Stony Creek Brewery & Nellie Green’s are two great places that go great together. Both establishments are within steps of each other, nestled in the boatyards off of Indian Neck Avenue in Branford, CT. The summer may be the best time overall to visit this pair with their vicinity and views of the Branford River, but they’re open year round, so you should be open to them year round as well!
Stony Creek’s magnificent facility is brand new, with a facade similar to that of a marina club. And the expansive walkway to the front doors has the likeness to that of an ocean pier. The walk felt even more true to this reference with the cold, wind swept mist.
Even though it may have been terribly damp and cold outside, it was really cozy and warm inside! Floor to ceiling windows greet you as you enter, with a full view of the brewing facility.
On to the tasting room with a roaring fireplace settling everyone in for a long winter’s happy hour. There is also an amazing outdoor deck overlooking the water (you’re one story up at this point), with plenty of space for yard games a level beneath. The deck won’t do you much good in the winter, but definitely give it a spin when the weather breaks!
We actually began our evening with a yoga session in the event space upstairs. Yeah, that’s right – yoga! Their Tuesday sessions are $15 per person and that also includes a drink ticket. The instructors, who are either outside or inside staff depending on the week, have been great the two times we have practiced. It’s really an amazing deal considering the class instruction, exercise, relaxation, and the beer that follows!
Stony Creek’s flagship beers, seasonal’s, and experimental’s are all very good. We recommend first timers try a brew from the Cranky IPA series. There are three to choose from: a session IPA, a mid-level ABV IPA, or a DIPA. The Sweaty one’s beer appetite was quenched with their Kolsch, which was perfectly refreshing after the yoga workout. The Sweet one replenished fuel with their 9% black wheat wine-style beer, Reposado Negro. The Reposado almost tastes like PATRÓN XO CAFE in beer form, which is very welcomed with it’s wonderful coffee notes!
We capped off our Stony Creek visit with a growler to go. Always a great deal if you bring an empty growler to save on the container fee.
One of our best friends always says, “There’s food in beer, but there isn’t any beer in food.” Well, The Sweet and Sweaty NEED food, so on to Nellie Green’s we went…
-The Sweet and Sweaty