Connecticut’s Best Breweries

August 25, 2011 9:00 AM

Photo Credit: Thomas Hooker Facebook

By Taylor Trudon

Nothing tastes better than a cold beer after a long, hot summer day. But instead of cracking one open from the couch, wouldn’t it be even better to go to place where your favorite beer is actually made? Before the summer is finished, grab a few friends and visit one of Connecticut’s many breweries where you’ll enjoy the beer tasting as well as the company. Cheers!

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City Steam Brewery Café
942 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 525-1600
Hours: Mon -Thurs – 11:30a.m. to Midnight; Fri – Sat 11:30a.m. to1:00 a.m.; Sunday 4:00p.m. to 10:00p.m.

Calling all beer enthusiasts! When you walk into the City Steam Brewery Café, you may think that you’re taking a step back through time. That’s because the stunning exterior the Cheney Building is considered to be the “finest example of Romanesque architecture in the United States.” With the help of the Hartford Steam Company, the café runs its 15-barrel brewery with “city steam.” When you’re not marveling over the beauty of the building, take a swig of Connecticut’s finest whether it’s a glass of Porter or City Steam Ale.

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Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
16 Tobey Rd.
Bloomfield, CT 06002
(860) 242-3111
Hours: Saturday tours and tastings: Saturday 12 – 5 p.m.

Named after the founder of Hartford, the Thomas Hooker Brewing Company is as famous as its name. In its second decade of brewing beer, this Bloomfield Company has grown quite the following. In addition to brewing 11 different beers (seven ales and four lagers), Thomas Hooker was hailed as the 73rd best brewer in the world by In addition, the Beer Advocate ranked the company 15 in the top 50 American Micro Breweries.  “Hand-crafted from the finest malts, hops and essential ingredients,” the Thomas Hooker Brewing Company has earned its reputation.

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Southport Brewing Company
819 Bridgeport Avenue
Shelton, CT 06484
(203) 256-BEER
Hours: Sun – 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Mon to Wed – 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Fri to Sat – 11:30 a.m to 11:00 p.m.

With five different locations in Connecticut, Southport Brewing Company is accessible and convenient for when you’re craving a cold one. In business for 11 years, Southport likes to think of their brewery as more than just a restaurant, but rather “a friendly neighbor with your comfort in mind.” With Southport, not only do you have quantity on your side with their 27 unique home-brews, but you also have quality with their delicious food menus and service. Whether you prefer an English Pale Ale or a velvety Stout, Southport has a brew for everyone.

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Tullycross Tavern & Microbrewery
1487 Pleasant Valley Road
Manchester, CT 06040
Hours Monday 4 p.m. – 1 a.m.; Tuesday-Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.; Friday-Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.

For those who want a brewery that’s a little less mainstream, Tullycross Tavern & Microbrewery is all about marching to their own beat (or rather, brew). Taking over John Harvard’s Brew House, Harvard is out and Tullycross is in with their own style, which includes new brews and a new menu. According to ManchesterPatch, Tullycross has the ability to brew up to seven beers in addition to always ensuring there is a light beer option for those who are not heavy beer drinkers or do not enjoy darker brews. Start your weekend off right by catching a baseball game on the big screen, while sipping a beer of your choice at this “neighborhood tavern.”

Taylor Trudon is a recent University of Connecticut journalism graduate. She has contributed to,, The Huffington Post and the USA Today College Blog.

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