Yes, we know it’s American Craft Beer Week. Everybody’s been advertising it, everybody’s been talking about it, everybody’s been hyping it up, but how about we show some local love, too? Share the fact that it’s CT Beer Week (5/12-5/18), share your favorite Nutmeg brews, drink some, support local business, local crafters, local brewers. Do it right, son! ;)
Bringing the Brew-haha this May @ Coalhouse Pizza: CT Pour Tour, Utopia Raffle, Flight + Beer Nights, and More29 Apr
American Craft Beer Week goes from 5/12 to 5/18 this year and it coincides exactly, as we previously shared, with the first of two CT Beer Weeks. So, it’s no surprise that Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford is up to some hoppy goodness for this time…and, well, the entire month, and well…every single day of the year. Truly, Gerard is devoted to tapping the best craft and CT brews. Here are some of the great things planned for this May at Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford…
Todd Ruggere of the CT Pour Tour Visits and Rare Beer Raffle
Ignite Stamford is back with 8 great speakers for their May 14th event at the Stamford Innovation Center! We’ve written about Ignite before (and were even speakers), but if you don’t remember how it works, here’s a recap: each speaker creates 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds. That gives each speaker a mere five minutes to talk about their ideas, passions, and to inspire. It’s always a great time because you leave feeling happy, inspired, and you can’t help but walk away without making some new friends. Oh, and did we mention there are snacks and drinks, too?
Now, let’s look into three particular speakers:
A few months ago we shared the story of Todd Ruggere and his mission: to drink a beer in all 169 Connecticut towns in 2014. Talk about a New Year’s resolution, geesh. But, he’s not doing it just because beer is awesome. He’s got real heart in his CT Pour Tour. He’s raising money to help fund pediatric cancer research in order to wipe it off the planet. Along the way he’ll stop at breweries, drink brews at bars and restaurants, meet new friends and drink in their homes, drink an amazing amount of Connecticut beer, and undoubtedly will partake in some craziness. What kind of craziness do you ask? Well, one of his stops for his tour of all 351 MA towns was a nudist colony. While we’re not sure if there’s a nudist colony here, he does face unique challenges such as some towns that don’t have a bar or even Bridgewater which is a dry town.
Some people sell chocolates, some people grow mustaches, some people run marathons, and there are even some people who go from door to door to raise money for their favorite charities. Well, “some people” have never met Todd Ruggere of Grafton, MA. Last year he traveled to every single town in Massachusetts (351 of them) and had a beer there. His hope was to meet some great people, have some great beer, but most importantly raise some money for children’s cancer research.
But, how could he expect the amazing reaction that he would receive from people who were following his journey? They’d give him suggestions of where to have a drink, would invite him over for a beer, and they’d set up amazing events upon his arrival that would help him to raise about $40,000 by the end of his trip. But, he’s not stopping there.