Brewery History

First established over ten years ago as the brewing arm of the Trout Brook Brew Pub, the company and its brands were purchased by the current investor group in 2006. Precipitated by the closure of the adjacent brew pub in mid-2003, Troutbrook Brewery became a manufacturing micro brewery with a new focus on distribution. The products were re-introduced to the market as Thomas Hooker Ales & Lagers in August, 2003.

With broad business experience, and deep industry specific expertise, the current management team has assembled a group of individuals capable of taking Thomas Hooker to the next level. In fact, one year after acquiring Thomas Hooker, the company increased sales almost 100%, and relocated the brewery operations from approximately 2,000 square foot of space in Hartford, to an 8,000 square foot facility in Bloomfield and expanded distribution to included New York City and Eastern Pennsylvania, Northern New Jersey and Western Massachusetts.

Proudly named for the founder of Hartford, Thomas Hooker Ales & Lagers are distinctive in that they are brewed true to style – hand-crafted from the finest ingredients. The small batch brewing employed by Thomas Hooker allows for quality control and freshness, which are more in line with Americans demand for local products with a focus on freshness and quality.

Building the Brewery