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Homebrew contest beer release: Monkey Wrench

Come to Fairfield Craft Ales on Saturday, November 3, as we release the beer we brewed with our June home brew contest winners. The taps at 724 Honeyspot Road in Stratford start flowing at 1 pm. And all are welcome to the home brew team’s launch party from 6-9 pm.

Monkey Wrench, a chocolaty imperial stout concocted by Matt Laudicina, Chris Aiuto, and Jason Rancourt, weighs in at 7.5 percent abv. Big bars of dark chocolate went into the boil, and quite a few bunches of bananas were added during secondary fermentation. Both flavors come through in a balanced—and not overpowering—way.

These guys were a ton of fun to brew with, and they participated actively along the way—from the actual brew to adding bananas a week later to kegging and canning.

Even a former homebrew contest winner got into the act. Jim Cenatiempo, who with Chris Moise won our first contest with Paint It Black porter, happened to stop by and pitched in with our super-manual labeling process.

By the way, that cute little boy you see in the canning video is Chris Aiuto’s son, Christopher (Kip). Kip was very recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, and is just beginning his lifelong journey with this condition.  We will have a jar out all day on Saturday for voluntary donations to the JDRF (f/k/a the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). In addition, we will sell tickets during the evening release party for a 50/50 raffle. The winner will get half the pot plus a Fairfield Craft Ales hoodie, and the other half will go to the JDRF.

If you can’t make it to the brewery that day, we encourage you to donate through the Facebook page Chris set up, “Walking for a World Without T1D.”

Costume party double beer release

Celebrate Halloween a little early this year at 724 Honeyspot Road in Stratford, CT! Come to Fairfield Craft Ales in costume on Saturday, October 27, for $1 off your first pint anytime from opening at 1 pm to close at 9 pm.

Two new beers are being released this weekend:

  • Don’t Fear the Reaper, an IPA flavored with Carolina Reaper It’s the hottest beer we’ve made so far, but don’t be scared. We’ve tried it and lived to tell about it. A great beer to put a little kick in your Halloween festivities.
  • What I Got, a hazy IPA loaded with Citra and Cascade hops.

Plus, there are 10 other spooktacular beers on tap.

Starting at 6 pm, there will be live music from SuperNeutral. During their set, we’ll be giving prizes for best costume, so come dressed to kill. Bring or order in dinner, or enjoy some treats at the bar.

Introducing Boom Boom barleywine

Boom Boom is our new barleywine that’s sure to please. Dark, sweet, and sitting nicely in the lower, not-overly-boozy part of the style’s alcohol range at 9.2%.

There’s a little bit of a dispute in the brewery over which song it’s named after. Joe says Pat Travers:

Mike says John Lee Hooker:

You can pick your favorite, but seriously, does it matter? Both songs are great, and so is the beer. Try some!

We’re releasing it Thursday, September 27, starting at 5 pm. Mug club members get $1 off their first pour.

Trivia Thursdays at Fairfield Craft Ales

Hey smartypantses! (We think that’s how that’s spelled.) Come down to Fairfield Craft Ales at 724 Honeyspot Road in Stratford, Connecticut, every Thursday night for trivia and beer. The winning team gets $20 off its tab for the night. Plus bragging rights, of course.

We have everything you need—answer sheets, writing implements, beer, wine, hard cider, snacks, music between rounds, and an overall good time. Just bring yourself and your smartest friends.

The fun starts at 7:30 pm. We start handing out picture round sheets a little earlier, so get here early to get a head start and a good seat.

Vinyl share Fridays at Fairfield Craft Ales

Like to listen to vinyl records? Yes? You must be super cool. We have a pretty good collection that includes some of the best classic rock ever recorded, a little bit of jazz, and some of the most quotable comedy albums of the 80s.

What do you have? We want to hear it. Some of our favorites that customers have brought in for our Friday night vinyl shares have been live albums. But we’ll put on anything, so bring ’em in.

Every Friday night (except the occasional Fridays when we have live music), from 5-9 pm, we’ll play whatever you want. Come join us at 724 Honeyspot Road in Stratford, Connecticut!

June homebrew contest winners

Thanks to everyone who entered Fairfield Craft Ales’s June 2018 homebrew competition. We got to taste some very good beers, and had a great time doing it!

Without further ado, here are the top 3 beers and brewers:

1st place: Banana stout (we know what you’re thinking, but this is legit; it surprised us) by Matt Laudicina, Chris Aiuto, and Jason Rancourt (pictured)

2nd place: Imperial stout by Bradford Heines

3rd place: Berliner weisse with ginger and goji berry by Kyle Bonura

Congratulations to all our winners!

FCA celebrates 2nd anniversary July 7

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

STRATFORD, Conn., June 30, 2018—Fairfield Craft Ales (FCA), the music-inspired small-batch brewery on Honeyspot Road in Stratford is celebrating its second anniversary on Saturday, July 7.

From 1-6 pm, there will be $4 pours of all 12 beers on tap, food available for purchase from The Meat Truck, complimentary munchies in the tap room, and raffles of FCA merchandise and gift certificates, as well as gift certificates from several nearby restaurants such as Local Kitchen & Beer Bar in Fairfield and TruNorth in Bridgeport. FCA will also release its new doppelbock, Baby Got Bock, a delicious dark lager that weighs in at 7.5% alcohol by volume. There will be cask of the brewery’s Belgian-style tripel, Divine Thing, infused with blood orange, hazelnut, and cappuccino tiramisu flavors.

From 6-9 pm, there will be a private catered party with the owners that is already sold out, featuring a pig roast prepared by The Meat Truck, more raffles, and live music from local musicians Fred & Ethel.

Fairfield Craft Ales was opened at 724 Honeyspot Road in Stratford on July 8, 2016, by Mike Borruso and Joe Bow of Fairfield. The tap room always has 12 beers on tap across a range of styles, all named after songs. In addition to the ever-popular pale ales and IPAs, there’s always at least one dark beer (a stout or porter), the staple brown ale called Brown-Eyed Girl, some Belgian and/or German styles, and—of course—the burning-hot habanero IPA, Fire. The brewery’s regular hours are 5-9 pm Thursdays and Fridays, 1-9 pm Saturdays, and 1-6 pm Sundays. There’s trivia every Thursday night, vinyl record shares most Friday nights, and live music most weekends.

Find out more at www.fairfieldcraftales.com or on the brewery’s Facebook page.

CONTACT:

Mike Borruso

President

Fairfield Craft Ales, Inc.

(203) 767-8811

mike@fairfieldcraftales.com

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Facebook: facebook.com/fairfieldcraftales

Twitter: @fairfieldcraft

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FCA 2nd anniversary party July 7

Fairfield Craft Ales will be celebrating its second anniversary on Saturday, July 7. There will be a new beer release, special casks, and our usual fun and games from 1-6 pm, when our doors will be open to the public.

From 6-9 pm, we will have a private party with 60 guests, and it’s first come, first served to get a ticket to be one of those guests. Your $45 ticket includes:

  • Open beer bar
  • Pig roast with all the fixins provided by The Meat Truck
  • Live music from Fred & Ethel

Ticket sales have already begun, so buy yours now!