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Stamford Man Trades Wall Street Career To Brew Craft Beer

Conor Horrigan traded a career on Wall Street to start a craft brewery in Stamford.
Conor Horrigan traded a career on Wall Street to start a craft brewery in Stamford. Photo Credit: Contributed by Diane Pauley

STAMFORD, Conn. -- “I knew two things,'' said Stamford's Conor Horrigon, founder and Chief Beer Philosopher of the Half Full Brewery. "I have never been in love with finance, and I found joy in bringing people together.”

Holding onto these notions helped Horrigan realize that the traditional career route was not for him.

Like many young entrepreneurs, Horrigan excelled at his day-job enough to move up the ranks of Wall Street quickly, only to realize something was missing.

It wasn’t challenging, or fulfilling enough. So in his third year of work, Horrigan decided to take a vacation that would change his life.

After traveling abroad, Horrigan came back to New York and quit his financially "stable" job to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams in Stamford.

He took his weathered notebook that held all of his beer-worthy ideas and got to work.

Horrigan knew he had a spirit of impact and a heart for people. By thinking about the greater good of Stamford, Half Full Brewery was born.

He knew that beer brought out an emotion in people. It helped them let loose, be present, enjoy the company of good friends and forget about the craziness of life.

“And Stamford was the right location,'' Horrigan said. "Next to the city of ‘chasing dreams,’ it’s a city where Half Full’s message could resonate and where the brewery could soak up its first steps of success.”

Success has certainly come in the form of a loyal community that views Half Full as a second home.

Horrigan didn’t take the typical path, and Stamford is certainly grateful for that.

The business is located at 43 Homestead Ave. in Stamford. Learn more about Half Full Brewery on the company website .

Diane Pauley, the PostGrad Coach, resides in Stamford. Learn more about her at

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