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Westport Brewer Wins Rookie of the Year and Is Looking for Bigger Digs + a Name for His Black IPA

25 Oct

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Jonathan Healey is a renaissance man.  He owns a video production company called A View of You, he markets Gathering of the Vibes Music and Arts Festival in Bridgeport and The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, and…oh yes…he’s now a multiple-award winning brewer.  More specifically, according to the Southern New England Homebrew Competition he’s Rookie of the Year.  Not to mention, he also won “The People’s Choice” award at Smoke in the Valley, held in Seymour.  Clearly Jonathan’s been doing something amazing, but local Westporters have known this for quite a while.

Jonathan brews his Compo Hill Brewing Co. beer out of the garage of his Compo Hill Avenue house.  In a garage that could make any brewlover drool, he’s set up an all-electric brewing system that can pump out 5-15 gallons of beer per batch.  Healey shared in a press release that he sent to us:

“I wanted to build a brewing system that would produce consistent results from batch to batch. Using direct flame in mixed weather on my driveway wasn’t cutting it.  Now that I have the system dialed in, I’m free to experiment. Right now, I enjoy developing beer/wine hybrids or vinous styles using grape flavors, oak, and wild yeast.”

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Clambake with Music and Drinks to Raise Money for Bridgeport Arts Fest, 6/15

10 Jun

On July 7, 2012 at McLevy Green in Bridgeport will be the Bridgeport Arts Fest.  This event is so massive that we aren’t even sure how to describe what will happen there.  We’ll try, though:  live music, art, performers, activities like a homebrewing demo and seaside bike tour…and tons more.  Check out more at the end of this post and more on their site.

With hundreds of reasons to go, it’s gonna take some dinero to sponsor this awesomeness.  Well, that’s where the Bridgeport Arts Fest Clambake comes along.  Check it out Friday, 6/15, from 7-10 pm at Gallery 305K on 305 Knowlton Street in Bridgeport.  When you buy a ticket, you get dinner, a drink, get to listen to live entertainment, and you get a chance to win 1 of 5 pieces of art that have been donated by Bridgeport Arts Fest artists.  But wait, there’s more…there will be door prizes, too!  Food is sponsored by Bridgeport Shellfish and Seafood, Barnum Publick House, One of a Kind Catering, Sweet Magnolia Catering, and a homegrown green salad by Cook and Grow.  Wine will be provided by Barefoot.  You must be 21 or older, there’s no smoking, and it’s dog-friendly.

Here are the costs:

Online:  $26.87 for one, $42.39 for two

At the door:  $30 for one, $50 for two

Here’s a breakdown, from the Bridgeport Arts Fest site about what to expect on July 7:

+ Over 100 Artists, Artisans, Crafters and Community Groups
+ 8 Day Stage performances
+ After-Party Concert
+ Screening of the Home Sweet Bridgeport film competition winners
+ 7 live-action studio and interactive educational events
+ 20 local food and drink vendors
+ Bridgeport Community Land Trust “Beer Garden”
+ Over 30 Urban Beautification mural installations
+ Westport Arts Center’s Heroes Project
+ Gold & Main Block Party
+ Downtown Tour of Living
+ Seaside Bike Ride
+ LuzJonz Summer Fashion Show
+ Poetry Slam
+ Freeform creativity wall
+ Sweet Spot! area design competition
+ Special After-Party illuminations
+ MANY other displays of creativity in action!

Drink good beer, eat good food, rescue good doggies at Bull N’ Brew on May 19 in Wilton, CT!

15 Apr

Presenting the 2nd Annual Bull N’ Brew, poster by Eric Fritch

If you’re a doggie lover like us, the stories of Karuna Bully Rescue will have you all teary eyed. But, the good news is, you can do something to help by getting tickets to the awesome Bull N’ Brew event on May 19 in Wilton, CT.

Bugsy Malone, up for adoption. Click through to find out about him and to see more pics.

Why it’s important to help out: 

Annie spent most of her life in a family’s backyard, heavy chain around her neck, weighing her down.  Through rain, through snow, through sleet she stayed there.  Even through Hurricane Irene, she stayed there, chained up with no hope of ever seeing anything except the tiny backyard.  She was left there, to die, when the family moved…well, until Karuna Bully Rescue of New Haven, CT stepped in.  They took her in, got her all fixed up, and was able to adopt cute Annie out to a loving family.  See her rescue story here and check out her growth as a free loving doggy. Stories like these come to Karuna Bully Rescue  every day, and as you can see, being able to take in, foster, care for, and support rescues is no easy feat.

Jake, the Pit-uation, is up for adoption too! Click through to find out about him.

How you can help out:

Lucky for you, helping out is much easier than the job these wonderful people do every day. It’s as simple as stopping by on Saturday, May 19th at 6 pm at Ambler Farm in Wilton.  Tickets are $50 via PayPal to fosterfund@karunabully.org or $60 at the door.  And, all proceeds go towards Karuna Bully Rescue, too, so there’s no middle-man.  Just needy doggies getting what they need to be healthy, happy and 100% adoptable.And, it’s a win-win situation! You can look forward to live music from Tim Palmieri & Friends and Like Violet, wine, food from SUPER DUPER WEENIE, a silent auction, and a raffle.  And, beer.  What kind of event would Bull N’ Brew be without beer?  They will have local craft beer from Thomas Hooker (CT) and Blue Point Brewery (Long Island), as well as a keg of home brewed goodness.  They’ll be tapping “Pit Bull Slobber,” so you best be there to help empty that keg.

Please direct questions to info@karunabully.org and help these wonderful people and doggies out!

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