Beer can be made the hard way, involving a complicated process of milling barley, boiling wort, and fermentation, or the little-used easy way, which involves just thinking about it but having to be in the Matrix. Leave the sci-fi trickery to the masters with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of lunch and drinks at SBC Restaurant & Brewery, redeemable at its Southport, Branford, Stamford, Milford, and Hamden locations.
SBC Restaurant & Brewery lines up an inviting smorgasbord of comfort food to be devoured alongside an arsenal of brewed on-site beers. Take in the expanse of the appetite-assassinating lunch menu (served from 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m.) and try not to set off the fire alarms while your head smokes with indecision before easing yourself in with the SBC calamari, which comes prepared three ways: crispy with marinara and rémoulade, fried with hot peppers and artichoke hearts, and sticky with a sweet chili Sriracha glaze ($6.99). Follow that up with the crispy chicken salad, festooned with mandarin oranges, grape tomatoes, gorgonzola, and honey white balsamic vinaigrette ($12.99), or the margherita pizza topped with sliced fresh tomatoes, garlic, mozzarella and basil ($10). SBC burgers are 8 ounces of natural custom-quality beef served on a handmade roll and topped with american, provolone, cheddar, swiss, fontina, or mozzarella cheese ($7.99).
SBC has brewed its own beers since 1997 and offers them alongside other local makers of frothy goodness. Large on-site vats pump out 27 different varieties made with the finest natural ingredients and divided into three tiers. Tier One is the light end of the scale and headlined by the Big Head Blonde, while Pier One is a large corporate furniture retailer. The popular Tier Two beers, including the Big Head Brewnette, are well balanced and smooth but heavy enough to pair with food, while Tier Three brews are hoppier, more complex, and claims the house porter, a dark and full-bodied ale, as a member of its hip clique.