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The Connecticut craft brew industry is booming. Small start-ups are gaining traction with fans and current establishments are expanding their lineups—and their tasting spaces. Even brewers who’ve been around awhile are putting out new and inviting releases. Some offer food, and many are family- and dog-friendly as well. We asked a few craft beer fans what breweries were particularly worthy of checking out right now.
Featuring: Brewery Legitimus | Brewport | City Steam Brewery Cafe | City of Waterbury | Fox Farm Brewery | Kent Falls Brewing Company | Kinsmen Brewing Company | New England Brewing Company | Relic Brewing Company | The Connecticut Beer Trail | These Guys Brewing Company | Thimble Island Brewing Company | Thomas Hooker Brewery at Colt | Town of East Haven | Town of Hamden | Town of West Hartford | Two Roads Brewing Company
We’ve teamed up with FOX61News this summer to find out what’s on everyone’s Connecticut bucket list. We then asked viewers to share their bucket list experiences by including #CTBucketList in their photos. We’re delighted to see all the destinations that Connecticut residents have been crossing off this summer. Here are a few #CTBucketList photos to provide inspiration for your own Connecticut bucket list.
Featuring: Book Barn | Brewport | Buttonwood Farm Ice Cream | City of West Haven | Devil's Hopyard State Park | Gillette Castle State Park | Grace Farms | Lavender Pond Farm | Lighthouse Point Park | Red 36 | Town of West Hartford
Destination breweries are growing in popularity for beer aficionados and casual beer drinkers alike. From playful interior design to tasting decks with a view, breweries large and small are letting their personality show through. And in Connecticut, our compact size makes it easy to explore one or more of these hot spots in a single trip. We spoke with Will Siss, Connecticut Beer author and self-described “beer snob,” to get to the bottom of Connecticut’s growing appeal.
Featuring: Bear Hands Brewery | Beer'd Brewing Company | Brewport | City Steam Brewery Cafe | Cottrell Brewing Company | Firefly Hollow Brewing Company | Half Full Brewery | J. Timothy's Taverne | New England Brewing Company | Outer Light Brewing Company | Overshores Brewing Company | Relic Brewing Company | Shebeen Brewing Company | Stony Creek Brewery | Stubborn Beauty Brewing Company | The Beer Garden at Shippan Landing | Thimble Island Brewing Company | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company | Town of Branford | Two Roads Brewing Company | Willimantic Brewing Company
These days, traveling for work doesn't need to be "all-business." From top-rated destinations to award-winning theaters to museums and music venues, there's lots more to do in the Nutmeg State once the working day is done.
Featuring: 116 Crown | Blind Pig Pizza Company | Bobby's Burger Palace | Brewport | Captain's Cove Seaport | City of Stamford | Connecticut Convention Center | David Burke Prime Steakhouse | Fifth State Distillery | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana - New Haven | Front Street District | Hard Rock Cafe at Foxwoods | Heritage Hotel | Infinity Bistro (Norfolk) | J Restaurant & Bar | Jasper White's Summer Shack | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Lime Rock Park | Local Kitchen & Beer Bar | Long Wharf Theatre | Louis' Lunch | Michael Jordan's Steak House | Mohegan Sun | Ordinary | Peppercorn's Grill | Quassy Amusement & Waterpark | Real Art Ways | Shubert Theatre | SoNo Nightlife | The Capital Grille | The Polytechnic On20 Club | The Scorpion Bar | Toad's Place | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | XL Center | Yale University Visitor Center | ZINC Restaurant
With more than 1,000 pizza spots throughout the state—Connecticut serves up some of the most innovative and flavorful creations that are camera-ready right out of the oven. Not to mention award-winning pies, including the #1 best pizza in America. The first six pizzerias on this list were featured in the top 50 of The Daily Meal’s round-up of “101 Best Pizzas in America” and Frank Pepe Pizzeria was crowned the #1 best pizza in the country.
