Did you know the grapes and hops scene in Connecticut is thriving? Farm wineries and breweries comprise more than 100 small businesses throughout the state and growing annually. Be sure to make the Connecticut Wine Trail, Farm Wineries Passport Program, and CT Beer Trail a part of your destination as the days get chillier and the spirits get warmer.
With more than 70 breweries on the Connecticut Beer Trail, supporting local just got a whole lot more fun.
Many of the breweries source local hops and grains, or grow their own like Hop Culture Farms and Brew Co. with the distinct goal of creating an agritourism destination where you take beer from farm to glass. The craft beer movement is committed to local and often highlights ingredients from other local farms and artisans.
As seen in the famous lambics of Belgium, fruit beers are nothing new and have been adopted by creative craft brewers in Connecticut, as well. Tart citrus fruits, pumpkin and berries are common in craft beers without losing the familiar hoppy characteristics from some of Connecticut’s best craft beers.
The Connecticut Wine Trail takes visitors to some of the most beautiful vistas in the state. Connecticut has 50 licensed farm wineries – plan your visit to enjoy a robust red or crisp white in front of cozy fireplace or while taking in memorable sunset views. Be sure to bring the taste of Connecticut to your next Friendsgiving and Harvest Table celebration. Keep an eye out for the Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Small Business Saturday specials with extended holiday hours and events. Find a winery near you!