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Small State Great Beer Presented by Powerstation Events

Your all time favorite festival is back with a new backdrop! The 2021 SMALL STATE GREAT BEER FESTIVAL presented by Powerstation Events 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
    • Session 1: 1pm-4pm
    • VIP Session presented by HYPE5pm-9pm (early access to Session 2)
    • Session 2: 6pm-9pm
  • Where: Dillon Stadium (250 Huyshope Ave., Hartford, CT)
  • What: Connecticut's #1 Craft Beer Festival and Party
  • Official After Party: Head over to Parkville Market to keep the party going. Show your ticket to get your first CT MADE pint for $5, AND get 10% off at Wooster St. Pizza.
  • Trick-or-Treat: It's Halloween Weekend and costumes are highly encouraged!
  • Stadium Policies: Please see below for COVID-19 Policy and event policies.
  • Thank You to Our Partners:


  • 2nd Bridge Brewing Co.
  • 30 Mile Brewing
  • Alvarium Beer Company
  • Back East Brewery
  • Bad Sons Beer Company
  • Black Hog Brewing Co.
  • Boondoggle Beers
  • Brignole Vineyards
  • Brewery Legitimus
  • Center Street Brewing Company
  • Charter Oak Brewing Company
  • City Steam Brewery
  • Clocktown Brewing
  • Elicit Brewing Company
  • Fifth State Distillery
  • Five Churches Brewing
  • Front Porch Brewing
  • Great Falls Brewing Co.
  • Hanging Hills
  • Hartford Flavor Company
  • Hoax Brewing Company
  • Hog River Brewing Company
  • New England Brewing Co.
  • New England Cider Company
  • New Park Brewing
  • Powder Hollow Brewery
  • Reverie Brewing Company
  • spoke+spy ciderworks
  • Stafford Cidery 'Home of Crazy Cock Cider'
  • Stony Creek Brewery (Session 1 Only)
  • Stowe N’ Sail Brewing Co.
  • Taylor Brooke Brewery
  • Thomas Hooker Brewery
  • Transcend Beer Crafters
  • Twelve Percent Beer Project
  • Two Roads Brewing Company
  • Woodbury Brewing Company
  • And more on the way!

on-field Game zone:

As part of the event you will get to go on the field! We will have games including cornhole, giant Connect 4, giant Jenga, giant Pong, soccer games, arcade favorites including Pac-Man and Super Mario Bros., and more!

MUSIC Presented BY Axa xl insurance:

The Funky Dawgz Brass Band is bringing the noise to SMALL STATE GREAT BEER at Dillon Stadium this year!

2021 Lineup: The Funky Dawgz Brass Band, with host Rosanna, featuring Atlas Gray, and introducing Sonia Sol

(Day and night session will feature the same artists - party by day or by night)


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.

VIP TICKETS presented by HYPE

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.

FOod truck alley

Participating Food Trucks include Ted's Steamed Cheesburgers, El Bori, La Mesa, Villa Lebanon, and Baba Ghanoush. Wooster St. Pizza and stadium concessions stands will also be open and available.


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