Touring Stony Creek Brewery!

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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50 Comments

    • May 12, 2017 / 3:04 pm

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

  1. Marisa Wij
    May 12, 2017 / 1:08 pm

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

    marisa – summer in march

    • May 12, 2017 / 3:04 pm

      Aw thanks Marisa!

  2. May 12, 2017 / 1:17 pm

    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

    • May 12, 2017 / 3:10 pm

      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.

      • May 12, 2017 / 3:25 pm

        I was actually looking at the Sony A6000. Chris and I are headed to San Francisco this summer so you know… take nicer photos hahaha

      • May 12, 2017 / 3:25 pm

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

    • May 17, 2017 / 11:25 am

      Agreed! Best way to enjoy a nice day outside!

  3. May 12, 2017 / 4:48 pm

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

    Brooke
    Pumps and Push-Ups

    • May 17, 2017 / 11:25 am

      That’s awesome!

  4. May 12, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    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

    • May 17, 2017 / 11:26 am

      That sounds so fun! 😀

    • May 17, 2017 / 11:44 am

      Yeah, I loved it! Thanks for reading!

  5. Bella Skoog (Bella)
    May 13, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    Such beautiful photos!

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

    • May 17, 2017 / 11:43 am

      Thank you, Bella!

    • May 17, 2017 / 11:44 am

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

    • May 17, 2017 / 11:49 am

      Definitely was! Thanks for stopping by my site!

    • May 17, 2017 / 11:49 am

      It was! Thanks for reading 🙂

  6. May 14, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    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

    • May 17, 2017 / 12:08 pm

      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!

    • May 17, 2017 / 12:12 pm

      Yes, definitely! Thanks for visiting my site!

  7. May 14, 2017 / 10:11 pm

    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

    • May 17, 2017 / 12:11 pm

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

    • May 17, 2017 / 12:18 pm

      It’s never too late!

  8. May 15, 2017 / 12:28 am

    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

    • May 17, 2017 / 12:20 pm

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

    • May 19, 2017 / 9:17 am

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

  9. May 15, 2017 / 10:00 pm

    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/

    • May 19, 2017 / 9:17 am

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

    • May 19, 2017 / 9:17 am

      Agreed! Definitely want to go back this summer.

  10. May 16, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    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

    • May 19, 2017 / 9:18 am

      Definitely go for it!

  11. May 17, 2017 / 10:01 am

    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

    • May 19, 2017 / 9:19 am

      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…

  12. Hannah
    May 18, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    Ok y’all are SUCH a cute couple!

    • May 19, 2017 / 9:19 am

      Aw shucks, thanks Hannah!

  13. May 19, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    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

    • May 23, 2017 / 7:07 pm

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

  14. May 28, 2017 / 6:51 pm

    You’ve never tried coffee before, as in never ever?

    • June 5, 2017 / 2:14 pm

      I haven’t! Although I bet that coffee tastes the way it smells… which is very strong!