Febtoberfest at the Mattatuck Museum- Thirsty Thursday


Last Thursday, Mark and I had the great opportunity to attend Mattatuck Museum‘s annual Febtoberfest which is described as

.”..a fun event celebrating Connecticut breweries. The event includes an array of regionally brewed beers, paired with delicious food, music and regional history. This night of beer tasting is sponsored in part by The Good Life Wine & Spirits of Waterbury….”

I had first found out about Febtoberfest while pursuing Yelp’s Event Page for the Hartford Area.  There are so many cool events and activities to take part in throughout the Hartford area and Yelp’s event page is a great “one stop shop” for these things.   They were giving away a pair of tickets to Febtoberfest so I said it “sounded cool” and lo and behold I was contacted by our Community Manager Emily C. to tell me I had “won”.


I was excited as I had 1) never been to the Mattatuck Museum and 2) what better way to enjoy a museum then with a local beer in hand.

It was bitterly cold that night but we lucked out with parking and literally ran into the museum.

Greeted by the lovely Stephanie – we were handed a tasting glass, raffle ticket (spoiler alert – I did not win) and told to enjoy exploring the museum at our leisure.

I really enjoyed the Febtoberfest – it was quite lovely traveling from room to room, beer in hand, exploring the various rooms of the Mattatuck Museum. And being there after hours I could linger and explore to my hearts content.  Each room had several local breweries represented and although I tried many of the same ones that I have tried in the past (Thimble Islands, Two Roads, Black Hog, and Back East) – I had the opportunity to try brews from two new to me breweries – Brass City Brew and Pioneer Brewing.  I will have to keep them on my radar.  My only complaint was that by the time we got there (a Google Maps story which I will spare you from) most of the minimal food that was set out from Pies and Pints and Texas Roadhouse were devoured.  Luckily I was able to snag a very cheesy and delicious piece of cheese pizza from Pies and Pints.

Note to self – eat beforehand next year

Until my visit, I have never been to the Mattatuck Museum, which I sorely regret after my visit.  Although not large in size – the curators have tastefully included a variety of art work  throughout it’s two floors.

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And should you not really be an “art work” type of gal/girl, the Mattatuck Museum has you covered including an extensive history of the Pioneer Valley, past, present and future.

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I admit until my visit last week I had heard of the Mattatuck Museum but had not paid it much attention, but in talking to some of the staff, the museum does so much more.  In addition to the extensive talks and cultural programs for patrons of all ages, each Tuesday for a small fee you can bring your yoga mat and get your “OMMMMMMMMMMMM” on.

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Beer and Art – not a shabby way to spend a Thursday evening.  Again – thanks to Yelp for the complimentary tickets and to the Mattatuck Museum for putting on a great event.




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