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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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Half Full Joins the Dark Side + Crowdsources New Barrel-Aged Beer @ Rare Beer Night

21 Jan

Half Full Rare Beer

We went to our first Rare Beer Night at Half Full in July and came back for more last Wednesday, 1/15. And, while we had a great time at the first event, one or two of the limited production brews from their nano system weren’t beers that we’d drink too often because of their hoppiness (different brews for different folks). But, that all changed with this Rare Beer Night.

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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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Stamford, Take Off Your Clothes @ Half Full Brewery then drink up!

5 Jun
Get your minds out of the gutter.  Yeah, we know…it’s a great place to be and to hang out, we get it, but we don’t necessarily mean that you should head to Half Full Brewery on 6/8 from 1-4 (brewery is open until 5 though), take off your clothes, then hug Conor, Jordan, or Jen.  Besides, if you’re nekked, where you gonna keep your cash for some brews?  What we’re talking about is the second annual Stamford, Take Off Your Clothes event.  The purpose is to bring in clothes to donate to those in need.
You know that shirt you bought that you never got around to wearing?  Donate it.
You know that skirt that you got that actually clashes with your skin tone?  Donate it.
You know that old ratty t-shirt that your ex-bf gave you and that you’ve been clinging to in desperate hope of getting back together?  Well, don’t donate that, but find something nice to donate instead.  But seriously, get yourself together girl…

Two Local Breweries Release New Beers, You Win: The Rise of Half Full and Charter Oak

26 Nov

IPA…India Pale Ale.  A style of beer loved by many for its bite and its pine-iness.  Have you ever wondered why it’s called India Pale Ale, though?  Turns out life wasn’t so easy hundreds of years ago when sailors had to brave the wild seas.  If you weren’t killed by pirates, Jack Sparrow, mermaids, a krakken, or enormous waves, you might die of scurvy, malnutrition, or of thirst.  While you can’t really help being seduced by mermaids or wriggling free of the grasp of the krakken, you can control things like water intake.  It turns out, people discovered that when you pump up the hop content of beer, it stays fresh much longer.  Now, who wouldn’t love to drink IPAs more than plain ol’ boring water?

We speak of IPAs because Half Full Brewery, located on Homestead Avenue in Stamford, has released their own version.  According to Jordan Giles, Chief Beer Organizer, it is “a medium-bodied, earthy, spicy and piney beer with moderate bitterness that will be on tap year round. Half Full’s recipe uses Northwestern American hops and packs a 7.0% alcohol content that is balanced nicely by a dry rye finish.”  To create this great recipe, they had to spend hours upon hours in their tasting room, going through pale ales, ryes, and different kinds of IPAs.  You know, we don’t feel that sorry for them.  That’s some kind of research that most would die for. :)

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Eat for Equity Heats up the Kitchen in Stamford for 1st Event Benefitting Kids in Crisis

22 Oct

Eat for Equity (see our intro to them) had its first fundraising dinner this past Saturday at a lovely, warm and cozy house in Stamford.  Over 60 people attended, definitely filling up the house, the side rooms, the dining room, and even outside surrounding a fire put.  But, there was plenty of food for every person along with drinks aplenty.  Here’s a recap of the yumminess:

  • Tomato basil soup
  • Gourmet grilled cheese
  • Butternut squash mac and cheese
  • “Fudgy Bites” as quoted by Dan, some said cake bites.  We like the ring of “Fudgy Bites.” 
  • Apple caramel cream cheese cupcakes
  • S’mores by the fire pit outside.  

Meg and RJ reap the fruits of their labors

While RJ was working hard cooking during the first E4E event, Meg Dalton was watching people enjoy all her baked goodies that took her quite some time to whip and mix up.  Yeah, they were awesome and so was the food.  The awesome smoked gouda in the grilled cheese came from Grade A Market and much of the other food came from Fairgate Farm.  Conor and crew at Half Full Brewery also filled up some growlers for the event, so you best believe people were converting over to Half Full Hoptimists.  

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Nomworthy Bites of Connecticut Food News, Volume 1: Zombies, Dinosaurs, Dogs, Parrots, and Pumpkins

30 Sep

You know, sometimes there’s just so much going on around Fairfield County that there just isn’t enough time for us to create individual posts for each event.  We are just two people, but we want to get the news out and spread the word about openings, deals, discounts, events, and everything else food related.  Yes, we have been updating our Events calendar pretty well, but we think it’ll be easier to check out what’s fresh and fun in the 203 with little nummy and yummy bites of goodness.

Enough chitter chatter, let’s start:


On October 6, crawl or limp on over to the 1st ever Apocalyptic Rocktober Zombiefest at Ives Concert Park.  Entrance is $10 and that gives you access to “killer” live music from Pat Horgan & Thunder Road, food and brews, a zombie beauty contest for men and women, a thriller dance party, a screening of “Night of the Living Dead,” a “silent but deadly auction” (not the sbd you’re thinking of), and even a raffle for a dream vacation for just $10 a pop.


