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First Milford brewery serving pints in new taproom

March 8, 2019

Jerry Candido and Chris Willett are putting the finishing touches on a new taproom at Milford Point Brewing Co.

“We’re definitely excited about it,” Candido said. “It’s been a long nine months of the tasting room (development), and now we are full bore ahead on this taproom and we are super excited.”

The duo doubled the size of their operation at 230 Woodmont Road by expanding into a neighboring site. The addition of the taproom added another 850 square feet to the brewery along with a few new bells and whistles, Candido said.

Along with several sitting and standing tables, the updated brewery features an extended 10-tap bar that will serve Milford Point’s beers along with wine and cider. Like other breweries, customers can also play a mix of games including shuffle board and darts.

Milford Point got its final taproom permits last week. Locals looking to buy beers by the glass asked for it, according to Willett.

“When we got our pint license, we had no idea that many of our customers that were coming to get their growlers and samples that they had be waiting for so long to purchase a pint,” he said.

The nanobrewery started out with a small taste room and growler-filling room where customers could sample and buy beer for off-site consumption. They also sell and deliver kegs of their beers to more than a dozen bars in Milford and in surrounding towns.

A growth in popularity prompted the Milford brewers to push up their expansion timeline after only six months in business.

Industry observers remain excited about the continued growth of the Milford brewery market; three businesses have either opened or are under development in the past few months.

“Milford has already been a tourist destination and now we are seeing that there are now beer destinations (there),” said Phil Pappas, executive director of the CT Brewers Guild, which advocates and supports the state’s craft beer market which has surged since 2012 into a $718 million industry.

Milford Point kickstarted the city’s brewery market, followed by Tribus Beer Co., which opened over the summer. Now, both breweries have established themselves among the troves of breweries that are featured in the state’s busting craft beer scene — which accommodates over 80 breweries and counting.

The final operation in Milford’s brewing trinity is Dockside Brewing, breaking ground on their new waterfront brewery along the Housatonic River.

The expansion of Milford Point has also meant increased production. The brewery added two new fermenters to the back room to make four in total. The brewery now can produce roughly 176 kegs of beer monthly, doubling its output.

Willett and Candido also hired new wait staff to extend the hours of operation. Milford Point is open Thursdays 4 to 9 p.m., Fridays 4 to 10 p.m., Saturdays 1 to 7 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 7 p.m.

Willett and Candido said they are also looking to branch into a new site where they can have a full-service brewery, much like with other breweries in the area.

Jordan.grice@hearstmediact.com