Two Roads Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.8/5
Very Good
Two Roads Brewing CompanyTwo Roads Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar

1700 Stratford Ave
Stratford, Connecticut, 06615-6419
United States

(203) 375-3361 | map
tworoadsbrewing.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
66
Reviews:
1,841
Ratings:
9,361
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.15/5
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
165
pDev:
11.33%
 
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 165
Photo of dkoehler42
4.94/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is a fun place to visit. The brewery has a certain dated charm, that I'm sure was intentional. The only knock I had on the vibe, is that it's not as quick a path to the tasting room as I'd like. They do offer a wide variety of brews, including a list of retired beers they have a few of(some of which require multiple people due to the size or ABV). The fementers and canning process is visible from the tap room, and the staff is attentive and cares about beer. I live on the wrong side of the Sound, but would definitely make another trip here.

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Photo of SABERG
3.82/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

We visited Saturday early afternoon, The Baird Machine building is an old gem re purposed into this large production brewery. The outside has some food trucks and a side yard with a small stage and area for games.
The vibe inside was taproom and viewing area, nicely appointed, noise level is high with some tanks venting sporadically to add ambiance. The quality is very good, solid line up of draft offerings including seasonal . I like the history photos and ephemera.
Service is prompt and polite, lots of staff all wired together via radio, an empty glass on a surface lasts seconds very quick to clean up, which I appreciate.
Pricing was very good and the value I felt was quite good.

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Photo of Dzman
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

My first visit was a great experience. Wasn't sure what to expect but I am a fan of their double IPA Road to Ruins so I had to try it out.
It was crowded but there was plenty of parking. This was on a Saturday so before entering the converted factory there was a guy who checked your id and you get a stamp to enter. The fun happens upstairs. I did not check to see if they had an elevator for anyone in wheelchairs or physical limitations but that thought crossed my mind. If you visit call ahead. The bar and the store is on the second level. It appears that they do rotate their taps so many of the beers I'm familiar with were not on tap. They did have a great selection and some newer ones I had never tried.
Weekends are their most busiest so the bar area was full. Luckily we arrived when two others were leaving. No food was served but they did have snacks for sale. We had chips. There was a food truck at the time and they rotate that extra service. We decided to do a flight. You get five 4 ounce glasses from their tap. After this we decided to take the tour and tasting for $5 which you purchase at their store. The tour was great. I highly recommend doing that first before heading to the bar. You sample five of their beers. Our guide gave us extra samplings from a plastic two or maybe three ounce size cup so you walk away feeling great.
The brewery was very clean although very warm where the beer making process takes place. Once again call before heading over. The tour takes place from the second level down the stairs to the bottom floor. I did not check if they can accommodate people who cannot go up and down stairs safely. Overall not a bad experience.
The store had great items to purchase. We settled for a baseball cap and a sign but there so many options including six packs and bigger packs of their recent beers t-shirts and more. I would definitely return with a group of friends in the near future.

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Photo of mjco04
4.11/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Probably the biggest craft brewery in the state of Connecticut, Two Roads selections are good and high quality. They have a lot of variety in the tap room all the time. Once in a while they would have a Pilot batch beer for on-site consumption. Food truck is always available outside if you need food. Large facility to hang out and definitely good vibe from people.

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Photo of coljesep
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 5

The good: The beer is fantastic. Lots of great options. Big enough space to accommodate large groups
The bad: Staff/"security"refused entry to sober guests due to recycling a beer from a party van. They admitted days later they were in the wrong, but still - staff refused to even show an ounce of customer service to us.

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Photo of Kinger22
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Friendly staff, quick service, spacious room, great tunes and a large selection of beer. Plus there's some delicious food trucks. Overall a solid brewery

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Photo of Abragg3
1.83/5  rDev -55.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 4

I'm very disappointed in my service here and being kicked out in a very mean fasion with 10 of my friends after only having one beer. As a pervious fan of two roads and all of their beers, Im sad to say that I can no longer support them and am sorry that they are in my backyard, as a craft beer enthusiast it hurts me to say that I can no longer drink or recommend their beers. Sorry two roads but you lost this customer and all of her friends for life.

