Cold Creek Brewery in Ellington, CT is a microbrewery on the rise. Taking in experiences from all over the world, the brewery has been able to hone in on what makes every style of beer so great. From the stouts in Dublin, the altbiers of Dusseldorf, the kolschs in Cologne, and even the burgeoning craft beer scene in their backyard, Cold Creek checks off all the boxes.
The taproom was in a bit of a transition period. License, permits, arm, leg, etc. we kind of know the drill by now regarding the simple act of selling pints and flights. It’s like pulling teeth. But Cold Creek soldiers on, and they show no worse for wear. When the taproom does go into effect, it should yield some incredible views of planes taking off and landing into the nearby airport, along with enough space for comfortable
We found a table right next to Cold Creek catalogue expert, Phil, who helped guide us along on each beer selection. We began with Daniella, a Pilsner that was aggressively hopped to alter the common Pilsner taste. This was an interesting twist for a style of beer that normally plays pretty tight to the vest. Eve, an American IPA, is a crowd-pleaser for hop-heads everywhere. Clocking in at 6.6% ABV and 70 IBU, it’s extremely drinkable and has that serious hop profile that many IPA fans love. The reason for this, is from the dry hopping process. The wheat based IPA was excessively dry hoped to give it an extra punch without altering the bitterness of the beer.
Two down, two to go. You may have noticed that the last two beers had names. Not just any kind of names, but woman names. You’d be onto something. Cold Creek uses all female names for their beer to give them personality, a little marketing edge, and also a way to add another person to your drinking party. You’re not just drinking a beer, they’ve personified it, and made it a whole new experience.
The next beer we had was Layla. Cue the Eric Clapton intro. An Imperial IPA that scores an 8.2% ABV and completely won us over. Amarillo, Cascade, and Warrior hops all go into giving this Double IPA a crisp bitter bite with a hint of citrus towards the end, putting us on our knees (I had to). Something about her just seemed a bit soft, too. That isn’t easy to say that about many Double IPA’s that fall in the higher end of the ABV spectrum, but this one is definitely crushable, earning itself the Our Favorite award on the day.
Last but certainly not least, was Winnie. The beers at Cold Creek are always transforming and becoming better versions of themselves, as is the case with most microbreweries. This Winnie, in particular, was infused with maple flavors and coffee beans from Ben’s Beans located in Putnam, CT. This Oatmeal Stout was incredible. The mixture of coffee and maple was a combo that we’ve never had the pleasure of indulging in, so indulge we did. The coffee flavor was pronounced, but not overpowering, and the maple infusion was right where it was supposed to be. Winnie earned herself the Must Try award for the trip.
It was exciting to be sampling a brewery at its beginning stages and having an already impressive catalog of beers. Once everything is in place as far as taproom and flights are concerned, this brewery will take another enormous leap. We’re very excited to see what’s in store for them. So next time you’re in need of a drinking partner, make sure to call up one of the girls from Cold Creek Brewery.