New Milford’s Bad Dream adds to growing brewing scene


The Danbury area’s burgeoning micro-brewing scene has added another destination, and it happens to be the first in New Milford.

Bad Dream Brewing has opened at 116 Danbury Road in the Fairfield Plaza, which also includes Staples and T.J. Maxx. Bad Dream is a small-batch brewery — utilizing a three-barrel system that makes up to 93 gallons per batch — with a surprisingly spacious taproom that belies its 1,600 square feet.




The four owners, all in their late 20s or early 30s, share a passion for beer and books. They used to coordinate a popular book club and started serving their home-brewed beer to guests. That eventually led to the idea of opening a brewery and, after more than two years of planning, the idea has become a reality.

“It’s nice to see it all come together,” co-owner Brian Benzinger said Thursday evening as a good crowd of patrons sampled the four beer varieties on tap. “We’re independent and self-funded and we have a lot invested in this. It’s personal for us.”


Benzinger owns the brewery with Max Retter, Michelle Retter and Emily Leone. Benzinger and Max Retter are friends from their days at New Fairfield High School. All four owners live locally. All four have specialties that benefit the business, Benzinger said. Their backgrounds include chemistry, legal, electro-mechanics and computer programming.

The name Bad Dream Brewing comes from the impact of the horror-genre books they have read with the club. They plan to rekindle the book club and operate it out of the brewery starting soon.


The owners also take creative liberties when naming their brews. The four they are serving now are Variety of Spiders, Hop Wallace, Detached Headspace and Motivational Poster.

“Because when you drink beer you feel like you can do anything,” Benzinger said of the name Motivational Poster, a blonde ale. “We try to have fun with the names. We just throw things around and see what sticks.”

Within the last year, the Danbury area has seen its number of breweries grow from zero to five. Redding Beer Co. in Georgetown and Nod Hill Brewery in Ridgefield opened last year, while Broken Symmetry Gastro Brewing in Bethel and Charter Oak Brewing in Danbury opened this year. Bad Dream Brewing held its soft opening last weekend.

Housatonic River Brewing is scheduled to open later this summer in New Milford on Kent Road along the banks of the Housatonic. Also, Reverie Brewing will open soon in Newtown on Church Hill Road.

“I think it’s great,” Benzinger said of the growing number of breweries. “All the brewers are really nice and inviting and offer to help. It’s a different industry. It’s like we are all on the same team.”

The owners do not harbor dreams of expanding quickly and becoming giants in the beer industry. They do not distribute their brews, although they have permits to do so and keep open that possibility, and their beer is only available at the Bad Dream taproom. They will soon offer growlers to take home.

“I like being small now,” Michelle Retter said. “I feel like we are the neighborhood brewery.”

Food is not served in the taproom, but customers may bring their own food or order from Vroom Service, which delivers meals from local restaurants. Snacks are available and made by The First Bite catering business in Brookfield. Bad Dream also serves wine from Sherman’s White Silo Farm and Winery. Spent grains from the brewing process are picked up by a local farmer to be fed to livestock.

“We want to support local businesses and focus on what we do best, which is beer,” Benzinger said. “People can enjoy food from the town’s amazing restaurants.”

The Bad Dream Brewing taproom is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. The brewery may be reached at (860) 717-4546.


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Working Together Without Falling Apart, reviewed – Irish Tech News

By @SimonCocking, review of Dream Teams: Working Together Without Falling Apart, by Shane Snow. Available to buy here

The best teams are more than the sum of their parts, but why does collaboration so often fail to fulfill this promise? In Dream Teams, Snow takes us on an adventure through history, neuroscience, psychology, and business, exploring what separates groups that simply get by together from those that get better together.

You’ll learn:
  *  How ragtag teams–from soccer clubs to startups to gangs of pirates–beat the odds throughout history.
  *  Why DaimlerChrysler flopped while the Wu-Tang Clan succeeded, and the surprising factor behind most failed mergers, marriages, and partnerships.
  *  What the Wright Brothers’ daily arguments can teach us about group problem solving.
  *  Pioneering women in law enforcement, unlikely civil rights collaborators, and underdog armies that did the incredible together.
  *  The team players behind great social movements in history, and the science of becoming open-minded.

