On Tap at Half Full Brewery

5 varieties of beer you've got to sip



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Enjoying a few beers at Stamford’s Half Full Brewery is a fine way to spend an evening with friends and family. The advantages, from your palate’s perspective, are that these ales taste superbly fresh, something visitors will notice upon first sip. Here’s a brief breakdown of what we tasted from behind the bar when you visit 43 Homestead Avenue.

The Bright Pale Ale

In the glass, Half Full’s flagship ale is blond and inviting, but to the eye it looks like a lager. However, in the mouth this Blond/Pale Ale hybrid is light and easy to drink, with citrus and fruity notes that add something special: a nice tang and pop that make quaffing it extremely enjoyable. This ale is available year-round.

Suggested Pairings: soft cheese, seafood and poultry dishes, salads, light sauces and anything you would put on the grill

The India Pale Ale

Half Full’s IPA floats on a nice, even keel. You can taste its higher alcohol content, but that kick levels off with a surprisingly smooth finish thanks to its rye dry finish. With its earthy tones and spicy character, this is a quite distinct medium-bodied IPA, also available year-round.

Suggested Pairings: red meat, pizza, pasta, rich sauces, hard/sharp cheese

The Toasted Amber

This daily drinker is a little sweeter on the tongue. Since the malt is toasted and it is not dry-hopped, it has a nutty finish. Designed not to leave you in the lurch, the tail trailing down your throat has a malty, delightful kick. This American Amber style is available as well.

Suggested Pairings: smoked meats and cheese, barbecue, caramel and chocolate desserts

Later this season, be sure to be on the look out for the seasonal fall brew, the Pumpkin Ale. According to the Half Full’s “hoptimists,” this ale is a light-bodied fall seasonal brewed with pumpkin, and spiced with a tea consisting of cinnamon sticks and nutmeg spices.” It will be available through Thanksgiving.

Suggested Pairings: sweet potatoes, corn bread, stuffing

And in November be sure to ask for Half Full’s Chocolate Coffee Brown Ale, which will be produced in collaboration with Stamford’s Lorca café.

For more news and information regarding alcohol content and brewing specifications, visit halffullbrewery.com.

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