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A guide to Connecticut breweries, brewpubs, and taprooms

The Constitution State has enough high ABV beers to test your own constitution in 2021.

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Get on the beer trail toward Stonington's Beer'd. Or, check out Milldale's Kinsmen Brewing Company. Or or, throw a dart at your CT brewery map and hope it hits New Haven, Oxford, Salem, South Windsor, or Stamford.

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It's hard to believe that Connecticut has about as many breweries and craft beer taprooms as Maine. Good for them.

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Regions of Connecticut

Fairfield

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Lotta money in the Gold Coast. The Fairfield region is more than just the coast though, it runs all the way up the Western CT and New York border to Danbury and Candlewood Lake in New Fairfield. Even with all of that cash, the Fairfield region is nowhere near the brewing capital of CT.

Sidenote, can't wait for Greenwich's TB12 Brewing Company in 2022. With beers like Seven Rings, Touchdown, Moss! and The G.O.A.T., it's sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Hartford

Hartford might be the Insurance Capital of the World, but it's not the beer capital of CT, that belongs to New Haven. The Hartford region, which is mostly just CT's portion of the Knowledge Corridor, follows the CT river, running from the Mass border, through towns like East Windsor, and then on to the eponymous city. Unlike the coastal regions with their maritime money, and the rural regions growing their cash crops, money to drink craft beer in the Hartford region comes from insurance, financial services, and manufacturing.

Located just 5 minutes from Lego headquarters is Enfield's Powder Hollow Brewery. Because nothing says, "I've had a tough day at the office and need a drink" like playing with Legos all day.

Litchfield

The Litchfield region of CT is not exactly the brewing capital of the world, you hear? The Northwest Hills possess a lot of open road between each of its three small, local breweries. Along with the Lower Berkshires in bordering Massachusetts, the Upper Naugatuck Valley is timeless and (mostly) forgotten by all except those who live here, and those who visit the breweries below and travelers on the CT Wine Trail.

Middlesex

Middlesex, or, what's West of the Connecticut river. The Middlesex region of CT includes globally famous towns like Cromwell, Higganum, and Moodus, all of which could double as professors at Hogwarts. Aerospace and financial services mean there is some capital flying around to spend on fancy craft beers.

For a tasty Middlesex pint, try these local CT brewers:

New Haven

College, meet beer. Beer, meet college. It's an introduction as old as Yale University itself. Contained within downtown New Haven are not only countless watering holes and dive bars, but the CT Brewers Guild itself. Speaking of the CT Brewers Guild, their logo is fantastic.

The New Haven region is more than just colleges and universities. Once you move beyond the Elm City, there are miles of farmland, coast, and state parks. Take a boat tour to the Thimble Islands. Catch a live band at Toad's Place. Or, check out the Shoreline Trolley Museum and take a ride on the oldest continuously operating suburban trolley line in the United States.

Fun brewery fact: the oldest brewery in the United States is D.G. Yuengling & Son.

Then again, that all sounds like effort. Go grab an IPA and a table by the water at the Stony Creek Brewery instead. We too enjoy being aggressively laid back, especially with a Big Cranky in hand.

New London

Ahhh, Connecticut's Southeastern Shoreline. As if seafaring folk need another excuse to drink, over a dozen microbreweries and taprooms adorn the coast of CT's New London region. The region itself is home to seaside villages, maritime manufacturing, college and universities, and a bustling arts community.

And casinos. Let's not forget them. Especially since Branford's Stony Creek runs a satellite taproom at Foxwoods, offering limited releases, live music, food truck eats, and, wait for it, ping pong.

Tolland

Northern Connecticut. Rich in charm. Rich in land. Rich in I-84 on it's way to Hartford from Sturbridge, MA.

The biggest economic driver of Northern CT is flagship state school UConn. Which, simultaenously, is also probably the state's biggest driver of beer consumption. Go figure.

The Stafford Springs Motor Speedway, which no one in 10 minutes down the road Massachusetts knows exists, hosts thousands of folks every summer for their races. Gotta believe there is a some beer drinkin' going on in that parking lot. If we were Ellington's Cold Creek Brewery, we'd try and get a pop-up beer tent at the Speedway.

Windham

Nicknamed, "The Quiet Corner", the Northeastern part of CT is made up of farmland, rural towns, and a surprising amount of corporate business. Given its proximity to the Mass Pike, some of those rural towns are even commutable to Worcester and Boston.

