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You Can Help A Neighbor Tonight at Local Fundraiser

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Oct 082016
 

cataldeOn Sunday September 11, the Catalde family was devastated by a fire that destroyed their home.

Resident Nancy Nastri and Jim Hassenmayer, owner of the Orange Ale House Grille and Burger Bar are organizing a fundraiser.

“We are coming together to show not only support but to raise some funds to help them get thru this tragedy,” Nastri said. “Your $30 donation at the door includes food, music and a donation. There will be a raffle and silent auction. The Orange Ale House is donating all the food. There will be a cash bar available.”

The event will take place at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 4-9 p.m.

Catalde fire

 

Originally published on Sept. 15. and Oct. 4. 

 

Now That’s A Good Meatball!

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Apr 102016
 

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Photo by Studio 95 Photographix

On Saturday evening the Orange Ale House Grille and Burger Bar hosted the second annual Meatball Challenge to benefit the late Paul Newman’s Hole In The Wall Camp and to crown the first and second place winners who made the best meatballs in New Haven County.

The 2016 Meatball Challenge Committee included Angela McNabola, Jessica Bakis,  PJ Shanley, Ed McManus, Jim Pino Jr., and Jim Hassenmayer, owner of the Ale House.

This year, there were celebrity judges — food critics Vincent Faracelli and Robert Modena, Jerry the Chef, Anna Zap from Star 99.9 radio and Erin Logan from Fox 61 (instead of the crowd making the ultimate decision) and they had plenty to choose from — 20 cooks participated in the competition.

The final tally was close: Mike Martone won by less than half a point, second place went to Mishele Appleby and last year’s winner Barbara Lehrer came in third. McNabola received the popular vote.

There were lots of excellent gift baskets and raffle prizes to add to the excitement and the one and only Jimmy Pino and his band Freeplay providing entertainment for nearly 300 guests.

Click HERE to see all of G. Gregory Geiger’s photos from the event.

Orange Ale House: A Great Community Business Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

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Sep 052013
 

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In 2003, the Orange Ale House began its transformation from a neighborhood bar to become the Orange Ale House Bar & Grille, a family-friendly dining spot during the day and a favorite place in which to have a fundraising event.

Owner Jim Hassenmayer and his sons, Dan and Rob are well known to regular customers and have helped make the Ale House a household name.

The Hassenmayers often can be seen at town wide events, such as the Rotary Lobster Festival where they sponsor the beer tent.

Since he took over the business,  Jim has hosted countless fundraising events, providing the food and a nice clean venue for charities like Jam for Jimi’s Friends, a motorcycle ride for the Milford Literacy Center, raising money for Keith Johnstone, the quadriplegic Bethany firefighter and so much more.

Aside from this, the Ale House also boasts a wonderful menu [http://www.orangealehouse.com/page/21106-Menu] and was one of the first Orange establishments to recognize the versatility and popularity of grilled cheese sandwiches. The lobster grilled cheese is at the top of the list for anyone that has tried it.

Salads, burgers and pizza, using dough from the popular Salerno’s Pizza Restaurant.

Moms and Grandmas love celebrating Mother’s Day with family by having a nice quiet dinner at the Orange Ale House in the remodeled dining room.

If you haven’t gone to the Orange Ale House in a while, afraid that it’s “just a bar.” Think again, stop by, have a seat and enjoy.

Monday to Wed – 3:30PM to 1 AM
Thurs & Sunday – Noon to 1AM
Friday & Saturday – Noon to 2AM

Happy Hour – Mon to Fri 4 – 7PM

The Orange Ale House has a Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/orangealehouse?fref=ts and a web site at http://www.orangealehouse.com/

Why Is A News Van At the Ale House?

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Jul 142013
 

A reporter talks to Scrabble Ride organizers in front of the Orange Ale House.

A reporter talks to Scrabble Ride organizers in front of the Orange Ale House.

I received several messages this morning about a news van parked in front of the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road.

“What happened at the Ale House last night,” James asked. “There’s a News van in front.”

“Why is a news van at the Ale House?” Christine asked

“What’s going on at the Ale House, a news van has been out front since about 5:30 this morning,” Dave wrote.

The answer is simple: Nothing happened at the popular bar and restaurant last night, it’s what’s going to happen that brought the media there.

