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Sierra Nevada Pint Night + Giveaways ft. a Revolutionary Beer @ Fairfield Local

12 Feb

Sierra Nevada Pint Night Local Fairfield

We had been trying to get out and try Fairfield Local (an offshoot of SBC) for a while, but the stars just never seemed to align. But, we had our first shot a few weeks back after a dinner at nearby Hana Tokyo. We stopped by to check out one of their legendary staggered beer release parties. It was an amazing night of beer that featured Founders Backwoods Bastard at 9, NEBCo Fuzzy Baby Ducks at 9:30, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout at 10, NEBCo Supernaut at 10:30, and NEBCo Stout Trooper at 11. And, while we were late in getting there for the Founders brew, we still had full pours of that and EVERY OTHER BEER. Yeah, we were nice and toasty by the end of that night. What a great, expansive spot for grabbing a beer, or two, or five.

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ChowdaQuest 2014: Tons of Restaurants Compete for Coveted Spots at ChowdaFest

18 Oct


We’ve covered ChowdaFest for the past few years and we’ve been happy to see it grow into one of the most popular events in Connecticut.  Really, what’s better?  You pay just a small amount of money to go around and taste chowder after chowder, soup after soup, then vote on your favorites.  And, at the end of the day, you feel good knowing that you’ve helped Connecticut Food Bank.  Now, the next ChowdaFest isn’t until February 2, 2014, but there’s lots going on before then…namely the brand new experience called ChowdaQuest.  

Which of these soups from Ginger Man will you like the most?

Which of these soups from Ginger Man will you like the most?

ChowdaQuest is “The Quest for the Fest” and will put even more power in the hands of hungry chowda-sippers.  This all new experience came about due to so many restaurants wanting to be involved, but only having a limited amount of spots in the competition.  All you need to do is check out any of the restaurants that we’ve listed below, ask for their soup sampler, then vote for your favorite soup by heading to ChowdaQuest.com.  You get one vote per restaurant per valid e-mail address, so make sure you’re voting for your absolute favorite soup from each restaurant.  The restaurants with the most votes by Thanksgiving will get spots in ChowdaFest 2014, so make sure that you support your favorite restaurants by voting!  While you’re on the voting page, make sure to enter the Sierra Nevada contest.  Just explain where your favorite place to drink Sierra Nevada is and you just might win dinner for two at any of the restaurants that are participating in ChowdaQuest 2014.  

Here is the massive list of restaurants that are participating in ChowdaQuest 2014.  Some of the restaurants are still waiting to confirm with Jim (nothing next to their name), but will be ready to go shortly:

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Block Party tonight in Old Greenwich ft. food, BBQ, music, and beer truck to benefit volunteer fire dept.

29 Jun

The Old Greenwich Merchants are coming together and throwing their annual big bash tonight (6/29), starting at 6 and probably going to around 9 (or maybe later, who knows?).  This block party, as you can tell by the graphic up top, is taking place on OG’s main drag:  Sound Beach Avenue.  Starting at 4 the police will block off Sound Beach Ave. by the Mobil Gas Station, but fear not…there are plenty of places to park nearby.  Once you’ve parked get ready for:

  • Chris Ramirez for Garden Catering Norwalk CTFamily fun like a face painter or bouncy castle (do you think they’d let us on the bouncy castle?)
  • Conquering the mechanical bull!
  • Listening to three live bands.
  • Smoked wings from Bobby Q's Pit Stop

    Smoked wings from Bobby Q’s Pit Stop

    Drinking some good sudsy brews from the Sierra Nevada Beer Truck (oh hell yes).

  • Noming away on some BBQ from Bobby Q’s Pit Stop, some seafood inspired dishes from Beach House Cafe, and the awesomeness of Garden Catering.
  • Playing some games!  Who doesn’t love games?  Answer:  no one who we’d want to see at a block party.  W00t w00t!

If all of that isn’t enough to drag you down, then realize that your drinking and eating will do good.  That’s because a portion of the proceeds will be given to the Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department.

Party on!

