SOUTHINGTON-Craft beer and pretzel enthusiasts in central Connecticut will have a new place to indulge their tastes when The Hop Knot opens its doors on Friday.
The Hop Knot, a bar specializing in craft beers and pretzels, opened its first location in April 2016 in Middletown. After success there, owners John Schauster and Michael Boney decided to expand.
Anthony Calamusa, general manager of The Hop Knot in Middletown, said the choice of Southington for the second location had a lot to do the owners’ feeling that there wasn’t a bar in the area that embraced the craft beer movement.
“It’s not too far from this location, but far enough to get more of a Western Connecticut crowd that can’t make it all the way to Middletown,” he said.
The Hop Knot’s Southington location, at 1169 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, formerly the Slanted Shanty, will offer the same menu items and entertainment customers have been able to enjoy in Middletown: craft beer and cocktails, pretzels served warm, stuffed or as a pressed sandwich ($4-$10), and board games.
“The aesthetic is the same, and the similarities in beer style and the pretzel menu,” said Calamusa. “There might be some slight changes later on, but day one will be the same.”
The grand opening will take place from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday.
To continue the celebration, Saturday’s hours will also be 4 p.m. to 1 p.m. Normal business hours will start on Sunday, Sept. 3.
Those hours of operation will be Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight.
With 24 taps, beers will be constantly rotated. The Hop Knot serves a number of Connecticut-brewed beers including products of the Back East Brewing Company (Bloomfield), Black Hog Brewing Co. (Oxford), City Steam Brewery (Hartford), Still Hill Brewery (Rocky Hill) and Stubborn Beauty Brewing Co. (Middletown).
Southington is home to two craft breweries, Witchdoctor Brewing Company and Kinsmen Brewing Co.
When asked if the Southington location would have any of their beers on tap, Calamusa said that is up to the breweries, but Hop Knot’s owners “love to support local breweries” and definitely would.
Elizabeth Hyatt, executive director of the Southington Chamber of Commerce, said she’s excited to have a new bar in town.
“The Chamber is very excited about their opening. We are seeing this wave of breweries coming into town and the community rallying around these businesses,” Hyatt said.
She thinks The Hop Knot will add to the diversity of Southington.
“They’re definitely quenching our thirst for craft brews,” Hyatt said.
For more information, check out The Hop Knot Southington on Facebook, visit thehopknot.com or call 860-276-5844.
To stay updated on the rotating tap list, download the mobile app Beer Menus or visit beermenus.com.
Angie DeRosa can be reached at 860-801-5063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.