Lager than Life

There are so many breweries to visit in CT! Here is a list of breweries around CT that are a must to try! 



Back East Brewing

Started by two cousins, Tony and Edward, they began homebrewing and experimenting with different recipes in early 2006 and immersed themselves in all things Craft beer. They have a passion for great-tasting and high-quality beer! Open Thursday & Friday 4:00pm-8:00pm and Saturday 12:00pm-5:00pm.



Stony Creek Brewery

Directly on the Branford River waterfront the brewery is open for tasting, tours, and can be rented for special events. Tours are Saturday and Sunday at 2pm and 4pm. Open Monday-Thursday 12:00pm-9:00pm, Friday-Saturday 11:00am-10:00pm, and Sunday 11:00am-8:00pm.



Aspetcuk Brew Lab

This brewery takes a scientific approach to the brewing process, respecting heritage and classic styles, while pushing the boundaries by embracing a healthy appetite for experimentation. This brewery is the first brewery in Bridgeport since 1940! Open Thursday 5:00pm-9:00pm, Friday 3:30pm-9:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 1:00pm-7:00pm.



Black Pond Brews

Mike and Cory started brewing in January 2010 because they love beer. It didn’t take long before it started to consume their lives! Shortly after they created Black Pond Brews! Within no time they were entering their beers into homebrew competitions! Open Monday & Thursday 5:00pm-8:00pm, Friday & Saturday 3:00pm-8:00pm, and Sunday 1:00pm-5:00pm.



BAD SONS Beer Company

BAD SONS Beer Co. is a craft brewery built upon the independent spirit that lives in Connecticut’s historic lower Naugatuck River Valley. BAD SONS is also an acronym for all the true grittowns that comprise “The Valley”—Beacon Falls, Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, Oxford, Naugatuck, and Shelton! Open Monday & Tuesday 4:00pm-8:00pm, Wednesday & Thursday 4:00pm-9:00pm, Friday & Saturday 12:00pm-10:00pm, and Sunday 12:00pm-7:00pm.



Overshores Brewing

Overshores prides themselves in making strong and funky Belgian beers! All of their beers are available in 750ml bottles because they believe that beers should be shared with friends, family or even friendly strangers! Open Thursday & Friday 4:00pm-9:00pm, Saturday 1:00pm-9:00pm, and Sunday 1:00pm-5:00pm.



Outer Light Brewing Company

The founders at Outer Light Brewing Company are inspired by life’s simple pleasures. It could be a perfect summer afternoon watching the powdery white clouds contrast a bright blue sky. It could be a fleeting moment in early spring as you sit on your surfboard, waiting for the perfect set to roll in. A crisp autumn evening shared with friends around a crackling campfire. Or the quiet solitude of a powder run, lips smacking for the hearty stout that lies at the end. OLBC captures the experience of those moments in a bottle, barrel, and growler. Open Wednesday 5:00pm-8:00pm, Thursday 5:00pm-9:00pm, Friday 2:30pm-9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm-9:00pm, and Sunday 1:00pm-6:00pm.



Kent Falls Brewing Company

As a farm brewery, their surroundings and experiences inform much of what they do. They aim to produce beer reflective of the land around them, the people that occupy it and the culture they wish to promote. The tasting room is the most recent addition to their operation. Open Thursday & Friday 2:00pm-7:00pm and Saturday 12:00pm-5:00pm.



Stubborn Beauty Brewing Company

This brewery is focused on creating unique beers that cannot be described by word, only taste! They made their first homebrew on a cold February day in 2009! Open Thursday 5:00pm-8:00pm, Friday 5:00pm-9:00pm, and Saturday 12:00pm-6:00pm.



Kinsmen Brewing Company

This new brewery’s mission is to become a valued member of the local community and beyond by providing an incredible selection of handcrafted beer to bring joy to those they are fortunate enough to meet. Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 3:00pm-11:00pm, Friday & Saturday 12:00pm-12:00am, and Sunday 12:00pm-10:00pm.



Veracious Brewing Company

This brewery currently has nineteen beers and New England cider on tap, their ESB on Hand Pump and eight wines for sale by the glass. The tasting room is open Thursday 3:00pm-9:00pm, Friday 12:00pm-9:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-9:00pm and Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm.



Epicure Brewing

An independent craft brewery and taproom in the heart of the Historic Norwich Harbor district. They are a bring your own food and make yourself at home taproom. Open Thursday 5:00pm-9:00pm, Friday 2:00pm-9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm-9:00pm, and Sunday 12:00pm-6:00pm.


These Guys Brewing Company

These Guys Brewing stems from a passion and love of Great Beer! Combining a hunger for beer infused food with a foodie flare, the creative force behind These Guys was born. Their mission is to create unique and delicious brews with an emphasis on complex malt flavors and balance that come together with an ever-evolving seasonal menu in order to make a dining experience that is greater than the sum of its parts. Open Monday & Tuesday 4:00pm-9:30pm, Wednesday & Thursday 11:30pm-9:30pm, Friday 11:30pm-10:00pm, Saturday 11:30-10:00pm, and Sunday 11:30pm-9:30pm.



