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Best Breweries in West Hartford

Between romantic getaways and Renaissance art, riverside festivals and historic sites, West Hartford has established itself as a “revolutionary” destination. But Connecticut’s capital city is more than traditional pursuits: Hartford and West Hartford are foodie-forward and dedicated to artisanal pursuits, including a full menu of microbreweries, taphouses, and biergartens.

On your next visit to DELAMAR West Hartford, see what’s on tap at our local breweries:  

New Park Brewing (485 Park Ave)

From Canopy Pale Ale and Market Saison to Porridge Oatmeal Milk Stout and a variety of IPAs and Double IPAs, New Park pours quite the variety of fine brews at its taphouse. Food trucks regularly park here, as well.

Thomas Hooker Brewery (140 Huyshope Ave)

Bloomfield-based Thomas Hooker Brewery runs a lively West Hartford taphouse, complete with outdoor patio where you can sample year-round offerings such as #NOFILTER IPA, Heff It Hefeweizen, Passport Pilsner, and Liberator Doppelbock. Also available: seasonal beers, like the Watermelon Ale out now, and various limited releases, such as the Ode to Blumpy IPA, named for a beloved brewery cat.

City Steam Brewery (942 Main Street, Hartford)

Set in a 19th-century brownstone designed by the great H.H. Richardson, City Steam Brewery stands as one of Hartford’s most happening hotspots: live standup, courtesy of its Brew HaHa Comedy Club, and a dozen+ craft beers are on tap – Naughty Nurse IPA, Blonde on Blonde Pale Ale, and others – and perfectly complement an extensive food menu.

Hanging Hills Brewery (150 Ledyard St., Hartford)

Named for the nearby traprock range, which has long been steeped in legend of a mysterious black dog, Hanging Hills Brewery serves up a selection of fine beers at its Hartford taphouse. Raise your mug to the Short Porch Lime Lager, Mail Truck Pale Ale, Junebug Saison, or Oh, New England! IPA – or whatever else happens to be on tap, because it’s all tasty here.

Hog River Brewing (1429 Park Street, Hartford)

The Hog River taproom offers a welcoming atmosphere, in part thanks to a pair of vintage machine presses that evoke the space’s previous incarnations, first as Hartford Rubber Works and later as the Pope Manufacturing Company. Enjoy pints or tasting flights with any food you’d like to bring along – or, Thursday through Saturday, partake of the eats supplied by local food trucks.

Back East Brewing (1296A Blue Hills Avenue, Bloomfield)

Back East pours pints and sampler flights at its taproom – usually serving 10 to 16 beers at any given time – and also sells growlers and six-packs to go. Year-round brews include the flagship Back East Ale and the extravagantly named Intergalactic Lupulinary IPA.

Olde Burnside Brewing (776 Tolland Street, East Hartford)

Set in the old Burnside Ice Co. facility, Olde Burnside offers a unique spread of lovingly crafted beers with plenty of Scottish spirit, including the Penny Weiz Belgian-Scottish Wit and Ten Penny Ale, a signature Scottish ale.

On your next visit to the DELAMAR West Hartford, be sure to make time for a beer crawl through some of our favorite local breweries. Time it right, and you’ll also have the chance to sample some of our city’s best food trucks! Because great drinks deserve great eats.

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