The Best Breweries in Connecticut

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Warm weather is upon us and what better way to relish in that sunlight than enjoying a nice cold beer outside at a brewery. As of 2021, it's been reported that Connecticut is home to over 100 operational breweries. With so many options to choose from it can be hard to discern which ones are worth the trip.

That's why we put together this guide to some of the best breweries in the state. Keep reading to find out what our top picks are.

BADSONS Beer Company | Derby

If you're a fan of spacious breweries with industrial vibes and pizza, this is the spot for you. BADSONS offers a wide selection of ciders, wines, and of course, IPAs. Our favorite is Lupefied.

Counter Weight | Cheshire

This two-floor brewery in Cheshire offers guests ample space, great food truck options, and a pet-friendly outdoor patio. They recently made the move to this larger industrial space from a fairly small taproom in Hamden and we are loving their new digs. They're open every Wednesday through Sunday.

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Half Full Brewery | Stamford

There's always something going on at Half Full Brewery and that's why we love it. Open 7 days a week, Half Full has recently unveiled their newest concept: Third Place. Described as part co-working space, coffee shop, event hall, and brewery, Third Hall is designed to be the spot you head to in between home and work. In addition to Third Hall, Half Full also features a more standard taproom called the "OG". Innovative just as much as it is fun, Half Full is an absolute must-see brewery.

New Park Brewing | West Hartford

A stunning brewery that will have you feeling like you're at an upscale art gallery in Brooklyn, New Park opened back in 2015 and has been providing customers with great beer and food ever since. Check out their events page for some unique opportunities from their custom craft cocktail event to a high-energy DJ'd brunch.

Stony Creek | Branford

Stony Creek has some amazing views, and even better IPA offerings. Described as bold and assertive, the Cranky and Big Cranky IPA are an absolute must-try for anyone looking to get a taste of the CT beer scene. Plus, we love the friendly service and fun outdoor patio complete with cornhole and a separate outdoor bar.

Kinsmen Brewing Company | Southington

Known for its industrial-chic taproom filled with games and plenty of places to chill, Kinsmen offers guests the ultimate pairing: fresh pizza and amazing craft beer. It doesn't get much better than this.

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Alvarium Beer Company | New Britain

Latin for "beehive" Alvarium features a honeycomb-themed taproom that is super family-friendly. From pinball machines to fun and fruity IPA flavors like donuts and juice box, Alvarium is a great place to check out.

Two Roads | Stratford

Founded back in 2012, Two Roads has sky-rocketed in popularity over the years. Known as one of the largest breweries in Connecticut, Two Roads offers guests a taproom, outdoor beer garden, and a great selection of brews. We highly recommend trying their New England IPA, Two Juicy.

Labyrinth Brewing Company | Manchester

One of the more romantic breweries we've ever been to. Labyrinth is the perfect spot to head to if you're looking for a vibey date night spot. Featuring a fireplace, long comfortable couches, and some great food truck options, we highly recommend hitting Labyrinth up if you haven't yet been.

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