Hop Culture Farms & Brew Co., Colchester
Once you have kids you realize that “family-friendly” breweries and wineries are pretty much like Disney World for us adults. We get to socialize and enjoy adult beverages while our littles get to run around wild and free amongst sprawling vineyards or farmland? Sounds like heaven.
The owners of Hop Culture have young children themselves, so the brewery is extra family-friendly, and pet-friendly too! While still relatively new, this super unique spot is already getting rave reviews on the craft beer scene. Both a farm and a brewery, they grow their own hops. On any given weekend, expect food trucks and during non-covid times, plenty of events including trivia and live music. They even recently hosted a snowshoeing excursion around their property complete with a hike around the farm and some beer along the way.
Their patio area is currently divided into socially distant plots, perfect for a family to gather safely outdoors, sample some beer and (since current CT law requires it) enjoy a nosh or two along with it from one of the visiting local food trucks. They have a rotating schedule of beers on tap, with names that are almost as good as the beer itself. Case in point, “Dad Bod,” Crocs with Socks” and “Kids Table King.” Besides whatever your usual preference might be (IPA, Pale Ale, Stout) you’ll definitely want to try the “Knockin’ Boots,” which is a creamy, dreamy chocolate peanut butter stout.
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