Hoptoberfest in Shelton draws a big crowd, should return next fall

From left, Stephanie Duke of Ansonia, Dave Abel of Shelton, Pamela John of Shelton, Jenny Jarrin of Naugatuck and Paul John of Shelton (Pamela’s husband) are all smiles during the Hoptoberfest.


The Derby/Shelton Rotary Club’s first-ever Hoptoberfest craft beer festival and chicken wing contest attracted more than 500 people to Shelton’s Riverwalk on the afternoon of Oct. 26. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

Attendees were able to sample 50-plus beers and sample wings from seven restaurants. The Dew Drop Inn in Derby was the winner of the wing competition while Porky’s in Shelton came in second.

Tanya Sudak of Bethany, left, and Jamie Krajcik of Seymour hand out chicken wings at the festival from Porky’s, the downtown Shelton bar and eatery where they both work.

Net proceeds from the event will support the local Rotary Club’s college scholarship program, elementary school literacy programs, and beautification efforts in downtown Shelton and Derby.

The Hoptoberfest was such a success that Rotary Club officials already are planning the second one for the fall of 2014.


The Boy Scouts sold pretzel necklaces to festival guests, designed to go well with the beer.
Alicia and Jack Ribas of Shelton chow some wings during the festival. “The beer is great, the wings are great and the band is great,” said Jack, a Rotarian.
Many kinds of microbrews, in both bottles and on draft, were available for festival-goers.
Marissa Labelle of Southington, far right, waits for Ben Hoeft from Half Full Brewery in Stamford to fill up her cup. Hoeft lives in Norwalk.
Hundreds of young adults and older folks sipped beers and ate wings during the event in Shelton.
From left, the Dew Drop Inn’s Barbara Chernesky of Shelton, Kenna Carlucci of Derby and Kelly Kane of Naugatuck pour beers for guests. Kenna and her husband, Jason Carlucci, own the Dew Drop Inn.