Yankee Cider Co.

As Autumn is upon us, I think it’s apropos to highlight a local cidery. Yankee Cider Company is located in East Haddam, CT and specializes in producing New England style hard ciders made from locally grown apples (they’re also CT’s first farm cidery tap room). You can get cider by the glass, bomber, or growler,Continue reading “Yankee Cider Co.”

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Bishop’s Orchard

Bishop’s Orchard is a fun place to visit when you’re in Connecticut. Located in Guilford, CT, they are a farm and orchard and offer pick-your-own, a market which has food and plants, animals, ice cream, and wine!! They make their own fruit wines and ciders, along with offering popular CT wine brands. The winery wasContinue reading “Bishop’s Orchard”

Priam Vineyard

Located in Colchester, CT, Priam Vineyard is a beautiful spot well worth visiting! Established in 1998, Priam is the first vineyard in New England to go fully solar powered in 2010. They have 40 acres of sustainably cultivated farmland and grow 10 different grape varieties. On offer are 16 wines (all certified vegan – alsoContinue reading “Priam Vineyard”

Gouveia Vineyards

Gouveia Vineyards, located in Wallingford, CT, is a perfect place to visit on a lovely day for some outdoor wine tasting. They have a sprawling terrace that wraps around the main building, overlooking the pond on one side and the vines and tree covered hills on the other.  Wine is available by the glass andContinue reading “Gouveia Vineyards”

Tribus Beer Co.

I had the pleasure of visiting Tribus Beer Co. towards the end of the summer, on a gloriously warm day where we were able to fully appreciate their outdoor biergarten. Noted as Milford’s first brewery and tap room, you have a front and center view of the brewing portion of the establishment while you sipContinue reading “Tribus Beer Co.”

Sono1420

Sono1420 American Craft Distillers is located in Norwalk, CT and produces “ultra-premium, alternative grain, distilled spirits”. And that’s no lie! Their curious use of hemp in distillation is more reminiscent of something I’d expect to find back in Colorado! No, using hemp in spirits won’t have any psychoactive effects on the consumer. Hemp is aContinue reading “Sono1420”

5th State Distillery

Located in Bridgeport, CT, 5th State Distillery (formerly known as Asylum and recently having gone through a re-branding, aptly taking their name from CT being the 5th state to join the Union) is a small producer distilling a range of products using locally grown, non-gmo corn. They have about a dozen labels, ranging from ginContinue reading “5th State Distillery”

A Day In The Vines

When I came across a Facebook event for a volunteer harvest day at a local Connecticut vineyard, I leapt at the chance to get outside and in the vines, meet like-minded people, and just enjoy myself.  Paradise Hills Vineyard and Winery is family owned and operated. The Ruggiero’s started growing grapes in 1997 and soldContinue reading “A Day In The Vines”

DiGrazia Vineyards

DiGrazia Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery located in Brookfield, CT. Having taken over the vineyard and winery in 1987, they grow their own grapes and fruit for their various wines (they’re particularly noted for their Wild Blue offering – a blueberry fruit wine with added brandy), and they’ve been practicing organic farmingContinue reading “DiGrazia Vineyards”