Ground Floor Live presents
Small State Great Beer 2018

SSGB is a celebration of our thriving culture, featuring unlimited tastings from the best CT breweries alongside local food trucks and live entertainment. SSGB transforms a craft beer showcase into an immersive festival experience in Downtown Hartford.

Connecting over 35 CT breweries with thousands of attendees across two sessions, we aim to unite a truly diverse crowd around GREAT beer, local pride, and top-level culture.











SMALL STATE GREAT BEER is produced in association with Hartford’s iQuilt Partnership. The iQuilt Partnership is a non-profit urban design plan that works to connect the exceptional assets of Downtown Hartford. Constitution Plaza is one of these special amenities. The state’s best beer, music, and food meet on Constitution Plaza for SSGB 2018 to bring a bold level of vibrancy to the City of Hartford and showcase downtown in a unique and exciting way.

September 15th, 2018







SMALL STATE GREAT BEER was the first festival to feature exclusively Connecticut beer and boy are we proud to it.

30 Mile Brewing Co.
Alvarium Beer Co.
Armada Brewing
Aspetuck Brew Lab
Athletic Brewing Company
Back East Brewing
Black Hog Brewing Co.
Boondoggle Beers
Brass Works Brewing Company
Brewery Legitimus
Charter Oak Brewing Co
City Steam Brewery
Cliffside Brewing
Connecticut Valley Brewing Company
Cottrell Brewing Company
DuVig Brewing Company
Epicure Brewing
Erector Brewing Collective
Five Churches Brewing
Front Porch Brewing
Great Falls Brewing Company
Half Full Brewery
Hanging Hills Brewing Company
Hog River Brewing Company
Little House Brewing Company
New England Brewing Co
New England Cider Company
New Park Brewing Company
No Worries Brewing Co
Noble Jay Brewing Company
Nod Hill Brewery
Norbrook Farm Brewery
Powder Hollow Brewery
Rhythm Brewing Co
Shebeen Brewing Company
Soundview Brewing Company
Spoke + Spy Ciderworks
Stafford Cidery
Stony Creek Brewery
These Guys Brewing Co
Thimble Island Brewing Company
Thomas Hooker Brewery
Two Roads Brewing Company
Witchdoctor Brewing Company

Live Music

BRONZE RADIO RETURN, one of the biggest bands to come out of Connecticut, returns home to headline both sessions of SSGB 2018. Touring to national acclaim, BRR will perform in Hartford for the first time in five years.

Opening Line-up brought to you by
TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik

Session 1
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Funky Dawgz Brass Band
Bronze Radio Return

Session 2
5:30pm – 6:30pm VIP
6:30pm – 9:30pm GA
The Penniless Wild
Atlas Gray
Bronze Radio Return

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.

Food Truck District

SSGB brings you the best food in town, with a whole street closed off for food trucks, and only accessible to festival attendees.

Bear’s Restaurant
Chief Brody’s Bahn Mi
Craftbird Food Truck
Hartford Baking Co.
Iron & Grain Co.
NoRA Cupcake Company
The Celiac Epicurean
The Whey Station

Plan Your Trip
The simple part. First things first, you’ll need a ticket
Make a weekend in Hartford! Stay tuned for exclusive hotel discount codes.
Getting There
SSGB is located in the heart of downtown Hartford. Bike, walk, bus + train line accessible!
Join us for Connecticut’s biggest and best beer festival!

1:00 pm – 4:00pm

Session 1 GA

Start off your day right with sunshine and craft beer. #daydrinking

5:30 pm – 6:30 pmVIP

Session 2 VIP

VIP guests get early access (more time to drink!) and a bigger tasting glass (beer and more pours!).

6:30pm – 9:30pm

Session 2 GA

Take on the night sipping CT beer under the stars. #nightcap



Tasting Glass
Unlimited Pours
Live Music, Food Trucks + More!



$68 VIP
1-Hour Early Entry
Larger Tasting Glass
Unlimited Pours
Live Music, Food Trucks + More!



Designated Driver
Non-Drinking Ticket
Live Music, Food Trucks + More!