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!