Willimantic Brewing Company

in Southeastern Connecticut

The Willi has been serving up a long list of tasty home brews in this converted post office building since 1997. The beer's good, and the menu dominated by pubby faves like nachos, wings and tacos. The service, however, can be hit-or-miss, unless you're a local.

Cocktails are made with Hosmer Mountain soda (www.hosmersoda.com), a Quiet Corner century-old cane-sugar beverage which rivals Avery's.