“Alvarium” is Latin for “hive” and you’ll feel like the queen bee when you walk into this honey of a brewery. Taking its cue from New Britain’s Beehive City nickname (its Latin motto translates into “Industry fills the hive and enjoys the honey”), Alvarium Beer Company’s founders painstakingly built the place themselves (using hometown Stanley tools to boot), adding beautifully crafted beehive touches all around. From the hexagonal coasters and like patterned flight paddles up to the handcrafted honeycomb light fixtures, you’ll agree the place is sweet. Inside you can sit at the "10-Ton Bar," crafted with solid steel I-Beams and reclaimed red oak, a traditional hightop or relax on one of its comfy couches. Well-behaved pups are welcome inside as well as outside on the roomy patio at Alvarium Beer Company. We recommend you indulge on their hot local kielbasa anytime while enjoying a Kraftwerk hefeweizen, made entirely with Connecticut-grown ingredients.
Alvarium Beer Company opened in 2017, a bit more than a half century after the city’s last brewery, Cremo Brewing, shuttered. Alvarium brews a modernized version of the original Cremo Ale, using the logo of the original on its cans. Bugnacki kielbasa served at the Alvarium Beer Company is from a specialty meats company owned by brewery co-owner Brian’s father, who first started that business in the 1970s.