...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.”
“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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