Best of Connecticut–BEER’D

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Stonington, (860) 857-1014, beerdbrewing.com
Beer lovers will want to do themselves a favor and seek out this Connecticut brewery tucked into a former velvet mill in Stonington. It’s so small it’s not even considered a microbrewery—instead it’s a nanobrewery—but the proudly bearded brewer Aaren Simoncini’s carbonated creations have been making big waves in the burgeoning Connecticut craft beer industry. In fact, local bars and restaurants are so eager to carry Beer’d they’ve begun offering to pick up their own kegs. One taste of the Whisker’d Wit will tell you what all the fuss is about—this refreshing witbier is a tasty work of liquid art.

Why it’s the best: Beer’d embodies what the microbrewery movement is all about: finely crafted beer made in small batches by a brewing genius.