We would like to thank The Riverton Inn with crafting a response related to the updated COVID regulations.
Below is an update to all our customers on the current news regarding masks.
Based on the CDC and Governor Lamont’s guidance, we’ll be following these guidelines.
- If you have not been vaccinated, please continue to wear a mask as you enter the brewery, to your table, and as you leave.
- If you have been vaccinated, the decision is yours whether or not you want to wear a mask.
- Our team members will be following the same guidelines. However, if you come into contact with a team member and would feel more comfortable with them wearing one, please ask. We’ll have them readily available. We want you to feel comfortable during your visit.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during these uncertain times. Leaving these decisions up to each business adds another level of confusion.
The Little Red Barn Brewers
TO-GO / CARRY OUT and LIMITED INDOOR/OUTDOOR SEATING
Wednesday, January 19th
Thursday, January 20th
Friday, January 21st
Saturday, January 22nd
Sunday, January 23rd
Some of Our Hand Crafted Brews
Mad River Pilsner – Pilsner/German
Crisp, light & refreshing! The perfect light beer for skating down the river!
Heather – Cream Ale
Brewed for our sister on what would have been her 50th birthday. A salted caramel cream ale. Cheers sis!
Lone Star – IPA/New England
This New England IPA is brewed with enough Galaxy hops to put you into space . . . maybe even Planet Druidia!
Natalie (Natty) Light – Golden Ale
This Golden Ale was named after co-owner Nils Johnson’s daughter. Light in color but not in flavor, this ale is crisp and clean with a touch of sweetness.
Not Your “Norm” al IPA – IPA / Triple
Loaded with Columbus and Mosaic hops and clocking in at 10% this left coast style Triple IPA packs a punch!
Suck It Up Buttercup – Stout / American
Dark and sweet, this colab brew with our friends at Brassworks Brewing Co. is a chocolate peanut butter cup in a glass!
Spruce Juice NEIPA – New England IPA
This New England IPA showcases fresh picked blue spruce tips from New Hartford’s Bakerville Tree Farm and is Loaded with Citra and Galaxy hops. Rolled oats and lactose sugar add a creamy finish and mouthfeel making this a New England winter treat.
Raspberry Fields IPA – IPA
A touch of raspberry with citrus and vic secret hops make up this refreshing New England IPA! Like skipping through a berry patch!
Cowboy Ale – Pale Ale / American
Darker and sweeter than your average pale ale, loaded with Munich malt and lightly hopped.
Smokejumper Saison – Farmhouse Ale / Saison
Brewed in collaboration with Black Helmet Brewing, our interpretation of a Belgian Farmhouse Ale. Pale and refreshing, lightly fruity and spicy with a dry finish.
Coffee Press Porter – Porter / Coffee
Brewed with freshly roasted coffee from our freinds at Great Minds Coffee Roasters in Oakville, CT, this brew has a slight bitter dark roast finish! Enjoy! 4 packs to go! Or we can pour you a 16oz from the can!
O’Keefe Dry Irish Stout – Stout / Irish Dry
This black beer has a coffee-like roasted flavor and low bitterness, a great winter beer!
Little Red Seltzer – Hard Seltzer
Ask your server about our flavors of the day!
Hayloft ESB – English Pale Ale
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.
Spring Fever – IPA / American
This American IPA is slightly fruited, slightly earthy, and well hopped – clean and crisp.
Edgeworks IPA – IPA-Session/India Session Ale
Simcoe and Citra Hops make up this hop forward session IPA!
Squire’s Tavern Ale – Old Ale
This “old ale” was brewed with ingredients used by our forefathers! Malty, smooth with a hint of molasses! 4 packs to go! Or we can pour you a 16oz can! ABV 6.6%
Sublime Sour – Sour / Fruited
Get ready to pucker up with our latest sour-loaded with fresh key lime! ABV 4.9%
Kountry Kolsch – Kölsch
Light, crisp & easy drinking! A perfect summer brew to keep you cool! ABV 4.5%
Little Red Palm Tree– Cream Ale
Coconut Pineapple Cream Ale. ABV 4.8%
Passionate Haze NEIPA – IPA/New England
This juice bomb is loaded with passion fruit puree & bursting with a tart fruity finish! ABV 5.2%
Spillway NEIPA – IPA/New England
New England Style IPA loaded with Mosaic & El Dorado hops! Bursting with tropical hop flavors. ABV 5.7%
Farmer Brown – Brown Ale/American
This classic brown ale is malty with hints of chocolate and lightly hopped! ABV 6%
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!
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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