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Connecticut Craft Distilleries to Tour and Taste

Photo: Hartford Flavor Company, Hartford

Every season is the perfect time to come out and discover Connecticut’s growing number of craft distilleries, which are turning heads and winning awards from those in the know. Even more exciting, some of these distillers offer on-site tours and tasting experiences, like vineyards and breweries do. You’ll find many of them on the Connecticut Spirits Trail, and be sure to visit these places that are already crafting a name for themselves.

Taste Award-Winning Liqueurs

Hartford Flavor Company, Hartford
The Hartford Flavor Company’s award-winning Wild Moon Liqueurs are a ground-breaking line of all-natural, botanically-infused liqueurs, unlike anything else currently on the market. Their Birch flavor has been named among a 50-state lineup of most unique spirits, while their Rose and Chai Spice flavors have won silver medals in New York World Spirits Competition. Located next door to Real Art Ways, Hartford’s cutting edge art and film destination, the Hartford Flavor Company makes its home in a restored manufacturing building where the first pay telephones were made. Today this innovative space houses not only the distillery, but several other artisans, craftsmen, and small businesses as well. 

Sample a Batch in the Litchfield Hills

Litchfield Distillery, Litchfield
The Litchfield Distillery makes its home in an old knitting factory in the state’s northwestern hills. Specializing in exceptionally distilled spirits handcrafted from the highest quality, regionally harvested grains and ingredients, their “Batchers’” series includes five handcrafted, premium spirits: Bourbon Whiskey, Double Barreled Bourbon Whiskey, Bourbon Whiskey Port Cask Finish, Vodka and Gin. The bourbon and gin were awarded silver medals in the 2016 World Spirits competition.

Uncover a Craft Revolution Along the Connecticut Spirits Trail

The Connecticut Spirits Trail includes fine craft spirits makers from all parts of the state, producing everything from clear spirits such as gins, vodkas and moonshines to brown spirits such as whiskies and rums, and specialty items like liqueurs and eau-de-vies. Visit the website to find tours and tasting opportunities and learn more about the Connecticut Spirits Trail passport.

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