Our First Brewery Tour!

Kim in front of psychedelic art at Stony Creek Brewery, Branford, CTArt outside Stony Creek Brewery in Branford, CTStony Creek Brewery Tap Room, Branford, CT Stony Creek Brewery Tap Room, Branford, CT Flight at Stony Creek Brewery, Branford, CT Kim and Dan with drinks at Stony Creek Brewery, Branford, CTSamples of beer at Stony Creek Brewery Tour, Branford, CT A Tour Inside Stony Creek Brewery, Branford, CT Dan touring the Stony Creek Brewery, Branford, CT Kim and Dan touring Stony Creek Brewery, Branford, CT Kim touring the Stony Creek Brewery, Branford, CT Chalkboard design at Stony Creek Brewery, Branford, CT

Last weekend, we decided to try something new by visiting Stony Creek Brewery! With only two years of business under their belt, this family-owned brewery has grown at a remarkable rate and distributes to all of New England now.

We fell in love with their psychedelic artwork by the entrance! There was live music playing and the place was packed. Eventually, we chose to sit at the picnic tables out on their spacious deck overlooking the Branford River—you know how much I love water views!

Before our tour, we shared a pint of Sun Juice and a flight of Snow Hole, an Irish red ale; Ripe & Cranky, an IPA; La Garza, a mexi-cali lager; and Nitro Belgium, a blonde ale. (Clearly, Dan had to help me write this). Usually, I don’t like beer, but I can genuinely say that I liked the first two drinks in our flight. On the other hand, Dan is a huge fan of craft beer and loved them all. In fact, he has brewed hard cider for fun in our kitchen. He gets away with a lot in our apartment.

Once the tour began, we left the tap room and entered a quieter, more industrial warehouse. Our tour guide used terms that I wasn’t familiar with like hops, wort, and malted barley—those being the easiest examples. (Again, Dan helped me recall these terms). Because of that, I don’t think I would ever recommend a brewery tour until you’ve got the basics down. You don’t want to be that person that slows everyone else down, do you?

The best part of the tour was the taste testing! We tried a drink called Stony Joe, which was a super unique and bizarre brew. Its appearance was light, but it tasted just like dark coffee stout! Oddly enough, I have never drank coffee before, nor do I plan on it. I am far too scared of getting addicted like my mom, haha! Stony Joe and coffee-flavored ice cream will probably be the closest I will ever get to real coffee.

Stony Creek had a great atmosphere. We loved the live music, yard games and the fact that we could bring in our own food to pair with their beers. We will definitely be back this summer!

Have you gone on a brewery tour before? How was your experience?

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  • Violette

    It looks so interesting and so much fun!

    http://violettedaily.com

    • Kim

      Yeah, it was a blast and we want to go back on a sunnier day!

  • Marisa Wij

    nice pictures! you and your partner look so cute together 😀

    marisa – summer in march

    • Kim

      Aw thanks Marisa!

  • I’ve actually never been to a brewery, mainly because I don’t drink. However, I think Chris would like something like this. Glad you & Dan had – the cutest, as always! What camera do you use by the way, Kim? Your photos come out so nice all the time! I’m shopping for one right now so I’m asking around 🙂

    cabin twenty-four

    • Kim

      This was actually our first time at a brewery! I don’t usually drink either, but I figured this was a special occasion—trying something new.

      Thanks for your compliments! I shoot with a Canon 80D and my lenses vary… But this particular post, I used a Canon G7X, quite an expensive point and shoot camera hahah, but we bought it to start filming vlogs for Youtube!

      Feel free to send me an email with your camera questions. I love talking about cameras, hehe.

      • I’ll shoot you an email in a bit, hold on 🙂

  • What’s better than a beer flight with water views!?

    Caitlin | http://sunnystyleblog.com/

    • Kim

      Agreed! Best way to enjoy a nice day outside!

  • We have a lot of breweries in my area too. It’s fun to explore them!

    Brooke
    Pumps and Push-Ups

    • Kim

      That’s awesome!

  • This looks like so much fun! My husband and I find breweries in every city we visit. We love trying local craft beers.

