Stratford may soon become Fairfield County’s capital of beer, as another brewing company is set to open its doors in town.
Joe Bow and Mike Borruso received approval in September from the Zoning Commission to operate Fairfield Craft Ales. The men will open up shop at a former debit card-making facility at 724 Honeyspot Road.
Both men had discovered a love for making beer over the years, with Bow making brews for about 20 years and Borruso starting a couple of years ago.
“We have a shared interest in brewing. We got excited about trying something on our own,” Borruso said.
“We always got good feedback from family and friends. That always adds to the confidence and expectations,” Bow said.
While the men had received high marks from friends and family on their concoctions, this is their first foray into making brews for a larger group of consumers. As they both live in Fairfield County, they wanted to open up shop somewhere close by, and Stratford seemed ideal, especially with Two Roads Brewery already in town and flourishing. A brewer they talked to in Branford said they should set up in a town that has a brewery running.
“They told us to go to a town where there’s already a brewery. The towns know how to handle it,” Bow said.
Bow added that Two Roads is “one of the nicest breweries we’ve ever seen.”
“They do everything top-notch and it’s very impressive,” he said, noting that they look forward to talking with Two Roads to get a better idea of what they do.
But now that Fairfield Craft Ales has a home, Bow and Borruso are excited to start making their own. Some of the brews they have made are named for songs they like. A double IPA they make is named “Big Me,” inspired by a song from the band Foo Fighters. They also make a chocolate milk stout called “Twist and Stout.”
“We want to keep things interesting and we want people to keep coming back for more,” Borruso said.
Fairfield Craft Ales will have eight taps and have four to six regular offerings and up to four seasonal offerings throughout the year. They will sell beer in growlers, as it will be several years before they start bottling beers.
Bow says the joy of starting has not completely kicked in, but it will once they get their equipment in their new Honeyspot Road digs.
“We’re excited to take the first steps. It’s very exciting,” Borruso said.
For more information, visit fairfieldcraftailes.com.