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Local craft breweries have become more and more popular than ever over the past few years. Luckily we have some of the best right in our backyard here in Connecticut.

I recently stopped in to Thimble Island Brewery in Branford and what I found inside was something straight out out of a beer lover’s dream.

 

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Justin Gargano and Mike Fawcett run the place and are possibly the nicest guys in the state. Just two friends from the CT shoreline who loved brewing beer and dreamed of one day opening a brewery.

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In 2010 they officially founded the Thimble Island Brewing company – named for the cluster of islands off the coast of Branford, CT. Both Justin & Mike worked in technology jobs by day, but they spent their nights and weekends in a rented garage working to build a business out of their hobby.

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Slowly they pieced together equipment and built out the facility at 53 East Industrial Road from the ground up.

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The dream became a reality in July 2012 when they sold their first pint of beer, American Ale, at KC’s Pub in Guilford, CT.  It was received very well by the community and their business grew steadily.

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Just six months later, the pair released their next beer, Coffee Stout, made with Willoughby’s coffee beans (a local coffee roaster).

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Thimble Island Brewing Company continues to expand their recipes, now offering several standard varieties available on tap at bars and restaurants throughout the Connecticut shoreline, as well as specialty brews found only in the brewery’s tasting room.

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Bottles of the flagship American Ale can also be found at select package stores.

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Expansion is evident in the physical space as well.  Their space is now 4 times larger than it was when they first launched, and they are looking forward to opening the doors of their brand new facility very soon, expected to be completed by summer 2014.

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