Best Beer Gardens & Breweries Near Stamford, CT

Beer fans, rejoice: With boutique digs at The Lloyd here in Stamford, you’ve got ready access to some of the best craft breweries in Connecticut! Whether you’re an IPA obsessive, a pilsner devotee, a stout stalwart—well, you get the picture—you’ll find some fabulous suds, from the traditional to the one-of-a-kind, on tap thanks to our awesome local brewers.

Here’s a roundup of some of Stamford’s taprooms, tasting rooms and beer gardens: prime places to enjoy a pint or a sampler flight on a Lloyd getaway.

Half Full Brewery (43 Homestead Ave)

Half Full will make an optimist out of anybody, thanks to a topnotch selection of craft brews—among them such core offerings as the Beacon New England IPA, the Bright Blonde Ale, and the Within Reach Peach Wheat. You’ll find a dozen of beers poured in the main tasting room.

Half Full Brewery also maintains a satellite location in the form of Third Place (575 Pacific St), a pop-up coffee shop and tasting room with its own suds-friendly patio.

Lock City Brewing (54 Research St)

Lock City Brewing—the name’s a nod to a historic nickname for Stamford derived from the long-standing presence of the Yale & Towne locksmithing company—is another surefire choice for a great brew or two. Its taproom, open Thursday to Friday, provides a cheery place for sampling such Lock City beers as the Shake Your Booty IPA and the Over the Garden Wall Sour.

The Beer Garden (290 Harbor St)

In warm weather, few places in Stamford promise such a satisfying perch as the Beer Garden at Shippan Landing. Here you can kick back with a cold craft beer poured from one of the rotating taps, enjoying tasty eats from local food trucks and grooving to live tunes.

Embark on a Stamford Craft Beer Safari With a Home Base at The Lloyd.

Connecticut has a very strong craft-brewing industry these days, and Stamford comes well represented in that regard. When you’re not nursing a cold one at our boutique hotel, be sure to pay a (thirsty) visit to the Half Full and Lock City taprooms as well as other nearby breweries in neighboring towns.