Hartford Courant Article

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Ours friend at the Hartford Courant asked if they could come down to interview Steve and Todd.  Check it out at courant.com.

New Brewery Planned For South Windsor

Connecticut Valley Brewing Co. is making its home in South Windsor

SOUTH WINDSOR — Steve Palauskas and Todd Sullivan are on a mission to brew the best beer in New England, and they're working toward that goal by building a new brewery and tasting room on Sullivan Avenue.

The two are getting ready to break ground on a 15,000-square-foot facility for their Connecticut Valley Brewing Co. They hope to be operating by next summer.

"The whole goal is to make the best beer in New England," Sullivan said. He said he wanted the new brewery to be a place "where people want to visit … and have an experience they're going to remember."

"South Windsor needed a brewery," Palauskas added. "There's so much room for growth and business opportunity in Connecticut, and South Windsor is prime for this, in my opinion."

Palauskas created Connecticut Valley Brewing Co. three years ago and specializes in European- and Bavarian-style lagers. He recently acquired Sullivan's brand, Pioneer Beer Co., which brews mostly American ales, and named him master brewer.

Until the facility is open, Sullivan and Palauskas have been brewing at Shebeen Brewing in Wolcott.

Sullivan said, "This is perfect, because now I can focus on the thing I'm best at, and that's making beer."

Brewing beer started as a hobby for both Palauskas, who grew up in Ellington, and Sullivan, a Massachusetts native now living in Woodstock.

Palauskas has worked in aviation for about 20 years but has been home brewing since he was 18.


As a child, Sullivan collected and drew beer cans. He brewed with his college roommates while pursuing a degree in commercial art and industrial design from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, but quickly realized his passion.

The brewery will feature 12 year-round brews — six from the Pioneer Beer label and six from Connecticut Valley — along with five seasonal brews.

"Anyone looking for a beer is going to be able to get it," Sullivan said. "We want an atmosphere and a place that a husband and wife will go to, not just the husband."

The labels will also pay homage to the state and its history. Pioneer Beer labels feature a transportation theme, with rockets, trains and airplanes, each with a brief history of its significance to Connecticut. Connecticut Valley labels will have World War II-era images, Palauskas said.

"There's so much history people forget about and we want to try and help people remember it," he said.

Their beer can be found at package stores, restaurants and bars throughout the state. Palauskas said a full listing will soon be available on the company's website.

For more information, follow @pioneerbeer and @CTValleyBrew on Twitter or go to CTValleyBrewing.com.

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Pioneer Beer is currently contract brewed at Shebeen Brewing located in Wolcott, CT.  The Pioneer Team personally brews and cans each batch of our American Style IPAs to make sure each is made to our exacting standards.  Keep an eye out for Pioneer's new location as it will soon be built by Connecticut Valley Brewing, in South Windsor, CT.