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Find the Perfect Ale along Connecticut's Beer Trail
Explore the Connecticut Beer Trail and its distinctive craft beer destinations throughout the state! Plan an afternoon outing or make it a getaway with friends or your significant other. Discover fantastic, fresh, handcrafted, locally brewed beer, meet local producers, attend tastings, take a brewery tour and learn about the assortment, individuality and creativity of local breweries and brewpubs. Connecticut has a host of award-winning breweries and brewpubs, and many offer food, dining experiences and special events. Find your favorite beer or ale along the Connecticut Beer Trail. Cheers!
254 Crown Street, New Haven CT 06511 // (203) 495-8924
Housed in a 1915 automobile show room, BAR, which has been recognized by the Connecticut Institute of Architects for its “outstanding design,” offers a cool atmosphere to unwind with friends. As New Haven’s first brewpub, BAR offers four affordable styles of freshly micro-brewed beer: Toasted Blonde, Amber, Pale and Stout. Guests can enjoy the brews in one of BAR’s three distinctive rooms: the front room equipped with a pool table and wide screen TV; the BRU room where BAR’s micro-brewed beer is accompanied by freshly made brick-oven pizzas; and finally the BARtropolis room, a high energy dance club!
84 Main Street Torrington, CT 06790 // (860) 489-8900
Operating on the motto “Eat, Drink, Live” Backstage is a great place for a night out with friends and family. Backstage offers more than 80 varieties of craft brew beers and with more than 20 brews on tap and 70 bottled beers to choose from, there is sure to be something to please everyone. Backstage also offers a well-priced and carefully selected wine list for those with a different palate. With a great menu offering handcrafted burgers, small plates, big plates and homemade desserts, Backstage is a place everyone can enjoy. Located next to the Warner Theater, Backstage is open late on show nights to accommodate theatergoers, but don’t forget to visit the website to make your reservations in advance.
Beer’d Brewing Company
American Velvet Mill, 22 Bayveiw Ave., Stonington, CT 06378 // (860) 857-1014
Located inside an old velvet mill that now houses artist studios, Beer’d Brewery is a Nano Brewery. Its 93-gallon/3 BBL brew house allows the brewer and owner Aaren Simoncini to be creative, agile and extremely hands-on with every ounce of beer he produces. Whisker’d Wit, the brewery’s flagship brew, is on tap year round, and other beers include a series of Double IPAs, an American Pale Ale and an American Brown Ale. Beer’d Brewery is open Fridays 5pm to 9pm; and Saturdays and Sundays 1pm to 5pm for free tastings and Growler sales.
Cambridge House Brew Pub
357 Salmon Brook Street, Granby, CT 06035 // (860)-653-2739
The Cambridge House Brew Pub is a family-style community tavern and microbrewery in one, serving the residents of north-central Connecticut real crafted beers, food and live entertainment in the heart of Granby. The microbrewery has produced many craft beers over the past several years, including Moonbeam Stout, Alt 45, Copper Hill Kolsch and its renowned Abijah Rowe IPA. The Cambridge house pairs award-winning craft beers with a food menu of classic pub fare, American grilled burgers and steaks, and inventive comfort food for every palate, along with distinctive signature desserts. CBH procures fresh ingredients for their food and libations, supporting the local farms and farmers of Connecticut and Massachusetts. This lively neighborhood Brew Pub hosts locals, guests and Mug Club members to lunch and dinner six days a week, and features live music, beer dinners, beer tastings and educational events about beer.
The Cask Republic
179 Crown Street New Haven, CT 06510 // (475) 238-8335
191 Summer Street, Stamford, CT 06905 // (203) 348-2275
If you’re a beer connoisseur or just out to enjoy a good brew, the Cask Republic is the place to go. Located in New Haven and Stamford, this restaurant and bar has a tremendous selection, including more than 50 draughts and more than 80 varieties of bottled beer. As if that’s not enough to prompt a visit to this unique hangout, both locations offer a menu that complements the beer offered – from cheese boards and small plates to flatbread pizza, salads and large plates. Enjoy smoked short rib meatballs, warm duck confit salad or curried chickpea fritters while sipping on some of the best beer in Connecticut. Whichever location you choose, The Cask Republic is a must-go dining and drinking destination!
City Steam Brewery Cafe
942 Main Street Hartford, CT 06103 // (860) 525-1600
Housed in a building that was once Connecticut’s largest department store, City Steam serves great food and beer on nine different levels of seating! Cast iron railings and millwork from the old department store give guests get a sense of old charm. City Steam gets its name from the Hartford Steam Company, which allows the café to power its 15-barrel brewery with “city steam.” Enjoy a handcrafted brew like the Blonde on Blonde American Pale Ale, Black Silk Stout Oatmeal Stout or White Wedding Wheat Ale. Pair one of these brews or another one of the many other options with grilled chicken skewers, fried pickles or Buffalo chicken dip and enjoy a great evening at the City.
Cottrell Brewing Co.
100 Mechanic St, Pawcatuck CT, 06379 // (860) 599-8213
In 1855, Calvert B. Cottrell, owner of C.B. Cottrell & Sons, Inc., located in Pawcatuck, Conn., founded what became one of the region’s most successful printing press manufacturing companies. Fast-forward more than 125 years to when Cottrells’ great, great grandson, Charles Cottrell Buffum, opened Cottrell Brewing Company in 1996. The company aims to provide only products that are fresh, full of character and at the top of their class. The company’s flagship beer, Old Yankee Ale, is bottled and brewed within the old factory walls, with the same pride and attention to quality that generations of Cottrells put into their presses over 100 years ago.
DuVig Brewing Co.
