Site names best beer bar in Connecticut

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Connecticut has no shortage of craft beer–we even have a beer trail–but if you want the best beer in the state, says head up to Willimantic.

Click through the slideshow above to check out where else you can get great beer in Connecticut. readers were asked to nominate their favorite craft beer bar in their state and fill out a short survey about what makes it so great including atmosphere, staff, beer selection and special events.

Click here for the full list.

The winner for Connecticut was Willimantic Brewing Company located right off the Eastern Connecticut State University campus and about a 20-minute drive from the UConn Storrs campus.

It may seem like a far drive to go for a glass of beer, but their brews aren't the only thing receiving high praise. Back in October, Thrillist named Willimantic Brewing Company's nachos on the of the 21 best in America.


Founded in 1997, Willimantic Brewing Company is unique because it was built inside an old post office.

"Abandoned in 1967 by the Federal Government this building lay vacant for nearly 30 years. When used as a post office, our dining room was the post office work room, our pub was the customer lobby, and the private dining room was the Postmaster's office. Although extensive renovations have been made to the building, we wanted to retain the early 20th-century architecture as well as create a pleasant atmosphere for dining," the site writes.