Fairfield Craft Ales celebrates 1-year anniversary July 8


STRATFORD, Conn., July 3, 2017—Fairfield Craft Ales (FCA), the music-inspired brewery on Honeyspot Road in Stratford whose motto is “Rhythm & Brews,” turns one-year old this Saturday and is ready to party.

The festivities that are open to the public this Saturday, July 8, will run from 1-5:30 pm. During that time, there will be 12 beers on tap (see list below) plus two special casks: Big Me, the brewery’s double IPA and one of its best sellers, has been aged in a cask with habanero peppers; and Dixie Chicken, a British pale ale that FCA calls a “honey BBQ ale,” has been aged on mango and grilled peaches. From 2-5 pm, there will be live music from local musicians Fred & Ethel. From 6-9 pm, there will be a private catered party with the owners that is already sold out, featuring live music from Fairfield’s The Better Half band.

The brewery opened on July 8, 2016, and has been rocking and rolling ever since. The owners are Mike Borruso and Joe Bow of Fairfield. They have released 21 unique beers over the past year, all named after some of their favorite songs. “People like to run through the tap list and try to name all the artists who wrote the songs we’ve named the beers after,” says Borruso.

The Connecticut beer scene being what it is, FCA’s best sellers are IPAs. Topping the charts for this first year in business—by a pretty wide margin—has been Little Darlin’ (song by 60s doo-wop group The Diamonds), a New England IPA double dry-hopped with Citra hops. But FCA tries to appeal to a wide range of tastes, so there are always at least a couple of Belgian-style beers, a very popular brown ale called Brown-Eyed Girl (Van Morrison, of course), a stout or other dark beer, and a few surprises like Dixie Chicken (a Little Feat tune)—a beer that defies established styles and draws rave reviews from customers.

For the uninitiated, FCA is at 724 Honeyspot Road in Stratford (less than a mile away from Two Roads Brewing Company), and its regular hours are 4-9 pm Thursday and Friday, 1-9 pm Saturday, and 1-6 pm Sunday. The tap room currently has 12 taps (up from the 8 the brewery opened with) and holds about 45 people, but Mike and Joe are in the process of expanding it to fit more music and beer fans. Food available for sale includes jerky and beer-infused chips and nuts made by The Drunk Alpaca (which just opened its new store in Shelton). There are pizza delivery menus in the tap room for people who want to order in something more substantial, and anyone is welcome to bring in whatever outside food they want. FCA also sells hard cider and wine for people who don’t like beer but want to hang out with their friends who do.

Small bands and solo acoustic performers perform most Saturdays and some Sundays, there are occasional acoustic jams to which anyone with a guitar is invited to join, and the brewery recently held its first yoga night, which was a huge success. There’s also a Touch Tunes jukebox and many times there are concert videos playing on the TV. Several more fun events are being planned for year two of operations, including music trivia nights, open mic nights, and vinyl record shares, to name a few.

Fairfield Craft Ales also self-distributes kegs to local bars, restaurants, and package stores throughout its local area, including Derby, Bridgeport, Fairfield, Milford, Norwalk, Shelton, and Stratford. It has a website (www.fairfieldcraftales.com) and a strong presence on Facebook (search for Fairfield Craft Ales), Instagram (@fairfieldcraftales), and Twitter (@fairfieldcraft).

The 12 beers (exclusive of the two casks mentioned above) that will be on tap at Fairfield Craft Ales this weekend are:

  1. Big Me—double IPA with big hop flavor from Centennial, Cascade, and Mosaic hops.
  2. Brown-Eyed Girl—light, drinkable brown ale.
  3. Divine Thing—Belgian-style tripel with clementine and vanilla bean.
  4. Dixie Chicken—British-style pale ale with honey, a hint of cherrywood smoke, and a slight chili pepper sting.
  5. Harvest—Belgian-style wit with lemon
  6. Little Darlin’—New England-style IPA double dry-hopped with Citra.
  7. Live & Let Rye—Rye IPA with piney, spicy hops.
  8. My Hero—Easy-drinking, bready, and flavorful pilsner.
  9. Snowblind—New England IPA with Azacca hops.
  10. Substitute—Single-hop IPA with Centennial.
  11. Turn! Turn! Turn!—Saison (Belgian farmhouse ale) with herbs de Provence.
  12. Twist & Stout—Easy-drinking chocolate stout aged on cacao nibs.

