East coast beer lovers are pretty spoiled, especially in New England, as there's no shortage of great breweries and beer gardens to check out. However, Stony Creek Brewery is taking things up a notch with its new brewpub at Foxwoods.
Stony Creek recently unveiled its two-floor, 7,100-square-foot space at the Connecticut casino so guests can sip on great craft brews in-between hands of blackjack. According to general manager Johnny Haines, the venue—much like its beer—offers east-meets-west coast vibes, with a "classic New England beer garden" on the first floor and a southern California-inspired beer and cocktail bar on the second floor.
Stony Creek Brewery opens at Foxwoods
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"The marriage of the east coast style with west coast style and just given the fact that we’ve been so fortunate to grow so quickly, that’s something that sets us apart," says Haines, noting how much Stony Creek has grown since its first brewery debuted in Branford nearly four years ago.
The new space is meant for both serious craft beer lovers and casual fans alike, so the latest Stony Creek location has a little something for everyone.
In addition to the beer garden style seating, the first floor features an array of Stony Creek offerings on tap, including several experimental brews made on-site in the five-barrel system that's on display. A sake yeast beer featuring notes of grapefruit was on hand during a recent trip to the brewpub, and guests should expect even more fun flavors from brewmaster Andy Schwartz.
"This is a playground for brewers," says Haines, adding that Schwartz views the new venue as a "brewpub oasis."
Aside from the beer, the second floor, dubbed the Roof Top, features its own cocktail menu, including items such as Ruffled Lemonade, El Dorado Punch and Creek Juice.
Guests can also order food, as Foxwoods has created a special menu concept just for Stony Creek. Keeping with the theme, the food also features a fushion of east and west coast flavors, exemplified in their approach to the classic lobster roll. While visitors can certainly order the warm-butter, New England style, a Mexican-inspired take on the dish is available as well, featuring fajita spice peppers and onions, queso fresco, pico de gallo and sriracha aioli.
"There’s no paradigm for this," says Haines. "There’s no brewery anywhere in the country in a casino that we can find."
If you go:
Stony Creek Brewey at Foxwoods, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket, Conn., foxwoods.com/Stony-Creek