October 26, 2021

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Women’s group, state back ‘sparkling’ tea startup in Stamford

As Athletic Brewing announced another round of awards for brews concocted in Stratford at what is becoming one of Connecticut’s best-funded startups, the state’s newest beverage upstart in Stamford has $9 million in backing to sell “boozy tea” for those seeking an alternative drink.

Owl’s Brew has established an initial Connecticut headquarters at The Village in Stamford, after tapping interest from several investors including the Connecticut Innovations venture fund and a new women’s investment network led by Annie Lamont, the Greenwich venture capitalist married to Gov. Ned Lamont.

Jennie Ripps and Maria Littlefield started Owl’s Brew in New York City. The pair also partnered on an earlier startup there called Brew Tea Labs that crafted custom tea blends for coffee shops and other establishments.

As the case with Athletic Brewing, Owl’s Brew has won national attention in short order for its “hard sparkling” tea, a beverage category that emerged on the heels of a boom in hard seltzer labels the past several years.

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