Connecticut towns welcome cancer fundraiser on a Pour Tour

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The Connecticut Pour Tour is coming to Stonington and North Stonington on Saturday.

It’s part of a yearlong plan by Todd Ruggere, a Massachusetts man who is on his way to drinking a beer in each of Connecticut’s 169 towns. While he drinks, he’s also raising money for the pediatric unit of the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hosptal.

First he plans to have lunch at Mystic Pizza II in North Stonington. No fanfare there, he said, just some pizza and a beer. He welcomes the public to join him, and he’ll accept any donations for Smilow that are offered.

At 2 p.m., he’ll be at Beer’d Brewing in Stonington Borough’s Velvet Mill. The craft brewer will be hosting Tulips for Treatment, with a goal of raising $500. From noon to 6 p.m. that day, Beer’d will sell 13-ounce tulip glasses with one drink ticket for $7. Half of each sale will go to Smilow. The tulip glasses, according to Beer’d co-owner and operations manager Precious Putnam, are ideal for drinking double IPA and Belgian pale ales.

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Brewery breaks even after 2 months of business

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A brewery in Stonington that opened only two months ago told Eyewitness News that the company has broken even.

Beer’d, which is located in the old mill building in the borough of town, is the newest of a dozen micro-breweries in Connecticut.

“We’re brewing one batch a week and selling one batch a week,” said Aaren Simoncini of Beer’d Brewing Company. “So, it’s kind of like treading water at this point in time.”

Simoncini and his partner Precious Putnam say it’s not easy holding down full-time jobs and getting the brewery up and running, but it’s been rewarding.

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