Featuring: BAR | Blind Pig Pizza Company | Brewport | City of Middletown | City of New Haven | Coalhouse Pizza | Colony Grill | Ernie's Pizzeria | Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana - New Haven | Harry's Pizza | Modern Apizza | Mystic Pizza | Sally's Apizza | Tarry Lodge - Westport | Town of Derby | Town of Kent | Town of West Hartford | Zuppardi's Apizza
What better way to get into the holiday spirit than with...holiday spirits? It’s the perfect time to venture out and discover Connecticut’s growing number of next-generation craft distilleries and breweries which are gaining followings and racking up awards. Many are right here in Fairfield County, offering on-site tours and tastings. Some serve upscale fare to elevate the experience. You’ll find many of them on the Connecticut Spirits Trail; just be sure to check their websites before you go, as hours and offerings may change due to COVID-19.
Featuring: Brewport | City of Norwalk | Coalhouse Pizza | Fifth State Distillery | Half Full Brewery | Local Kitchen & Beer Bar - Fairfield | SoNo Seaport Seafood | The Little Pub Restaurant | Two Roads Brewing Company
As long, leisurely days give way to warm, comfortable evenings, outside dining transforms a great meal into a memorable experience. We can’t even begin to name all the wonderful restaurants in Fairfield County that offer dining without walls; so we are highlighting just a few here.
Featuring: Artisan Restaurant, Tavern & Garden | Brewport | Captain's Cove Seaport | City of Norwalk | City of Shelton | Crab Shell Restaurant | Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood | Rive Bistro | The Little Pub Restaurant | The Spread | Town of Stratford | Town of Trumbull | Town of Westport | l'escale
Connecticut has amazing fall colors — but our colors are more than just leaves. Here you can experience so much more, from the blues of the shoreline and the greens of corn mazes to the purples of sunsets and golds of craft beer.
Below, find all the colors from our latest campaign, Full Color Connecticut. In case you missed them, watch our TV commercials here. And be sure to check back each week throughout the fall to see new #FullColorCT attractions and destinations ... and visit your favorite spots today!
Featuring: Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum | Aquila's Nest Vineyards | Arrigoni Winery | Artisan | B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill | Backyard Adventure UTV Tours | Barn Loft & Treehouse | Bear's Smokehouse (New Haven) | Bishop's Orchards Farm Market & Winery | Brewport | Bushnell Park | Circle Hotel Fairfield | Giuffrida Park | Grace Farms | Gwyn Careg Inn | Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater | Heartstone Farm & Winery | Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre | Hidden Valley Preserve | High George Rooftop Restaurant | Hog River Brewing Company | Hogpen Hills Farms | Holmberg Orchards & Winery | Homestead Inn - Thomas Henkelmann Restaurant | J. Timothy's Taverne | Kent Falls State Park | Lake Compounce Campground | Lake Waramaug State Park | Manor House Inn | Maple View Farm | Mohegan Sun | Mount Southington Ski Area | Mystic Aquarium | New England Cider Company | Outer Light Brewing Company | Putnam River Trail | Rose Orchards Farm | Roseland Cottage Museum | Silverman's Farm | Simsbury 1820 House | Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds | Supercharged Powered by Mohegan Sun - Indoor Karting & Trampoline Park | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Charles | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Litchfield Inn | The Study at Yale | The Wallingford Victorian Inn | The Whaler's Inn | Town of Cornwall | Town of Durham | Town of Litchfield | Town of New Hartford | Town of Putnam | Town of Wethersfield | West Cornwall Covered Bridge | Winvian Farm | Yale University Art Gallery | Yale University Visitor Center
Make the Most of Fall
Overview: Fall is officially here ... so don’t miss a minute of it! From scarecrow displays and pumpkin picking to cider donuts, small town charm, adventurous ways to view foliage, and beyond, Connecticut is filled with ways to enjoy a very vibrant fall.
