1. The Experience: Mind-blowing AF
Why? We’re not JUST a beer festival. We are a music festival. A food festival. A sing-and-dance-your-heart-out festival. A best-way-to-spend-your-Saturday festival. We aren’t asking you to drive to the middle of nowhere to experience the best beer in the state of Connecticut. We’re bringing over 40 breweries, distilleries and cider joints, live music, AND delicious eats to downtown Hartford. Plus, Constitution Plaza lit up at night is one of the most gorgeous things we’ve ever seen (besides you, of course)
2. When else will you be able to get UNLIMITED pours from 40+ CT breweries all in one place?
There are a lot of beer fests out there…but many don’t give you the most bang for your buck. We do. This isn’t a pay-per-pint deal. Your ticket gets you UNLIMITED pours for three hours from all of those breweries, distilleries and cideries we just mentioned, PLUS a full concert and access to food trucks. Bottom line: we want you to experience the highest quality music and widest variety of CT beer for the lowest price. Is that so bad?
3. Our music lineup will bring out your inner-Coachella (You can rock a flower crown if you want to)
From RJD2 to Cults, the acts you see at SSGB bring their national tours to Hartford for a night on the Plaza with you. And this year, Bronze Radio Return — one of the biggest bands to originate in CT — is coming home to perform in Hartford for the first time in years.
4. We’ll have the best noms in the state waiting for you.
Dream come true? Get ready for all the giant pretzels, brisket, ice cream, falafel, cupcakes (we could keep going…) your heart desires. And if you’re gluten free, have no fear — there’s an ENTIRE food truck for you. #Winning
5. We can show you what you’re missing when you leave Hartford after work every day.
Hartford isn’t just a 9-5, Monday – Friday kind of place. In fact, we think the city is most fun after the work day ends. And if you’re going to try to tell us you enjoy the sit-behind-your-desk-all-day Hartford more than the dancing-singing-and-drinking-really-good-beer (with thousands of people on a perfect September day/night) Hartford, you clearly have not experienced SSGB before. And you probably should.
Party starts with our daytime session at 1 pm, or our evening redux at 6:30 pm (or if you’re really getting after it, go VIP for 5:30 pm early entry). Grab your tickets while they last at smallstategreatbeer.com.
PS – If those reasons still aren’t enough…we’ve heard the festival has a pretty good record in matchmaking. So if your thumbs are getting tired of swiping…give Bumble a break and get to the Plaza. Because all you need is love. And beer.