State of CT Covid Related Mandates Revised 12/4/2020
- Masks must be worn at all times when not seated
- In order to be served you must be
- seated at a table and
- have meal size portion of food either ordered or at the table
- Remember to eat slow, State of CT does not allow us to serve patrons once meals are completed
- Please do not move tables or chairs. If you have more than 4 people in your party please ask the staff to seat you
- Max number of people at a table per State of CT regulations is 8
TO-GO / CARRY OUT and LIMITED INDOOR/OUTDOOR SEATING
Where it all Began
Little Red Barn Brewers is really a story about how two brothers and their high school friend worked on transforming their dreams into reality. The Hop Brothers, Matt and Nate Day, have been friends since birth. They caught the craft beer bug shortly after Matt received a Mr. Beer kit for Christmas. Although the early beers would not stand up to their current standards, the pint-sized dreams began. Shortly after getting a Mr. Beer kit, the Hop Brothers began brewing with Greg Hoffman, whose life experiences made him the ideal mentor for the gang. Greg taught the brew crew the importance of precision, sanitation, documentation, passion, and perhaps the most important life lesson of them all, enjoy what you do, for our time on this rock is short. It wasn’t tough to get Nils Johnson involved with the club – he was often heard proclaiming, “free beer, count me in”. What he lacked in training, he more than made up for with his experienced taste buds. The LRB quickly outgrew making their nectar on the kitchen stove; it was time for a new home. Nils’s parents, Nils and Gail Johnson, donated the use of an old horse barn located in Barkhamsted, CT for this purpose.
History was Made
On March 9, 2013, the brew crew produced their first batch of beer at the now historic Little Red Barn. Without the Johnson’s generous donation, the brew crew’s dreams may not have been realized. If you see them in the tap room, buy them a pint. The Little Red Barn Brewers researched numerous towns in the Northwest Corner. During the summer of 2017, the LRB selected 32 Lake Street, Winsted, CT as their future home. They quickly realized the Little Red Barn Brewers LLC was not building their brewery, but rather the brewery belongs to the community. The support of the community, businesses, and town hall has been overwhelming, and it’s exciting to be part of the revitalization of a once-prosperous town. Winsted is more than just a town, it’s the gateway to both the Litchfield Hills and the Berkshires. Little Red Barn Brewers LLC will be “Brewing up Good Times” in Winsted, CT starting March 2019.
The original “Little Red Barn”. See, we’re not kidding!
Some of Our Hand Crafted Brews
Not Your “Norm”al IPA – Imperial / Triple IPA
Loaded with Columbus and Mosaic hops and clocking in at 10% this left coast style double IPA packs a punch! ABV 10%
Hay Loft English Pale – Extra Special / Strong Bitter
English version of a Pale Ale, more malt flavor and a bit nutty. Lightly hopped, dark gold color. A balanced beer with a clean finish. ABV 6%
Takes Two to Mango – Sour / Fruited
Pucker up! Our sour series rolls on! We added over 300 pounds of fresh mango for your enjoyment! ABV 4.9%
Cream of the Crop – Cream Ale
This American beer is mild and smooth with almost no bitterness and a refreshing finish. Don’t settle for any Cream Ale, drink the Cream of the Crop! ABV 5.5%
Freshly Squeezed – IPA / New England
Juicy, hazy, smooth and tasty! Take a trip to New England with this citrusy IPA! ABV 5.6%
Rescue Red – Red Ale – American Amber / Red
This malt-forward Red Ale is well balance. Caramel and toffee flavors with a bit of roastiness at the end! ABV 5.6%
O’Keefe Imperial Stout – Stout – Imperial / Double
Bold, sweet and boozy – just like O’Keefe himself! Just in time for the change in temps. And at 8.8% ABV, this one will keep you warm! ABV 8.8%
Everyman’s Porter – Porter American
This robust porter is very easy drinking with all of the flavor of a classic porter, perfect for everyman (or woman)! ABV 5.6%
Lawn Chair IPA – American
Pull out the lawn chair and kick back with a bit of hoppy goodness! Using only citra hops, this easy drinker will become your new lounging around beer! ABV 4.6%
Mad River Pilsner – Pilsner / German
Light and Crisp! The perfect easy drinking brew to float down the river with! ABV 4.5%
Raspberry Truffle Shuffle – Stout / Double
When our O’Keefe Stout and Raspberry Fields come together the result is candylicious! Plenty of chocolate with a little fruity sweetness! ABV 8.8%
Kountry Kolsch – Kölsch
Light in color and malt character, this style is a refreshing drink with a hint of citrus & a crisp finish! ABV 4.5%
Cow Tippin Copper Ale – Pale Ale / American
Great blend of malt and hops, smooth and refreshing for whatever the day brings, even if its some good old fashioned cow tipping! ABV 5.6%
Squire’s Tavern Ale – Old Ale
This ale was brewed in 2006 nationwide by breweries to celebrate the 300th birthday of Ben Franklin! We put our own twist on this “old ale”! ABV 6.6%
Cowboy Ale – Pale Ale / American
Darker and sweeter than your average pale ale, loaded with Munich malt and lightly hopped. ABV 6.3%
Raspberry Fields – IPA / New England
A touch of raspberry with citra and vic secret hops make up this refreshing New England IPA! Like skipping through a berry patch! ABV 5.3%
You Did It!
