Little Red Barn Brewers is rustic with fun beers
The young Winsted brewery, which opened its doors to the public in just 2017, has the charms you would hope for from a fairly rural brewery – a cozy taproom, classic styles on draught – polished up to a modern standard. The space is now far and away from the titular little red barn of their origin, but the comfortable taproom nods to its humble, pastoral roots with a sweet farmhouse look.
As for the beers themselves, their core lineup is classic but up-to-date. They’ve got standards like the Cow Tippin’ Copper Ale and Mad River Pilsner, which are both strong examples of their respective styles, and a significant IPA roster including the juicy and aptly named Freshly Squeezed. Hopheads would be urged to try the Roll in the Hay Double IPA.
Their limited-edition styles don’t disappoint, so be sure to get whatever fun seasonal brews they have on tap. The Raspberry Fields IPA is a popular choice that routinely earns high marks from visitors. And if you happen to visit when the Raspberry Truffle Shuffle stout is on tap – beware. Its tempting, strong chocolatey raspberry notes completely obfuscate the 10.2% ABV. Enjoy heartily but slowly, please.