If you’re looking for someplace rather unique in the area – might we suggest Half Full Brewery?
Stopping by one Friday afternoon, I intended on filling a growler with my favorite Bright Ale and getting on my way. Though, I found myself with some friends at the brewery a few pints later still sampling more of our favorite local brew!
By now you’ve probably seen Half Full Brewery on tap at one of your favorite local restaurants. In fact, the Bright Ale is on tap at over 75 local restaurants and bars in Fairfield County and slightly beyond! But, you don’t have to dine at your favorite restaurant to grab a glass of the local beer! You can stop by the actual brewery as well!
Located in the Waterside section of Stamford, just out of reach of some of Stamford’s newest hot spots like Dolce Cubano and The Beer Garden at Harbor Point, Half Full Brewery fills the space of a vacated former eggplant-processing factory. Hard work by friends and family helped transform the space into one of the hottest up-and-coming breweries on the east coast.
The tasting room has that neighborhood bar type feeling to it, with some of the friendliest, most welcoming staff you’ll find in the area. With that, you can belly up to the casual, custom 6-stool bar or sit at one of the communal picnic tables, high-boy tables or grab a seat at one of the wooden benches along the perimeter of the room. The chalk board walls offer up news about the brewery, including a list of the venues where you can buy a glass of the Bright Ale. Heck, the crew may even give you some chalk and let you show a little of your creative side! Another cool thing is the main focal wall which maps out the process used for brewing the beer.
While their goal is to be open full time, presently, as a team of four, hours are limited. You may visit the brewery anytime they are open to purchase growlers or sample some beer. They also host events on a regular basis, including their bi-weekly Friday Open House style event.
Every other Friday, the brewery is opened from 5:30pm-8:30pm for Open House. For just $15 you can get a refillable Half Full branded recycled plastic pint glass. Try your hand at bags, life-size jenga, draw on their chalkboard wall, or just enjoy some great conversation over great beers!
Tuesday – Friday
Growler Fills and Sampling
4 – 7pm
*4 – 5:30pm (Open House Fridays – There is no sampling during the Open House)
Every Other Friday
5:30 – 8:30pm. They open up the doors to the Brewery and welcome everybody to come in and have a good time! (You can also swing in and grab growlers during these hours, however, they do not offer sampling once the Open House begins.)
Guided Brewery Tour, Sampling and Growler Fills
1 – 5pm. Tour at 3:00pm.