Thursday, January 26, 2017

Connecticut Real Ale Festival

Sunday, January 29, 2017 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm The 16th Annual Connecticut Real Ale Festival is Sunday January 29th. This year the event will be held at the all new “Brewport” in Bridgeport CT.

This is an annual tradition you won’t want to miss! The Connecticut Real Ale Festival is Connecticut’s premier cask ale event. Attendees can expect great, one of a kind ales from Connecticut and beyond, plus great live music. All casks are prepared expressly for the Connecticut Real Ale Fest.

Tickets are $45 and include entry, collector’s glass and two 5 oz. samples and two slices of Brewport’s famous pizza. Additional samples are $1 each. ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT LOCAL CHILDRENS CHARITY.

Coming soon: Bad Sons Beer Co.,Derby; Nod Hill Brewery, Ridgefield

...This summer, Bill and Mark DaSilva, founders of the former Southport Brewing Co., are hoping to open a new brewery in a former factory building on Roosevelt Drive in Derby.

“We’ve been in the business for 20 years,” said Bill DaSilva. “This is just a natural progression for us. We’re going from a brew pub to a manufacturing facility. We’ve been looking for years for the right space and the right location.”

DaSilva said the brothers, who also founded the SBC Restaurant & Brewery in Milford, found the right location in the former Manger Die Casting Co. building because it’s in the middle of a busy beer trail that includes several Oxford breweries and Two Roads Brewing Co. in Stratford.

“We feel that a lot of people drive to the breweries for an experience,” DaSilva said. “And they’ll drive to a couple. A lot of these people make a day of it.”

The Derby brewery will be named Bad Sons Beer Co., with the words Bad Sons an acronym referring to the Naugatuck Valley towns of Beacon Falls, Ansonia, Derby, Shelton, Oxford, Naugatuck and Seymour. DaSilva, who grew up in Shelton, said the name also refers to the way his dad used to jokingly refer to him and Mark DaSilva after their older brother became a pastor.

Bad Sons is hardly alone. In addition to an expansion at Two Roads, Nod Hill Brewery in Ridgefield recently moved forward with plans to open a facility at 137 Ethan Allen Highway....

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Alvarium Beer Company eyes March opening

...The owners of Alvarium Beer will open a brewery in the industrial-heavy neighborhood in early March, 2017. They say they have discovered a truism through market research: while the overall age of beer drinkers has dropped, a new, younger crowd not only embraces what’s fresh in craft brews, but also wants to try older styles of beer.

This is music to the ears of Alvarium’s owners, Michael Larson, 32, general operations manager, Brian Bugnacki, 34, sales and marketing manager, and Chris DeGasero, 33, head brewer. The three have signed a lease to transform a 5,000-square-foot former printing firm into a brewery with a taproom serving area that will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Alvarium will offer seven products beginning next year, including Polish and German beers, and a nostalgic version of Cremo Lager and Cremo Ale. Longtime New Britain residents may recall that Cremo was once the toast of New Britain.

“We wanted a unique name for our brewery, one that was tied to the city,” Larson said. “The city baseball team is the New Britain Bees, and the Latin word for beehive is ‘alvarium.’ New Britain’s motto is ‘Industry fills the hive that enjoys the honey.’”

The brewery logo depicts bees leaving and returning to the hive.

“We want New Britain to be a beacon for craft beer,” Larson added, mixing the metaphor. “First New Britain, then Hartford, Newington and beyond in bars and restaurants.”

The three owners and friends had been home brewing when two years ago DeGasero suggested they open their own brewery. They view their investment of a quarter to half a million dollars as a step up. To them, New Britain was the prime location with industry in the city on the rebound. Then, too, Mayor Erin Stewart was a huge supporting factor...

DeGasero, who will be responsible for brewery production and recipe formulation, said, “We don’t have any brew we’re dead set on; we’d rather adapt to the taste of people who come to our taproom.”
Alvarium will brew 220 gallons a batch. With its oversized fermenters the brewery can quickly adapt to styles that are selling and can double-batch, making twice as much product. The owners have also installed a water tank that uses less water than other breweries.

DeGasero has been a brewmaster and assistant brewer at Cambridge House Brewpub in Granby and City Steam in Hartford. He also apprenticed at 508 Gastropub and Brewery and Chelsea Brewing in New York City....

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Fairfield Craft Ales opens in Stratford

The only thing better than a brewery in Stratford is two breweries in Stratford. Or at least that’s what two Fairfield couples, Joseph and Marcie Bow and Mike and Amy Borruso, are banking on.

With the help of a Kickstarter campaign, the couples have opened Fairfield Craft Ales on Honeyspot Road just a beer glass throw from Two Roads brewery. But with some break-out fresh brews, they hope they won’t be in the shadow of the other beer behemoth for long. And in fact, Two Roads has been very helpful to the little upstart.

“Before we opened we talked to the owners of Two Roads because we didn’t want to cause any issues,” said Joseph Bow. “They couldn’t be nicer, offering us advice and help.”

