Anyone who’s ever stepped foot inside a casino knows it can be hard to find a good beer there.
While researching a story on the subject a few years ago, I found that Las Vegas casinos had inspired beer selections in the higher-end restaurants, and a sports-bar baseline everywhere else. Spend time playing blackjack or slots at most casinos and the first thing you’ll be offered is a Bud Light.
Foxwoods is taking a step to change that, partnering with an in-state brewery to open a brewpub next to the Fox Theatre, a venue that hosts concerts and comedians. Set to open this summer, Stony Creek’s second brewing operation follows the flagship in Branford, Conn.
Stony Creek is a brewery known for bold IPAs like Big Cranky, an aggressive West Coast double, and Snow Hole, a winter seasonal. The brewery’s lineup also features Dock Time, an amber lager, as well as seasonals like a Belgian summer ale, a Baltic porter, and a wheat wine.
The casino brewpub will offer two distinct experiences: a ground floor beer garden will look into the brewhouse (Stony Creek will actually be making beer there), giving guests a view of the production process. The upper level will feature a cocktail bar with a “Southern California feel”, with a stage for live entertainment and “pool house” space with canvas privacy screens, integrated bar counter, and a large HD video screen.
Foxwoods expects the brewery to open sometime this summer.Gary Dzen can be reached at email@example.com.