Now that it is officially fall, we finally feel comfortable releasing our darling of the fall, the Half Full Pumpkin Ale! And though it was painful to wait, we promise it was worth it. This Wednesday, we’ll be combining two of our favorite things – the Fleet Feet Stamford Pub Run that starts and ends at the brewery the fourth Wednesday of every month AND the official release of our Pumpkin Ale in the tasting room. Before I get to the Pumpkin Ale, a little bit about this Pub Run.
The Pub Run has quickly become one of my favorite monthly experiences that we participate in at the brewery because it involves the three things we cherish here at Half Full – refreshing experiences, refreshing people, and refreshing beers. To give you a run down of how it works, we all congregate at the brewery around 6:15. Before we take off, we get a general idea of who is going to want some Colony Pizza after the run. We then take off between 6:30-6:45 and you have a choice of two routes, a 3-miler or a 5-miler that both run through some beautiful areas of Old Greenwich. (Now, a word to the wise — I’m a talker and love to latch on to unsuspecting victims and learn their life stories on the run, so if you prefer to grind it out alone and as soon as possible so you can get back to the brewery for the social hour, then make sure to put some distance between yourself and me.) Back at the brewery, we do an honor system with the pizza ($5 for those who want to eat) and we hang out for about 2 hours breaking down the highs and lows of our run, our social lives, and our careers. The first time we did the run, we had about 30 people and the second month we did the run, we had about 50 people (these lucky 50 got to try our limited release Pale Ale before anyone else)! The run attracts runners of all experiences, shapes and sizes (at least one member of the Half Full crew can be found throughout the run walking with hands on head), so come by whether you haven’t run in years (or ever) or are an experienced marathoner looking for some social interaction! It’s a pretty cheap night that is only half-filled with guilt because of the forced calorie burn at the outset of the night and it is a great way to get to know a lot of other locals in the community.
Now, as for that Pumpkin Ale…the tasting room will be open Wednesday from 4-7pm for the first tastings and growler fills of the Pumpkin this year! The local bars and restaurants should have it on starting Friday, so if you can’t wait until then, make sure to stop by!
See you Wednesday for the Pumpkin or the Pub Run or hopefully both. Until then, cheers and look forward to more…