The craft beer scene is expanding at a rapid rate over
the last 10 plus years. With the industry growing at a rapid rate, industries
that support the craft beer industry are also growing. One of the areas that
are growing is the craft beer tour industry. At Journey to the Beer Store we
like going on beer tours, especially beer tours where you can sit back, relax
and have someone else drive you around. That is why we were excited when we
learned that a new company called CT Beer Tours was going to be touring Connecticut
breweries. We sat down with Michelle who is one of CT Beer Tours Co-owners to
learn more about CT Beer Tours and see how we can get ourselves on a tour the
next time we are in CT.
why did you want to start CT beer tours?
Connecticut Beer Tours is a partnership between my cousin
John Savage, my cousin Ashley's husband Jared Yager and myself. About three
years ago we went on a trip to Vermont and did a beer tour trip. We asked
ourselves "why isn't there one in Connecticut." If was a brief
conversation, but as months followed, we continued to go to different beer
events and the question kept popping up until one day I said..."guys let's
you are still in the planning stages, when will you be up and running?
My background is in Marketing. I have owned a marketing
company since 2009 so planning was a big thing for me. We incorporated the
business in November of last year & immediately started branding the company
and meeting with local craft breweries & distilleries to see if our idea
could become a reality. We are done with planning and just waiting for
logistics to be complete - finalizing our tour schedule, vehicle purchase,
insurance, getting passenger endorsements on our licenses & legal waivers
and business operating agreement.
started a Kickstarter page to help you start CT Beer Tours. How is the
Kickstarter campaign going?
Kickstarter was a success. We reached our $5k goal within
15 days. The campaign ended last week with us raising a little over $8k.
days will the CT Beer Tours run and how long will a tour be?
Our tours will run Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun - the main tours
will be Sat/Sun which include 3 beer or distillery stops and a 4th stop will be
food. Cost will be all inclusive (transportation, food, samples). We are
currently finalizing our tour schedule to be posted on the website within the
next few weeks.
breweries will you be visiting on a tour?
We have hit majority of the market in Connecticut &
parts of RI to include: Back East Brewing, Cottrell, Olde Burnside, Relic,
Beer'd, Thomas Hooker, Shebeen, Cold Creek Brewing, Broad Brook, Firefly, Top
Shelf, Outer Light, Powder Hollow, Stony Creek, DuVig, Thimble, Grey Sail,
Overshores, Stubborn Beauty, Still Hill, These Guys Brewing, Brass City Beer
Works, Forest City, 30 Mile Brewing (and as the list grows we will be adding
We are also including spirits. CT is in the ground works
of starting a spirit trail which we are going to happily be a part of. So far
that list consists of Hartford Flavor, Litchfield Distillery, Onyx and Waypoint
if you could have a dream six pack of beer only from Connecticut what six beers
would be in your six pack?
Tough question - the more I get into this business and
the more beer and spirits I try I find my taste-buds and preferences change a
lot. I'd say right now my favorites are Tripel Brun from Overshores, Minnie
Winnie from Cold Creek Brewing, Sluggy Buggy Oatmeal Stout on Nitro at Still
Hill, Duvig's Cream Ale, Fuzzy Baby Ducks at New England Brewing &
beercations have been coming more and more popular in the last several years.
If you could go on a beercation anywhere where would you go and why?
Ideally I'd love to travel the US for a year hitting the
monuments and best breweries and filming the entire experience...but for now,
I'd say Colorado. Last I checked I read somewhere saying they have over 175
breweries right now.