59 School Ground Road, Branford, CT 06405 // (203) 208-2213
Established in 2013 and new to the Connecticut Beer Trail, DuVig Brewing Co. is a collaboration between two families (Dugas and Vigliotti) committed to creating “full-flavored, easy-drinking beers.” DuVig Brewing Co. beers are brewed to style – stop by the Branford brewery for tastings and growler fills on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Current beer styles on tap are Cream Ale, Brown Ale, Pale Ale and for a limited time, Oatmeal Stout. Tours are available on weekends by request.
New England Brewing Co.
7 Selden St, Woodbridge, CT 06525 // (203) 387 2222
New England Brewing Co., a small craft brewery located in Woodbridge, was listed as one of the top 20 breweries in the U.S. by BeerAdvocate.com in 2009 and 2010. Stop by to see why – there are daily rotating draft offerings including Fuzzy Baby Ducks (single hop beer), New England Gold Stock Ale (German pale ale) and Ghost Pigeon (American porter). Plus, there’s a selection of bottled and canned craft beer such as Elm City Lager, Sea Hag IPA and Wet Willie Scotch Ale.
Olde Burnside Brewing Company
776 Tolland St. East Hartford, CT 06108 // (860) 528-2200
Established in 2000, Olde Burnside Brewing Company, located in East Hartford, is a spinoff company of the families’ original ice manufacturing business, “The Burnside Ice Company” (founded in 1911). Olde Burnside Brewing Company is an artisan brewery, dedicated to producing distinctive, high-quality brews, and handcrafts traditional ales with a Scottish twist. Its “Ten Penny Ale” is the flagship Scottish Ale – malty with a touch of caramel and smokiness. “Dirty Penny Ale” is a blend of the “Ten Penny Ale” and a California style stout to create a unique Black & Tan with a smooth finish. And the “Hop’t Scot” is the brewery’s Scottish version of an English IPA. Olde Burnside Brewing Company offers tours and tastings – stop by the store to check out the Old Burnside merchandise including T-shirts, tap handles and more!
Overshores Brewing Co.
250 Bradley Street, East Haven, CT 06512 // (203) 909-6224
Overshores Brewing Co. is Connecticut’s first dedicated Belgian-style brewery. Take a tour of the production facility and visit the Bottle Room to sample and learn about the brewery’s Belgian beers. Current and upcoming offerings include Belle Fermiere, Overshores’ signature saison. A blend of Belgian tradition and new world flavors, it’s a lightly hoppy Belgian style farmhouse ale. The Overshores Simpel is a refreshing choice. Dry and crisp, it’s the most basic of the brewery’s beers and its lightest and hoppiest. Coming this August is Blanc de Blanche, a classic Belgian wheat beer or wit, brewed with coriander and dried orange peel resulting in a smooth summer selection. Share in the Overshores Brewing Co. experience, where its philosophy about beer is “to savor, to contemplate, and to enjoy.”
Southport Brewing Company
Southport, Branford and Milford locations
Southport Brewing Company has been serving brunch, lunch, dinner and its 27 homemade brews at its Southport, Branford and Milford locations since 1997. Restaurant goers can watch the beer making process while enjoying tasty selections from the restaurant’s menu. Southport Brewing Company categorizes their beer into Tier One, light and refreshing; Tier Two, well balanced and smooth; and Tier Three, the most bold and complex.
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
16 Tobey Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002 // (860) 242-3111
In its second decade of producing quality craft beers, Thomas Hooker Brewing Company makes beer with an award-winning taste that is handcrafted from the finest malts, hops and ingredients. The brewery offers 13 unique beers – eight ales and five lagers. Enjoy its specialty seasonal beers, including the springtime Chocolate Truffle Stout or the Watermelon Ale in the summer. Guests can experience the brewery’s atmosphere at one of its open houses on the first and third Friday of every month, or opt to do a tour and tasting, offered every Saturday.
Two Roads Brewing Company
1700 Stratford Ave., Stratford, CT 06615 // (203) 335-2010
Two Roads Brewing Company transformed a 100-year-old building into a thriving brewery complete with an outdoor beer garden and tasting room. Master brewer Phil Markowski, known for taking the road less traveled in every brew he makes, produces unique styles of classic beers. From the seasonal Road Jam Raspberry Wheat to the year-round Lil’ Heaven Session IPA to a variety of specials, beer lovers will enjoy this unique gathering place. Take a brewery tour and stop by the store for a Two Roads Brewing Company hat, T-shirt or beer glass.
Willimantic Brewing Company
967 Main Street, Willimantic, CT 06226 // (860) 423-6777
Willimantic Brewing Company is located in an historic landmark – a renovated 1909 U.S. Post Office building that still retains much of the character and architecture of the original structure. To add to the ambiance, post office memorabilia can be seen throughout the restaurant and pub brewery. The range of beers is extensive, as the seven-barrel brewery produces various in-house selections in addition to the ever-changing guest beers. Willimantic Brewing Company brews more than a dozen handcrafted styles of beer each month and offers more than 20 different microbrews on tap. The restaurant and pub brewery features more than 100 menu selections, from steaks, pasta and seafood to pizza, burgers and salads. Willimantic Brewing Company has received numerous awards over the years including the 2011 best brew in Connecticut by Yankee Magazine and a 2011 best restaurant bar in Connecticut, by Connecticut Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards.
The CT Beer Trail has attracted visitors from all over the country, offering an opportunity to taste some of the best brews available anywhere. To promote the state’s beer culture and to foster and strengthen a shared consumer base, the trail offers local Connecticut breweries, brew pubs, beer bars and home brew shops access to an online community that leverages existing marketing efforts under one umbrella. For more brewery locations and information on the Connecticut Beer Trail, visit CTBeerTrail.net.
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