Branford’s Stony Creek Brewery will build a fully operational brewpub inside Foxwoods Resort Casino, the company’s second brewing operation in Connecticut. Construction is set to begin this winter with an expected opening of summer 2018.
As the craft beer category looks to find new audiences and new occasions, Stony Creek Brewery believes it is uniquely positioned to help grow the size of the pie in Connecticut.
“Craft beer has the ability to cross all chasms and bring people together as a community” said Stony Creek founder Ed Crowley Sr. in a press release announcing the company’s latest venture. “We see this every day at our brewery in Branford – people come from all over the northeast for our beer, and end up staying for hours to enjoy the distinct experience we offer. And together with Foxwoods we can create a truly special place unique to craft beer, something that can act as a sort of post card of their time in Connecticut. This is an amazing opportunity to put Connecticut craft beer on a bigger map.”
Brewmaster Andy Schwartz says that the location gives his team of brewers another place to play, experiment, and share their beers. “The beer is the most important thing we do – we are passionate about this,” said Schwartz. “So it is crucial that this be more than just another taproom that pours our beer. The guests at Foxwoods will be surprised to find a real, fully operating brewery inside the casino. It’s a chance for them to see the place where beer is made. We’re going to be producing new and innovative beers on this smaller system, doing collaborations, and hosting exciting events. Our whole team is stoked.”
The 7,100 square foot two-story space, located adjacent to the Fox Theater, will offer two distinct experiences. The ground floor will be pure New England, complete with clapboard walls, calming colors, a spacious beer garden, and communal areas for backyard games and socializing. The upstairs bar will offer another version of the “aggressively laid back” style of Stony Creek—a nightlife.
“Upstairs we wanted to combine some of the waterside vibe from the main brewery in Branford with a bit of the west coast inspiration found in the beers,” says Michael Kiser, Good Beer Hunting’s creative director, who in collaboration with architect Joe Sepot of Joseph Sepot Architects of Branford, is leading the concept development and design of the space. “It’ll have a cocktail lounge vibe but with a beer focus, something we know will appeal to a wide audience who might be surprised to find themselves in a brewpub in a casino on a Saturday night.”
“We see craft beer as a major attraction in food and beverage, as evidenced by the incredible success we have had with the house IPA we’ve been making with Stony Creek for the past year,” said Jason Guyot, vice president Resort Operations & Development at Foxwoods Resort Casino. “That naturally lead to conversations about how we could bring the true local beer experience to our guests. We are thrilled to be part of Connecticut’s growth in craft beer.”
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