It's one state up from CT, but if you are a fan of Trappest Ales like myself, the the monks of St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, MA make a good version (though not quite up to the level as some of their Belgian cousins). http://spencerbrewery.com/
The only certified Trappist beer brewed in the US.
Lizard Breath IPA, Firefly Hollow Brewing, Bristol CT
Rye Saison, Stubborn Beauty Brewing, Middletown, CT
Flying Jenny Extra Pale Ale, Grey Sail Brewing, Westerly, RI
White IPA, Whalers Brewing Co., Wakefield, RI
Allagash White, Allagash Brewing, Portland, ME
Hopstillo IPA, Broad Brook Brewing, E. Windsor, CT
Back Bay IPA, Boston Beer Works, Boston, MA
Yes!!!! I tried their beers at the Ct Brewers Fest at Ski Sundown in July...amazing....Then I went straight to their booth at the September Sundown Fest...I need to get down to Middletown...Plus they get kudos for a great name.
I'm not big on ales (pilsners are by far my preference) but this is a UConn story, I first found out about this place due to an alumni gathering there not quite a year ago. For any alumni who may have interest, there will be another gathering there in mid November. For those interested, if you aren't an active member of the alumni association, I imagine a phone call to the association would be more than enough to get an official invitation.
This also is a UConn story as the owner is a UConn grad and the funding was arranged by the alumni association matching investors with this investment opportunity.
Two Roads has been blowing up lately but I haven't had many of theirs yet.
I'm not a hop guy so I like Thomas Hooker's Liberator Dopplebock and NEBC Imperial Stout Trooper. I miss Hammer & Nail from the 90's.
New England wise Cambridge Brewing Co makes some great barleywines and scotch ales which are some of my favorites. There's also Portsmouth Kate the Great, Allagash Oddyssey, Smuttynose Baltic Porter and Sam Adams Utopias too.
Although not instate I felt this deserved a mention
I've only had this beer a couple of times on draft because I can't find it in package stores that I've looked in (my package store said they ordered 5 cases but sold almost immediately because everyone loves this beer)
My new favorite for fall beers (or at least one of my favorites now, albeit I've only had it at a couple of bars on draft - Plan B in Glastonbury, and the Irish bar on 66 in Hebron a few others but I know those 2 have / at least had it.)
Southern Tier Imperial Pumpking Ale
Its around 8.8% I think? Best pumpkin beer I've had well recently at least