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Photo of emount91
3.86/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

HUGE brewery with a big beautiful tap room. tables for people who want to sit and bring their own food (or grab food from the food trucks), windows on 3 sides of the room that view right into the brewery, music if i'm not mistaken, and a crap ton of their beers on tap at all times. they also contract brew A LOT of the beers we love and have tons of events all the time. love this brewery, just wish I liked their actual beer a little more.

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Photo of EggsBenny
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Awesome building - a renovated very old factory, great vibe. The tasting room is enormous and you can smell the wort and other raw ingredients in there. They don't serve food, but they have different food trucks everyday of the week and they're cool with you bringing whatever food you want in. You can get all their regular offerings and their seasonals (which often have limited distribution to stores), all fresh. This place is a good time and its right off the highway, so stop by if you're passing through Connecticut via I-95

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Photo of Moneypenny
3/5  rDev -27.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

I had fun at this place, which you might not be able to tell from my rating. It's kind of a party for people who can't stay out late. Gift shop, growler station, huge bar, decent selection. BUT.......and there's always a but.......I asked for a flight of something that was both on tap and available out of a cask. I was told to ask for the cask aged beer. But the bar tender who did the pour told me that what was in the cask was flat, and they were just trying to get rid of it. WTF! To add insult to injury, we took home two growlers, one of which was flat because the bar tender didn't bother to screw the cap on. But wait.......that's not all. The food trucks sell everything from fried potatoes to fried pickles. And I ODed on fried pickles, which was not pretty. This is the brewery that brewery virgins think is awesome until they go someplace really cool like OEC.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Have gone here a few times now, tours cost money but last awhile and you get some brews. The bar area is huge and can accompany a lot of people. No kitchen so you have to bring your own or sometimes there's food trucks outside. The bar pretty much has any Two Roads beer that's currently going on, so around like 15 taps. All in all it's a pretty impressive facility, just wish the beer got kicked up a notch. Hell, they brew Sip of Sunshine and Super Session #2 here.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Lively taproom at the brewery. I have been here many times. Always filled with locals killing an afternoon. The staff is friendly and enthusiastic and always seem to know a lot of the patrons. Multiple rooms aside from the main bar that over looks the tanks. Folks are always taking tours. Tables away from the bar offer something for larger crowd and there is a room for private parties and what looks like an auxiliary bar. Every beer they are brewing is on tap for full pours, tastings and growler fills. Sometimes the food truck out front, sometimes not. Call ahead if you are planning on eating.

Nice swag shop filled with everything you can imagine. Lots of Connecticut specific merch as well.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped here on my way to Boston once and thought it was a pretty nice place. After entering the building you go up some stairs to the main taproom are where it's pretty spacious and you can over look the brewing area though the glass wall on the opposite side. It's a much larger building that I expected. The service was good, the selection wasn't too bad either. I'd stop back again sometime if I was in the area.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

A wonderful place to go check out if you are in Connecticut. The brewery is right off the highway and uses the space of an old factory and makes it very inviting. The tasting room is stylish with servers and guides that can take you through the brewery or just answer questions. Wonderful options and knowledgeable staff make this a great stop for CT Beer geeks. No food, but always a nice selection of food trucks outdoors. It can get packed so I would recommend getting there early in the day.

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Photo of DuBeats
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Went for a tour here this month. Great staff who was extremely informative on their beers. Pretty much had unlimited beers during the tour which was a huge plus as well.

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Photo of AGust82
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Nice, large space overlooking the brewery floor. Huge bar and even larger open space with tables. The place is super popular locally and is accordingly jam packed. An ex-cop type is thoroughly checking IDs at the door with an earpiece and large pistol on his belt, under his shirt. Several other bouncers are prowling around as well. Makes me wonder what type of crowd frequents this place later on. (I was there in early afternoon.) I took the tour, led by the brewery's yeast biologist. Yeah, you read that correctly. Very impressive place on the brewing side. I'm glad I went on the $5 tour. If I had just walked in to try a few beers I would not have enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

I love Two Roads. They've got a wonderful variety of beers and after taking a tour of the brewery, a great community in the Stratford area helping to make some quality beer. They've got a team of guys from Germany who work directly in the brewery as well as a remote team in Germany assisting with things not handled directly in house and their range of what they produce is adventerous to say the least. I can't wait until they're able to distribute into a larger market.