The LRB would like to THANK ALL OF YOU for your incredible support of our Kickstarter Campaign! With the contributions made by family, friends, and all of our supporters, we have crushed our milestone goal of $15,000 and have closed our campaign by raising over $34,000 towards Winsted’s Brewery! This just shows the excitement and the commitment of everyone in helping to bring positive changes to Winsted! CHEERS TO ALL OF YOU!
CT Brewers Guild “Support Local”
The LRB is also a proud member of the CT Brewers Guild! The CT Brewers Guild was founded in 2012 to help promote our local breweries as well support the member initiatives that support profitability, and increase the awareness of the many CT breweries and legislative actions.
Interesting Beer Facts
At any given time, 0.7% of the world population is drunk. It means 50 million people are drunk right now.
It’s beer thirty somewhere!
162,719 pints of Guinness beer are wasted each year due to mustaches.
the fear of an empty beer glass.
Terrifying phobia indeed.
LRB Brew Crew
Nils caught the craft beer bug early in life. It wasn’t because of its superior taste, it was out of necessity. It’s legal to buy the ingredients for beer under the age of 21. So in the interest of science, the ingredients were bought and the beer was made every three weeks during one summer break.
After those early experiences, Nils took a hiatus from beer. He attended and graduated from Northwestern Community College and went on to have a 25-year career in transportation. His first job, and one he held for 20 years, was working for Lippincott Van Lines, Winsted, CT. Nils’s support for the community has been evident by his two decades of volunteering with a local fire department.
How did working in transportation prepare Nils for making beer? The honest answer, not at all. This is why the Hop Brothers are in charge of that. The business side of beer, now that’s something his experience has prepared him for. Throughout the years, he had to watch cash flows, interact with customers, write HR polices, route trucks, and has dealt with numerous federal and state agencies. These skills will translate nicely into this venture.
Nils has often been associated with Beerman – many think he is this super hero. Research has shown Nils often wears glasses and Beerman does not, so he has been eliminated as being the alter ego of the defender of Craft Beer.
Co-Founder, Head Brewer
When Nathan’s brother got a Mr. Beer kit for Christmas, he invited Nate over for their first attempt at home brewing. The seed was planted and the next month Nate got his own 5-gallon brewing kit. After a few solo brews, he was thirsty for more knowledge. Nate turned to his friend and bandmate, Greg Hoffman. Greg was once an avid brewer of beer and, after conversing with Nate, his love and passion for brewing was rekindled. It was at this time that Nate thought it would be a great idea to form a brew club as a way to foster their passions. Under Greg’s tutelage, Nate began to learn how to build a beer and soon shifted his focus from crafting songs to crafting recipes. Close friend Nils Johnson joined the club and they quickly outgrew Greg’s kitchen… they moved to the Little Red Barn and eventually made the decision to chase a dream. Focused and determined since that day, the Brew Crew is close to realizing that dream.
Co-Founder, Marketing, & Assistant Brewer
Matthew began brewing beer about 7 years ago after receiving a beer brewing kit from his wife for Christmas. Brewing quickly became much more than a hobby as he and his brother (Head Brewer Nathan Day) quickly upgraded their equipment and began experimenting with the many varieties of craft beer. For the past 2 years, Matt has been brewing at a feverish pace to keep up with the numerous private parties and events where the Little Red Barn Brewers have been sharing their brews. Matt has been in charge of the Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts for the brewery. Matt also works in the IT department at The Hartford Insurance Co. where he has been for 20 years.
PO BOX 780
Winsted CT 06098
32 Lake Street
Winsted, CT 06098
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