5 Hoppin’ Breweries Near Marlborough, CT

Craft breweries are popping up left and right – and for good reason! We’ve got some good news for fellow beer snobs: you can now enjoy a freshly poured IPA with a side of family fun pretty much in your own “backyard.” Here’s a roundup of our favorite local breweries all within 25 minutes from Marlborough’s Meadowbrook Estate. We can cheers to that!

Fat Orange Cat

47 Tartia Rd, East Hampton, CT

Fat Orange Cat may be small, but they feature some incredible small-batch brews that keep their fans coming back for more! Upon arrival, head to the bar to snag your tokens for $7 which will land you a tasting glass and sampler of four beers of your choice. Walk away with cans, Crowlers or Growlers of your favorites like the Sweet Jane NE IPA or Brother Bluto Belgian strong. The outdoor vibe with fire pits and yes, even goats, make for unbeatable family fun!

Hop Culture

144 Cato Corner Rd, Colchester, CT

New to the area, this family-friendly brewery features community tables, outdoor seating and of course – a variety of refreshing beer on tap! As a testament to their growers and agriculture, Hop Culture’s catchy slogan is “Great beer grows here.” Their eclectic lineup has something for everyone – from their pulpy NEIPA Juicy in the 860 to their blonde ale: Bombshell. Stay tuned for local events at the brewery featuring live music and food trucks!

Hops on the Hill

275 Dug Rd, South Glastonbury, CT

Farm to table is impressive, but Hops on the Hill is taking it to the next level as Connecticut’s only 100% “farm to glass” brewery opening Summer 2019. In fact, all of their beers are made with local grains and hops grown on their own farm as well as other local farms for a true community feel. Bring your own picnic lunch, and soak up the beautiful countryside by enjoying a brew – like their CT IPA – al fresco.

Fox Farm

62 Music Vale Rd, Salem, CT

If you love a rustic, farm atmosphere with a side of high-quality beer, Fox Farm is for you. Located on a 30-acre plot of farmland, the brewery is nestled inside a spacious, refurbished barn for a hip, countryside vibe. Enjoy an on-site pour of your go-to brew or fill your Growlers, bottles or cans with favorites like Alta Indian Pale Ale or Gather, a German-style Pilsner.

Hog’s Breath Tavern at the Farm at Carter Hill

86 E Hampton Rd, Marlborough, CT

While it’s not a brewery per se, Marlborough’s very own Hog’s Breath Tavern at The Farm at Carter Hill is worth a mention. With an ice cream shop, tavern with outdoor patio and farm animals, the Farm at Carter Hill is a fun warm-weather destination for the whole family. Enjoy a bite on their outdoor patio alongside a local craft beer or glass of wine!

Photos courtesy of Fat Orange Cat & Hop Culture