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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