer-thirsty masses

Conor and Chief Beer Artist Jen Muckerman started off with their flagship Bright Ale and have really expanded their menu of choices at Half Full.  Right now the brews you can taste at their Stamford brewery are their Bright Ale, Toasted Amber, American Pale Ale, their Ginger Beer, a Vanilla Rum Porter, Zythos Pale Amber, and a Heather Honey Ale.  And, with a lineup like this, it’s clear that Half Full isn’t happy with pumping out the same ol’ beers all the time.  They’re trying to keep things fresh, new, and exciting.  You can definitely see this if you hit up one of their Rare Beer Nights, featuring a nice collection of microbrews made just for that event like a Peanut Butter Hefeweizen or a Grapefruit Pale Ale.  Don’t forget about their soon to be released Pumpkin Ale, either.  It’s super killer, especially with a sugared rim like we had at Zaza in Stamford.  Truly, one of the best pumpkin ales that we’ve ever tasted.  Plus, there’s a brand new collaboration between Half Full and Lorca that will be coming out near Thanksgiving:  Half Full Chocolate Coffee Brown Ale.

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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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Where to Get Craft Brew in Fairfield County, CT: Celebrating American Craft Beer Week

11 May

Beer! Who doesn’t love beer? Well, let’s be more specific…who doesn’t love a GOOD beer? Yeah, the kind of beer that has love, passion, and a whole lotta attention built into it. Lucky for us here in the good ol’ country of America that we have a week devoted just to that: American Craft Beer Week! Yes, there is a week for such a thing and it is a holy holiday for beerocrats and hop-ophiles from across the country. Expect to have lots of sudsy and hoppy fun from 5/14-5/20. Whatever style or craft brew you like, chances are, these local restaurants, pubs, bars, and stores have what you need. We’ll update this list as we get more info, but it’s pretty nice so far. Let us know of any local watering holes or stores that you love that have an awesome selection of local and craft brews and we’ll add them.


Thomas Hooker and Blue Point are some craft brew choices for ya…

Stew Leonard’s Wines & Spirits (shop): good selection of beer, especially craft brews.


Darien Social (restaurant and bar): a big supporter of craft and local brews, Darien Social has breweries of the week on tap. When we went it was Blue Point Brewing Company from Long Island, NY.

Nicholas Roberts Fine Wines: 32 craft beers and counting. Nicholas Roberts Fine Wines isn’t just about wine, punks. :)


Harry’s Wine & Liquor Market (store): a great variety of craft brews reside here, right by Fairfield Cheese Company.


The Ginger Man (restaurant and bar): Great selection of craft beer on tap (23) and by the bottle.

 •  Mountain Monday:  Three selections from Sierra Nevada will be featured

•  Stone Cold Tuesday:  Several selections from Stone Brewery

•  Double Double Dead Wednesday: Featuring Rouge Brewery’s Dead Guy and Double Dead Guy Ale

•  Two Together Thursday:  All food specials paired with craft beers

•   Friday and Saturday…..BLAST FROM THE CASK!!!  Stop in for cask conditioned draught!!

•  Sunday Mass (achusetts):  Featuring beers from Boston’s Harpoon Brewery


The Ginger Man (restaurant and bar): again, awesome selection of craft beer on tap (52) and by the bottle.

• Monday – Sierra Nevada Draught Night.
• Tuesday – Debut of our very own “Randall The Ena…mel Animal” Dogfish Head Beer
• Wednesday – Vintage Beer Night – A few goodies from our Vintage Cellar.
• Thursday – Food and Beer Pairing Night! Each food special paired with a select beer.
• Friday – Cask Beer Night – Featuring 4 different gravity casks.
• Saturday – Flight Night – Different flights of styles and breweries.
• Sunday – 1/2 Priced Big Bottles

Stew Leonard’s Wines & Spirits (store): good selection of beer, especially craft brews.

Wine Nation: newly opened at 380 Main Avenue, so they are still getting into their groove. When fully stocked, you’ll be able to mix and match brews and create your own six packs. Gotta say, that sounds awesome. Think of all the variety.

Victory keg at Coalhouse Pizza=victory!


Little Pub (restaurant and bar): people can’t get enough of the beer selection here. Sit down, have some food, and sip on some brews.
Bev Max (store): awesome beer selection (800 different kinds) that will make you poor as you fill up your cart. :)
Coalhouse Pizza (restaurant): 52 beers on tap that are unique, hard to find, and awesome. Lots of bottles, too.
• Monday 14th – Start of Craft Beer Week. Celebrate Dogfish Head with $5 Dogfish Drafts
• Tuesday 15th – Celebrate Harpoon with $5 Harpoon Drafts / Beer Club Night
• Wednesday 16th – Celebrate Stone Brewing with $5 Stone Drafts / Trivia Night
• Thursday 17th – Celebrate Southern Tier with $5 Southern Tier Drafts / Beer & Cheese Night / Open Mic
• Friday 18th – Celebrate Clipper City with $5 Clipper Drafts / Live Blues starting at 8pm
• Saturday 19th – Celebrate Laguinitas with $5 Lagunitas Drafts / Stein Night / Live Music with The Sig Brothers
• Sunday 20th – Celebrate Allagash with $5 Allagash Drafts / Live Jazz
Fairway Wines & Spirits (store): great, unique, craft beer selection that will push your limits. We always come away with new bottles and new favorites.
Monster B’s (restaurant and bar): 30 rotating beers on tap with about 150 beers by the bottle = brew heaven! Take this opportunity to join their Hall of Foam and reap the benefits.
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