Beer, Wine & Spirits in Willimantic


Beer- or Wine-Making Course with Take-Home Bottles at Brew and Wine Hobby (48% Off)

Brew and Wine Hobby

Featured Merchant: Brew and Wine Hobby

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

$50 $27

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$18 for Tour, Tasting, and Pint Glasses for Four at Thomas Hooker Brewery ($36 Value)

Thomas Hooker Brewery

Thomas Hooker Brewery

Touring and tasting at local microbrewery on Saturday afternoons

$36 $18

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Cottrell Experience with Growler and Pint Glasses for One or Two at Cottrell Brewing Co. (Up to 34% Off)

Cottrell Brewing Co.

Cottrell Brewing Co.

Enjoy flavorful locally-crafted beers made from fresh, natural ingredients

$24 $16

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$84 for Wine-Blending Class for Two at The Crush Club ($160Value). Five Dates Available.

The Crush Club

Wallingford

After tasting three wines to learn about their characteristics, guests blend, bottle, cork, capsulate, and label their own 750ml bottle

$160 $84

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Wine Tasting and Take-Home Logo Glasses for Two or Four at Leyden Farm & Winery (50% Off) 

Leyden Farm & Winery

Leydens Tree Farm

Christmas-tree family farm offers crisp green-apple-infused white wine; watermelon blush wine; and smooth, complex merlot

$26 $13

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Brewery Tour and Tasting with Souvenir Glasses for Two or Four at Whalers Brewing Company (38% Off)

Whalers Brewing Company

Whalers Brewing Company

Brewmasters at the laid-back brewery teach patrons about their beer-making process during tours with tastings

$16 $10

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Brewery Tour with Souvenir Glasses for 2, 4, or 10 at Shebeen Brewing (Up to 60% Off)

Shebeen Brewing

Shebeen Brewing

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

$20 $8

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$17 for a Brewery Tour with Tastings for Four at Thimble Island Brewing Company ($44 Value)

Thimble Island Brewery

Thimble Island Brewery

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

$44 $17

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Full Wine Tasting with Cheese and Take-Home Glasses for Two or Four at Haight-Brown Vineyard (Up to 42% Off)

Haight Brown Vineyard

Haight-Brown Vineyard

Tasting of complete wine portfolio accompanied by cheese, plus wine glass to take home

$24 $14

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Select Local Merchants

  • The Crush Club
    Located in the quaint town of Wallingford, Connecticut, The Crush Club gives visitors the opportunity to make their own wine. Grapes are sourced from across the globe?from Chile during the spring and from California, Washington, and Italy during the fall. Over the course of a year, students crush and press grapes, clean their barrels, then bottle, cork, and custom label the resulting wine before taking it home with them. During blending experience classes, participants taste five different wines, learn about the winemaking process, and experiment to create their own blend, custom labeling and bringing home one 750mL bottle.
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    65 S Colony Rd.
    Wallingford, CT US
  • Haight-Brown Vineyard
    Since opening in 1975, Haight-Brown Vineyard has churned out 2,000 cases of grape-based libations each year from its nearly 10-acre vineyard and welcomed visitors into its rustic, cottage-like wine house. Emphasizing vinifera and French hybrid grapes, the state?s first-established winery creates a selection of wines that include the Big Red, a bold syrah; the Morning Harvest, a rich malbec; and Honey Nut Apple, a traditional apple wine that incorporates local honey and cinnamon. Vintners share their time-tested expertise during regular classes that teach aspiring oenophiles about a variety of vintages and techniques for cheese and chocolate pairing. Amid the tasting room?s wood accents and crackling stone fireplace, customers sample vintages and attempt to describe taste sensations with adjectives such as ?silky? or ?very different from milk.?
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    29 Chestnut Hill Rd.
    Litchfield, CT US
  • Newport Vineyards
    While many brothers grow up as rivals, Paul and John Nunes instead became partners. With a love of wines and wide-open spaces, the two siblings decided to establish a winery rather than surrender 60 acres of family farmland to real estate developers. Today, their labor of love, Newport Vineyards, extracts an impressive roster of reds and whites from the trellises that crisscross the farm, spilling emerald floods of vines. The vineyard team nurtures the grape-heavy plants and keeps them from being recruited by gangs of raisins. The fruit eventually becomes wines such as the In The Buff chardonnay, which is fermented in stainless steel tanks to draw out a bouquet of aromas. The Gemini, one of John Nunes's favorite bottles, is a smooth blend of merlot and cabernet. Most of the wines spend stints in French-oak barrels, which John points out as he leads tour groups across the grounds. At the rough-hewn wooden tables in the tasting room, glasses click together as the vineyard's staff shares anecdotes about each bottle's origins, aromas, and ideal food pairing. Newport Vineyards also carries a variety of holiday gifts, such as wine, wine accessories, and custom labels.
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    909 E Main Rd
    Middletown, RI US
  • The Connecticut Renaissance Faire
    A crack rings out from the jousting arena as armored knights clash in the pursuit of honor, while sword-swallowers thrill crowds with their death-defying art, jesters spin windy jokes, and townspeople in 15th-century garb roam the grounds tearing into turkey legs with their teeth. The Connecticut Renaissance Faire hosts these medieval-theme blowouts every year, including the Robin Hood Spring Festival and King Arthur’s Fall Harvest Faire. Under the themed umbrella of each gathering, actors caper about a constructed medieval village, engaging in Old English–flavored conversation and clapping games with fair-goers. In a tented marketplace, vendors sell beaded crafts, art, and tyrannical-king repellent alongside stands serving mead, beer, and other satisfying sundries. Although the shows and events vary at each fair, past spectacles have included archery displays, pub sing-alongs, and costume parades.
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    347 Gilead Street
    Hebron, CT US
  • Dalice Elizabeth Winery
    Soft breezes skip off the shores of Amos Lake, rustling through trees and across the grassy acreage that surrounds Dalice Elizabeth Winery, where second-, third-, and fourth-generation Italian Americans share the secrets of their polished craft. Having dispersed its all-natural specialty foods and wines internationally, the winery's founding family continually impresses the palates of casual indulgers and contest judges alike, churning out grape-to-bottle chardonnays, merlots, and sauvignons that cannot be found on the shelves of local stores. In addition to tastings, the winery hosts winemaking and cooking classes, during which glasses clink between aspiring chefs and vintners as they learn to entertain houseguests or polite burglars with style and ease.
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    6 Amos Rd.
    Preston, CT US
  • Cavey's Restaurants
    A romantic evening for two can be arranged over a plate of pasta at Cavey's Restaurants — this Italian restaurant is the perfect date spot. Gather up your friends and head to Cavey's Restaurants for a vegan lunch or dinner. You'll want to raise a glass to Cavey's Restaurants' considerable wine list, awash with flavors from all over the world. Make it a VIP party and book a private room at Cavey's Restaurants today! If your Friday or Saturday night plans include a trip to the bar, it's best to reserve a table before heading over. Business casual dress, tasty food and a classic atmosphere makes this a great place for any occasion. A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the visitors at your next shindig. Free parking is available to Cavey's Restaurants' diners that need it. For those who travel by bike, Cavey's Restaurants offers bike racks for diners. Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
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    45 E Center St
    Manchester, CT US
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