I’ve led a blessed brewing career. I write the following not to brag or drop names, but rather to express how fortunate (and certainly lucky) I have been to brew and live in some of the most extraordinary brewing areas of the country, and work side by side with some of the best brewers in the world. For the last 20 years I’ve brewed beer in places like Boulder, Colorado, San Diego, California, Portsmouth, New Hampshire and now Branford, Connecticut. In the early years, I would sneak over to Paul Gatza’s Homebrew Shop in Longmont, Colorado to ask advice and buy old copies of Zymurgy. Dick Doore (Owner and Brewmaster for Left Hand) then hired me and taught me most of what I know and use today. I moved home to California and had the time of my life brewing and drinking side by side with names like Bagby, Nickle, Arthur and others. In New Hampshire I brewed with, drank with and worked for names like MacNair, Mott, Jones and Widmer. It’s been a great career, learning from the best, getting paid to make beer. Who’d a thunk it?!
So at this point, why start over and move to Connecticut to open a new brewery? People told me that it was a beer wasteland, a state you drive through to get to better beer destinations like Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire. Now, I may be new to this state’s brewing community, but I’m quickly learning about its past and future brewing landscape. I have come to realize that the time is NOW for Connecticut beer. You are about to see something remarkable happen.
Connecticut does indeed have a strong and proud brewing heritage filled with names like Browning, Markowski, Page, Leonard and others, all world class brewers that started something small, laid a solid foundation, and survived and thrived. They paved the way for and now lead a new generation of brewers. Exciting brands like Black Hog, Beer’d, Stubborn Beauty, Overshores, OEC and many more are now creating exceptional beer that can stand up to any brewery from any region. The time is NOW for Connecticut beer. Stony Creek plans to do its part.
So this is why we built Stony Creek Brewery here in Branford, CT. This is why I left bigger digs to move south from New Hampshire. This is why Jamal (aka stony creek jammy) left a thriving brand out of Long Island after 8 years to become our Sales Director. This is why Del, our packaging manager with 20 years beer bottling experience left his 500 bottles per minute automated bottling line and 200,000 barrel per year brewery in Seattle to move across the country and start over with Stony. Why Jay, our lead brewer, moved from Pennsylvania where he led a chain of successful brewery restaurants to join this team. Our list goes on. The time is NOW for Connecticut, and we built this kick ass facility, here on the river in Branford in order to join this CT beer community. We plan on doing our part to help lead it forward.
The time is NOW. Let’s enjoy the ride. Cheers! Andy
Monday - Thursday 12 PM – 9 PM
Friday - Saturday 11 AM – 10 PM
Sunday 11 AM – 8PM
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