The Quiet Corner is armed with a bevy of hiking trails, state parks, B&Bs, locally produced goods, like maple syrup and cheese, and of course, craft beer. That same craft beer answers the question, where are all of the aerospace, manufacturing, and naval defense talent going to drink after work, an Applebees?

A List of Every Craft Beer Brewery in Connecticut

Each listing includes their street address and/or contact information. Some breweries include both. For the ones that we have patronized, we have listed a write-up review with some thoughts on their beer, food, menu, tasting room, etc.

Feel free to reach out to us if the information is inaccurate, or the brewery closed, or, if you really just wanna talk about beer - we are here for you.

Connecticut Breweries

All 109 breweries, taprooms, and brewpubs in CT. Now go visit them.

  1. Taproom | 642 Hilliard Street, Manchester, CT 06042 | (860) 978-4641
  2. Microbrewery | 39 Ragged Rock Rd Unit 5, Old Saybrook, CT 06475 | (860) 339-5238
  3. Taproom | 365 John Downey Dr, New Britain, CT 06051 | (860) 357-2039
  4. Microbrewery | 250 Bradley Street, East Haven, CT 06512 | (475) 441-3759
  5. Taproom | 3389 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605 | (203) 253-9423
  6. Microbrewery | 350 Long Beach Blvd, Stratford, CT 06615 | (203) 273-0422
  7. Microbrewery | 1296 Blue Hills Ave Ste A, Bloomfield, CT 06002 | (860) 242-1793
  8. Taproom | 116 Danbury Rd Ste 3, New Milford, CT 06776 | (860) 717-4546
  9. Microbrewery | 251 Roosevelt Dr, Derby, CT 06418 | (203) 308-2654
  10. Taproom | 12 Water St 1A, Mystic, CT 06355 | null
  11. Microbrewery | 75 Main Street, Putnam, CT 06260 | (860) 884-2960
  12. Contract Brewer | 307 Greens Farms Rd, Westport, CT 06880 | null
  13. Microbrewery | 22 Bayview Ave Ste 15, Stonington, CT 06378 | (860) 213-9307
  14. Taproom | 225 Leonard Drive, Groton, CT 06340 | null
  15. Taproom | 90 Golden Hill St, Bridgeport, CT 06604 | (203) 549-8203
  16. Brewpub | 59 North Main St, Bristol, CT 06010 | (603) 231-9128
  17. Microbrewery | 115 Hurley Rd Bldg 9A, Oxford, CT 06478 | (203) 262-6075
  18. Brewpub | 470 James St, New Haven, CT 06513 | (203) 262-6075
  19. Taproom | 21A Furnace St, Danielson, CT 06239 | (860) 207-5295
  20. Contract Brewer | 553 Maple St, Wethersfield, CT 06109 | (860) 336-7366
  21. Taproom | 2066 Thomaston Ave, Waterbury, CT 06704 | (203) 527-6223
  22. Taproom | 5 Steeles Crossing Rd, Bolton, CT 06043 | (860) 712-2951
  23. Taproom | 283 Main St, New Hartford, CT 06057 | (860) 810-8894
  24. Brewpub | 225 S Frontage Road, Bridgeport, CT 06604 | (203) 612-4438
  25. Microbrewery | 915 South Street, Suffield, CT 06078 | (860) 623-1000
  26. Brewpub | 5 Depot Pl, Bethel, CT 06801 | (203) 731-1735
  27. Brewpub | 254 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06511 | (203) 495-8924
  28. Brewpub | 357 Salmon Brook Street, Granby, CT 06035 | (860) 653-2739
  29. Taproom | 24 Wallace Ave, Wallingford, CT 06492 | (203) 626-9056
  30. Taproom | 114-120 Main Street, Putnam, CT 06260 | null
  31. Taproom | 39B Shelter Rock Rd, Danbury, CT 06810 | (203) 616-5268
  32. Brewpub | 942 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103 | (860) 525-1600
