Woodbridge-based New England Brewing’s beers are so popular that the company almost exclusively sells in Connecticut. “We used to sell in eight states, but now we’re just in Connecticut because we can’t keep up with demand,” says owner Rob Leonard, who is a Woodbridge resident. “We have tripled our production in the last two years,” he said.
The local brewery recently moved from Selden Street to a significantly larger space next to the Crest Auto Mall. Recently, Leonard gave First Selectman Ellen Scalettar a private tour of the new brewery and walked her through the process of creating craft beer. There’s been a recent boom in craft breweries, noted Scalettar, “but you’ve been on the forefront of the trend,” she said. “I hope Woodbridge residents know what a treat it is to have you in town.”
Since a recent change in state law, breweries are now allowed to sell beer by the glass and allow consumers to purchase packaged beer on-site. That means New England Brewing fans can often find beer on tap at the Woodbridge brewery that is not sold in stores. There are six kegs on tap and those six brews are announced daily on Facebook. Leonard says that beer lovers regularly line up outside the brewery before they open for the day. You can also taste New England Brewing beers at local restaurants including Wheelers Restaurant & Taproom, Woodbridge Social and Grimaldi’s Pizza.
Scalettar was visiting the expanded brewery as part of a tour of new and growing businesses in Woodbridge designed to create a stronger bond between Town Hall and the Town’s business community. If you’d like to visit New England Brewing, its business hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 3-7 p.m.; Saturdays 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at 175 Amity Road, Woodbridge.
If you know of a new or expanding Woodbridge business, contact Assistant Administrative Officer Betsy Yagla at 203-389-3403.