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City Steam Brewery Cafe
  • Hartford, CT
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The finest handcrafted beer, live comedy & upscale casual cuisine in an historic setting

With its upscale casual menu, City Steam has something for everyone. The multi-level floor plan provides breathtaking seating on 9 levels and areas for private functions, including the elegant 160 seat Richardson Room.

The Finest Architecture in the United States.
The Cheney building is regarded as the finest example of Romanesque architecture in the United States. Designed by the architect H.H. Richardson, the building opened in 1877, and housed the largest department store in Connecticut: Brown Thomson and Company. At City Steam, we’ve brought back the warmth and charm of the old days. In fact, many of the cast iron railings and millwork were salvaged from the original department store.

The Hartford Steam Company
The Hartford Steam Company supplies economical steam-heating and chilled water for cooling to many buildings in Hartford through a district heating and cooling system. Hartford Steam has engineered a way to run steam pipes into our brewery cafe. Enabling us to power our 15-barrel brewery with “city steam”. You can see the steam firsthand when we blow our antique steam-whistles. And ask our brew master about the technology ... he’ll tell you brewing with steam is a dream come true!

Premier Brewing Process
When steam was introduced to the brewing process in the mid-1800’s, it was the epitome of modernization. No more stoking fires or shoveling coal to keep the kettles boiling! All a brew master had to do was turn a few valves and the vapor started rolling. Better yet, steam provided a faster, more consistent flow of heat and, in turn, a better brew of beer.

Best of all, whether you’re drinking Porter, Pilsner or City Steam Ale, you know you’re getting the best brew in the state–at City Steam.


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Our brewmaster, Ron Page, has been manning the kettle at City Steam since our opening on November 27, 1997. In that time, he has brewed over 80 different styles of ales, lagers and porters, for a combined total of well over 4 million pints!

City Steam is Ron’s third brewing job in Connecticut, starting back in 1989 at the New England Brewing Co. in Norwalk. After that, he enjoyed a brief 2 year stint as brewmaster at the now defunct Elm City Brewing Co. in New Haven, and has also worked as a designer/consultant for a brewery equipment manufacturing firm. In addition to his duties as the one and only brewer at City Steam, he is also responsible for collecting and framing most of the beer posters you see hanging on the walls, as well as personally building all of the bars and beer systems.

A few years ago, Ron started a small “micro-bakery” in the beer cellar. Using malted barley from the brewhouse, all the rolls and artisinal breads used at City Steam are produced at City Steam. When not brewing, baking, or cabinetmaking, Ron enjoys teaching his eldest grandson how to play the trombone (blind leading the blind!) or just spending lazy days on the nearby Connecticut river, rowing, fishing, or drinking growlers of his own beer.
What are your favorite CT Beers?
Naughty Nurse Amber Ale
Acapulco Gold IPA
City Steam Export Blonde Lager
Hooker Octoberfest
Elm City pilsner
Bar coffee stout
Farmington River Blonde ale
Anything by Dave Wolner

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At 12:18pm on October 21, 2014, John Engleman said…

Thank you for participating in CT Restaurant and Beer Week, my wife and I had Great BEERS and Great food.  I would also say we don't need to wait for an event to come in and enjoy ourselves, we have always had a great time at City Steam!

At 9:07pm on May 27, 2011, Bryon Turner said…
Looking forward to trying the new releases...
At 8:22pm on March 23, 2011, Bryon Turner said…
The Acapulco Gold is good too...  Had some recently and really enjoyed it!
At 10:50am on March 23, 2011, Donald Lynn said…
If you liked that you should grab a pint of thier Acapulco Gold. I dont get up there often but always bring a growler or two home with me if they have it on tap that is.
At 8:32pm on March 16, 2011, Bryon Turner said…
Enjoyed City Steam's blonde on blonde via growler this week, hoppy, flavorful, good!

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Two New Brews!

Posted on October 3, 2011 at 5:09pm 1 Comment

Hey CT!


We just wanted to tell you about 2 new brews we have on tap starting just a couple days ago. We are now offering our Beautiful Dreamer for a limited run (only 30 kegs!). This is our take on the classic Octoberfests you will no doubt be tasting during the fall. One of our regulars, David, just got back from Germany for a "boys' week" sipping on all kinds of Bavarian goodies. As soon as he got home and gave the Beautiful Dreamer a shot, his thumbs went straight up! So…


A Little About Us!

Posted on September 18, 2011 at 8:16pm 0 Comments

Hey there, beer lover!


If you're from the Hartford area, or just from CT in general then there's a good chance you are already familiar with City Steam Brewery Cafe. If so, awesome! But if you're new to us then here's a spot you can learn a little more before you stop in with friends!


We have it all! A great downtown location serves as host to our classic brewing process. Using Hartford Steam we craft the finest beers in Hartford. Signatures like our Blonde n…


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