This was a fun read. Interesting, insightful, and looking to pull in relevant examples from diverse and unusual sources. Snow is also willing to dig deeper into the topic and look at examples, and then counter-intuitive ones too in his quest for more nuanced and thoughtful insights and takeaways. Having reviewed a lot of leadership books recently, this book was a breath of fresh air. It’s always a good sign when your teenager starts reading the book over your shoulder and then borrows it to read it. The World of Warcraft and Star Trek examples never hurt, but overall the author has worked hard to ensure that it makes for a provocative and useful read.

The case studies are good, it is an ongoing and near eternal challenge to work out how to build good teams. The whole discussion around diversity causing greater conflict but ultimately better results illustrates that it is not an easy path to follow. However if it was easy to build great teams then everyone would be doing it. It still remains important to be human, empathetic and able to relate to others. Not necessarily to be best friends with your work colleagues, or to even want to be so, but to be willing to go in and fight for their corner. The Rusian ice hockey players were a recurring case study through the book, and yielded lots of interesting, and often counter intuitive successess. A good book to read, for many of the family (as the teenager removes it again to read).


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The Dream Pillow | WPEC

A new children’s book to help young people think of their dreams. (WPEC)

Any parent knows getting your children to go to bed can be a nightmare.

But not anymore, thanks to the “Dream Pillow.”

Anchor Suzanne Boyd and Jenna Miller wrote the book, inspired by her daughter Harper.

There will be a book signing at Learning Express in Boca Raton. It runs from 3 to 5 p.m.

‘Pipe dream’ to publication | Local News Stories

MDP columnist and author re-releases first novel

•First book was about her 3 pregnancies

•Righter’s columns to be in own compilation

•MDP publisher: Righter has ‘unique sense of humor’

Montrose resident Twyla Righter always thought being a published author was “a crazy pipe dream” as writing one seemed to be quite the undertaking.

It wasn’t completely mental as she published her first book, “About that Pregnancy Glow,” in 2014. The novel was recently re-published and came out Tuesday through her new publisher, City Lights, out of Las Vegas.

The re-release comes as part of another book deal which includes a second book by Righter. The latter book will include her columns and articles written for the Montrose Daily Press and the MDP’s monthly section Valley Health. The untitled book will come out later this year, according to Righter.

The republished “About that Pregnancy Glow,” however, can now be found on amazon.com. Righter said she hopes in the future, hard copies of this book can be bought in local bookstores.

Righter said her first novel was about how “miserable and awful” pregnancy can be. She said the inspiration came from humorous experiences during her three times expectanting and how friends would say she would have a glow, but instead, she found herself constantly sick.

“I just had really, really awful pregnancies,” Righter said. “There are not a lot of books about how yucky it is.”

Daily Press Publisher Tonya Maddox said she’s happy for Righter, whose bi-weekly columns are filled with comedy.

“She’s not your ordinary columnist,” Maddox said. “She’s a strong cup of coffee at times with a unique sense of humor. What I enjoy about her columns is you never know what you’re going to get. I’m always surprised and entertained. I’ve felt like I’ve learned something or seen a different view after reading her column.”

But, there’s one constant in all of them: Montrose. Righter said she makes a point of featuring where she lives and that she is thrilled others will hear about the area through her work.

“They are local,” Righter said. “I write about Montrose, Chipeta, local businesses where I was shopping for Christmas and where my kids play sports. These local references are going to sell in a book that’s going to be sold nationally.”

Maddox said Righter’s columns have been strongly received.

“One of the things in my position is I get feedback on everything that’s in our paper and Twyla has a following,” Maddox said. “And I think her following is going to be quite excited about her columns being condensed into one book. I’m excited for her, for Montrose and for her followers that they will be able to refer back to some of their favorite columns.”

Righter was hesitant about sharing her columns book at a national level — she said she worried about the details readers would learn about her life and those of her children.

“There was a part of me that thought about if I should tone (down) some of the Montrose stuff,” Righter said. “… But at the end of the day I don’t think it’s going to hit the New York Times Bestseller list, so hopefully, the people have the self-control to (not) be wackadoos.”