Chef Arik Bensimon’s, formerly of Napa & co in Stamford, has been working hard on opening his next venture:  The Spread.  It’ll be located at 70 N Main Street.  We wish Arik and his associates the best of luck, though with combined skill like that, you don’t need it.  Follow them on FB for updated info. 

Pat Pascarella , owner of Cortina Pizzeria (formeraly Pizzeria Rosso) has opened up his dream restaurant, Bar Sugo, at 102 Wall Street in Norwalk.  On the menu?  Six different versions of meatballs, fresh housemade pasta, and lots of small plates such as prosciutto wrapped polenta fries.  Let the noming begin on October 5th!

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Half Full Brewery Opens with Their Bright Ale, Inaugural Ale, Tours, Growlers, Pints, and More!

7 Sep

Call us obsessed, call us beer-crazed, call us Hoptimists, but we can’t seem to get enough of Half Full Brewery and all they are up to.  We told you a few days ago about them opening up for business on Saturday at the brewery, but we just found out about some more awesome things that we just had to share.  We promise no more posts about Half Full for at least two days. :P  All the fun goes down from 12 noon until 2 pm:

1)  You’ll be able to sample their famous, flag-ship Bright Ale AND the first batch of their Inaugural Ale!

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Brews, Bites, Music, + Tunes @ New Canaan Nature Center Harvest Festival, Nature on Tap

4 Sep

Harvest festivals are a rite of passage for people, especially if you’re growing up in the Northeast.  Usually, you imagine corn, pumpkins, and anything you could find on your Thanksgiving dinner table.  Well, The New Canaan Nature Center has a different kind of harvest festival on tap.  Actually, they are calling their First Annual Harvest Festival “Nature on Tap.”   The festivities are happening on a Saturday (thank you!), 9/29 at two different times:  3-6 pm or 7-10 pm.  So, if you feel like just chilling and enjoying the beautiful day, check out their earlier time.  Or, if you feel like staying out late and drinking the night away, swing by later.

Tickets are for people 21 years or older, $50 in advance or $65 at the door.  Hint, pay for the ticket in advance and save $15.  Yeah, we’re good at math and stuff. :)   Just bring your ID with the name that you paid for tickets with and you’ll get a wristband.  So what will the 50 bucks getcha?

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Look Forward to More @ Half Full Brewery – Stamford, CT

26 Jun

A while ago we told you about Half Full Brewery opening up in Stamford and the reaction was overwhelming! People just can’t seem to wait for them to open their doors.  Well, guess what?  Your wait is about to end in mid-July when they expect to be open for tours and tastings.

Us, being the lucky beer lovers we are, were given the chance to get a sneak peek from Half Full Brewery owner, Conor Horrigan.  And you, the lucky OmNomivores you are, get a front row seat.

So let’s start with the brewery’s inconspicuous location. It’s on 43 Homestead Ave, which is near Crab Shell and the future Dolce Cubano. As you turn down Southfield Ave and then Homestead Ave, you think you’re going to some dude’s house, not a brewery, but don’t worry, you’re on the right path. At the very end of the street are some warehouse type places and Half Full Brewery is hiding behind those buildings in all its glory!

As you enter, you walk down the stairs to a massive tasting/tap room that will have a bar area, some tables and a spot to fill up some growlers.  You may even be greeted by the friendly and adorable brewery dog, Pounce. If you look up you’ll notice wicked high ceilings because the building used to have two floors, but to get things to code they tore down the second floor and made it one, huge, epic room! So epic, it’d even be the perfect spot for live music and entertainment some day in the future.

Leaving the tasting/tap room, you enter another huge room…the room where all the magic happens. Conor started off this portion of the tour by telling us about the driving force behind his venture: an all too familiar story of a guy who was fed up with his stressful 9-5 job and thought there had to be a better way to make a living, a way to do something he could be passionate about. Brainstorming with some friends in similar situations, they thought about starting a brewery and tossed around names reflective of their fed up state of mind. After thinking about it and building on it for a long time, Conor decided to make the dream a reality, but instead the name would be reflective of new beginnings, something full of hope, something positive…and hence Half Full was born.

Conor then took us through their entire brewing process start to finish. Staying true to their positive perspective, they make every effort to be pristine and sustainable throughout the entire process. The end result is unfiltered beer, pure and unmessed-around-with.

So, let’s talk about those hoppy details of the beer and what to expect.  Half Full will be starting with their flagship beer for a few months:  Half Full Bright Ale.  Folks, we tasted a sample batch from their microbrew equipment and it was a great.  It was the perfect beer to drink hangin’ with friends, nice and wheaty, soft and slightly citrusy.  The Bright Ale will be sold to local restaurants, so check out some of the best spots around for Half Full or you can always visit the brewery for a tasting or to fill up a growler.

More beers will become available at local bars and restaurants as well as the brewery as they get things going. Some of their other brews in the making are the Half Full Pale Ale, Half Full Stout, and the Half Full Amber. So, as you can see, there are lots of great things to look forward to at HalfFull Brewery!


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