  33. Taproom | 16B Center St, Wallingford, CT 06492 | null
  34. Microbrewery | 6 Industrial Dr, Ellington, CT 06029 | (860) 858-1900
  35. Nanobrewery | null, Berlin, CT 06023 | null
  36. Microbrewery | 765 Sullivan Ave, South Windsor, CT 06074 | (860) 644-2707
  37. Microbrewery | 100 Mechanic St, Pawcatuck, CT 06379 | (860) 599-8213
  38. Taproom | 23 Raccio Park Road, Hamden, CT 06514 | (203) 821-7333
  39. Nanobrewery | 58 Freestone Avenue, Portland, CT 06480 | null
  40. Brewpub | 40 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford, CT 06460 | (203) 693-3900
  41. Microbrewery | 59 School Ground Rd Ste 10, Branford, CT 06405 | (203) 208-2213
  42. Microbrewery | 285 Nicoll St, New Haven, CT 06511 | (203) 530-3484
  43. Brewpub | 165 Adams St, Manchester, CT 06042 | (860) 791-8440
  44. Taproom | 40 Franklin St, Norwich, CT 06360 | (860) 377-0789
  45. Taproom | 724 Honeyspot Rd, Stratford, CT 06615 | (203) 296-2530
  46. Taproom | 47 Tartia Rd, East Hampton, CT 06424 | (860) 881-8045
  47. Microbrewery | 139 Center St Ste 5005, Bristol, CT 06010 | (860) 845-8977
  48. Brewpub | 193 Arch St, New Britain, CT 06051 | (860) 223-8080
  49. Taproom | 180 Johnson St., Middletown, CT 06457 | (860) 788-2138
  50. Taproom | 62 Music Vale Rd, Salem, CT 06420 | (860) 287-0076
  51. Taproom | 226 N. Plains Industrial Rd Unit 4, Wallingford, CT 06492 | (203) 679-1096
  52. Taproom | 1 Railroad Plaza, North Canaan, CT 06018 | (860) 921-7843
  53. Contract Brewer | null, Pawcatuck, CT 06379 | (860) 599-8213
  54. Microbrewery | 43 Homestead Ave, Stamford, CT 06902 | (203) 658-3631
  55. Taproom | 150 Ledyard Street, Hartford, CT 06114 | (860) 263-7033
  56. Taproom | 6 Winter Avenue, Deep River, CT 06417 | (860) 227-7504
  57. Taproom | 1429 Park Street, Hartford, CT 06106 | (860) 206-2119
  58. Taproom | 144 Cato Corner Rd, Colchester, CT 06415 | (860) 305-9556
  59. Taproom | 275 Dug Road, South Glastonbury, CT 06073 | null
  60. Taproom | 30 Kent Rd, New Milford, CT 06776 | (860) 946-0266
  61. Contract Brewer | null, New Haven, CT 06511 | (203) 619-2085
  62. Brewpub | 136 Washington Street, Norwalk, CT 06854 | (203) 354-4010
  63. Microbrewery | 33 Camps Rd, Kent, CT 06757 | (860) 398-9645
  64. Brewpub | 409 Canal Street, Milldale, CT 06467 | (860) 578-4778
  65. Taproom | 148 Forest St, Manchester, CT 06040 | (860) 791-2295
  66. Taproom | 1864 Watertown Ave, Oakville, CT 06779 | (860) 417-2581
  67. Taproom | 16 Main St, Chester, CT 06412 | (860) 322-4153
  68. Taproom | 32 Lake St, Winsted, CT 06098 | (860) 387-3536
  69. Microbrewery | 54 Research Dr, Stamford, CT 06906 | (203) 313-6454
  70. Microbrewery | 10 Ridgewood Rd, Meriden, CT 06450 | null
  71. Taproom | 20 Main ST Unit, Windsor Locks, CT 06096 | (860) 400-3960
  72. Microbrewery | 230 Woodmont Rd Ste 29B, Milford, CT 06460 | (203) 701-9077
  73. Brewery | 175 Amity Road, Woodbridge, CT 06525 | (203) 387-2222
  74. Microbrewery | 485 New Park Ave, West Hartford, CT 06110 | (860) 232-2033
  75. Taproom | 243 Main St, Niantic, CT 06357 | (860) 451-8205
  76. Contract Brewer | 250 Bradley Street, East Haven, CT 06512 | (203) 804-9197
  77. Microbrewery | 2520 State St, Hamden, CT 06517 | (203) 691-6662
