- $20 for a brewery tour for four with tastings and two empty 64 oz growlers ($44 value)
Thimble Island Brewing Company
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 six mainstay beers, which Justin and Mike craft along with specialty batches such as a dark pumpkin porter. The twosome keeps six 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 across Connecticut.