Connecticut 50 Objects 50 Stories

Bob-McClellan-Nick-CaitoBurnside Ice Company from 1925 are featured in the Connecticut Historical Society’s “50 Objects/50 Stories” exhibition. The tongs were from Staatsburg, NY. Bob McClellan, owner of Burnside Ice and a 3rd generation iceman stated: IceTongs“Back in the 1800s, ice houses, both large and small, were a common sight throughout Connecticut until the advent of the electric refrigerator about 1920. In 1911, the McClellan family of East Hartford founded The Burnside Ice Co. and uses the ice tongs to this day. While we no longer harvest ice from ponds with a team of horses, Burnside Ice is the last ice house in Connecticut to manufacture 300-lb. blocks. The ice house is also home to The Olde Burnside Brewing Co., brewers of ‘Ten Penny Ale,’ and plans are underway for a Connecticut ice museum!” For more information visit

Our “Brewtanical Garden” is now Open!

Our “Brewtanical Garden” is now open Saturdays from noon-4pm, $10 for unlimited samples – Watch for the opening of our new arcade!  Feel free to BYO lunch/munchies.

Check out these pictures from a day in our garden from last year!

Pipes in the Valley 2015

Join us for Pipes in the Valley 2015!

11am – 10:30pm Saturday September 26th

The 14th Annual “Pipes in the Valley” Celtic Music Festival transports you to another world on Saturday, September 26th, 11am-10:30pm at Mortensen’s Riverfront Plaza located at 300 Columbus Blvd in downtown Hartford. THE SCIENCE CENTER GARAGE IS CLOSED ON 9/26; PLEASE USE OTHER AREA GARAGES OR THE CONVENTION CENTER (RATE: $9; MENTION PIV). [Photography by Andy Hart.]

Look for a lot of changes this year to our programming format and logistics: most children’s activities will be found on the “Upper Plaza,” while the remaining activities, including all food and merchandise vendors, will be relocated to the Lower Plaza and Riverwalk area.

For full details visit Pipes in the Valley.

Olde Burnside Wins Most Creative Beer

Olde Burnside Brewing had a blast at the Bacon & Beer Classic in New York on July 26, 2014.  We were excited to be a featured brewer and even more excited to win the “Most Creative Beer” award among a sea of great artisan brewers from around the globe.


Olde Burnside Beer Garden

Our beer garden officially opened May 3! We had a terrific crowd and a fantastic day. Come and join us nearly every Saturday from noon-3pm, but please check our contact us page for changes in the schedule.

BBC America Gives Props to Olde Burnside

BBC America Gives Props to Olde Burnside

BBC America listed the “10 British Things About Hartford, CT” in a recent blog, and naturally Olde Burnside Brewing Company was at the top of the list. They accurately describe us as an artisan brewery that “hand crafts traditional ales with a Scottish twist” while mentioning our unique water source and more. They even took time to mention our annual Burnside Crafts Brewer Festival (tickets for which can be purchased here.

To read the full article, click here.

New Stone of Destiny drum heads arrive!

New Stone of Destiny drum heads arrive!

Olde Burnside Brewing continues to sponsor The Stone of Destiny Pipe Band. The new drum heads have arrived in time for the 2014 season (see the bass drum head pictured above).

The Stone of Destiny Pipe Band was formed on 11/30/2011 by Hal Grout, Paul Lampson, and Garth Tweyffort. As the only entry level band in Connecticut they attracted enough players to enter a Grade V band with the EUSPBA. The band finished 6th over all in the first year of competition. The band competed seven time during the 2013 season, finishing 1st in six of them (they finished 2nd in the other). The band was named, The Northeastern Champions, The Nor’easter Champions, and The New England Champions. At the end of the season, the band was named the EUSPBA Grade V Champions (106 bands).

The band has recently been upgraded to Grade IV for the 2014 season. The band is busy preparing for a trip to Glasgow, Scotland to compete in the 2015 World Pipe Band Championship.