As Orange Live reported last night, Ale House Owner Jim Hassenmayer is sponsoring the Live To Learn Motorcycle Scrabble Ride, to benefit the Milford Literacy Center.

Within about a half hour (hopefully) hundreds of motorcycles will thunder into the Ale House parking lot and the riders will register, have breakfast and then take off for a 70-mile ride through Fairfield County.

The bikes will leave in waves every 15 minutes after 9:30 a.m. with the final riders departing at 10:30 a.m.

When they return, Hassenmayer will treat everyone to lunch, with music, raffles and prizes, and the very important Scrabble challenge.

The riders receive a scrabble card and choose letters when they register and upon returning, they are challenged to make as many words with the most points to win.

This is one of the most fun and popular events that the Orange Ale House sponsors each year.

Orange Ale House & Grille, So Much More Than Just A Bar

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Jul 042013
 

the lobster grilled cheese with a side of sweet potato fries is a fan favorite.

The lobster grilled cheese with a side of sweet potato fries is a fan favorite at the Orange Ale House & Grille.

If you are looking for a good meal, why not try the Orange Ale House & Grille, 517 Boston Post Road across Route 1 from the Raymour and Flanigan shopping center.

Many people think that the Ale House is just a neighborhood bar, but it is so much more than that. The Happy Hour for example for some is more about the excellent pizza and wings than the drink specials.

When you’re out and about, hungry for a burger or grilled cheese, this is the place to go.

Before it became a big deal at other restaurants, the Ale House was offering a full menu of grilled cheese sandwiches.  One of the favorites is the Lobster grilled cheese, which is particularly excellent on rye bread, but you can choose any kind of bread you’d like.

Another hot commodity for a quick, delicious meal is the hot dog — dressed up any way you like it, with chili, kraut or cheese, they are served on a bakery fresh roll, split and grilled. Two thumbs up every time.

The Orange Ale House & Grille is a great place to celebrate a special occasion with dinner in the dining room, hold a fund-raising event (owner Jim Hassenmayer is famous around town for the fundraising events there), or to meet up with friends for a bite to eat or to watch a playoff game or hear a band.

The next time you’re looking for a place to eat, think of the Orange Ale House & Grille — Yes, it’s that good.

Ale House split Chili Dog with kraut on a bakery fresh roll.

Ale House split Chili Dog with kraut on a bakery fresh roll.

 

Eva’s Miracle: Bringing People Together for A Sweet Baby Girl

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Jun 022013
 

IMG_2503The Orange Ale House hosted a fundraiser today to benefit Eva Grace Kelly, 2, who is living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 1.

According to a brochure prepared by benefit organizers, SMA is the number one genetic killer of infants and toddlers, causing progressive muscular atrophy and weakness.

Her disease affects most of Eva’s physical movements including the ability to breathe, cough and swallow.

She cannot sit, stand, crawl walk or talk (yet). there is currently no treatment or cure for her disease.

Children with SMA do not typically live past their second birthday, but Ea is one of the exceptions.

Her parents, John and Melissa, plan to stay diligent with her medical care and treatment and protect her from illnesses and germs as much as possible in the hope that her respiratory status will remain stable.

Because she is unable to breathe on her own, she is assisted with a tracheostomy tube that is connected to a ventilator 24 hours a day.

She also has a g-tube and is fed with a feeding pump because she is unable to swallow. She requires around the clock nursing care.

In spite of all this, Eva is a happy little girl. She enjoys living at home with her parents and 7-year-old brother, Noah, and their two cats.

Orange resident Jim Hassenmayer owner of the Orange Ale House is known for his generosity and willingness to help those in need by providing one or two rooms of his establishment and donating the food for benefits such as this one.

The dining area and back room were packed with Eva’s supporters, half of the dining room was filled with raffle prizes donated by many area businesses in Milford, Orange and West Haven.

Hassenmayer said, “The organizers did a fantastic job putting this together. We’re happy to help any way we can.”

Family friend, Susan Saren said Eva was supposed to attend the event, but came down with a virus on Saturday and ended up in the hospital.

She came home on Sunday afternoon, but it was too soon to take her out in a crowd.

Her mom said she was grateful for the wonderful show of support Eva received at this benefit.