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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.

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:

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.