Flowers aren't the only things to start popping up this spring, as brewfest season follows the sun into outdoor spaces all over Connecticut. Below is a short list of several notable events from around the state, from the eastern shore, all the way down into lower Fairfield County. Take a look, and start planning early.
On Saturday, April 27th, the owners of Black Hog Brewing and Caseus bring 10 of the finest cheese makers in New England, plus 18 breweries, to their location at 115 Hurley Rd. in Oxford. Tickets include a glass and sample pours throughout the day, plus cheese samples and beer and cheese to-go.
Ocean Beach Park in New London is the setting for the 2019 Brewfest At The Beach, featuring over 150 beers on tap, live music, "brew friendly food," and a wine tasting all included with the price of admission. The brews and views are available to you after work from 6-9pm on Friday, May 10th, and proceeds benefit Camp Rotary.
Black Pond Brews are proudly made by Authentic Swamp Yankees in Danielson, Conn., home of the Harmonies and Hops beer and music festival. Black Pond is joined by a dozen more breweries and home brew clubs for the event, with music from The Bleecker Street Rippers on the afternoon of May 11th.
Over 45 breweries will gather on the grounds of the hop yard at Two Roads brewery in Stratford to celebrate the fourth year of GATB on May 18th. A single ticket gets access to samples from every brewery, plus the giant Cluster Truck food truck hub. General admission tickets are good from 12:00-3:00pm, and VIP ticketholders can stay another hour 'til 4:00, a t-shirt, and a special, after hours pouring event.
The festival returns to the top of the hill at Oyster Shell Park on Saturday, June 1st. Enjoy views up and down the river and stroll along paths between over 75 beers on tap from over 50 regional breweries, food vendors, and live music. The event will benefit Norwalk's Adoption Hope Foundation from 2:00-5:00pm.
Stamford's first brewfest in Mill River Park was such a sold out success in its first year the hours and tickets available have been expanded for 2019. Your ticket for this June 15th gets you a free beer upon entry, and access to the Half Full pop up beer garden, live music from Kind Country, BooYah!, Eggy, and more, food trucks, and pizza from Coalhouse, Fortina, Dough Girls, Abeetz... the list goes on. The proceeds from all beer sales from 2:00-8:40pm go to the Mill River Park Collaborative to benefit the downtown greenway.
The music festival with a beer fest attached blows thew roof off Stratford from June 21-22nd at Two Roads. Friday's show features The Motet and Drop Party, while Saturday will be headlined by Matt&Kim, with Ripe, Spafford, The Alpaca Gnomes, and more, all while Two Roads beer tents and food vendors surround the stages. Your ticket includes your first pint of beer.
If you haven't made the trip to New England Brewing Company in Woodbridge, June 29th is your chance, as they present a beer-style-specific benefit for the Smilow Cancer Hospital. Fifty breweries from Connecticut and beyond will be pouring, and 100% of the proceeds go to funding Smilow.