At City Steam Brewery Cafe, the owners concoct some of the area’s finest beers, scoring “best of” awards from Hartford magazine and Connecticut Magazine. They also brew potent batches of laughter inside their 200-seat comedy show-room theater. Ensconced in the historic Brown Thomson and Co. building, which was the state’s largest department store in 1877, Brew Ha Ha once was known as the Last Laugh Comedy Club, where fledgling unknowns such as Ray Romano and Kevin James vied for laughs in the smoky rathskeller of a restaurant.
Reborn in 1997 under a new moniker, the standup speakeasy keeps its calendar packed with nationally touring comics and local joke slingers. During shows, guests can toast with mugs of handcrafted beer and make edible sculptures of their favorite comedian using menu’s custom burgers, pizzas, and omelets.
For Matt Tarlecki, Abandoned Building Brewery is a true passion project. Before he took over the 2,700-square-foot space at 142 Pleasant Street, the building sat abandoned, a former plastic bag manufacturing plant. Not wanting to let a workhorse of industrialization fall into ruin and become an eyesore, he began rehabbing the space. He even designed and built most of the brewery himself, including the 15 barrel brewhouse and two 30 barrel fermenters. In addition to beautifying the neighborhood, Matt maintains his hometown ties by using malted barley and hops grown in Massachusetts and New England for most of his beers.
Here's a quick look at some of Abandoned Building Brewery's beers you might find on draft:
Dirty Girl IPA: five hop varieties create a piney, citrus flavor balanced by a solid malt backbone and slight sweetness for an easy-drinking American-style IPA (6.7% ABV)
Lola’s Saison: this classic Belgian-style farmhouse ale is made with European pilsner malt and locally malted wheat plus European hops, which lend it a fresh aroma (5.1% ABV)
Nightshade Stout: a robust stout featuring seven types of malts, which add chocolate and roasted coffee notes for a well-balanced brew (6.8% ABV)
An ardent devotee of Belgian beers, entrepreneur Christian Amport turned his passion into a business in early 2014: he opened Overshores Brewing Company in East Haven, knowing that his Belgian-style brewery would do things a bit differently. First of all, it would churn out beers that are bottle-conditioned—that is, carbonated through the natural aging of yeast, rather than with forced carbon dioxide. Secondly, Overshores would make all of its beers available in 750ml bottles. This decision reflected Christian's belief that beer is meant to be shared amongst family and friends, much like Thanksgiving dinner or a video of grandma breakdancing. And indeed, today's beer enthusiasts can share a bottle at the Overshores facility, which serves up more than a dozen bottle-conditioned Belgian beers and hosts tours throughout the week.
Credit a blizzard for the DuVig Brewing Company. In 2013, a blizzard left the Dugas and Vigliotti families trapped at home with limited beer-drinking options. Stuck with only their home-brewed beers to drink, they had an epiphany: "true to style" session beers are not only easy to drink, they're full-flavored.
Since this realization, DuVig has maintained the brewing philosophy from the home-brewing days—keep it simple, and skip the incredibly high-alcohol content. DuVig's beers can now be found on tap at many bars and restaurants in the area, and of course at the brewery.
Here's a quick look at a few of DuVig's easy-drinking session beers you might find on draft:
Cream Ale: a crisp, lighter ale with a slight malt flavor, this brew gets its flavor and aroma from American hops and is best served cold (4.9% ABV)
Bock Profile: a rich, malty lager with caramel and toasted bread flavors and no noticeable hops or fruit flavors (6.2% ABV)
American Wheat: a slightly tart, refreshing beer with a nice hop balance, this ale features a light bread and biscuit flavor upfront with a crisp, clean finish (4.8% ABV)
Hankering for a side of fries? Try the grub at Hyde Park Brewing Co., a tasty restaurant serving American-style fare.
Treat yourself to a tasty, vegan meal at Hyde Park Brewing Co.
The bar at this restaurant is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this restaurant — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Hyde Park Brewing Co. has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Hyde Park Brewing Co.'s wifi.
At Hyde Park Brewing Co., you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Make plans ahead of time and reserve a table to avoid the wait.
Hyde Park Brewing Co.'s business casual policy makes it the perfect place for a number of occasions.
Impress the diners at your next gathering by calling in Hyde Park Brewing Co. for catering.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
Hyde Park Brewing Co. is located near endless free parking options.
Featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant's evening menu is rated top-of-the-line.
So when you need a tasty and satisfying meal, visit Hyde Park Brewing Co. and munch on some American eats.
Make your way over to Hyde Park Brewing Co. and enjoy a delicious American meal in a laid back setting.
So take your next meal to the next level and indulge in some great American eats at the highly-rated Hyde Park Brewing Co.
The diverse selection of brews at Hyde Park Brewing Co. are simply astounding. You'll never leave disappointed after a visit there.
Since launching in the summer of 2011 by child hood friends Albert and Devin, Bad Seed Cider Co has expanded to produce three distinct hand-crafted hard ciders made from apples grown in the Hudson Valley. During tap room tours, guests can opt to solely visit the cider house or also indulge in samples of hard cider. These include their signature Dry Hard Cider, a really dry cider, the Bourbon Barrel Reserve, a cider carefully aged in barrels from Kentucky distilleries, and the distinctive Belgian Abbey Cider, which is fermented with a Belgian Abbey beer yeast and reflects tart, tangy, and dry notes.