Stamford Advocate 1/3/20: With a new year comes new beginnings and in the case of Stamford-based Half Full brewery, that includes opening a second location in the city.
The beermaker will be “hopping” across the river from its tasting room site in Waterside to open its second locale on the first floor of 575 Pacific St. in the South End.
Half Full founder and “chief hoptimist” Conor Horrigan said the company has successfully obtained a building permit and is planning to modify the Pacific Street location next week in anticipation of an opening later this year.
Horrigan emphasized the concept of the upcoming South End location as a “third space,” in other words, separate from home or the workplace. The brewery intends on making its “third place” spot one that fosters partnerships with local community groups and merchants.
“We want to create a space where you can do a lot of different things,” Horrigan said. “When we look at Stamford, we want to bring out more. It’s a city with people who want to do stuff and it’s a super fun and collaborative city.”
Horrigan added that he is still in the process of finalizing partnerships and concept details.
The Stamford brewery went through the planning and zoning review process last spring. The red-brick Pacific Street building was ideal, the applicant said, because of its proximity to the downtown train station and both commercial and residential areas.
A number of community leaders and organizations praised Half Full’s plans for its South End project, including local representative Terry Adams, who said the brewery has an “extensive track record of supporting the Stamford community through events, donations and volunteerism.”
And by doubling its base in Stamford, Half Full promises more of that to come.