Featuring: Action Wildlife Foundation | Adventure Park at Storrs | Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum | Antique & Artisan Gallery | Antiques Marketplace | Aquila's Nest Vineyards | Arrigoni Winery | Artisan | B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill | Backyard Adventure UTV Tours | Barcade | Barn Loft & Treehouse | Bear's Smokehouse (New Haven) | Beardsley's Cider Mill & Orchard | Belltown Hill Orchards | Berkshire Balloons | Bishop's Orchards Farm Market & Winery | Bohemian Pizza | Brewport | Brignole Vineyards | Burr Pond State Park | Bushnell Park | Cedar Hill Cemetery | Circle Hotel Fairfield | City of Bridgeport | City of Hartford | City of Milford | City of New Haven | City of Stamford | Clocktown Brewing Company | Community Table | Connecticut Air & Space Museum | Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret | Connecticut Beer Trail | Connecticut Science Center | Connecticut Science Center | Connecticut Trolley Museum | Connecticut Wine Trail | Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | Dinosaur State Park | Edwin C. Ahlberg Antiques | Elizabeth's Farmhouse | Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm | Empower Adventure Park at Nomads | Engine Room | Escape New Haven | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Fairview Tree Farm | Firefly Hollow Brewing Company | Fox Farm Brewery | GastroPark | Gelston House | Giuffrida Park | Gouveia Vineyards | Grace Farms | Gwyn Careg Inn | Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater | Heartstone Farm & Winery | Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre | Hempsted Houses | Hidden Valley Preserve | High George Rooftop Restaurant | HighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods Resort Casino | Hog River Brewing Company | Hogpen Hills Farms | Holmberg Orchards & Winery | Homestead Inn - Thomas Henkelmann Restaurant | Hopkins Vineyard | Hotel Zero Degrees Norwalk | Hubbard Park & Castle Craig | Inn at Fox Hill Farm | J. Timothy's Taverne | Keeler Tavern Museum (c.1713) | Kent Falls State Park | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Lake Waramaug State Park | Lake of Isles Golf Course | Lime Rock Park | Lincoln Financial Sculpture Walk at Riverfront | Little House Brewing Company | Lyman Orchards | Macedonia Brook State Park | Manor House Inn | Mansfield Drive-In Theatre & Marketplace | Mind Factory Escape Games | Mission Escape Games | Mohegan Sun | Mount Southington Ski Area | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | Mystified Escape Rooms | Nathan Hale Homestead | New England Cider Company | Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society | Old Saybrook Antiques Center | Olmo | Outer Light Brewing Company | PEZ Visitor Center | Parkville Market | Putnam River Trail | Quassy Amusement & Waterpark | Roaring Brook Nature Center | Rogers Orchards Shuttle Meadow Farm | Rose Orchards Farm | Roseland Cottage Museum | Rowanwood Farm | Salt Cave of Darien | Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours | Shore Line Trolley Museum | Silverman's Farm | Simsbury 1820 House | Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center | Sleeping Giant State Park | SoNo Collection | Southington Drive-In | Spa at Saybrook Point Resort & Marina | Spoke + Spy Ciderworks | Spring Hill Vineyards | Stafford Cidery | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | Stone Row Kitchen + Bar | Strawberry Park Resort | Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds | Supercharged Powered by Mohegan Sun - Indoor Karting & Trampoline Park | Tapping Reeve House & Law School | Taste of New Haven Tours | Tavern at Graybarns | Tavern on State | Taylor Brooke Brewery | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Charles | The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village | The Farmhouse at Maple View Farm | The Glass House | The Goodwin Hotel | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Study at Yale | The Wallingford Victorian Inn | The West Lane Inn | The Whaler's Inn | Town of Cornwall | Town of Cornwall | Town of Durham | Town of Enfield | Town of Essex | Town of Farmington | Town of Glastonbury | Town of Hebron | Town of Lebanon | Town of Litchfield | Town of Mystic | Town of New Hartford | Town of Plymouth | Town of Putnam | Town of Wallingford | Town of Wethersfield | Tribus Beer Company | Tribus Beer Company | Two Roads Brewing Company | Urban Lodge Brewing | Visit Collinsville | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Wall to Wall: The New London Mural Walk | West Cornwall Covered Bridge | Willimantic Brewing Company | Wilton Historical Society | Windham Textile and History Museum | Winvian Farm | Wolf's Den Family Campground | Woodbury Antiques Trail | Yale University Art Gallery | Yale University Visitor Center | Yankee Cider Barn at Staehly Farms