5 Great Breweries in the Groton Area

Are you stationed in Groton and looking for brewery recommendations? Check out some of our local go-to’s:

Outer Light Brewing Company

266 Bridge St, Groton, CT

This brewery knows how to play to its audience! Located in the submarine capital of the world, Outer Light Brewing Company’s SUBduction™ IPA pays homage to the many sailors that call Groton their homeport. Nuclear SUBduction™ Imperial IPA is another recurring favorite along with several other brews on rotation.  

Thursday nights at OLBC celebrate members of the local community with 20% off pint nights. From Navy appreciation nights to teachers, firemen, policemen, first-responders, and more! Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news and events!

  • Kid-Friendly? Yes, kids are welcome to tag along.
  • Dog Friendly? Yes, dogs are allowed in the outdoor seating area.
  • Food Options: Guests are allowed to bring or order outside food. OLBC shares a list of local take-out options close by. Food Trucks are also present on-site (subject to availability).

Bank & Bridge Brewing

54 W Main St, Mystic, CT

In addition to great beer and a prime location in downtown Mystic, there are many reasons you’ll love Bank & Bridge Brewing. Where to begin!? The owner is a Marine Corps Veteran, in fact, he even has a Marine Corps’ Buddy series of brews honoring some of his Marine brothers.

He’s also an Arsenal fanatic, so if you’re looking for a fun place to watch the game with fellow football (soccer) fans, this is the place! Happy hour Mon-Thurs, Trivia every Monday night, plus live music every Thursday night! Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

  • Kid-Friendly? Yes, they even have a kid’s food menu.
  • Dog Friendly? Yes, dogs are allowed in the outdoor seating area.
  • Food Options: If you’re in the mood for a burger or fried chicken sandwich, you will not be disappointed! So many delicious combos to try!

Barley Head Brewery 

12 Water St, Mystic, CT

Are you looking for a brewery with a small-town feel and an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients? Look no further than Barley Head Brewery in lovely downtown Mystic. The beer selection here is ever-changing with anywhere from 4-6 options on tap at a time. Not only do they source locally whenever possible, but many ingredients in their beer also come straight from the brewer’s personal garden. For the latest updates, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

  • Kid-Friendly? Yes, if you have kids old enough to behave well and remain at your table, they are welcome.
  • Dog Friendly? Due to health codes, dogs are not allowed inside the brewery. However, well-behaved dogs on a leash may join you on the patio.
  • Food Options: Hot pretzels & mustard are offered onsite. You’re welcome to bring in your own take-out food!

Beer’d Brewing Co.

The Mill – 22 Bayview Ave, Ste 15, Stonington, CT; The Silo – 225 Leonard Dr, Groton, CT

This independent Microbrewery is all about their community and pure love of craft beer. No matter the occasion or what kind of mood you are in, Beer’d has the perfect brew for you. It’s not just about drinking beer though – they really emphasize coming together and a sense of belonging. They offer trivia & taco nights, music nights, even an occasional Yogi & Brews morning! 

Beer’d also offers their Running Somewhere Else Run Club which meets every Thursday Apr-Oct. This run club directly supports Running for Rescues, a Connecticut-based non-profit assisting animal shelters and rescues across the nation. For the latest, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

  • Kid-Friendly? The Mill – Yes, children are permitted. The Silo – No, this location is 21+ only.
  • Dog Friendly?  The Mill – Yes! Dogs are not allowed in The Beer’d Garden, however, there is a special area dubbed “the Dog Den” where you can enjoy a beer with your four-legged friend! The Silo – No dogs permitted at this location.

Grey Sail Brewing

63 Canal St, Westerly, RI 02891

Grey Sail Brewing is located just over the Connecticut/Rhode Island state line in Westerly, RI. Inspired by the rolling waves and grey sails of New England, the brewery specializes in several year-round beers, including the fun nautical Captain’s Daughter Double IPA. The brewery rests inside a former Westerly Macaroni Factory, buit in the 1920s. Next door is their tap room and beer garden, a great, family-friendly destination on sunny days. The tap room has fun old board games, which makes for fun activities. For the latest updates, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

  • Kid Friendly? Yes, only in the beer garden and not inside.
  • Dog Friendly? Yes
  • Food Options: Grey Sail Brewing has on-site woodfired pizza, with rotating food trucks in the summer months. They also allow you to bring your own food!

Don’t see your favorite brewery listed? Let us know so we can add it to our bucket list to try!

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