Brewery Legitimus

Brewery Legitimus is a 7-barrel craft brewery located in New Hartford, CT directly across from the Farmington River. Legitimus is located in approximately 3500 square feet of space in the former Waring factory building on Main Street, which had been vacant for many years. Their mission is to provide craft beer drinkers locally crafted high quality, superior tasting, innovative Belgian and American style beers. Open Wednesday and Thursday 4:00pm-9:00pm, Friday 3:00pm-10:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm-10:00pm, and Sunday 12:00pm-7:00pm. Check the website for extended holiday hours!



30 Mile Brewing Company

Located in the shoreline Connecticut town of Old Saybrook and established in 2015, 30 Mile Brewing Company is a brewery that loves giving back to their community. They handcraft all their beers in a five-barrel system using only the highest quality ingredients to create craft beer that everyone will love. Open Thursdays & Fridays 4:00pm-9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm-9:00pm, and Sunday 12:00pm-6:00pm.



Black Hog Brewing

Black Hog Brewing started with the story of food, family, and a love for craft beer. In the tasting room there is custom Jenga, a PacMan/Galaga arcade machine and Cornhole outside on nice days! Open Wednesday & Thursday 4:00pm-8:00pm, Friday 2:00pm-8:00pm, Saturday 1:00pm-8:00pm, and Sunday 1:00pm-5:00pm.



Cottrell Brewing

Their mission is to produce the best product that they can using fresh, natural, quality ingredients. This brewery started through the passion and hard work of Charlie Buffum! Open Friday 4:00pm-7:00pm, Saturday 1:00pm-7:00pm, and Sunday 1:00pm-5:00pm.



Nod Hill Brewery

Nod Hill Brewery has the intention of crafting expressive, balanced, and unique beers that encourage a spirit of thoughtful enjoyment. They serve their offerings in a comfortable taproom with an airy, rustic vibe true to our New England roots. Like the campfire depicted in their logo, Nod Hill Brewery is a welcoming gathering place for friends to meet, relax, and enjoy fresh beer. Open Thursday 4:00pm-9:00pm, Friday-Saturday 12:00pm-9:00pm, and Sunday 12:00pm-6:00pm. 


Redding Beer Company

The story behind the Redding Beer Company began on Father’s Day in 2014, when Jim Baulsir’s wife Cindy bought him a beer-making kit. Soon, father and son began entering their homemade beers into online home brewing competitions — and they kept winning. Over the many hours they’ve spent together brewing beer and setting up the business, Jim and David said they have grown extremely close. Open Thursday-Friday 5:00pm-10:00pm, Saturday 2:00pm-10:00pm, and Sunday 12:00pm-6:00pm. 



Fox Farm Brewery

The building that houses the brewery is a 1960’s barn that has lived many lives. After several decades housing a small dairy operation the barn fell into a state of neglect when the cows left. After years of planning and sweat, this place has again been given new life as Fox Farm Brewery! Open Thursday & Friday 2:00pm-7:00pm, and Saturday & Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm.



Connecticut Valley Brewing Company

An independently owned and operated family business, the company was founded by two Connecticut locals who have dreamt of opening a brewery for many years and have always wanted to create a place where the community could gather and enjoy each other’s company. The brewery is just a short five-minute drive to the banks of the beautiful Connecticut River. Open Wednesday & Thursday 3:00pm-8:00pm, Friday & Saturday 12:00pm-9:00pm, and Sunday 12:00pm-6:00pm.



Fairfield Craft Ales

This is a small-batch brewery that serves music-inspired beers! With 12 beers on tap, trivia every Thursday and Vinyl share Fridays it’s always a good time! Open Thursday & Friday 5:00pm-9:00pm, Saturday 1:00pm-9:00pm and Sunday 1:00pm-6:00pm.


Two Roads Brewing

This brewery fosters a “road less traveled” philosophy in the beers they make and how they make them. Two Roads was named one of the ten best breweries in America by Paste Magazine. Open Tuesday-Saturday 12:00pm-9:00pm and Sunday-Monday 12:00pm-7:00pm.



Beer’d Brewing Company

They offer a complimentary taste of each of their available brands with availability ranging from one to five beers. They also offer growler fills in the 64 and 32 oz variety for takeaway sales. They now offer seating and onsite beverage service! Open Thursday 3:00pm-8:00pm, Friday 3:00pm-9:00pm, Saturday 11:00am-7:00pm, and Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm.



Shebeen Brewing Company

With 13 active taps there is always something for everyone from Stouts to Lagers to New England IPA’s and a host of experimental beers. Hot cider with fireball shot and Drunken Ladder martini with coffee liquor, vodka and Finnegan’s Ladder Foreign Extra Stout are just some of the new and creative drinks. Open Thursday and Friday 5:00pm-9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm-7:00pm, and Sunday 12:00-5:00pm.




1 Review
Bridgeport, CT
Amazing Catalogue!!

This catalogue was exactly what I needed! A couple of friends got together and wanted to find a new place to sit down and relax, and this list gave us exactly what we wanted. Thank you!

February 2019

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11 Sep 2019

By Josie Feliciano