Connecticut Beer: A History of Nutmeg State Brewing

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The history of the frothy beverage in Connecticut dates back to early colonists, who used it to quench their thirst in the absence of clean drinking water. So integral was beer to daily life in the colony that government officials and militiamen congregated in taverns like the General Wolfe to talk laws and business over pints of ale. Over the next two centuries, the number of breweries rose and then declined, especially after Prohibition. It was not until the 1980s that homebrewers brought this vital Nutmeg State tradition back to life, hatching the likes of New England and Cottrell Brewing Companies, as well as brewpubs including City Steam and Southport Brewing. More recently, small operations with one or two people, such as Relic and Beer'd, are changing the landscape again. Connecticut beer writer Will Siss introduces readers to the hardworking people who keep the breweries and beer bars inviting and the hoppy history alive.
ISBN: 9781626197930
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Connecticut
Series: American Palate
Images: 71
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Will Siss is a Connecticut local who has been writing the “Beer Snob” column for the Waterbury Republican-American since 2005. Will earned a BA in English from Gettysburg College and an MS from the Columbia School of Journalism. When he is not writing about beer he is leading beer-tasting presentations, writing humor pieces and playing in a band. To learn more visit
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