Stonington may be small but it’s home to several award-winning breweries and wineries so whether you’re a beer nerd, a wine connoisseur, or a novice, there’s local options for everyone to enjoy!
Cottrell Brewing Co. came about from owner and brewer Charlie Buffum’s desire to make the best beer possible. While studying in London, he developed a passion for quality ales and soon turned that passion into a business, striving to offer Connecticut the kind of unique, specialty-crafted brews he had been so inspired by across the pond. Beginning with the Old Yankee Ale and blossoming into a range of offerings, including a Scotch Ale, an IPA, a Double IPA, and a Pilsner, Cottrell is not to be missed.
Beer’d Brewing Co. is an independent craft microbrewery that proudly produces a variety of new brews each year – from tried and true favorites to exciting small-batch experiments. Owned by a craft beer power couple and staffed by a small and dedicated team, the highly collaborative brewery focuses on innovation and creativity to offer the very best beers to its customers, whether they’re hop heads or newbies.
Stonington Vineyards, a founding member of the Connecticut Wine Trail, is best known for its barrel-fermented Chardonnay and its exclusive blends Seaport White and Triad Rose. Established in 1987 on 58 acres in the Stonington Uplands, the Vineyard was first led by winemaker Mike McAndrew who helped shape both the land and the winery. Since then, the Vineyard has grown slowly, with an emphasis on quality, not quantity, and consistently elegant, food-friendly European styles of wine.
Saltwater Farm Vineyard‘s roots go all the way back to the 1600s when an English immigrant established his farm on 230 acres of land surrounding the Wequetequock Cove, and a portion of these acres are now home to the vineyard and winery. Today, the vineyard attributes its award-winning wines to the inherent quality and unique character of their soil, combined with their strong knowledge of New England viniculture and French winemaking techniques within a modern design.