During a perfect fall Saturday, we found ourselves in Ellington, Conn. to pick some apples and pumpkins. But before all of that excitement, we stopped by Cold Creek Brewery for a quick flight.
Open since the summer of 2015, Cold Creek Brewery is located in a small industrial park right off of Route 83. There is plenty of parking in their lot and lots of seating in their moderately sized taproom. With large garage doors on both ends of the room, the space has an open air feel. Plus you get to enjoy the beautiful fresh air (though sometimes with a slightly sweet aroma of manure). The overall decor of the space can only be described as farm meets industrial with lots of reclaimed wood, funky lighting, and kitchy farm signs. The microbrewery is also located near both Connecticut Parachutists and Northeast Helicopters. So at any given moment, you are able to observe skydiving and/or helicopter lessons. If keeping your eyes on the skyline gets a little boring, Cold Creek has a few TVs to keep you occupied.
That Saturday afternoon, Cold Creek had six different beers on tap. Something interesting to note is that all of their beers have female names, which is a nod to the original German alewives who ran the breweries while their husbands were away at war. When you order a flight, the bartenders will serve it to you in the order they recommend. We started with their saison, Josephine (5.2% ABV). This was very light and refreshing with a slightly sour, clean taste. Very drinkable. Then we moved onto Jane (4.6% ABV), which is their American pale ale. This APA was cloudy with lots of tropical notes. It had a juicy, piney taste with some slight bitterness, which was definitely not overwhelming. Similarly piney in taste was Elynor (8.0% ABV), an imperial IPA. Elynor was citrus forward with a nice bitter finish. We thought this was very drinkable for an imperial, which can be dangerous! He said that Elynor “drinks like a session.” Next we tried Winnie Coffee/Maple Honey Oat Stout (7.0% ABV). This was dark in color (obviously) with notes of roasted coffee and the sweetness of maple. It was very smooth with a nice coffee taste and a sweet finish. She said that this was her favorite beer of the day. We finished our flight by sampling two of Cold Creek’s sours. First up was Gisele (5.1% ABV), which is a gose. This was very tart, with a sour apple taste without being overly sweet. It was very drinkable with a dry finish. Then we had one of our personal Cold Creek favs, Betty Berry (4.5% ABV). This Berliner Weisse, which smelled like fresh berries and kiwi, was very tart with lots of berry flavor and a slightly dry finish.
In additional to their flights, Cold Creek Brewery offers individual 4-ounce pours, pints, and growlers. Cold Creek is also one of the few Connecticut breweries that sells crowlers (a 32-ounce can), which allows you to preserve your brewery fresh beer a little longer. The staff is very friendly, attentive, and loves to talk about craft brews.
She said: “Cold Creek is one of my favorite new Connecticut breweries. I enjoy the overall vibe of the space – welcoming and unpretentious. Everyone who works there is so friendly and knowledgeable, which is reflected in their delicious beers.”
He said: “We’ve been to Cold Creek a few times, and they have never disappointed. They always have interesting new releases to try.”
Cold Creek Brewery knows their stuff, and it shows! Make plans to visit Ellington soon, and stop by for a pint or two. Maybe we’ll see you there – cheers!
Cold Creek Brewery
6 Industrial Drive
Ellington, CT 06029