Firefly Hollow Brewing toasts to their fifth anniversary

Published on Tuesday, 23 October 2018 21:09
Written by Kayla Murphy


BRISTOL- Firefly Hollow Brewing Co. is ready to celebrate their fifth anniversary with the “5 Years of Getting Lit (responsibly)” event on Oct. 27 from noon to 5 p.m.

Ryan Galligan, who’s been the manager at Firefly for over three years, said “We’re very excited for this event and hope the community wants to hang out, have some beer and enjoy some food.”

The brewery wants to release two new beers for the occasion, Boris Russian Imperial Stout and Vanilla Barrel Aged Choconaut Imperial Porter. Besides the two new bottle releases, other beers will be featured, such as There Can Be Only One Scottish Wee Heavy, Wood Drip Imperial Maple Amber, Twinkler Barleywine, The Weave #5 (all Galaxy hops) and Tequila Barrel Aged Dire Chinchilla Imperial Pale Ale.

“We have a lot of quirky names for our beers,” said Galligan. “The three guys that own the place have all known each other for years. They’re big science nerds, so a lot of the names are stemmed from science-related topics. For example, we had a Subatomic IPA series.”

The best sellers at Firefly are Cone Flakes IPA, Red Lantern Irish Red and Toad Stool Nitro Stout.

“We are firm believers of appropriate growth,” said Galligan. “We love our taproom and we’re looking to expand our space. We love this building and we love Bristol. Everyone cares about the product. As coworkers, we’ll all get together for an employee and friend tasting hang out session and try the beers. If it’s right, we distribute it. If it doesn’t taste right amongst us, it won’t go out.”

Currently, Firefly has their brews distributed to a variety of different venues around Connecticut, including Main Street Pint & Plate, Groggy Frogg, J. Timothy’s Taverne, Sportys, Temple Bar and several local package stores.

“It’s hard to get local brews into bars, because each bar has their own specific cliental and standards,” explained Galligan.

While looking to expand their local brewery, Firefly still wants to remain a part of the community.

“Firefly does a lot of fundraisers, especially on Thursday nights. We have a lot of family and school organizations that look to host fundraisers at Firefly. We get a lot of Boy Scout and local music programs that come to the brewery. It’s a very responsible and family-friendly atmosphere at the brewery,” said Galligan.

Not only does Firefly Hollow Brewing Co. serve beer, they also get local food trucks and musicians involved.

“On weekends we bring local food trucks. We have good rotations with our food trucks. Ted’s Food Truck, which has been on T.V., serves really good burgers, so we try to get them to the brewery once a month. We also have Deb’s Cafe Food Truck and we’re trying to get a Wing It On Food Truck,” said Galligan. “On Sunday afternoons we have live bands that play from 2 to 4 p.m. We call it ‘Sunday Funday.’ We love hearing the different bands play.”

Tickets for the “5 Years of Getting Lit (responsibly)” are $40 for general admission and $30 for designated drivers. The ticket price will include food provided by J. Timothy’s Taverne (including their famous dirt wings), musical entertainment from The Mushroom Cloud, access to new bottle releases and beer tokens to get pours of your favorite beers. To get tickets, visit .

Posted in The Bristol Press, General Business, on Tuesday, 23 October 2018 21:09. Updated: Tuesday, 23 October 2018 21:11.