For the Crowley family, "beer" has been a passion for more than 40 years. In 2012, they sold their beer distributorship and began thinking about building a brewery. Their dreams became a reality when they opened Stony Creek Brewery in 2015.
Their modern brewery, located in Branford, CT, offers a stunning indoor/outdoor taproom, game pit, dock access, and a first-hand look at their canning and bottling lines right from the taproom. This state-of-the-art facility helped achieve its goal for guests to "feel" their brand and to "feel" the taste of their beers.
The relationship with GSB started as the executive team and members of the board of directors came in as customers and guests of Stony Creek Brewery. And, having developed mutual respect for each other's craft, they've had a long business relationship since then.
When Stony Creek Brewery decided to open a second brewery in Foxwoods Resort Casino, GSB provided the financing to acquire the property, to build it out, and to bring in all new brewing equipment.
"The approval process was quick. It's a local bank. We are a local company," said Ed Crowly. Reflecting on the shared commitment to serve the community and solid relationship with GSB, he added, "It just was a perfect mix for Stony Creek Brewery."
We were immediately captivated by the high quality products that Ed and Peggy Crowly offered as well as their ambition to create the highest-quality beer in the region, said Mike Paz, VP, Commercial Loan Origination Manager with GSB. "They are true entrepreneurs and we are honored to be a part of their growth and investment in our community."
When the pandemic hit, Stony Creek worked very hard to adapt to new guidelines to ensure the safety of its guests and employees. This continues to be a high priority.
Today, Ed Crowley, Jr. is proud to work alongside the devoted team of friends and family to serve award-winning small-batch, limited-release beers along with their core draft beers all brewed locally. Their passion is led by a favorite family phrase, "It's always about the beer!"