  78. Taproom | 11 Freedom Way, Niantic, CT 06357 | (860) 739-4077
  79. Taproom | 137 Ethan Allen Hwy, Ridgefield, CT 06877 | (203) 617-1191
  80. Brewpub | 687 State Street, New Haven, CT 06511 | (203) 891-7704
  81. Taproom | 204 Stillman Hill Rd, Colebrook, CT 06021 | (860) 909-1016
  82. Microbrewery | 7 Fox Hollow Rd, Oxford, CT 06478 | (203) 295-2831
  83. Microbrewery | 266 Bridge St Ste 1, Groton, CT 06340 | (475) 201-9972
  84. Microbrewery | 250 Bradley Street, East Haven, CT 06512 | (203) 909-6224
  85. Taproom | 290 Murphy Road, Hartford, CT 06114 | (860) 247-2969
  86. Contract Brewer | 1 Store Rd, Middlebury, CT 06762 | (203) 598-7221
  87. Microbrewery | 119 Post Road Suite D, Enfield, CT 06082 | (860) 205-0942
  88. Taproom | 62 Washington St, Middletown, CT 06457 | (860) 205-0942
  89. Microbrewery | 2 North Rd Suite 4, East Windsor, CT 06088 | (860) 623-1511
  90. Microbrewery | 95 Whiting St Unit B, Plainville, CT 06062 | null
  91. Microbrewery | 57B Church Hill Road, Newtown, CT 06470 | (203) 872-2124
  92. Contract Brewer | 32 Barnett St, New Haven, CT 06515 | (203) 809-2431
  93. Microbrewery | 1 Wolcott Rd, Wolcott, CT 06716 | (203) 514-2336
  94. Taproom | 2 Wyassup rd, North Stonington, CT 06359 | (860) 608-8740
  95. Nanobrewery | 341 State Street, North Haven, CT 06473 | (203) 500-2786
  96. Brewpub | 33 New Haven Avenue, Milford, CT 06460 | (203) 874-2337
  97. Taproom | 201 Saybrook Rd, Higganum, CT 06441 | (860) 554-5387
  98. Taproom | 418 Forest Road, Northford, CT 06472 | (203) 641-0498
  99. Taproom | 1275 Cromwell Ave Ste C8 Unit 9, Rocky Hill, CT 06067 | (860) 436-6368
  100. Brewery | 5 Indian Neck Ave, Branford, CT 06405 | (203) 433-4545
  101. Brewpub | 350 Trolley Line Blvd, Mashantucket, CT 06338 | (860) 312-3000
  102. Taproom | 199 Old Hartford Rd, Colchester, CT 06415 | (516) 330-4773
  103. Taproom | 180 Johnson St, Middletown, CT 06457 | (860) 874-7459
  104. Microbrewery | 818 Route 171, Woodstock, CT 06281 | (860) 315-7503
  105. Contract Brewer | 250 Bradley Street, East Haven, CT 06512 | null
  106. Taproom | 198R Salmon Brook St, Granby, CT 06035 | (860) 655-2036
  107. Brewpub | 45 Main Street, Putnam, CT 06260 | (860) 928-3663
  108. Taproom | 7 Main St, Redding, CT 06896 | (203) 587-9000
  109. Brewpub | 78 Franklin Street, Norwich, CT 06360 | (860) 949-8550
  110. Microbrewery | 16 Business Park Dr, Branford, CT 06405 | (203) 208-2827
  111. Microbrewery | 16 Tobey Rd, Bloomfield, CT 06002 | (860) 242-3111
  112. Microbrewery | 140 Huyshope Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106 | (860) 461-0945
  113. Taproom | 635 Broad St, New London, CT 06320 | (860) 367-4531
  114. Taproom | 100 Raton Drive, Milford, CT 06461 | (203) 723-3715
  115. Taproom | 341 State Street, North Haven, CT 06473 | null
  116. Brewery | 1700 Stratford Ave, Stratford, CT 06615 | (203) 335-2010
  117. Taproom | 47 Purnell Place, Manchester, CT 06040 | (860) 791-8100
  118. Taproom | 246 Main St, Monroe, CT 06468 | (203) 880-5670
  119. Brewpub | 967 Main St, Willimantic, CT 06226 | (860) 423-6777
  120. Taproom | 168 Center St, Southington, CT 06489 | (860) 426-1924
  121. Brewpub | 738 Main St S, Woodbury, CT 06798 | (203) 405-3811