March 23: Pound and Pour at FCA

Join us at Noon on March 23 for an hour-long “Pound & Pour” fitness class in the tap room. The cost is $20, and includes one refreshing post-workout beer.

What the heck is Pound & Pour? It’s a music and movement workout, a full-body cardio jam session that combines light resistance with constant simulated drumming. It fuses cardio, Pilates, strength movements, and plyometrics and isometrics poses. You’ll use light weight drum sticks called Ripstix to become a calorie-torching drummer, POUNDing off pounds as each song goes by.

Get ready to sweat, sculpt, and rock! Register here.

Galway Girl Irish ale release

We have a brand-new beer for you this week, just as we make our way out of winter and start to think about St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a dark Irish ale (not a stout) called Galway Girl, and not to brag, but several of our customers who have tried it say it’s the best beer we’ve ever made. The taste is all brilliant caramel and toast, balanced by traditional hops so it’s not too sweet. Truly delicious.

It officially goes on tap this Thursday (when mug club members will get $1 off their first pour), but stop in any time during our regular hours and try it out: 

5-9 pm Thursday and Friday
1-9 pm Saturday 
1-6 pm Sunday

January homebrew contest winners

Fairfield Craft Ales announced the winners of its January homebrew contest live in the tap room on Saturday, February 9.  From a field of 25 entries, these top three winners emerged:

First place: Oatmeal stout brewed by Matt Knight and Mike Joshi. Matt and Mike will join us to brew their beer on our system in the coming weeks.

Second place: Dry-hopped saison by Ben Skerl. In addition to his fine-looking red ribbon, Ben took home a $50 gift certificate to Fairfield Craft Ales.

Third place: Winter ale by Raymond McCarthy. Ray won a $25 gift certificate.

Congratulations to all our winners, and thanks to everyone who entered. We enjoyed tasting the fruits of your labors, as always, and are glad you shared them with us.

New beer release: Bavarian Rhapsody NEIPA

Come join us Saturday, February 9th, for the release of our beer collaboration with the CT Beer Drinkers Facebook group.

Featuring Bavarian Rhapsody IPA. Bavarian Rhapsody is a New England-style IPA featuring copius amounts of Mandarina Bavaria and Citra hops.

We will also be featuring a special cask version with mango and pineapples, dry hopped with Citra hops. Food will be available for purchase from the SWAT (Southern Wings & Things) food truck.

We will be announcing our homebrew contest winners at 2 pm. The release party starts at 4 pm. Live music from SuperNeutral at 6:30 pm.

Santa needs beer too

This weekend, Fairfield Craft Ales will be open during its regular hours: 5-9 pm Thursday and Friday; 1-9 pm Saturday; and 1-6 pm Sunday. Be sure to come in for Resilience Night on Thursday, our Ugly Sweater Party with the SWAT food truck on Friday, and to get your growler fills by Sunday at 6 pm, so you can treat Santa to some brews on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This classic poem explains why he really needs it:

‘Twas the night before Christmas, I needed a beer
Not tomorrow or the next day, but right now and right here
I sat in my chair by the chimney and stared
In hopes that a beer would soon pop out of there
The children were finally asleep in their beds
Their whining and fighting had done a job on my head
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
Some dude was out there—sure, I’m fat but he’s fatter
He had a cool sleigh and a bunch of small deer
I ran out to see if in his sack was some beer
I’d run through my supply just a few days before
I explained to the man who brought booze through my door
We sat and we drank, and we drank drank drank drank
Until both our breaths really started to stank
He told me his travels were kind of a bother
I complained about work and about being a father
Then we had a few laughs and felt a lot better
He said it was time to get back to being a sledder
And laying a finger to the side of his nose
He chugged one more and up the chimney he rose
But I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight
Merry Christmas beer buddy, you made my night!

FCA joins breweries nationwide to host “Resilience Night” for Camp Fire relief

Together with more than 1,400 breweries around the country, Fairfield Craft Ales (FCA) is joining in an effort led by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. to celebrate the release of Resilience Butte County Proud IPA with a nationwide pint night. The breweries will celebrate “Resilience Night” on Thursday, December 20, 2018, in taprooms from coast to coast to raise funds for the Camp Fire relief effort. FCA’s hours on Thursday are from 5-9 pm, and its weekly trivia night begins at 7:30 pm.

Resilience IPA is a collaborative fundraising effort for those impacted by Northern California’s Camp Fire. The Camp Fire, which started in the hills above Sierra Nevada’s Chico brewery last month, was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history, killing at least 86 people and displacing more than 14,000 families, including many Sierra Nevada employees. In the days following the fire, Sierra Nevada announced plans to brew Resilience IPA and donate 100% of the sales to the Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund. The company invited every brewery in the country to brew the beer and donate 100% of the sales to the fund, as well. More than 1,400 breweries, including FCA, rallied alongside Sierra Nevada’s call for help.

“The brewing community has really come together in this large-scale fundraising effort,” said Sierra Nevada founder and owner Ken Grossman. “Now we’re asking drinkers to come together and help us raise funds by buying the beer.  And what better way to do it than with a nationwide pint night?” If the beer sells out, the project could raise more than $15 million for direct Camp Fire relief.

On Resilience Night, FCA will join other participating breweries to serve its version of Resilience IPA in its taproom, and donate the beer sales to the relief fund. Sierra Nevada will also host Resilience Night events at both its Chico, CA, and Mills River, NC, breweries.

“We are so grateful to the breweries, the suppliers, the wholesalers and retailers who have so graciously donated their time and resources to make this happen,” said Grossman. “With their help—and the help of the drinkers everywhere—we’ll be able to make a lasting and impactful difference in the lives of those impacted by this terrible tragedy.”

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Our new beer honors fca’s movie of the year

This Thursday, starting at 5 pm, we’re releasing what we think is our best New England-style IPA to date, and we’re calling it Don’t Stop Me Now.  Mug club members will get $1 off their first pour of this hazy brew with Citra, Simcoe, and Loral hops.

This is in honor of what we, as a classic rock-inspired brewery, consider to be the best movie of the year, Bohemian Rhapsody. (Admittedly, as a couple of guys who have full-time jobs and run a brewery, we don’t get out much, but we both loved this.) Forget the reviews and go see this film, which tells the story of Queen’s beginnings through the band’s much-lauded performance at Live Aid. It’s been nominated for two Golden Globes: best motion picture and Rami Malek for best actor in a motion picture for his portrayal as Freddie Mercury. 

If you like Queen’s music and having a good time, this one’s for you. Oscar nominations aren’t due until the end of January, but odds makers are placing their bets on a nomination for Rami Malek, who looks like Freddie and does a perfect reenactment of his Live Aid performance.

So what about the song? Why did we name the beer after it? The short answer is it just makes you feel good. The beautifully melodic introduction is followed by a high-energy tribute to being yourself and having a good time, and then there’s a lovely coda that goes back to the original melody. As the movie makes clear, Freddie Mercury was a truly gifted musician who struggled with his identity at a time that was much less accepting than now, and he found his perfect expression of himself through his music.

A study by the University of Missouri declared “Don’t Stop Me Now” to be the happiest song of all time. The joy of the song was captured in this comedic performance by Paul Rudd:

Small-batch brewery serving music-inspired beers to Fairfield county

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