7 Connecticut Breweries You Need To Go To

   It seems like every month another micro-brewery is opening up in a local CT town.  This can bring happiness to any local CT beer lover with countless options to choose from, but can also make the choice more difficult.  Below we'll list seven breweries we think you should go to and try all within CT's borders if, of course, you're over the age of 21.

Kinsmen Brewing

Kinsmen Brewing Co. is a family-owned and operated brewery located in Milldale, Connecticut. Their building, formerly known as the Clark Brothers Bolt Company, was founded in 1854 and with a complete restoration and remodel by Kinsmen, gives it the perfect atmosphere and location for their Tap Room. They currently serve 5 of their own beers on tap with another two being served on location from Kent Falls Brewing and New England Cider Company. Kinsmen's selection and guest beers are always changing so it's best to keep checking! Visit their website: www.kinsmenbrewing.com

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Hanging Hills Brewery

Hanging Hills Brewery is located in Hartford, CT with 11 current tap choices. They also offer countless growlers and can options if that's what you prefer. Their search for the highest quality products many times leads them to hops from Connecticut and barley grown and malted in the Pioneer Valley, keeping much of the process local. Visit their website: www.hanginghillsbrewery.com 

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Thimble Island Brewing Company

Thimble Island Brewing Company is located along the CT coast in Branford and offers a wide variety of beers including 9 bottle and can options as well as an ever changing tap list. Thimble Island Brewing Company was founded in 2010 by two guys with a dream and no formal brew training. Fast forward to today they have grown to be the largest self-distributing micro-brewery in CT, with nearly 1,400 on and off-premise accounts. Even with the high volume they distribute they have never comprised on the formula that started it all. Check out their website: www.thimbleislandbrewery.com

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Firefly Hollow Brewing

At Firefly Brewing, their mission is to express their collective pursuit of happiness through a shared passion for beer. Located centrally in Bristol, CT Firefly Hollow offers multiple can and tap options and their products can be found locally in 16 other locations around the state. On top of offering the brewery for private events they also have many of CT's best food trucks frequent Firefly Hollow on any given night. Website: www.fireflyhollowbrewing.com

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Back East Brewing

Back East Brewing is located in Bloomfield, CT and currently offers 12 options on tap and 11 growlers. Back East opened it's doors in the summer of 2012 and is now distributed throughout Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. They also offer free brewery tours on the first Saturday afternoon of every month to anyone 21+. Check out their website for more info: www.backeastbrewing.com

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Two Roads Brewing Co

Two Roads Brewing Company was founded in 2012 by four friends who dreamed for years of starting a craft brewery. They foster a “road less traveled” philosophy in the beers they make and how they make them. This philosophy has propelled them to be a favorite throughout Connecticut and beyond. They currently have 16 tap options on site with that number changing regularly. Take the road over to their website: www.tworoadsbrewing.com 

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Connecticut Valley Brewing Company

Launched in 2012, Connecticut Valley Brewing Company is an independently owned and operated family business. The company was founded by two Connecticut locals who have dreamed 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. Located in South Windsor, Connecticut Valley Brewing Company hosts many events on location and also is available for private events. Website: www.ctvalleybrewing.com

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