Righter, who attends national writing seminars and conferences, said she’s been amazed by how easy releasing one’s own book can be. Previously, editors were the “gatekeepers” for authors to release their work. But thanks to the internet, putting out a piece of literature is less daunting, Righter noted.

“The publisher I’m working with and most of the publishers there were buying books that have been self-published and done OK,” Righter said. “… They’re not interested in launching new authors. They’re looking for people who took the time to self-publish and then their own book did well.”

She added that in talking to her own publisher, she learned many well-known books and movies started out as a blog. Righter indicated she hopes her compilation will help put Montrose into the national consciousness.

“I think the book will sell in different parts of the country which should be interesting to see,” Righter said.

Andrew Kiser is the Montrose Daily Press’ sports/business writer. Follow him on Twitter @andrew_kpress.

Woman says WOW airlines ruined her dream trip to Paris

ST. LOUIS – It’s one of the latest airlines to land in St. Louis Lambert airport.

WOW air is known for it’s cheap, no-frills flights to Europe, but some Wow customers are warning if you book with this discount airline you’ll get what you pay for.

“I was excited to go to Paris. It was one place I said i’d like to go,” said Valerie Bourrage of St. Louis.

She began planning her trip to Paris a year ago and booked with WOW air and felt good about it.
“It was a very good deal,” said Bourrage. It was early June and Bourrage says everything was fine until she got to her first lay over in France.

“When we got to Lyon, my cousin got a text message saying your flight was over booked to Paris and you have to get on a bus,” said Bourrage.

After a six hour bus ride, Bourrage arrived in Paris at 2 a.m. She says by then, the hotel gave her room away and she realized something else was now missing. “I was in Paris the whole time with no luggage,” said Bourrage.

WOW air had no idea where her luggage was, but Bourrage kept calling them for answers.

“All the phone calls were international. So I run up my cell phone bill making international calls. I was a little down and depressed about it,” said Bourrage.

Somehow, she managed to salvage the rest of the trip.

She’s been back home for two weeks now but she still hasn’t been reunited with her luggage.
“Still no luggage. I’ve been making phone calls. I’ve sent several emails, several claims. Still nothing,” said Bourrage.

The 5 On Your Side I-Team found dozens of similar complaints of WOW air losing baggage for weeks at a time. Most complaints are documented on travel sites like Trip Advisor.

Bourrage doesn’t know if she’ll ever get her belongings back, but she says she wants to warn others who are putting their travel dreams in the airlines hands.

“They were so unorganized and even one of the workers there said ‘Well this is a low budget airline’. i never want to fly with them again,” said Bourrage.

Bourrage says she had about $3,000 worth of stuff in her luggage.

After we reached out, a spokesperson for WOW air told 5 On Your Side they’re stepping up their efforts to track down Bourrage’s luggage.

In cases of over-bookings they also say they always try to reroute passengers or offer refunds.

© 2018 KSDK

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How is your American Dream different than your parents’?

The concept of the “American Dream” may be older than America itself. It can be traced back as far as 1630, when John Winthrop gave his “city upon a hill” sermon to his fellow Puritan colonists as they sailed to Massachusetts. The idea that America could be a place where everyone had an opportunity for prosperity and happiness is what the United States was founded on (with a healthy dose of hypocrisy, since black people were enslaved and women couldn’t vote). But while we’ve had the notion for over 300 years, it wasn’t until 1931 that we got the phrase: historian James Truslow Adams popularized the idea of the “American Dream” in his book The Epic of America.

Since then, popular culture has latched on to the idea of the American Dream as some combination of getting married, holding down a good job from which you can retire, owning a nice house, and having 2.5 kids.

But what does the American Dream mean in 2018?

Lately, American employers are adding jobs at a fast clip across a wide range of industries. Yet economists have struggled to explain why wages aren’t rising as quickly as the trend-lines would suggest they ought to. Indeed, wage stagnation has been the common theme among U.S. workers for at least the past three decades; income inequality is getting worse; and the tax overhaul President Trump signed into law last winter is expected to benefit tech giants and rich people who don’t work more than poor people who do. To make matters worse, contract work, persistent gender and racial pay gaps, lack of nationwide protections like paid family leave, and other factors are conspiring to withhold the bulk of the country’s recent economic gains from most of the workers who’ve contributed to them.

