Eli's Craft Beer Project Profile: Two Roads Brewing Company

The Brewery’s Beginning:

Employing the catchy slogan “The Road Less Traveled,” the Two Roads Brewing Company opened its doors to the craft beer patrons of Stratford on December 21, 2012. 

What started as a longtime dream between four close friends, Brad Hittle, Phil Markowski, Clement Pellani, and Peter Doering, the Two Roads Brewing Company swiftly rose to the ranks as one the top ten breweries in America by 2016, according to Paste Magazine. Straying from the conventional paths that countless brewery entrepreneurs have pursued since the craft beer craze hit America, the Two Roads Brewing Company truly brought new life to the philosophy “Taking the Road Less Traveled.”

Embracing the Building’s Historical Past:

The aesthetically pleasing tasting room is located at the infamous U.S. Baird Factory at 1700 Stratford Ave. The four managing partners have ingeniously preserved the historical integrity of the industrial machinery factory by incorporating numerous aspects into the tasting room. The alluring bar is comprised of the the original wood from the production floor in addition to using the building’s original light fixtures throughout the tasting room. When patrons come to Two Roads they will not only have the opportunity to taste some of Connecticut’s top rated craft brews, they will also get a rare insight into Connecticut’s rich industrial history. 

Brewery Favorites:

Since Two Roads inception in 2012, they have successfully brewed countless styles of craft beer that keep their facility packed with patrons on a daily basis. Some of the craft brews that have become fan favorites include: Ol’ Factory Pils (5% Dry-Hopped Pilsner), Lil Heaven Session (4.8% IPA), Road 2 Ruin (8% Double IPA), and the Honeyspot Road (6% IPA). 

Expansion Plans:

Despite the remarkable success Two Roads has experienced since 2012, they are determined to expand their craft beer empire to new heights that were previously thought to be inconceivable. In early October 2017, the four managing partners announced they had broken ground on a $12 million, 25,000 sq. foot facility designated “Area Two”. Never falling out of touch with changing consumer tastes, the new facility will focus on the ever popular sour and barrel-aged beers. This new facility will allow Two Roads to keep a finger on the pulse of the new trends emerging in the constantly evolving craft beer world.