Home Brew Contest @ Ginger Man SoNo with Prizes, BBQ, Tap Takeovers + Special Guest Judges

6 Jun

Home Brew Competition at Ginger Man Norwalk

Here’s something new at The Ginger Man in Norwalk:  a home brew competition!  They are accepting all types of brewing styles for their first contest ever.  Here’s how it works:

1) Call up (203) 354-0163 and register for the competition.  Entrants are limited to just 40 total, so make sure you sign up quickly.

2) Brew up a storm!

3) Label two bottles for each type of brew (you can give in two styles per entrant) with name, ABV, IBU, and what style.  You can ask The Ginger Man for labels, too.

4) Drop off your bottles by July 4 at The Ginger Man in Norwalk.

5) Head out to The Ginger Man on July 10 from 5-9 to see the winners!

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Offshore Pour: Craft Beer and BBQ Cruise Around Long Island Sound – Norwalk, CT

5 Jun

Yup yup, you read that right.  Offshore Pour, a craft beer boat cruise.  Suds have been rounded up by Harry’s Wine & Liquor Market in Fairfield and grub’s being provided by Bobby Q’s Bodacious BBQ.  Brews ahoy from 1-4:30 pm at Veteran’s Park, but doors open at 12 pm on June 16.

Once you’re on the Island Bell, you’ll be able to eat BBQ to your heart’s content, drink down some of the best craft brews, listen to some badass live tunes, take a cruise around the Long Island Sound, and you’ll even get to take home your own souvenir tasting glass.  Here are the beers that will be available:

New England Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, Sierra Nevada, Merchant du Vin, Stone Brewing Company, Dogfish Head, Harpoon Brewery, Samuel Adams, Sebago Brewing Company, Kona Brewing Co., Blue Point Brewing Company, Olde Burnside, Latis Imports, Unibroue, B. United International Inc., and Lagunitas Brewing Company.

Tickets are $59 or $75 if you buy the day of the event, June 16.  Proceeds will benefit Fairfield Theater Co. so make sure to get your tickets and get your friends to go, too.

 You need to be 21 or older to go and come with a valid ID.  Don’t bring your pets, don’t bring your children, and don’t bring your boo hoo grumpiness.  Bring an empty stomach and an unquenchable thirst!

Come for the pizza, stay for the beer. Coalhouse Pizza–Stamford, CT

17 Mar

Unforgettable Pizza

You know, back in the day we never got the whole beer thing: the kickin’ back on the couch, watchin’ some football, sippin’ some cold brewskis like Bud, Coors Light, or PBR.  But then, then when we tried real beer, we were enlightened. And thanks to our own red-haired beer Buddha, Gerard, we’ve reached an even higher state of enlightenment! Gerard is one of the owners at Coalhouse Pizza,  and he has opened up a whole new world of beer and possibilities to us.

Looky Look! Those Look SOOOO Good!

If you’re a beer and pizza lover, Coalhouse Pizza is a go-to for you. First of all, there’s a beer club to join for $20 that gets you a heap of really cool discounts, specials, and a nice Coalhouse Pizza mug. Secondly, the beer selection here is killer. There are tons of choices, but also a really fun selection of beers that are rotating in and out of tap. Last of all, Gerard loves to float around from table to table and dispense his advice. He’s really great with food and beer pairings and he can really help you to discover new beers as long as you’re open to change. I was, so I went with a thick, heavy, Jack & Kens from Sierra Nevada that was on tap.

The Love Supreme

We started with some wings, half in Mojo Hot Sauce, the other in Chipotle BBQ . The wings here are pretty good, but different than any other wings you’ve probably ever had. They bread them with panko so they end up being really crispy and crunchy on the outside, but nice and juicy on the inside. The Chipotle wings had a sweet, smoky taste, cut with a very slight spiciness. The other wings, in Mojo, were still smoky tasting, but were much sweeter, and also spicier. We liked the Chipotle more, though we’d love it to be spicier because we LOVE heat. The Jack & Kens paired very well with the wings, making a great combo.

Before we could finish our wings, the Love Supreme salad came out. This was a good contrast to the heaviness of the wings. With spinach, almonds, golden raisins, onions, cilantro, and marinated artichoke hearts, a really light and tasty tomato dressing was served on top. This was a really nice salad and would be wonderful in the summer in their outside seating.

