For a small state, Connecticut has an incredible amount of breweries. It’s impossible to visit every single one in a weekend (or even in a whole month), but you can get a sampling of local flavor by hopping on the Connecticut Brewery Trail
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
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1. Willimantic Brewing Company
Located in an old historic granite and limestone post office building, Willimantic Brewing Company has much to offer its guests. The brewpub offers an extensive menu of juicy burgers, grilled pizza, delicious wraps, creative salads, and more. The yummy menu pairs well with the craft beer. View the seven-barrel brewery right from the dining room! Visit the brewery at 967 Main St., Willimantic, CT 06226.
2. City Steam Brewery Cafe
Head to our state's capital and discover City Steam Brewery Cafe. Located in a historic 1870's brownstone, you'll find a multi-level floor plan with 9 different levels of seating. Dozens of hand-crafted beers can be enjoyed alongside terrific food, a game room, and an outdoor beer garden. Plan ahead and take in a show at the Brew Ha Ha Comedy Club in the basement. Find City Steam Brewery Cafe at 942 Main St., Hartford, CT 06103.
3. Thomas Hookery Brewery
Thomas Hooker Brewery has an impressive lineup of brews on tap. Enjoy the tasting room, growler fills, pint sales, and gift shop. Plan to visit on the first or third Friday during their lively open house and grab a brewery tour. Visit this brewery at 16 Tobey Rd., Bloomfield, CT 06002.
4. Firefly Hollow Brewery
Firefly Hollow Brewery is located in an old mill building in Bristol. Find delicious beers with quirky names in their tap room. Try the Lizard's Breath IPA or the Toadstool Oat Stout Nitro. You'll often find live bands performing and food trucks for chowing down, though you're welcome to bring your own snacks. Find Firefly Hollow Brewery at 139 Center St., Bristol, CT 06010.
5. Two Roads Brewing Company
Two Roads Brewing found its home in an old manufacturing building, but the inside is nothing but sleek and modern. Enjoy the view of the brewing facilities through large windows or take a tour for an up-close look. There is no shortage of beers on tap, so get ready to taste a few. Visit Two Roads Brewing Company at 1700 Stratford Ave., Stratford, CT 06615.
6. Stony Creek Brewery
This coastal hotspot is a favorite brewery to visit during the summer months for its outdoor space and water views. But don't discount a trip here in the winter, the indoor tasting room is warm and inviting and the same fantastic beer known for being "aggressively laid-back" is offered year round. Find Stony Creek Brewery at 5 Indian Neck Ave., Branford, CT 06405.
7. 30 Mile Brewing Company
This small family-friendly brewery on the shoreline has something for every beer lover. Stouts to Double IPAs, to Saisons and Sours, grace the taps from the five-barrel system. Snacks from The Drunk Alpaca and treats from The Drunken Baker are available if you get the munchies. Visit 30 Mile Brewing Company at 39 Ragged Rock Rd., Old Saybrook, CT 06475.
8. The Beer'd Brewing Company
This micro-brewery has a hands-on approach to crafting beer. Enjoy a complimentary taste or fill up a growler to take home. Hang out in the tasting room and bring snacks to pair with your pints. Find The Beer'd Brewing Company at 22 Bayview Ave., Stonington, CT 06378.
9. Cottrell Brewing Company
On the beer scene since 1997, you'll find solid brews at Cottrell Brewing Company. You'll love the industrial vibe and full flavored beer at this longtime spot along the river. Visit Cottrell Brewing Company at 100 Mechanic St. #22, Pawcatuck, CT 06379.
10. Epicure Brewing
This craft brewery is located near Norwich Harbor. The 75-seat taproom is lively and accommodating so bring some friends. Discover tasty beers and a few wines available for consumption and you can bring your own food if you wish. Find Epicure Brewing at 40 Franklin St., Norwich, CT 06360.
So who is joining you on the Connecticut Brewery Trail? Tag them in the comments section below so they can see the lineup of brewing locations. If you’d rather take your road trip in pursuit of food, jump on this
cheese trail for a heavenly journey around the state.