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Small State Great Beer

Your all time favorite festival is back with a new backdrop! The 2021 SMALL STATE GREAT BEER FESTIVAL is following acts like the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead and moving our show to Dillon Stadium alongside Hartford Athletic. Sip on unlimited tastings from Connecticut's top breweries. Vibe out to live music. And explore our food truck district. Every year, SMALL STATE GREAT BEER transforms a craft beer showcase into an immersive live-event experience that is a celebration of our thriving culture. The event features unlimited tastings from the largest line-up of CT breweries, cideries, and distilleries alongside live music and local food trucks.

  • When: October 30, 2021
  • Where: Dillon Stadium (250 Huyshope Ave., Hartford, CT)
  • What: Connecticut's #1 Craft Beer Festival and Party
  • Stadium Policies: Please see below for COVID-19 Policy and event policies.
  • Session 1: 1pm-4pm
  • VIP: 5pm-6pm (early access to Session 2)
  • Session 2: 6pm-9pm
  • Ticketing: Early Bird Registration available now! Save $10 per ticket if you register by September 15th.


  • 2nd Bridge Brewing Co.
  • 30 Mile Brewing Co.
  • Alvarium Beer Company
  • Aspetuck Brew Lab
  • Back East Brewing Company
  • Bad Dream Brewing
  • BAD SONS Beer Co.
  • Black Hog Brewing Co.
  • Boondoggle Beers
  • Brass Works Brewing Company
  • Brewery Legitimus
  • Center Street Brewing Company
  • Charter Oak Brewing Company LLC
  • City Steam Brewery
  • Cliffside Brewing
  • Cottrell Brewing Company
  • DuVig Brewing Company
  • East Rock Brewing Company
  • Elicit Brewing
  • Firefly Hollow Brewing
  • Five Churches Brewing
  • Front Porch Brewing
  • Great Falls Brewing Company
  • Half Full Brewery
  • Hanging Hills Brewing Company
  • Hoax Brewing Company
  • Hog River Brewing Co.
  • Kinsmen Brewing Co.
  • Labyrinth Brewing Company
  • Little House Brewing Company
  • New England Brewing Co.
  • New Park Brewing
  • no worries brewing co.
  • Nod Hill Brewery
  • Norbrook Farm Brewery
  • Other Desi Beer Co.
  • Outer Light Brewing Company
  • Powder Hollow Brewery
  • Reverie Brewing Company
  • Shebeen Brewing Company
  • Skygazer Brewing Co
  • Stony Creek Beer
  • Stubborn Beauty Brewing
  • These Guys Brewing Co LLC
  • Thimble Island Brewing Company
  • Two Roads Brewing Company
  • Witchdoctor Brewing Company
  • New England Cider Company
  • Spoke + Spy Ciderworks
  • Stafford Cidery - home of Crazy Cock Cider
  • Yankee Cider Company
  • Asylum Distillery
  • Hartford Flavor Company


SSGB features live music during both the daytime and evening sessions. Past performers include RJD2, Cults, Son Little, Amasa Hines, West End Blend, Balkun Brothers, Kat Wright, The Penniless Wild, Atlas Gray, and Bronze Radio Return. Stay tuned for our 2021 music line-up!


Our goal is to create a live-event beer showcase for our patrons. The following is designed to ensure your satisfaction and understanding of the ticket purchasing policy for Small State Great Beer, subject to these terms:


Before purchasing tickets, carefully review your event session and ticket type selection. We do not issue exchanges, returns, or refunds after a ticket has been purchased or for lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed tickets. All sales are final.


Limited availability VIP Tickets grant you early access and an SSGB tasting glass for the best possible tasting experience from Connecticut’s best craft breweries.


General Tickets include access to the festival, SSGB tasting glass, and continual pours from Connecticut's best craft breweries! 


SSGB is primed to be the area's biggest festival, bringing art, music, and culture to Dillon Stadium. The designated driver ticket ensures groups will have a safe + responsible time.

Designated drivers will not receive a tasting glass and are not permitted to sample any beer. Any designated driver seen drinking will be removed from the festival immediately. Designated drivers must be 21+ and present valid photo ID for entry.


SMALL STATE GREAT BEER is born out of the “Small State Big Heart” brand, launched by Hartford Prints!. The event aims to connect the state’s growing craft brewery industry with a fresh audience. SMALL STATE GREAT BEER does this by injecting local culture into our craft beer showcase. SSGB is produced by Ground Floor Live. Hartford Athletic will run the 2021 festival at Dillon Stadium.

Covid-19 policy

The safety of our patrons is of utmost importance. In accordance with the latest guidance from the CDC, State of Connecticut, and City of Hartford, attendees, staff, and vendors who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be required to wear a mask or face covering while outdoors. All attendees, staff, and vendors are required to wear a mask or face covering while indoors regardless of vaccination status. Hand sanitizer and additional masks are available and stationed throughout Dillon Stadium, and Hartford Athletic encourages unvaccinated individuals to wear a mask at all times when not eating or drinking. We will continue to follow local and federal health guidance and will continuously monitor the spread of COVID-19 with our close partners at the City and State. Hartford Athletic has had a safe and successful season and looks forward to capping it off on October 30th with a safe and successful SSGB festival for all patrons.


No Re-Entry

Must Be 21+ To Enter

No Babies

No Weapons

No Pets

No Backpacks

No Oversized Bags (Bag must be 14"x14"x6")

No Glass or Metal Containers

No Chairs

No Umbrellas

No Outside Food or Beverage

No Flyers, Samples, Giveaways or Promotional Items

No Drones or Remote Control Aircraft, Cars or Toys

No AVPs or MODs or Liquid Refills for E-Cigs

No Detachable Lens Cameras

No Outside Alcohol