Carlson Craft Brewery of Connecticut Closes…

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Chalk one up in the “we hardly knew ye” column as one of New England’s newest craft breweries has closed its operations after less than a year in business.

Carlson Craft Brewery has closed. We are another victim of the bad economy. The holiday season was bad for us. In fact, it was our worst month ever, even worse than our first month. So much for the holiday bump. The cost of doing business has only been going up and the break even point kept going up. We were also having a problem with our location and decided not to sign a new lease, plus there were a couple of personal reasons. So it all came together like the perfect storm and we decided to close at the end of December.

I want to thank everyone who supported us by buying our beer and the stores and restaurants who carried our beer. I enjoyed meeting with with all of you at various events and at the brewery. There is still beer out there if you want to get some before it is all gone. It may even become a collector’s item.

Thanks again everyone, and let me know of anybody who needs a brewer in southern Connecticut.

I had contact with Andrew Carlson a few times over the last several years and followed his slow progress to opening. The initial results of his efforts, by all reports I had heard, we’re very positive. I’m sorry to have never had the chance to try his beers and wish him the best in his future endeavors. Take a look at the brewery’s website for more information.

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