On July 3rd we opened our doors to the public and promised to be a good community partner. Now it appears that the best way for us to help is to close those doors. Governor Lamont has ordered that all bars, restaurants, theaters, and casinos be closed for the foreseeable future.
Our taproom will remain closed until further notice. But, and this is a BIG ONE, Little Red Barn Brewers will be open to sell you Crowlers of your favorite beer to go. There is a 36-can limit per customer per day. Feel free to hoard. There are two ways to pick up your favorite beer:
1) Curbside service: Call our main phone line, 860-238-4446, and place your order with one of our staff members. Once you arrive at the LRB call us again and we will bring your crowlers to your car. All we will need is a photo ID and a credit card or cash.
2) There will be a designated line set up in the tap room for pickups and payments. We still ask that you call ahead, as we want to minimize wait times.
This week’s takeout curbside schedule is 4-8pm Wednesday and Thursday, 12-8pm Friday and Saturday, 12-6pm Sunday. Remember, gift cards and LRB merchandise are great gifts to brighten people’s day. All are available for sale at the LRB.
The management team of Little Red Barn Brewers will be manning the takeout service and will forgo their salaries. A portion of the sales will go into a fund to help the LRB beertenders who find themselves unemployed due to the global COVID-19 crisis.
See what’s CURRENTLY ON TAP.
Remember to support all the local businesses in the community. We wish you and yours good health during these trying times. #supportlocal
[Curbside and Pickup Hours ONLY]
Jeff Blaney – Facebook Live!
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
First Wednesday of the month means Jeff at the brewery! He’s focusing this livestream on original songs and stories.
NEW BEER ALERT!
Thursday, April 2, 2020
A pale ale, lightly hopped with a great malt flavor. Perfect for riding the range. ABV 6.3%
TOAST TO OUR HEALTH!
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Grab your favorite craft beer, or any beverage of your choice, raise it high in the air at 6pm and lets toast to everyone’s health. Take a picture and add it to our post on Facebook. The funnier the picture the better. Laughter is the best medicine.
Lets continue this until this tradition until we can toast each other in person.
Kevin & Pete
Friday, April 3, 2020
LRB loves Kevin & Pete – Friday night music at the brewery!
Eran Troy Danner – Facebook LIVE!
Sunday, April 5, 2020
Always a great time when Eran is here!
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Wednesday night, live acoustic music at the barn!!
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
Swell Series: Raspberry Sour – Sour – Fruited
Raspberry kettle sour, collaboration with Great Falls Brewing Co. Crisp and lightly tart! ABV 4.9%
Coconut Porter – Porter – Other
The Barn’s Everyman’s Porter with an added hint of coconut. ABV 5.6%
Squire’s Tavern Ale – Old Ale
A hand crafted colonial beer inspired and enjoyed by our forefathers. Malty and nutty with a hint of molasses. ABV 6.6%
The Heifer – Hefeweizen
Drinks light and crisp with a hint of fruity banana. ABV 5.4%
Giddy Up Imperial Stout – Imperial / Double
This stout is bold & dark with hints of roasted coffee and comes in at 9.9% to give you a good kick – Giddy Up!
Mad River Pilsner – A light beer, lightly hopped, with a classic pilsner taste. Float down the river with this crisp relaxer! ABV 4.5%
Everyman’s Porter – American
A Robust Porter that is very easy drinking, it’s for every man! ABV 5.6%
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%
Edgeworks IPA – Simcoe and Citra hops make up this hop forward session IPA! ABV 4.3%
Rescue Red – This malt-forward Red Ale is well balanced. Caramel and toffee flavors, a bit of roastiness at the end, medium bodied with minimal English hops. This beer is as smooth as it looks – rescue one from the kegs today! ABV 5.6%
Cow Tippin’ Copper Ale – Great blend of malt and hops, smooth and refreshing for whatever the day brings, even if it’s some good ole’ cow tippin’! ABV 5.6%
Kountry Kolsch – Light in color and malt character, this style is a refreshing drink with a hint of citrus & a crisp finish! ABV 4.5%
Freshly Squeezed – IPA New England
Juicy, hazy, smooth and tasty! Take a trip to New England with this citrusy IPA! ABV 4.9%
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
If our brew lot is full, there is additional parking on Meadow Street.
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