Beer, Wine & Spirits in New Haven

$14 for a Brewery Tour with Tastings for Four at Thimble Island Brewing Company ($28 Value)

Thimble Island Brewing Company

Branford

$28 $14

Craft brewery with four beers on tap, including the signature American Ale and seasonal specialties

Brewery Tour with Souvenir Glasses for 2, 4, or 10 at Shebeen Brewing (Up to 51% Off)

Shebeen Brewing

Wolcott

$20 $10

Tour a brewery started by two avid home brewers, which features creative beers such as the bacon Kona stout with oatmeal, coffee, and bacon

Wine Tasting with Cheese Plate for Two or Four at Clovis Point Winery (Up to 61% Off)

Clovis Point Winery

Jamesport

$71 $29

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After tasting seven wines, guests select a favorite vintage to enjoy in a logo wine glass alongside artisan cheese.

$20 for Tour, Tasting, and Pint Glasses for Four at Thomas Hooker Brewery ($36 Value)

Thomas Hooker Brewery

Bloomfield

$36 $20

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Touring and tasting at local microbrewery on Saturday afternoons

Full House Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Take-Home Glasses at Haight-Brown Vineyard (Up to 50% Off)

Haight-Brown Vineyard

Litchfield

$24 $13

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Guests sample the vineyard's entire wine portfolio; wine tasting includes keepsake glasses

Beer- or Wine-Making Course with Take-Home Bottles at Brew and Wine Hobby (50% Off)

Brew and Wine Hobby

East Hartford

$50 $25

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In laid-back classes, hobbyists learn flavor theory before getting their hands dirty brewing their own beer and wine

Wine Tasting with Cheese-and-Cracker Plate for Two or Four at Pugliese Vineyards (Up to 50% Off)

Pugliese Vineyards

Cutchogue

$29 $15

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Enophiles sample estate-bottled wines served with plates of cheese and crackers

Select Local Merchants

With two locations and 140 acres of picturesque land, Duck Walk Vineyard remains a popular presence on the Long Island Wine Trail, having been voted in 2013 as one of the top wineries in Long Island by "Best of Long Island". Tastings of the winery's many vintages, including reds, whites, ice wines, and fruity dessert wines, draw crowds of visitors to both of Duck Walk's spacious facilities, where live music dramatically shatters listeners' emptied glasses. The festive atmosphere here also makes it a prime setting for weddings, rehearsal dinners, and other private events.

231 Montauk Highway
Water Mill,
NY
US

Ballou?s Wine Bar revolves around three prized delicacies: chocolate, wine, and coffee. From those staples, dozens of indulgent dishes ensue, including chocolate, Nutella, and peanut-butter-chocolate fondues and homemade truffles developed by Debbie, half of the husband-and-wife team that runs Ballou?s. Her chocolate fondue and homemade truffles are so deliciously decadent that they?ve earned the wine bar a spot on the Best of New Haven Reader?s Poll list for best desserts. In addition to rich desserts and froth-capped cups of cappuccino, guests can order wines from local and international vineyards, as well as a wide selection of pastas, sandwiches, and flat breads.

2 Sybil Ave.
Branford,
CT
US

SBC Restaurant & Brewery lines up an inviting smorgasbord of comfort food to be devoured alongside an arsenal of brewed on-site beers. Take in the expanse of the appetite-assassinating lunch menu (served from 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m.) and try not to set off the fire alarms while your head smokes with indecision before easing yourself in with the SBC calamari, which comes prepared three ways: crispy with marinara and rémoulade, fried with hot peppers and artichoke hearts, and sticky with a sweet chili Sriracha glaze ($6.99). Follow that up with the crispy chicken salad, festooned with mandarin oranges, grape tomatoes, gorgonzola, and honey white balsamic vinaigrette ($12.99), or the margherita pizza topped with sliced fresh tomatoes, garlic, mozzarella and basil ($10). SBC burgers are 8 ounces of natural custom-quality beef served on a handmade roll and topped with american, provolone, cheddar, swiss, fontina, or mozzarella cheese ($7.99).

850 W Main St
Branford,
CT
US

Named for a small archipelago off the Branford coast, Thimble Island Brewing Company began with the home-brewed concoctions of Connecticut Natives Justin Gargano and Mike Fawcett. Though they lacked formal training, the duo tirelessly spent nights and weekends tinkering with their recipes until they sold their first pint of American Ale to KC's Pub in Guilford. Today, American Ale is one of the brewery's three mainstay beers, which Justin and Mike craft along with specialty batches such as a dark pumpkin porter. The twosome keeps four beers on tap at Thimble Island's tasting room, where visitors can drop in to fill up a growler, buy a t-shirt, or take a tour. Outside the brewery, Justin and Mike's beers grace many local establishments, including pubs and grocery stores.

53 E Industrial Rd.
Branford,
CT
US

The fun-loving gal behind Fun Girls Night Out has been coaxing ladies to cut loose at her glamor-centric events since 2008. She and her team host extravaganzas up and down the East Coast that invite women ages 21 and older to drink, eat, shop, and dance?but mostly to have fun. Each event is unique, introducing guests to a different lineup of vendors and entertainment, but a Fun Girls Night Out always lavishes ladies with a martini bar, wine tastings, makeovers, fashion shows, and dancing. As women peruse jewelry, handbags, and cosmetics, they might sip a cocktail or nibble on gourmet appetizers while listening to live musicians. Often, ladies can even stop at a psychic booth for advice on whether they should take a job in a new city or just learn telekinesis to move the job's office to this city. And those lucky enough to be one of the first 1,000 women to arrive will receive Fun Girls Night Out's signature pink bag, which is loaded with beauty product samples, coupons, and special offers.

60 Connolly Parkway
Hamden,
CT
US

At The Wine Press, aficionados crush, press, rack, and bottle their own brand of wine. Overseen by the shop's staff, amateur winemakers craft their silky reds with the same process as modern-day wineries. Through this process, they learn how much time and care goes into winemaking. They can produce varietals such as sangiovese or pinot noir or create hybrids such as a cabernet-merlot or a sentient pinot-human. To show off the possibilities of winemaking at their facility, The Wine Press also leads guided tours and wine tastings during the summer months.

118 Quinnipiac Ave
North Haven,
CT
US