Stamford, CT – Half Full Brewery (“Half Full”) is happy to announce the second installment of their Community Sourced Ales Project (“CSA Project”). Grace & Darkness Oyster Stout (8.0% ABV) was brewed in collaboration with Copps Island Oysters, of Norwalk, CT.
“It’s really fun to work with these smaller companies because you get a lot of passion behind what they’re doing and a ton of pride” says Conor Horrigan, Owner of Half Full. The CSA Project highlights collaborations with both brewers and other craft –centric local businesses within the community. “Now we’ve got two under our belt – we don’t know where it’s going, we’ve got lots of different ideas and we’ve really been thinking, what can’t we do with beer?” says Horrigan.
Turns out, oysters are fair game. “You can add just the shells, you can add just the meat – or, you can add them both, which is what we did here,” says Tom Price, Director of Brewing Operations at Half Full. Grace & Darkness combines a dark-as-night stout with locally sourced bivalves, gracefully harvested by Norwalk’s own Copps Island Oysters. The stout has a full roasty body, notes of sea salt and brine, moderate bitterness, and rounds out with a rich creamy finish. “Grace & Darkness is in part named after the boat that we use to harvest the oysters. It’s been in our family since the 50’s. We’ve been a family-owned business for over three generations now,” says Jimmy Bloom, Captain of The Grace P. Lowndess.
Grace & Darkness Can Release and Oyster Roast (courtesy of Knot Norm’s Catering of Norwalk, CT) will take place this Friday, February 24th at the Half Full Brewery. Cans and draft will be available in limited quantities at the brewery and in the marketplace following the release.
About Half Full Brewery
At Half Full Brewery, we have three simple, albeit lofty, goals: constantly make beers and experiences that people can look forward to; inspire people to find optimism through those beers and experiences; and to make the place that we work representative of our name. Want to learn more? Visit our Stamford, CT facility, listen in on our Podcast, or check us out on the web at halffullbrewery.com and @halffullbrewery on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
About Copps Island Oysters
We are a family of oystermen since the 1940s and operate one of the last standing traditional oyster farms in the United Stated. Norm Bloom and Son is a fourth generation family-owned farm that provides a high quality, consistent and sustainable product to our customers nationwide. With a fleet of fifteen boats and a dedicated crew, we harvest year-round from the deep, cold, and nutrient-rich waters along the coast of Connecticut. Learn more about us at www.coppsilandoysters.com or visit us at our boatyard in Norwalk, CT and stop in our retail shop where you can buy fresh oysters, clams, lobsters, and other cool stuff!