taking a morning Thimble Island Cruise aboard the Sea Mist, we had
worked up a thirst and decided to remedy that by making a visit to Stony Creek Brewery located in Branford, Connecticut. A craft brewery, their specialties include Crankys,
New England India Pale Ales, Ales, Lagers,
Stouts, and more to appeal to diverse styles and palate
preferences. In addition to their diverse selection of beers they also have an
exciting music scene with live music making it a very interesting place to
Stony Creek Brewery
has a vibrant craft beer following, and to appreciate the essence of what they
are creating at Stony Creek Brewery, we made a visit and did a flight tasting where
we sampled four different draft beers selected from their Something Light,
Something Hazy, Something Sour and Something Dark categories.
with a little something from their Something Light category, we sampled Dock
Time, which was a delicious Amber Lager with 4.8% alcohol, made with a blend of
Columbus and Saaz hops. Interesting to note about the hops is that Columbus
hops are heavily hoppy with citrus notes, while Saaz hops are one of the four
original noble hops and is used to create that distinctive aroma for pilsners
and Bohemian lagers.
Next in the
tasting, there was Boat Shoes from the Something Hazy category, which had 5.6%
alcohol, and a pale lemon color. Described as a Hazy Pale Ale made from a blend
of Citra and Sabro hops, it was hazy, juicy, and awesome liquid, which lived up
to its name, with notes of citrus peel and coconut. Interesting to note about
the hops used to create Boat Shoes is that Citra hops add citrus aromas while
Sabro hops add complexity and fruit and citrus notes.
continued with a selection from their Something Sour section, and sampled their
Basic Batch, a Sour Ale with 5.0% alcohol, described as having marshmallow,
mango, and tangerine notes. With its yellow orange color, it was juicy and a
great summer beverage.
to the Something Dark category, we experienced their Kicker, a Barley Wine,
with 16.3% alcohol! To give you an idea of the power of this very tasty but immensely
powerful ale is that higher alcohol wines usually top out at 14.5% alcohol. Kicker
was aptly named and indeed a "kicker," a gorgeous, dark ale for fans of slightly
bitter dark chocolate. This would be a great brew to pair with food as well as
use in culinary recipes. Our thoughts would be to pair Kicker with hearty meat
dishes, barbecue, and even chocolate cake and chocolate desserts. As fans of
dark beers and stouts, of course we loved it, and while it would be fabulous to
enjoy in colder weather, on a warm summer day, our tastes leaned towards Basic
Batch, the Sour Ale to better quench our thirsts.
Stony Creek Brewery exterior
to the beers listed on their menu and available on draft or to go, they also
produce limited editions, special releases for the holidays, and seasonal
favorites, which gives us another reason to stop by and sample another flight
the next time we are up in Branford, Connecticut and see what they have been
See you at a Flight Tasting!
Brewery is open Monday through Thursday from noon until 10:00 pm, Friday and
Saturday from 11:00 am until midnight, and Sunday from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm.
check the Stony Creek Brewery website for additional information: www.stonycreekbeer.com
about our visit to Madison, Connecticut in the Destinations, Hotels and Resorts - The
Homestead Madison, Restaurants - The Wharf
Restaurant, Restaurants - Café Allegre, Restaurants
-La Foresta, Chefs' Recipes, Spas - The Healing Salt Cave and Wellness Spa, Adventures - Riding a Bicycle
Built for Two, Madison, CT, Adventures - Thimble Island
Cruises aboard the Sea Mist, Liquor
Cabinet - Stone Creek Brewery, and Wine Cellar - Chamard Vineyards and
Bistro sections of Luxury Experience.
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