Both Joseph Bow and Mike Borruso have day jobs in Manhattan, but each had been brewing beer at home for more than 20 years...Neither knew each other until Bow began coaching Borruso’s son in Little League.“We started talking and it turned out it was Mike’s dream, too, to open a small brewery,” Bow continued.

So in August 2014 they began exploring possibilities, checking out sites from Norwalk to Milford and going around talking to the owners of other breweries.

“The best advice we got was to go to a town that already had one brewery because that town would be more receptive because they already had a process for approving the permits for setting one up,” Bow said. “The town of Stratford was very welcoming to us and we ended up signing a lease that October.”

It took nearly two more years for the operation to get up and running. Although they hired a carpenter and a plumber to put in the bar and the taps and hook up the brewing system, the couples did much of the work themselves...
There’s Whiter Shade of Pale Ale, Live & Let Rye IPA, Turn! Turn! Turn! Saison, Quadrophenia Belgian and Revolution IPA. They’re brewed to satisfy both the casual beer drinker and the aficionado.

“Right now we are making some easy-drinking beers for the summer, but as the seasons change we will be changing up our lineup,” Bow said. So in the future patrons can expect to find some porters and the inevitable “Twist and Stout...”

Fairfield Craft Ales, at 724 Honeyspot Road in Stratford, is open Thursdays 4 to 9 p.m., Friday 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday noon to 9 p.m.

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The Two Roads Brewing Company expansion of its brewing campus in Stratford

“We here at Two Roads Brewing are proud to announce the expansion of our brewing campus with the planned addition of a 25,000 square foot sour and barrel-aging brewery,” the company announced on its website. “Situated on 2.5 acres of newly acquired land adjoining the existing brewery, this $12 million facility will feature a 50 barrel ROLEC brewhouse, foudres, a coolship, and storage for 2000 wood barrels. It will also have a tasting room that can accommodate 120 visitors overlooking a wetlands preserve.

“We plan to expand production of our award-winning line-up including our Tropical Lambic called Hexotic, Framboise Noir Black Raspberry Lambic, Urban Funk Wild Ale (made with yeast from Superstorm Sandy), Worker’s Stomp White Wine Barrel-Aged Saison, all while launching many new styles over the coming years.”

BEER CONN Webster Bank Arena - December 10th, 2016

Sample Over 100 Beers

12:30-4:00 or 5:30-9:00

The biggest names in brewing will gather once again at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT on Saturday, December 10, 2016 for the 3rd annual BEER CONN festival. BEER CONN, a beer tasting extravaganza, will showcase more than 50 local, national, and international breweries. The event is hosted by Starfish Junction Productions, an award-winning event production company which has received critical acclaim for events produced in the specialty beverage industry.

Connecticut residents aren’t shy about their love of beer…They come out in record numbers to support all the local guys and are excited when they discover a new beer from a national brewery! BEER CONN, a thirst-quenching pay-one-price beer tasting event, is held indoors at the Webster Bank Arena (Harbor Yard Sports and Entertainment Complex) and offers beer aficionados, beer lovers and the casual beer drinker the opportunity to speak to company representatives and the brewers responsible for creating some of the world’s most popular and award-winning brews.

“Done very well, not overcrowded did a great job controlling the crowd, no long wait in line for the tasting, cost effective the price was right.“—2014 Attendee

“Great event, not overcrowded, short wait at beer lines, overall excellent.” – Thadeous 2014

“My favorite part about this beer fest was that it was not oversold, and was not super crowded, as many past beer events have been. There were barely any lines, it wasn't crazy and hectic, and you were actually able to speak with the reps from the breweries for a bit. I liked how it was a bit longer than most beer fests I have been to, so you don't feel as rushed. Very nice how they had water available at all stations to rinse/drink in between beers. Great event! Looking forward to next year!” – VolvoBug 2014

Come join us and enjoy a variety of beer from your local favorite breweries and try some new ones! Your pay-one-price ticket includes admission to the Expo, a 5 oz. souvenir tasting cup and the freedom to enjoy 2 oz. samples from any exhibiting brewer

Tickets are $40+ Ticketmaster fees when purchased online in advance of the event. If tickets still remain, they will be $50 on event day online and at the Webster Bank Arena box office. Everyone who purchases a ticket will get in. No tickets will be sold once the event sells out. There is a limited number of attendees to insure that everyone that purchases a ticket will be able to sample the beers they want and move around with ease. Food will be available for purchase via the arena concessions. This is a 21+ event, every attendee must present valid photo for admission.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Connecticut brewers at the third annual Connecticut Brewers Fest at Two Roads

//Thirty-four breweries were in attendance to show off some experimental beers and favorites to attendees and fellow brewers...

Jeff Browning, brewmaster and partner at Brewport in Bridgeport, said the event is a great opportunity to showcase as wide a variety as possible among local brewers...

Fairfield Craft Ales brewmaster and co-owner Joseph Bow said one of the best parts of the event is the opportunity to get professional opinions in addition to feedback from beer drinkers.

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Breweries Attending:

Cambridge House
Half Full
Back East
Charter Oak
Stony Creek
Thimble Island
Firefly Hollow
City Steam
Two Roads
Black Hog
New England Brewing
Broad Brook
Olde Burnside
GW Beer