Connecticut Beer

Today in 1788, Connecticut became the 5th state.


Connecticut Breweries

Connecticut Brewery Guides

Guild: None known

State Agency: Connecticut Liquor Division


  • Capital: Hartford
  • Largest Cities: Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford
  • Population: 3,405,565; 29th
  • Area: 5544 sq.mi., 48th
  • Nickname: The Constitution State
  • Statehood: 47th, January 8, 1788


  • Alcohol Legalized: April 20, 1933
  • Number of Breweries: 18
  • Rank: 30th
  • Beer Production: 1,879,769
  • Production Rank: 33rd
  • Beer Per Capita: 75.3 Gallons


Package Mix:

  • Bottles: 45.9%
  • Cans: 44.1%
  • Kegs: 10%

Beer Taxes:

  • Per Gallon: $0.20
  • Per Case: $0.45
  • Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $6.20
  • Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $6.00

Economic Impact (2010):

  • From Brewing: $171,909,053
  • Direct Impact: $751,718,100
  • Supplier Impact: $478,815,175
  • Induced Economic Impact: $477,701,393
  • Total Impact: $1,708,234,668

Legal Restrictions:

  • Control State: No
  • Sale Hours: On Premises: 9 a.m.–2 a.m. (Mon.–Sat.) / 11 a.m.–2 a.m. (Sun.)
    Off Premises: 8 a.m.–9 p.m. (Mon.–Sat.)
  • Grocery Store Sales: Yes
  • Notes: No off-premises sales on Sundays; Sunday on-premises sales subject to local ordinances.

    Beer can be purchased at grocery/convenience stores. Spirits and wine can only be purchased at liquor stores.


Data complied, in part, from the Beer Institute’s Brewer’s Almanac 2010, Beer Serves America, the Brewers Association, Wikipedia and my World Factbook. If you see I’m missing a brewery link, please be so kind as to drop me a note or simply comment on this post. Thanks.

For the remaining states, see Brewing Links: United States.


  1. says

    I’m currently working with most of the active breweries and brewpubs within Connecticut to form the CT Beer Trail online community. Our site will have a more formal launch next month, but you can check out the site now for a peek at what we have in store for the local craft beer fans. Thank you for your support of Connecticut beer!

  2. Geo. says

    CT Brewery List
    Back East – In planning
    Camdridge House (Torrington) Closed 2010
    Carson’s – Closed 2011
    East Haddam – In planning
    Griswwold Inn – No brewing here
    Half Full – In planning
    Hops – All in CT closed
    Nor’easter – In planning
    Overshores (not Overshoes) In planning
    Rheingold (contract brewed)

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