Hoist ale on Saturday evenings in October as The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk offers special Octoberfest Cruises featuring tastings from local craft breweries.
These adults-only cruises – the latest in the Aquarium's occasional "Maritime With A Twist" social events – will showcase a different brewery each Saturday. Sample and enjoy the breweries' flagship and seasonal products, while taking in the gorgeous sights on Long Island Sound.
The schedule is:
• Oct. 7 – No Worries Brewing Co. of Hamden
• Oct. 14 – Charter Oak Brewing Co. of Danbury
• Oct. 21 – Two Roads Brewery Co. in Stratford
• Oct. 28 – The Owl's Brew of New York and Beer'd Brewing Co. of Stonington.
Representatives from the breweries will be along to pour and discuss their beers. Each 90-minute Octoberfest Cruise departs at 5 p.m.
The cruises are timed to include the setting autumn sun and, with luck, a dazzling western sky reflecting on the water. Get back in time to enjoy dinner or an evening out just steps away in the restaurants and nightspots of SoNo. Cruises occur aboard The Maritime Aquarium's R/V Spirit of the Sound™, a 64-foot catamaran that is the first research vessel in the country with quiet hybrid-electric propulsion. It docks outside the IMAX Theater.
Tickets are $50 ($45 for Aquarium members). Participants must be at least 21 years old. Space is limited on all Maritime Aquarium cruises, so advance reservations are strongly recommended.