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    Stony Creek, Foxwoods look to be a winning combo

    Stony Creek plans a brewpub in Foxwoods casino.
    Stony Creek plans a brewpub in Foxwoods casino in Connecticut.

    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.

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    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.

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    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 gary.dzen@globe.com.