Beer Trail: Microbreweries In Southeastern Connecticut
I'm not sure whether it's the laid back atmosphere, the crisp flavor, or the fact that the business is locally owned, but craft beers are having a shining moment in Connecticut--and I'm all aboard that bandwagon. My little hometown in Connecticut even now has a cool microbrewery and craft beer is popping up in neighboring towns as well.
While I've not tried everything in the area, here are my favorite spots:
Outer Light Brewing Co., Groton
Another beer that I enjoyed while in Connecticut--amid a busy day of moving house, packing a storage unit, early morning work, and potty training--I cracked open the Jacuzzi Casanova below and indulged in a mid-afternoon brew. And, I must say, it was gloriously refreshing. In addition to seasonal brews, Outer Light Brewing Co., has four standard beers available year-round: Lonesome Boatman Ale, Libation Propaganda Coffee Stout, SUBduction IPA, and Cloudbreak Double IPA. I appreciate that everything from the design of the cans to the names and flavors take inspiration from southeastern Connecticut
Plan your visit by visiting their website.
Fox Farm Brewery, Salem
Fox Farm is a fun, hip spot for anyone who loves a good beer, even if they happen to have kids in tow. This family-friendly brewery was actually opened by two of my classmates from high school and they've done a great job with the casual, fun atmosphere. And of course, the beer is great. I've written longer reviews about Fox Farm both on the blog and for CTBites; check them out if you'd like to read more!
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These Guys Brewing, Norwich
Norwich is a city that could really do with some gentrification, and it seems as though some businesses are trying to liven up the beautiful, brick industrial buildings in the downtown. These Guys Brewing is one such business that has brought great food, a lovely atmosphere, and wonderful beer. It is a cool place to hang out with family or friends while enjoying one of their home brewed beers and excellent menu. Though the menu changes occasionally, it seems as though their beer-battered fish and chips is a mainstay, and this is what I recommend you order!
Find These Guys Brewing at 78 Franklin St, Norwich, CT 06360, and read my previous review for more information.
Epicure Brewing, Norwich
Though I haven't visited Epicure Brewing, I have tried their beer at The Social in nearby New London, Connecticut, and because of this beer, I must visit Epicure during my next trip to Connecticut. Epicure Brewing is located just next door to These Guys Brewing and as they don't serve food, you're allowed to bring your own and relax while sampling their beers. Swing buy from Thursday to Sunday for their Lightening Struck Twice oatmeal stout or Little Coat double IPA.
Plan your visit by checking their webpage.