Hall Full Brewery sells its beer with a heaping dose of positive, can-do attitude. These upbeat, self-proclaimed “Hoptimists” turned a rundown urban factory into a hip 1,000-square-foot taproom. Just renovated in 2019, the space features cushy living room-style seating along with the communal picnic tables and high tops to combine homey with functionality. During nice weather, part of its parking lot is used as a beer garden. On tap are a dozen rotating Half Full beers, including seasonals, limited releases and the occasional tap room exclusive. Food can be delivered in from a nearby restaurant and weekend food truck events are common. Watch for brewery tours and special beer/food pairing dinners. For a more café feel, wander down the street to Third Place (575 Pacific St, Stamford, CT 06902), a second tap location/coffee shop/art and performance space that it opened in June 2020.
Founder Conor Horrigan walked away from the stressful life of a Wall Street investment banker/trader to start Half Full, brewing its first batch of its flagship Bright Ale, a light blond/pale ale hybrid, in August 2012. He opened the doors of this 5,400 square-foot operation with a “vision is to be the #1 reason people want to live in, work in, & help to build a better Stamford.” Half Full regularly partners with local businesses for its CSA (Community Sourced Ales) Series made with local ingredients, and supports community efforts such as park cleanups and pet adoption days while also running seasonal pop-up beer gardens around town.