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Find the Perfect Ale along Connecticut’s Beer Trail

Connecticut is home to some of the country's best breweries and beer bars.

Fans of craft beer (or beer in general) will appreciate the Connecticut Beer Trail, a line-up of world class breweries and top-notch beer bars that stretches from Stanford to Pawcatuck. From hopped-up IPAs, to zesty Weizens, Connecticut’s abundance of craft beer offers something for every taste bud along the trail.

If you’re looking to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city on a day trip, Two Roads Brewing Company of Stratford CT is an excellent destination to include in your itinerary. Located in an 112-year-old building, this is the state’s largest brewery. They offer tours of the brewery and a tasting room that’s open 6 days a week. Two Roads brews a variety of year-round classic beers including the notable Road 2 Ruin Double IPA while also specializing in tasty seasonal brews. Stop by for a pint, six pack, or growler. Here’s to taking to road less traveled, in life and in beer!

Located further along the Connecticut coastline, Beer’d Brewing Company can be found inside of an old velvet mill along the historic waterfront community of Stonington, CT. Best known for their signature Witbier, the Whisker’d Wit, Beer’d also turns out a hoppy Double IPA and an American Pale Ale. All ales are brewed in extremely small batches, giving drinkers a truly genuine local offering. Beer’d Brewery offers free tastings on Friday – Sunday.

Lastly, bid farewell to the beer trail at The Cask Republic, with locations in both New Haven and Stamford. Stop here before jumping on the Metro North back to the city, or for a break to refuel during your travels through Connecticut. The Cask Republic is home to 53 continuously rotating taps, a rare cask engine, and another 80 bottled beers. To complement the brews, chef Carl Carrion is creating dishes that range from a light beet and endive salad to a hearty signature BBQ-glazed burger with smoked bacon.

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