On November 9th, Beer’d Brewing Company threw a celebratory “One Year of Beer” bash and I was fortunate enough to attend their sold out event with my husband. It took place in their unique space in the Velvet Mill in Stonington Borough that serves as both their operations and tasting room. With their great success it is hard to believe they have only been open to the public for a year. On behalf of all of us at Saltwater Farm Vineyard, I would like to raise a glass and extend a heartfelt congratulatory toast to the crew at Beer’d!

beerd2Their warehouse-style space was transformed for the evening with the soft glow of bistro lights and rustic wine barrels that made me feel right at home. Each table was topped with their signature hand cut foam mustaches and beards, along with LED lit growlers. A tented menu was placed within arms’ reach listing their beers on tap along side offerings available from Munchies’ Food Truck, the perfect compliment to my pint! Guests were buzzing around enjoying good company and listening to local bands, Rooster and Shipwreck Souls.

An entry ticket included 3 beer fills, allowing you to sample any of the five options on tap in your commemorative “One Year of Beer” pint glass. Personally, I sipped on Beer’d’s signature Whiskered Wit all night long, but I’ve also been known to enjoy their Midnight Oil (an oatmeal stout).

As often as we brag about the actual product, it is truly the team behind the beer that makes it so memorable. If you haven’t met Aaren the man behind the infamous beard, and his other half Precious, then allow me to introduce you to this fantastically quirky team.


This young couple, though very serious about their craft, have a tremendously fun and lighthearted approach within the walls of their tasting room. You can count on three important things every time you visit: rotating fresh beer, killer chalk art, and friendly hospitality. And to help with that is their crew: Ben, Adam, and Keith. These guys were in full swing right alongside Aaren and Precious, smiling and bringing the energy from start to finish. Together, they operated like a well-oiled machine. Aaren and Precious continued to mingle with a room full of 200 guests; an eclectic mix of young and old, local and far, all of whom came to celebrate Beer’d. It became clear to me that people appreciate the local experience as much as they do the beer.


Stop by Beer’d for a tasting or a growler fill to see what it’s all about. Check out CT Beer Trail to support other local breweries.

Cheers to our friends over at Beer’d,

For more happening at the Velvet Mill, check out our posts here and here.

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