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Photo of dd43
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

Amazing facility, easy to see why contract brewing is such a big focus here. The tap room is great, any chance you get to attend a tasting event here is time well spent. In terms of their beers, Two Roads makes a very drinkable version of everything in their arsenal. That said, none of their packaged beers are amazing, and it's kind of a shame. The brewmasters at nearby New England Brewing create a better version of nearly everything Two Roads does, with nowhere near the state of the art capacity and quality control that is available at Two Roads. It would be great to see them put more emphasis on high end / high concept limited and seasonal releases, to juxtapose that with the volume sellers they're distributing all over the state and outside of CT.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Been to the tasting room twice now. Both times there was a large release party and the place was PACKED. I have to complement the bar tenders. Under these conditions they did a fabulous job. It was still a wait, but considering the crowd, they were fair and as fast as physically possible.
Lots of money in this place for the age of the company. Obviously they have friends in high places. One of the tanks just had some Connecticut related artwork installed on it, looks pretty cool.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

The wife really wanted to go to the Pez factory in Connecticut, and I wanted to go to New England Brewing and the Yale University Art Gallery. So there we went, but after Pez I looked at the map and saw that Two Roads was only a couple of miles down the road, so there we went (I missed out on New England, which kind of sucks).

We were surprised at the sheer size of this new brewery. They’ve only been open two or three years and yet they already have a massive facility with one of the biggest tasting rooms/bars I’ve ever seen. They mean business!

The wraparound bar is about four miles long at least, but the service is pretty swift. You can also look at the brewery tanks behind big windows.

They have six year-round breweries on tap (IPA, DIPA, White IPA), a couple of seasonals (Oktoberfest) and some specialties (Russian Imp Stout). The beers are all “fine” but not outstanding. They’re doing it right, but they’re not doing great. The taps were a tad too cold…
We got a “growlito”, a 32-oz growler filled with their DIPA. Very reasonable prices for growler prices, nothing over $17 for 64 ounces.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Large brewery in rehabbed industrial building with second floor tasting room overlooking brewhouse and canning line. Big oval bar seats about 40 with wire spool tables and counter seating on the perimeter. 18 assorted beers on tap. Friendly service. Outdoor area with food truck.

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Photo of NJBeer265
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Two Roads Brewing is a huge place that I was not expecting. 1 Minute off 95 so very easy to get to. Tasting Room is huge which is great since being packed in is never fun. It also overlooks the brewery behind glass windows so you can see what is going one while enjoying a cold beer. The Vats come right up to the second level which is built around them which is cool. 6 decent size samples for $9 so couldn't complain at all.

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Photo of G-Spot
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Amazing brewery, new and young yet feeling like it's been part of the scenery for ages. Impressive bar and staff, great brewery tour and cool design. Oh and the beers they brew and serve are also really good and even though brewing is there an industrialized process, the result is stunning. Good seasonal brews and a solid craft beer lineup for any day or occasion.
Summer brings beer garden into play and there is always a decent food truck around.
Excellent job!

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Photo of rcole1958
4/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

$5 dollar tour is well worth it. Five samples along the way, and a knowledgable guide who actually worked on the brewing floor, not just some college intern. They've done a great job of reclaiming a turn-of-the -century plant into a star of the art, German-equipped craft brew house.

Whatever you might think of the beer itself, which to my taste sometimes runs too far out of style, the folks there are pleasant, the brewery is a marvel of compactness and efficiency, and the overLl environment is welcoming to those touring, just visiting the tasting room, or renting one of the function rooms.

It should be noted that Phil Markowski is the head brewer, and he's an expert on beer. See his authoritative book on Farmhouse ales at

http://www.amazon.com/Farmhouse-Ales-Culture-Craftsmanship-Tradition/dp/0937381845

Easy to reach, being just off I-95. Worth the stop.

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Photo of maxk
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Dropped by the facility on 11/7 to taste some beers. I was very impressed with the physical space. They have a state of the art brewery with beautiful equipment, incredible for such a new brewery.

The tasting room is nice, it's got lots of pretty wood and that great, wort smell. The bartenders were friendly (one was an apprentice brewer). They knew their stuff. I tried most of the beers, Route of All Evil was the best, the rest were pretty mediocre. They do a ton of contract brewing at the facility too.

Overall, I had an awesome experience. The brewery doesn't have the vibe of most, small microbreweries, it has a slightly more corporate feel which means a more polished appearance and slightly less character.

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Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford, CT
Brewery rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 9,361 ratings