For beervangelists, it’s the holiest time of year.
American Craft Beer Week gets bubbling at craft breweries and gastropubs across the region May 12-18. Participating establishments will host beer tasting events, pour rare and limited release brews and serve up special food and beer pairings throughout the week.
We did the lord’s work, compiling a list of local establishments who are participating in the festivities. Here’s what we dug up:
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Tap takeovers and Barrel Aged Beers at Cask Republic – The region’s newest craft beer bar will have you drooling like Homer Simpson all week. They kick things off Monday with an East Coast-West Coast battle (over IPAs) and continue with a Sierra Nevada/Oskar Blues and Connecticut tap takeovers on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Friday is unquestionably the big day, with an evening centered on barrel aged bottles and draught beers. And that’s just a sampling of what’s going on (visit their website for more events). 191 Summer St., Stamford. 203-348-2275, caskrepublic.com.
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Release of Stamford Ale, a collaboration between Half Full and Southport Brewing Company – These two mainstays of Stamford’s bubbling craft beer scene have joined forces to concoct a special beer -- Stamford Ale, a rye IPA that tops out at a heady 7 percent ABV. Thursday, May 15, 6-9 p.m. 131 Summer St., Stamford. 203-327-2337, southportbrewing.com.
Two Roads Tasting at Redding Road House – Grab a sample (or two or three) of Two Road’s Road Road 2 Ruin, Honeyspot Road White IPA, Ol' Factory Pils and more. 406 Redding Road, Redding. 203-938-3388, reddingroadhouse.com.
Meet the Brewers Event: EvilTwin Brewing at Two Roads Brewery – Connecticut’s largest craft brewery welcomes EvilTwin Brewing’s Jeppe Jarmit-Bjergso. This is a great opportunity to meet the man behind some of the world’s most imbibed craft brews. Oh, and he’s coming all the way from Denmark -- no big deal. Thursday, May 15 at 5 p.m. 1700 Stratford Ave. 203-335-2010, tworoadsbrewing.com.
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Rare and Local Brews at Coalhouse – Stamford’s favorite pizza place/beer bar eases you into ACBW with a night of session beers on Monday, followed by a Rare Beer Night, featuring the coveted (and super strong) Founders KBS, on Thursday. Stamford’s own Half Full Brewery will be on hand Wednesday to serve up four different iterations of their signature crisp Bright Ale. New England Brewing Company will be in the spotlight on Tuesday (check their website for more events). 85 High Ridge Road, Stamford 203-977-7700, coalhousepizza.com.
Stone Beer Pairing Dinner and NEBCO Special Release at The Ginger Man South Norwalk -- A multi-course beer pairing dinner with Stone Brewing on Monday, followed by Captain Lawrence tap takeover on Wednesday and a special beer release from New England Brewing Company on Thursday. (Check the website for more events.) 99 Washington St #2, Norwalk. 203-354-0163, gingermannorwalk.com.
Allagash Bash and Goose Island Beer Dinner at Gingerman Greenwich – Southwestern Connecticut’s veteran beer bar hosts a Goose Island beer dinner on Wednesday (crossing my fingers for Bourbon County Stout), followed by beers from Portland’s beloved Allagash Brewing Company on Saturday. Check the website for more events. 64 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich. 203-861-6400, gingermangreenwich.com.
Other places that serve craft beer: Plan B Burger Bar, 230 Tresser Blvd., Stamford, and 1638 Boston Post Road, Milford; Barnum Publick House, 1020 Broad St., Bridgeport; Widow Brown's Cafe, 128 Federal Road, Danbury; Walrus & Carptner, 2895 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport; Craft 260, 260 Post Road, Fairfield.