STAMFORD, Conn. – Half Full Brewery and Mill River Park Collaborative announced today the launch of the Half Full Winter Beer Garden in Stamford, Conn.’s Mill River Park. The two week pop-up, intended to celebrate and unite local residents, businesses and entrepreneurs, opens next Friday, December 7th. The Half Full Winter Beer Garden coincides with Mill River Park Collaborative’s Holiday Market and “Winter Wonderland” programming in and around the newly opened Steven & Alexandra Cohen Skating Center.
“We are excited to work with the Mill River Park Collaborative, Innovate Stamford and CTNext to create a festive pop-up beer garden, market and entrepreneurial environment this holiday season,” said Conor Horrigan, Founder & Chief Hoptimist at Half Full Brewery. “As with all our events, our goal here is to work with others to bring the Stamford community together by offering different and exciting things to do in unique settings. The Winter Beer Garden is the perfect addition to Mill River’s ‘Winter Wonderland,’ which will offer something for everyone this holiday season.”
The Half Full Winter Beer Garden will be located in Mill River Park opposite the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Skating Center, and will feature an enclosed bar serving Half Full beer, cider and wine with a festive “après-skate” inspired lounge in 2,500 square feet of space. Furniture and decorative pieces for the custom space were provided by the Ferguson Library as well as three local and long-standing Stamford businesses: LoveSac, United House Wrecking and Second Chance by Junkluggers.
The Half Full Winter Beer Garden will be open to the public Fridays from 4 to 9 p.m. ET, Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET, and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET. The Winter Beer Garden will also host several entrepreneur and community-focused gatherings during public and non-public hours.
Below is a list of currently scheduled events that will take place in the pop-up space:
Friday, Dec. 7th GRAND OPENING: Winter Beer Garden & Holiday Market + Holiday Toy Drive With The 203 & Domus
Saturday, Dec. 8th: Winter Beer Garden & Holiday Market
Sunday, Dec. 9th: Winter Beer Garden & Holiday Market
Friday, Dec. 14th Winter Beer Garden & Holiday Market + Holiday Food Drive With The 203, The Food Bank Of Lower FC & Food Rescue US
Saturday, Dec. 15th: Winter Beer Garden & Holiday Market
Sunday, Dec. 16th: Winter Beer Garden & Holiday Market
*Events are subject to change
In addition to the beer garden and entrepreneurial events, the Holiday Market will include a diverse mix of up to 30 local vendors, businesses and homegrown retailers. The market will be open Friday through Sunday.
For more about the Half Full Winter Beer Garden, The Holiday Market and The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Skating Center please visit halffullbrewery.com or millriverpark.org .
This project made possible by the support of CTNext and Innovate Stamford.
About Half Full Brewery
At Half Full Brewery, we believe that together we can make the world a closer, more positive place and community. We bring the community of Stamford together daily through audacious beers and experiences. 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 The Mill River Park Collaborative
Mill River Park Collaborative is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to create and sustain a world-class park in Downtown Stamford. The board of the Collaborative includes representation from the City of Stamford, Stamford Partnership, Downtown Special Services District, the West Side and Downtown communities, Urban Redevelopment Commission, the corporate community and Stamford at large. The Collaborative was established as a public/private partnership that would “provide collaborative leadership in creating and sustaining a successful Mill River Park.”
CTNext is a public/private network of entrepreneurs, mentors, service providers and others helping Connecticut’s most promising startups succeed and grow. In 2016, CTNext expanded to new initiatives helping key places in the state become magnets for talent, supporting entrepreneurship in higher education, and focusing more on growth-stage companies. The first of these efforts, Innovation Places, weaves together entrepreneurship support and relationship-building with physical planning and development. Stamford is one of four designated Innovation Places in the State of CT.
About Innovate Stamford
In 2017, Innovate Stamford formed and was catalyzed with a $2 million grant from CTNext to integrate places, institutions and people who have historically been unconnected into a cohesive hub for innovation. These include emerging live-work-play-learn neighborhoods in the South End and downtown; economic, cultural and educational anchor institutions such as UConn-Stamford and The Ferguson Library; early-stage entrepreneurs and leaders of their global customers; and public spaces such as parks, plazas, and other pedestrian destinations. More at www.InnovateStamfordNow.com