Stratford, CT: Two Roads Brewing Company

IMG_1649Deriving their name and philosophy from Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken, Two Roads Brewing Company found a home in the 112-year-old U.S. Baird building in 2012, renovating the former factory of the machinery manufacturer and transforming it into a functional brewery complete with a tasting room, store and outdoor beer garden. The renovations preserved many of the historic features of the building such as the wooden floors, even re-purposing sections that had to be removed to make room for the brewing equipment into the wooden bar that anchors the tasting room.

1234625_10100379577989515_1518381067_nThe expansive tasting room on the second floor of the building features floor-to-ceiling windows that allow visitors a sweeping view of the working brewery below. Guided tours, offered on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, gives visitors access to the brewery floor as the beer making process and history of the building are explained, all while sampling Two Roads’ craft beer creations. Two Roads also offers an outdoor beer garden on weekends where a parked airstream trailer serves as the bar and a rotating selection of food trucks offer the perfect pairing to your beer of choice.

The brewery currently offers five year-round choices-Worker’s Comp, a saison, Road 2 Ruin, a IMG_1647double IPA, Ol’ Factory, a pils, Honeyspot Road, a white IPA and most recently adding the formerly seasonal No Limits hefeweizen to the regular offerings. Additional seasonal brews make appearances throughout the year. Visitors to the tasting room can order any of the beers on draft by the glass, choose a sampler of all the beers or purchase a growler to go.

1700 Stratford Ave

Tues-Fri: 3-8pm

Sat: 12-8pm, Sun: 12-5pm

Tours available; Full info here.