If it seems like a new brewery opens in Connecticut every week, that's not far off — the state's beer scene continues to grow at a rapid clip, with nearly 80 operational breweries and dozens more in planning and development. Brewery production in Connecticut has surged by over 600 percent over the last six years, while the number of breweries in the state has more than tripled since 2014. The state's massive production growth in recent years ranks among the top 10 nationally, morphing Connecticut's brewery sector into a $745.7 million industry in 2017.
Connecticut is one of those places where the craft boom is still reverberating. And in Milford, we have a collection of craft breweries hosting tours with samplings, live music and community events year-round. Tap into the world of craft beer by touring the Milford Point Brewery, Tribus or Dockside and enjoy local brews, tasting room amenities, food trucks, special events and more.
Tribus Beer Co.
Not far from the Housatonic River in Milford, you'll find Tribus between, of all things, the Milford Rider’s dirt motocross track, and a tiny soccer field. The name Tribus comes from its having three founders: Sean O'Neill, and ex-NEBCo brewing pair Matt Weichner and Sabastian D'Agostino.
As Milford’s first brewery and taproom, Tribus serves ales and lagers "designed and crafted by certified International Brewers." Dedicated to producing world-class beers and a fun, relaxed atmosphere, Tribus features a taproom equipped with a 25-plus seated bar top and TVs, and shuffleboard, darts, and board games are on hand. Take your brew outside where you can sit in the shade on the picnic tables and Adirondack chairs.
Tribus Beer Co. is open Thursday: 4pm - 9pm; Friday - Saturday: 12pm - 10pm; Sunday: 12pm - 9pm
Milford Point Brewing
Jerry Candido and Chris Willett, launched Milford Point Brewing on April 7, 2018 on National Beer Day. The duo joined the city’s brewery market, The final operation in Milford’s brewing trinity is Dockside Brewing, breaking ground on their new waterfront brewery along the Housatonic River.
Milford Point Brewing started out with a small taste room and growler-filling room where customers could sample and buy beer for off-site consumption. They also sell and deliver kegs of their beers to more than a dozen bars in Milford and in surrounding towns, producing roughly 176 kegs of beer monthly.
The duo doubled the size of their operation at 230 Woodmont Road by expanding into a neighboring site. The addition of the taproom added another 850 square feet to the brewery along with a few new bells and whistles.
Along with several sitting and standing tables, the recently-expanded brewery features an extended 10-tap bar that will serve Milford Point’s beers along with wine and cider. Like other breweries, customers can also play a mix of games including shuffle board and darts.
“Milford is a proud town of locals with a vibrant, welcoming and energetic community. Milford Point Brewing are locals supporting locals with craft beer,” Chris Willett, co-founder of Milford Point Brewing says.
Milford Point is open Thursdays 4 to 9 p.m., Fridays 4 to 10 p.m., Saturdays 1 to 7 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 7 p.m.
For Dan Bagley, co-founder of Dockside Brewery, there is nothing better than a good beer and beautiful view, which is exactly what he hopes to offer by bringing Milford a waterfront brewery.
“We’re thrilled to be a part of the growing craft beer community in Milford, and look forward to working closely with folks from neighboring craft breweries, and with other businesses in the city and across the state,” Bagley says.
Nestled on the banks of the Housatonic River, Dockside Brewery will be a waterfront destination as the newest addition to Milford’s growing craft beer scene. The site where Dockside plans to open up shop – complete with a craft brewery, 30 tap lines, a waterfront biergarten, and approximately 112 parking spots – is located just over the Washington Bridge, which connects Milford to Stratford.
“Our hope is for Dockside to serve as a Gateway to Milford,” said co-founder Bob Chicoine. “Now more than ever, the craft beer industry is thriving with a more than $700 million impact statewide. And, we believe that Milford residents, as well as folks across the region, deserve to be able to enjoy locally brewed beer near the waterfront and to experience the neighborhood revitalization benefits of the growing craft beer industry. Our aim is for Dockside to be more than just about beer: It will be a gathering place, a source of local identity and pride, and a means for local job creation.”
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