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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 | 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
The best parts of fall are simply unavailable in the city; no hills rolling with color, no apple orchards or pumpkin patches, and certainly no historic cider mills. Luckily, Connecticut has all of these and more, and it’s just a brief drive away. This short list is packed with everything from pumpkin picking to hot cider and corn mazes.
Featuring: Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum | B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill | Belltown Hill Orchards | Berkshire Balloons | Black Hog Brewing Company | Chester Charter, Inc. | Connecticut Dinosaur Trail | Connecticut Science Center | Dinosaur State Park | EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center | Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm | Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm | Fort Hill Farms | Giuffrida Park | Haley Farm State Park | Hidden Valley Preserve | HighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods Resort Casino | Hogans Cider Mill | Kent Falls State Park | Lyman Orchards | Mooney Time | New England Cider Company | Nomads Outdoor Adventure | RiverQuest | Rose's Berry Farm | Scott's Yankee Farmer | Silverman's Farm | Skydive Danielson | Spoke + Spy Ciderworks | Talcott Mountain State Park | The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village | The Pickin Patch at Woodford Farm | These Guys Brewing Company | Thimble Island Brewing Company | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company | Town of Bethlehem | Town of Coventry | Town of Durham | Town of Litchfield | Town of Putnam | Town of Trumbull | Town of Woodbury | Two Roads Brewing Company | Yankee Cider Barn at Staehly Farms
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: 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 | Thimble Island Brewing Company | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company | Town of Branford | Two Roads Brewing Company | Willimantic Brewing Company
Nothing makes the holidays feel more like the holidays than cutting down your own Christmas tree! Throughout November and December, many Connecticut farms also offer additional activities to make the experience even more memorable — from wagon rides to the fields and tree-trimming shops to hot chocolate and visits from Santa’s helpers. So dress warm, bring your kids and your dog (on a leash, of course) and visit a few of these Connecticut Christmas tree farms.
Featuring: Allen Hill Farm | AmericInn by Wyndham Griswold | Angevine Farm | Averill Farm | Bethlehem Vineyard & Winery, LLC | Boardman House Inn | Castle Hill Farm | Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree Farm | Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets | Courtyard by Marriott - Shelton | Danbury Fair | Daniel Rust House | Dzen Tree Farm | Evergreen Acres Tree Farm | Fairview Tree Farm | Fire at the Ridge | Hampton Inn & Suites Mystic | Hampton Inn Danbury | Hartikka Tree Farm | Hickory Ridge Tree Farm | Hilton Garden Inn Glastonbury | Holiday Farm | Hopkins Inn | IT Adventure Ropes Course | Jones Family Farms | Joseph's Tree Farm | La Quinta Inn & Suites - New Haven | Maple Hollow Christmas Tree Farm | Maple Lane Farms | Maple Row Farm | Miller Tree Farm | Moodus BBQ | Oyster Club | Paul & Eddy's Pizza | Pinchbeck's Tree Farm | Plan B Burger Bar (Glastonbury) | Rose's Berry Farm | Rowanwood Farm | Staehly Tree Farm & Winery | Tavern on 66 | The Marketplace at the Guilford Food Center | The Spa at Norwich Inn | The Vanilla Bean Café | The Windemere B&B | Two Roads Brewing Company | Uncle Frank's Christmas Tree Farm | White Horse Country Pub | White Memorial Conservation Center Museum | Winterberry Farm
Historically, bachelor and bachelorette parties were expected to be wild nights of letting loose before the wedding—like the ones depicted in movies like ”The Hangover” and “Bridesmaids.” Today, the experience is still a memorable one, but more and more nearly-weds are finding options for celebrating beyond the nightclub and stag party route. Here are just a few creative suggestions for planning pre-wedding festivities in Connecticut with the guys, the girls — or both.
Featuring: Blue Ox Axe Throwing - Wallingford | Connecticut Spirits Trail | Connecticut Wine Trail | Fired Up | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Mohegan Sun | Montana Nights Axe Throwing | Monza World Class Karting at Foxwoods | Muse Paintbar (Glastonbury) | Muse Paintbar (Norwalk) | Muse Paintbar (West Hartford) | On Track Karting | Painting with a Twist | Pine & Iron Axe Throwing | RPM Raceway Stamford | Supercharged Powered by Mohegan Sun - Indoor Karting & Trampoline Park | The Connecticut Beer Trail | The Connecticut Signature Cocktail Trail | Two Roads Brewing Company
Summer nights, warm breezes, stars up above and music filling the air – how divine! With many outdoor concerts happening around the state this summer, you can enjoy musical days and nights with family and friends. Bring a picnic, relax, and savor the melodies of summer. Here are just a few of the annual music events going on right now in Connecticut. To find events near you, visit our Events Calendar.
Featuring: Blackie's Hot Dogs | Bushnell Park | Cava Restaurant | City of Bristol | City of Hartford | City of New Britain | City of Stamford | Elbow Room | Hill-Stead Museum | Lady Katharine Cruises - Hartford | Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts | Mansfield Drive-In Theatre & Marketplace | RiverQuest | Sharon Playhouse | Town of Branford | Town of Durham | Town of East Haddam | Town of Falls Village (Canaan) | Town of Guilford | Town of Hamden | Town of Norfolk | Town of Putnam | Town of Simsbury | Town of Stonington | Town of Washington | Town of Woodbury | Two Roads Area 2 | Two Roads Brewing Company
Think you need a car to visit Connecticut? Think again. There are quite a few great places to explore (and great deals to be found) when you visit by public transportation, too. We’ve even got a few ideas here that will save you money. Time to leave the traffic (or the city) behind!
Featuring: Amtrak | Bruce Museum | City of New Haven | City of New Haven | City of Norwalk | City of Stamford | Cross Sound Ferry | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Greenwich Historical Society | Local Kitchen & Beer Bar | Mohegan Sun | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | New London Historic Waterfront District | Simsbury Free Bike | Stanton House Inn | Stony Creek Brewery | The Glass House | Town of Clinton | Town of Falls Village (Canaan) | Town of Seymour | Town of Westport | Two Roads Brewing Company
Our CT Ambassador, Kevin Mardorf of CTBeer.com is back with a new list of great spots for beer lovers over the next few months (including Oktoberfest celebrations)! Check out his list below, and make sure you bookmark CTBeer.com and follow @CTBeer on Instagram for upcoming beer fests and other events!
Autumn is like Christmas time in the world of beer festivals. The weather is more comfortable than in the summer and usually more stable than in the spring. Most importantly – the flavors and styles tend to get more diverse. And then there’s a little thing called Oktoberfest…
Featuring: Beer'd Brewing Company | Black Hog Brewing Company | City of Hartford | City of Milford | City of New Haven | City of Shelton | City of Stamford | City of Waterbury | Hartford Flavor Company | Hartford Yard Goats | Lighthouse Point Park | Mohegan Sun | Mount Southington Ski Area | New England Brewing Company | Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society | Ocean Beach Park | Relic Brewing Company | Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | Stony Creek Brewery | Town of Manchester | Town of Naugatuck |