All these changes are impacting how Americans plan for the future and think about success.  Many Americans of all ages are finding circumstances, at least as much as their own values, reshaping their notions of “success.” When LinkedIn recently asked users to reflect on that word, the top response was “not living paycheck-to-paycheck.”

So this Independence Day, Fast Company wants to hear from you: How does your definition of the American Dream differ from your parents’?

Click here to share your answer by 5 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 28.

We’ll share the results over the 4th of July weekend.

Dream, reality of remote life contrasted

David Barnes reviews Out Of The Wild, by Charlie Paterson. Published by Craig Print.

There are many tales of struggles to tame patches of New Zealand wilderness. One of the most salutary attempts was the failed settlement of Jamestown; James Macandrew’s plan for a West Coast port for Otago province on the shores of Lake McKerrow in Northern Fiordland. There’s little evidence of it there now and most of the township has become part of Fiordland National Park. A few sections remain in private hands and, in the 1990s, Charlie Paterson — burnt out from his job running salmon farms — acquired one of them. Many people who spend time in the back-country, and a few who don’t, have dreamt, at least momentarily, of building a life there. Paterson set out to make his dream come true. With no income and little capital, he embarked on a plan to create a luxury lodge; later downgraded to backpacker accommodation.

Paterson pulls few punches when it comes to describing the difficulties he encountered. The obvious ones of weather, remoteness and sandflies are only the beginning. Miscalculation of the cost of flying building materials in meant that much of it was deposited at the head of the lake to save on flying time. While there may have been no alternative when he was so strapped for cash, everything had to be made up into rafts and towed down the lake, then manhandled on to the site, causing enormous delays and adding to the cash-flow woes. One chapter is devoted to his battles with bureaucracy and it is clear that, regardless of which party was in the right, Paterson’s skills in dealing with it did not match his ability to live a self-reliant lifestyle.

While the building was eventually finished and attracting customers, it was clearly a case of too little, too late and never generated a sustainable income. In 2002, seven years after starting the project, the property was sold. Much of the book was drafted by candlelight during lonely nights at Jamestown, with opening and closing remarks for each chapter written more recently. Inevitably, there’s some bitterness in the contemporaneous sections, although it is clear  the author can now look back with more objectivity.

An editor is credited in this book but it is marred by eccentric sentences  and repetition. Anyone who has dreamed of a life in the wild will find this book gives them cause for reflection on some of the challenges.

– David Barnes is a Lower Hutt-based reviewer.

Slow down to read signs in your dreams

Your head might be in the right place but if your heart is not, then you will be reminded that unity is needed. We can make sense of a lot of issues in our lives, yet we often tend to believe they are out of control. Therefore, we render ourselves incapable of change and become just that. It is our own perception that is the deciding factor and, more often, not the actual reality. If you are shown the light, so to speak, in your dreams, it is because it is time for you to take the torch. In other words, it’s time for a change and time for you to make it.

Dear Dream Retriever: I get the message from the dreams I have had previous to the one I am sending to you. I am always driving down the road and I am going way too fast to read the signs on the side of the road. I have these dreams more often than I would like, and I know they are telling me to slow down.

In the most recent dream I had, I am reading a book and I know the book is about poetry. It is my favorite read and I am sitting in my living room, in my chair where I sit when I am reading. I try to read it but I can’t. I know that there is a message that this book is trying to give me.

I have made serious changes and am aware of my fast-paced lifestyle. I have been mindful, properly for the first time in my life, of overindulging, so I don’t get this. — Stuck, Dracut

Dear Stuck: You are on the right track being mindful of your self-undoing. The part of the interpretation you missed in the dreams previous was, you are missing the signs.

Some aspect of your life has presented an opportunity to you; you’re missing that.

The dream about poetry is not so obvious. The part of the brain that relates to language is not as active at this state. The message wasn’t the poem — it was the inspiration that a poem was supposed to give you. A poet carefully constructs a message by playing on the imagination of the reader.

There is an opportunity you are about to miss that will inspire you and give way to what you are trying achieve.

Reach Jackie Bryson at [email protected].