Can you name all the artists who wrote and/or sang them? The answers are:

  1. Big Me, Foo Fighters
  2. Brown-Eyed Girl, Van Morrison
  3. Divine Thing, The Soup Dragons
  4. Dixie Chicken, Little Feat
  5. Harvest, Neil Young
  6. Little Darlin’, The Diamonds
  7. Live & Let Rye, Paul McCartney, Guns N’ Roses (Live & Let Die)
  8. My Hero, Foo Fighters
  9. Snowblind, Black Sabbath
  10. Substitute, The Who
  11. Turn! Turn! Turn!, Pete Seeger, The Byrds
  12. Twist & Stout, The Top Notes (original), The Isley Brothers, The Beatles (Twist & Shout)


Mike Borruso


Fairfield Craft Ales, Inc.

(203) 767-8811



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Dixie Chicken back this Saturday

Come on down on Saturday for this year’s batch of our honey BBQ ale, Dixie Chicken. This one built a good fan base last year with its unique combination of cherrywood smoked malt, honey, and four types of roasted hot peppers. And to give it slightly more kick than last year (without being overwhelming), we threw a good amount of habanero peppers into the fermenter. It got as hot as we wanted within 24 hours!

Also, there are still a few spots left for yoga night this Friday from 6-7:30 pm, led by Jiiva Yoga Center of Stratford. Click here to sign up!

And don’t forget to hold the afternoon of Saturday, July 8, open for our one-year anniversary. Starting at 1 pm, we’ll have two special casks—Big Me double IPA with habanero peppers and Dixie Chicken honey BBQ ale aged on mango and grilled peaches. From 2-5 pm, we’ll have live music from Fred & Ethel. Then at 6 pm, we’ll be closing a little early for our private anniversary party, which has just sold out. The following day, we’ll have live music with Matt Orlando from 2-5 pm.

FCA anniversary party July 8

Crazy as it may seem, our one-year anniversary is in just a few short weeks, on July 8. 

From 1-6 pm, we’ll have an open celebration featuring a special cask and live music by Fred & Ethel from 2-5 pm.

From 6-9 pm, we’ll have a private, ticketed event for 40 people. The cost is $40, which includes open beer bar (excluding wine and cider),  catered food, and music from our good friends, The Better Half band. For tickets, click here.

Closed Thursday; cask and music Friday; Father’s Day gifts

Here’s what’s happening at FCA this weekend:

Thursday: Closed for our sons’ high school graduation

Friday: We’ll be tapping a cask of Live & Let Rye IPA, naturally carbonated and aged on caraway seeds. There will be live music from Matt Orlando.

Sunday, Father’s Day: Have you gotten dad an FCA eGift card yet? Order a card in any amount you’d like here. We’ll be brewing an Oktoberfest, so the brewery should smell pretty darned good.

New beer release Thursday, live music Friday and Saturday

This weekend, starting at 4 pm Thursday, our new pilsner, My Hero, is debuting in the tap room at 724 Honeyspot Road. My Hero is a bready, flavorful pilsner we brewed at the request of our friends in the Connecticut chapter of the Fourth Watch Motorcycle Club, which was formed by first responders to honor a colleague who died in the 9/11 attacks

Mug club and Fourth Watch members will get $1 off their first pint of this new release!

On Friday, Matt Orlando will be playing live music from 6-9 pm, and on Saturday at the same time we’ll have SuperNeutral back playing some great tunes.

Also, now’s the time to get dad the perfect Father’s Day gift: an eGift card to FCA. Order a card in any amount you’d like here.

Live & Let Rye release, tap takeover Thursday

Come to 724 Honeyspot Road for a new beer release this Thursday, starting at 4 pm. Live & Let Rye is coming back with a new look and taste—lighter in color with spicy, piney hops. Mug club members will get $1 off their first pint of this new release!

Also on Thursday is our tap takeover at the Blind Rhino in South Norwalk, benefiting the Michael Ness Golf Tournament.

On Saturday, Fred & Ethel return to the tap room for live music from 6:30-9 pm.

Come by during any of our regular hours Thursday through Sunday to fill growlers for your Memorial Day BBQs.

Saturday: Single-hop IPA release, live music

This Saturday we’re releasing Substitute, the first in our single-hop IPA series. Named after a song by The Who, we brewed this one with lots of Centennial hops, which means it’s packed with citrusy, floral flavor. Doors at 724 Honeyspot Road open at 1 pm. We’ll also have live music from SuperNeutral starting at 6 pm. Mug club members will get $1 off their first pint of this new release!

On Sunday, Craft 260 in Fairfield is having a cask fest, where we’ll have casks of Substitute with habanero peppers and of our Belgian tripel, Divine Thing, aged on oak chips.



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