Behold the Cheesy Goodness

Then came the big boy: our Unforgettable pizza. Kristien and I were split on our opinions of this one. Start with a layer of Coalhouse-made vodka sauce, then throw in chunks of nitrate-free bacon, heaping amounts of pecorino romano, some fresh basil, then crank on some fresh black pepper. I loved the contrast in savory from the smoky chunks of bacon with the bite of the cheese, along with the thin crust. Kristien wanted more sauce and I could see what she was saying, but I still think it was a solid pizza. When we go here, I usually get the Crossroads and Kristien usually gets Kind of Blue, which is her own Kind of Heaven.

Really Not Ugly, Just Beautiful Handicapped

To end, Kristien went with her absolute favorite here and what she has claimed as the best cheesecake ever: Ricotta Cheesecake. This recipe is actually from the chef’s family, a Sicilian gem. It’s very different from any other cheesecake you’ve ever had, more authentically Italian. I had the Brutti Ma Buoni, “Ugly But Good.” Well, it wasn’t really ugly, but it was good. :) I had two nice scoops of Buck’s Strawberry ice cream, set between the ugly cookie. It’s a meringue, toasted almond cookie that was crispy, yet chewy at the same time. If you love strong almond flavors in your dessert, this is a good one to go with.

Coalhouse Pizza is the kind of place you could just keep coming back to on any ‘ole day to relax.  With the quality ingredients, often times locally sourced, and the variety of salads, pizzas, and beer you can come back often and try new things over and over. Always keep an eye out for paired beer dinners such as Sierra Nevada, Best of the Belgians, or the upcoming Oskar Blues dinner on March 21 for $60 pp. They’re ending with the TenFidy Stout–served up in a glass and also worked into some ice cream!  :)  Yum.  See you there.

Update, 4/3/11:  Coalhouse Pizza and Gerard featured on “Toni on New York.” Check end of video, but also shows Hope Pizza and Colony Grill before. We’ve also updated the nom rating to 3.5 because the food has definitely gotten better!

Noms: 3.5
Cost: $$$
Coalhouse Pizza
Address:  85 High Ridge Road
Stamford, CT 06905
Phone:  (203) 977-7700
Site:  www.coalhousepizza.com
$25 or more required for delivery within Stamford
$50 min for delivery for Greenwich, Cos Cob, Darien, New Canaan, Pound Ridge

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Can’t Bear (Beer?) the Winter Blues? Sierra Nevada 6 Course Pairing – Coalhouse Pizza, Stamford CT

1 Dec

I feel like a seasoned veteran in terms of understanding the extreme awesomeness of Coalhouse Pizza.  Kristien and I have been there so many times and have tried so many great dishes and pizzas.  We’ve sat outside and enjoyed jazz and the blues while sipping on wine and beer.  But, something that you must do is get tickets to one of their coursed meals with beer pairings.  We’ve attended two so far and we’re going to be attending our third:  Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner on December 13.  At the last Lobster Clambake of Peak Organic, two of the most memorable dishes were the most delicate and moist crab cake that I’ve ever tasted–don’t usually like them at all–and a wonderfully tart but fruity key lime pie. Getting tickets to this event will prove Wonka-like, with people praying for a golden ticket.  Seating is smaller than usual because the owners can’t take advantage of the outdoor dining in the cold cold Connecticut winter, so call them up (# below) and reserve your seat!  :)

So, what’s so exciting about these particular courses?  Well, you get to really branch out and try different dishes from the Coalhouse menu.  My fave pizzas there are The Kicker and Sidewinder, so it’ll be nice to try a new one.  Of great interest to are the chicken wings and meatballs, soaked in Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale and Bigfoot Barleywine, accordingly.  I know that Kristien’s already salivating because dessert is the Ricotta Cheesecake, her favorite slice that she’s ever had.  She refuses to get any other dessert here just so she can have another taste of her own white heaven.  I’m sorry if this happens, but we might end up writing a 12 page essay about the meal when it’s through…I mean, we have to evaluate the beer and food.  That’s quite a task, but we’re willing to sacrifice in the name of food bloggery and culinary nirvana.

Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner
December 13, 2010
$55 per person

Coalhouse Pizza
Address:  85 High Ridge Road
Stamford, CT 06905
Phone:  (203) 977-7700
Site:  www.coalhousepizza.com
$25 or more required for delivery within Stamford

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