STAMFORD, CT – Half Full Brewery (Half Full) is “hoppy” to announce the fourth installment of its Community Sourced Ales Project (CSA Project). Transcend Hoppiness (6.5% ABV) was brewed in collaboration with Pioneer Hops of Connecticut (Pioneer Hops) and South Farms of Morris, CT.
“Since our brewery is here in Stamford, it was only natural for our first few CSA Projects to be local to Fairfield County. However, I grew up in Litchfield and home brewed the first Half Full beer here – so, our roots have always run deep up here. It’s incredibly exciting to come full circle and collaborate on a beer back home and have the opportunity to celebrate it with family and hometown friends,” says Litchfield County native and Founder of Half Full, Conor Horrigan. Half Full’s CSA Project highlights collaborations with brewers and other craft centric local businesses within the community.
Hometown pride certainly rings true for this release. South Farms, home of Pioneer Hops of Connecticut is operated by Horrigan’s former Litchfield High School classmate, General Manager Ben Paletsky. It’s a safe bet that neither of the two ever imagined they’d be collaborating on creating a beer together when they were younger, yet here they are. “Conor and I have been chatting since our entrepreneurial visions were just scribbles on the back of napkins. It’s amazing to see ideas become real experiences and complement one another. Half Full’s CSA program is a great model for small businesses to offer their customers the highest quality product, while supporting local Connecticut agriculture,” says Paletsky.
Courtesy of CT’s own Pioneer Hops, Transcend Hoppiness is a beautifully cloudy IPA packed with all kinds of citrusy, fruity goodness. “There is a definite difference in flavor from hop variety to hop variety, and the flavor from the Connecticut-grown CONNook hops is very distinct,” says Half Full’s Director of Brewing Operations Tom Price. “Half Full Brewery was one of the very first visitors to the farm, before we even had any plants in the ground,” says Doug Weber, Founder of Pioneer Hops. “We’re excited at the opportunity to be a part of a beer highlighting Connecticut grown hops,” says Weber.
Transcend Hoppiness Release and Pop Up Beer Garden will take place this Sunday, August 13, at South Farms in Morris, CT. The festivities will include a pop-up beer garden on the farm, eats by DrewBaQ Food Truck, and tours of the hop yard. Cans and draft will be available in limited quantities at the brewery and in the marketplace beginning Friday, August 11.
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 South Farms
South Farms is an iconic New England family-run farm located at the gateway to the Berkshires in northwestern Connecticut. Committed to highlighting the uniqueness of Connecticut’s rich farming roots and bright agricultural future, South Farms seamlessly blends together agriculture and tourism. In additional to hosting the operation of several entrepreneurial farm businesses, South Farms is home to “The White Barn at South Farms”, an award-winning farmland wedding and events venue. Visit us at www.southfarms.org and @southfarms on Instagram and Facebook.
About Pioneer Hops of Connecticut
Pioneer Hops grows and processes hops for the Connecticut craft brewers who are making exceptional, pioneering beer. We are planting Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Willamette and some experimental hops. Our philosophy is simple: treat the hops like the tender flowers that they are and process them as gently as possible, retaining as much of the flavor and aroma essences as possible. Brewers interested in talking to us about hops should reach out to Doug at 203.952.8542 / firstname.lastname@example.org.