June 21, 2017

N. Britain's Alvarium brewery-tap room bows Fri.

New Britain will formally introduce Friday the Alvarium Beer Co., its first brewery in more than a half century.

Mayor Erin Stewart and other city leaders will join Alvarium co-founders Mike Larson, Chris DeGasero and Brian Bugnacki at their 5,000-square-foot brewing space and tap room at 365 John Downey Drive, Suite B.

Founded in 2016, Alvarium -- Latin for "beehive,'' which is part of the city's official seal -- is the city's first brewery since the closing of the Cremo Brewing Co. in the 1950s, officials said.

"We have been anxiously awaiting the opening of Alvarium ever since the brewers first announced their plans last year. This will be the first commercially brewed beer in New Britain since 1955," Stewart said in a statement.

Friday's invitation-only ribbon-cutting is separate from Alvarium's public grand opening on Saturday, from noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday, from noon to 7 p.m.

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