    Jamie
    Treats and Trends

    • Kim

      That sounds so fun! 😀

  • Caitlin

    Looks like you guys had an awesome time!

    Cruelty Free + VEGAN Beauty Haul!

    • Kim

      Yeah, I loved it! Thanks for reading!

  • Bella Skoog (Bella)

    Such beautiful photos!

    Hugs Bella, http://nouw.com/bellss // Instagram: bellaskoog

    • Kim

      Thank you, Bella!

  • I have never visited a brewery but it sounds like a lot of fun. I am glad that you had fun.
    X
    Miri

    http://currentlywearing.com

    • Kim

      Thanks Miri! You should try visiting a local brewery this summer!

  • That looks like fun! Great photos.

    xx, Melissa
    https://elephantontheroad.com

    • Kim

      Definitely was! Thanks for stopping by my site!

  • Sounds like a fun tour!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

    • Kim

      It was! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • It’s cool that the both of you got to experience a brewery tour! I love it whenever places have some hip art going on in its environment. It makes the atmosphere feel a bit more welcoming.

    I like the names of all of these drinks! My boyfriend is a fan of craft beer as well and I know he’d love to go on this tour as well! I’ll definitely take note to be solid on terminologies before doing a brewery tour XD. I don’t blame you for not wanting to drink coffee. I try to stay away from it as well.

    Thanks for sharing your experience!

    https://exquisitely.me

    • Kim

      Thanks for your comment, Nancy! You should surprise your boyfriend by taking him on a local craft brewery tour sometime. I’d love to see what he thinks 🙂

      Even though I had no idea what the tour guide was talking about, I still enjoyed my time and recommend it!

  • Siffat Haider

    Sounds like a super fun experience!
    xo
    Siffat
    http://icingandglitter.com

    • Kim

      Yes, definitely! Thanks for visiting my site!

  • I love brewery tours! They are so fun and interesting, and I love getting to try all the different beers. I feel like you definitely get your money’s worth. Sounds like you guys had a great time!

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    • Kim

      Thanks, Emily! Beer flights are definitely the best, because you get to try them all one after another and compare!

  • I love going on tours, but have yet to go on a brewery tour. This looks so fun!

    http://www.myclusterofthoughts.com/

    • Kim

      It’s never too late!

  • I went on a brewery tour in Kansas City. I love how friendly craft brewery owners are. And I love the cool handles on those taps. It sounds like a great way to spend the day!

    xx Yasmin

    http://banglesandbungalows.com

    • Kim

      Very true – they are super friendly! Thanks for reading, Yasmin!

  • Olga Federico

    Looks like a nice experience:-)Great post!

    http://www.lostindaydreams.com/

    • Kim

      Thanks Olga! Hope you can visit a brewery someday soon!

  • It looks and sounds so interesting! I love all the different artwork, and the photos of you two are so cute x

    Kara x http://karascloset.net/

    • Kim

      The artwork was my favorite part! Aw thanks Kara! 🙂

  • Ooh that brewery looks super cool! Also love those taste flights, looks so yum!

    Characters & Carry-ons

    • Kim

      Agreed! Definitely want to go back this summer.

  • I’ve never been to a brewery tour before, but it does sounds interesting. Would love to try it sometimes! Thanks for sharing!

    Tiffany- http://www.mstiffanyyang.com

    • Kim

      Definitely go for it!

  • I LOVE going to breweries! Although now that I think of it, I’ve never been on an actual tour before. My dad has made beer at home ever since I was little, so I know a lot about it! Also, that’s crazy that you’ve never had coffee before! I’ve been drinking it since I was like 11. No joke.

    http://colleenwelsch.com

    • Kim

      That is so cool! You probably don’t need to go on any tours then. I’m just a newbie, aha! And I’ve always wondered if I’ve been missing out by not drinking coffee. Everyone talks about Starbucks…

  • Hannah

    Ok y’all are SUCH a cute couple!

    • Kim

      Aw shucks, thanks Hannah!

  • I’ve never been to a brewery but this is one place I’d love to visit. Looks like a lot of fun!
    xo
    S
    Grey Canvas

    • Kim

      It was so fun! We don’t regret going!