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CT Microbrews, Wine, Local Food, Music, + Art @ Taste of Black Rock

23 Feb

Taste of Black Rock w/ wine, food, beer, music, art


Harry’s Wine & Liquor Market is helping sponsor the 2nd Annual Taste of Black Rock.  We’ve talked about this neighborhood before, how we lived there, and how the community is so amazing.  Well, you’ll definitely want to check out what Taste of Black Rock has to offer this year.

The event will be held at The Burroughs Community Center on March 2 from 7:30-10 pm with tickets costing just $25.  The proceeds from this event will help The Burroughs Community Center to keep being a community sanctuary and blessing.  If you haven’t heard of The Burroughs Community Center, it’s their mission to, “Provide the residents of Bridgeport with program opportunities and facility resources for the purpose of promoting individual growth and community cohesiveness.  We fulfill this through our direct services and by collaborating with community and facility partners. We also do this by connecting people requesting information, programs or forms of aid with agencies in the Greater Bridgeport  community.”

Your ticket will get you tastings of some great Connecticut microbrews that Renzo (beerologist extraordinaire) from Harry’s is super excited about:

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Drink Beer at SBC, Help Kids with Muscular Dystrophy. Win-Win!

3 May

We love charity events, but we especially love charity events that make it easy for people of all walks to show their support! Just like this super simple, super awesome event at Southport Brewing Company (SBC) that our Facebook friend, James Lacerenza, informed us of.  Yes, the same James who has an official day named after him in Stamford for the awesome work that he does.

What makes it so simple and so awesome? All you have to do is mosey on down to any of SBC’s 5 locations, ask Mr. or Ms. Bartender for a pint of “Sweet Emotion” from their “Help Line” tap (appropriately shaped like a phone) during the months of May, June and July and $0.50 will be donated to The Jett Foundation’s Camp Promise East in Hamden, Connecticut.

So what does that 50 cents get you? You get to help send kids with Muscular Dystrophy to summer camp and you get to enjoy a tasty Vienna lager. It’s a win-win, so get on it!  While you’re there, take advantage of their beer variety by asking for a flight of beer.

Insert beer advertising “please drink responsibly” message of choice here.

Half Full Brewery Tapping into Stamford, CT in August

25 Mar

Update:  Check out our talk with Conor and our tour of Half Full.  

If you’ve ever looked at a map of production breweries in the CT/NY area, you probably noticed there ain’t jack squat in Fairfield County. Well, beer lovers, raise your mugs… Half Full Brewery is in town. Poised to open around June/July, they’ve set up shop at 43 Homestead Avenue in the Harbor Point section of Stamford, CT.  Half Full is the hop-child of Conor Horrigan, who used to work at New England Brewing Company and who got his MBA at UConn to make sure Half Full would be a business success.  Right now they’ve got a nanobrewery set up and are in the process of getting a nice 20 barrel microbrewery system installed.  Around May, expect to hear some info about touring the brewery, doing some tastings, and other beer related awesomeness.  You can definitely “Look Forward to More…” as their slogan says. We look forward to more, also, and will keep you updated as June gets closer.

Now, what beer might you be sampling?  Here are the descriptions from Half Full Brewery site, though undoubtedly there are more planned:

Their fun logo!

Half Full Bright Ale
Quick Description: This American Bright Ale is modeled after an Australian Bright Ale, a filtered ale that is golden in color with floral, citrus, and apricot flavors and a crisp bitterness; it falls stylistically in between an American Blonde Ale and a Belgian white, the result of combining 3 different types of malted barley and 2 hop varietals. Since this is a lighter beer, both in taste and in alcohol, it appeals to a broad range of palates.
Style:  Australian Bright Ale
ABV:  4.8%
IBUs:  21
Suggested Pairings: 
Fish dishes, salads, and light sauces.
Inspiration: I found this style of beer while on a trip to Australia and it is a great thirst-quenching beer that is ideal for drinking year round whenever you feel like living in your moment and looking forward to more…

Half Full Pale Ale
Quick Description: Our second offering is a bolder, more challenging medium-bodied beer for those looking for a stronger, fuller taste. This beer is styled after an American Pale Ale and is citrusy, balanced, and smooth as a result of the use of 3 different types of malted barley, 4 different varietals of hops, and a special hopping technique. Moreover, this American Pale Ale has an ABV of 5.2% and lightly slaps you with 41 IBUs.
Style:  West Coast Pale Ale
ABV:  5.2%
IBUs: 41
Suggested Pairings:
 Pizzas, burgers and spicy dishes

Half Full Stout
Quick Description: This espresso chocolate stout is a roasty, chocolatey, full-bodied Russian Imperial Stout that is only for the bold. Our Stout is chock full of chocolate as a result of combining 4 different types of malted barley (including a chocolate malt) with cocoa powder. The sweet chocolate is offset by both the roastyness that is contributed by the espresso coffee we added as well as the two different hop varietals we used to give this bad boy 50 IBUs. Our Stout clocks in at an ABV of 8.8% and thus will clock you if you are not careful.
Style:  Russian Imperial Stout
ABV:  8.8%
IBUs:  just shy of 50
Suggested Pairing:
 Any chocolate desert that you can think of

Half Full Amber
Quick Description: Our spiced amber ale is the result of 6 different malts colliding with 3 different hop varietals and some subtle spices.  This amber ale has a medium body, 45 IBUs that get swallowed up by the malts and spices, and a cool 6% ABV.
Style: Amber
ABV: 6.0%
IBUs: 45
Suggested Pairing: Deserts and any roasted meat.
Inspiration: The perfect beer for the fall, we brewed this for our last Thanksgiving and it paired very well with both pumpkin pie and backyard football.

Half Full Brewery

43 Homestead Avenue, 

Stamford, CT

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