Two Roads Brewing Company

Two Roads Brewing CompanyTwo Roads Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar

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

(203) 375-3361 | map

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Added by ColForbinBC on 12-06-2012

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.7/5  rDev -7%
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 NJBeer265
4.06/5  rDev +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 BranfordBound
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
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 AGust82
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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 jaluria
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

Visited the taproom recently and was very impressed by the size of the brewery's operations; their taproom alone is probably 3000sqft. The taproom is on the second floor overlooking the entire brewery below. Besides their own brews, Two Roads also contract brews for craft brewers, hence their size and capacity.

Adjacent to the taproom is a small shop with various merchandise (hats, shirts, coasters, bottle openers) and of course some of their bottled beers. They fill regular and half sized growlers as well, but it has to be one of their growlers.

On to the beers; 5 in total on-tap; Holiday, Imp IPA, Pils, Saison, White IPA. All of the beers were tasty and unique when compared side by side. The Pils was very representative of the style with sharp crispness and subtle hop flavors. The Holiday and Imp IPA were my favorites with intense hop favors and complex malt bill.

Overall, I really enjoyed my visit and will definitely one back again soon.

A few last notes, the brewery offers tours for $5 per person with plenty of beer samples along the tour. Also, you can order food fin local eateries and have them delivered right to the bar; love the idea just like at dba in NYC.

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Photo of Mersh
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

This place is a gem. By far the most beautiful brewery in the state. Huge space with an amazing history behind it and the tasting room is just amazing. The bar is made from the original floor that was a part of this 100 year old factory. More space than you even need in a tasting room. Tours are fun and done be a friendly and knowledgeable staff. Always something fun going on here and on the weekends they always have great local food trucks. Their beers are pretty solid with some awesome limited releases so far. I see nothing but great things coming from this brewery. I frequent the place quite often since it is only a half hour away from me. I see Two Roads being around for quite a long time and I'm proud to say they are from CT.

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Photo of timmy2b
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Brewery is right behind a plexiglass window. Bar is a wrap around bar with several tap locations. Bartenders were knowledgeable and helpful in choosing the beers to sample. Price was reasonable. Seems like it would be a fun place to be around happy hour (I was there at 3pm, opening)

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Photo of woodchipper
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
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 dd43
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%

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 emount91
3.86/5  rDev -3%
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 Kinger22
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
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 coljesep
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
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 bmeehan
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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 Burkbom23
4.06/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

New brewery about 30 minutes from my house, have been here a couple times already. The tasting room is really cool. Its a bar located on the second floor of this remodeled factory, overlooking the brewery operation with a huge glass wall. Both times i have been there the atmosphere as been busy and lively. You can sample a flight of their 5-6 beers on tap, fill growlers, go on a tour, or check out the small brewery store. Saw others who had brought it their own food and seemed to be having a good time. They have food trucks come in on saturday and on one of the days i was there there was a lobster roll truck in the parking lot, great idea, however i didnt try it. This place is pretty cool. I would love to grab a bunch of friends, some cheese and crackers and spend an afternoon in the tasting room.

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Photo of Abragg3
1.83/5  rDev -54%
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 Mfoleybrews
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

What a cool spot! I love what they've done with what they had. You will feel as if you stepped back in time in an old factory. Usually a food truck outside, easy to get to and get out. I like their beers but I think more focus could be put into their stuff before contracting out their enormous capacity. When I go back I'd like to drink a few as I look at the before photos of the facility. They have done a lot for that neighborhood by rehabbing an old historic factory.

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Photo of maxk
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
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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Photo of Moneypenny
3/5  rDev -24.6%
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 CaskIT
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Just a short distance from I-95 in Stratford, CT is the Two Roads Brewing Company. The renovated factory is hard to miss with its gigantic grain vessels located outside the building (specialty grains are stored inside). The pane glass windows crisscross over a scene of fermenting, wort boiling, kegging, and bottling equipment. This place is big.

Walk across the newly paved and striped parking lot towards the heavy wooden doors, go up the stairs and down the hall towards the clamor, and you will arrive in the Tasting Room which sits high above the brewery and is beautifully framed with floor to ceiling glass windows for your viewing pleasure. With the Tasting Room overlooking the brewery, you have an immediate need to drink beer.

The Two Roads flight consisted of five samples and cost $10. Custom etched sampling glasses generated numerous compliments from fellow patrons.

"Drink this one last." The taste-master recommended, pointing to the Road 2 Ruin Double IPA.

Here was the line up:
Honeyspot Road White IPA
Road 2 Ruin Double IPA
Worker's Comp Saison
Ol' Factory Pils
Holiday Ale

The gentleman next to me indicated he drinks his flights straight. One by one, no mingling of flavors. I followed suit.

White IPA, Pils, Holiday Ale, Saison, Double IPA

All were remarkably good representations of their respective styles, served a little too cold (for me) and one was slightly over carbonated, but they will work that out. They’ve only been open about two weeks, with very small batches available.

Two Roads is already brimming with success… it's 4pm on a Thursday and there is not a seat available at the approximate 30+ seat oval tasting bar. Small tables are scattered throughout, and as I round my third sample, those are filling up, too. Good for you, Two Roads. I'll be back. Plenty of room, lots of seating, and a splendid view.

"Holiday" growlers are flying out the door. I can see why, delicious.

If you are enroute and passing through Connecticut on I-95, it's worth the small detour.

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Photo of BrewSensei
4.93/5  rDev +23.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Local gem!! Very exciting to have a brewery like this in CT. We deserve it. You must
visit this brewery if your passing the CT. Brewery tours are usually given by a brew
master, which is absolutely amazing.

Two Roads recently had an awesome release of Igor's Dream, which is a limited release of their IRS. I was honored to be the the 1st in line, and obtained bottles 1-3. I hope to be 1st in line next for the same release.

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Photo of getmeabeer
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

The brewery is located in the old Baird building in Stratford, CT. The brown brick building had been sitting empty for years and was in need of a new tenant. Two Roads moved in and created a great atmosphere that preserves the old legacy of the areas rich industrial contributions to America. Basically, Two Roads is a great local micro- brewery with many different and creative offerings. Nice to see a local beer brewery that's serious about growing their brand while helping out the local economy. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rcole1958
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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

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Photo of DuBeats
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
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 WhiteHillsStore
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
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 Dennis-McAllister
2.86/5  rDev -28.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

It had some good beers, not crazy about atmosphere. I did like the Igor Sikorsky beer. It was an old machine shop that most of people in stratford worked at back in the day. They kept original flooring and office areas, which was cool.. No food trucks on the saturday when were there, but you can order in with delivery from local restaurants.

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