Still Hill Brewery
1275 Cromwell Avenue
Building C Unit 9
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Hours: Sunday: 12-6PM Monday: Closed Tuesday: Closed Wednesday: Closed Thursday: 4-9PM Friday: 4-8PM Saturday: 12-6PM
I was recently invited to partake in a night of “Geeks Who Drink” trivia at a brewery I had yet to visit. I decided the opportunity to drink beer, review a new brewery, and flex those intellectual muscles was one I couldn’t miss. Two out of three ain’t bad.
A little tricky to find at night, Still Hill is located in the back corner of a business center in Rocky Hill. The parking lot is spacious, and once you find the general area, signs let you know you’re in the right place. The brewery is medium-sized in comparison to other locations we’ve visited, with a decent sized bar and plenty of seating. They focused a lot on the ambiance and really made you want to be there. The mural on the wall was impressive, and the chalk board menus and shelving behind the bar looked as though they really planned this out. You weren’t just sitting in some hastily put together venue.
Behind the bar were beautiful, looked-to-be ceramic mugs, while above the bar hung clear glass mugs. I inquired about the mug club and the different styles of drink-ware, and the bartender explained that the ones lining the back wall were for people who helped with the Kickstarter, while the ones hanging above were for the mug club. The mug club idea seems like it’s becoming a brewery staple. The perks were basically the same as most of the others: an annual $80 charge and you are able to fill your 20oz mug for the price of a pint glass. You’re also eligible to join in on the mug club-only events that are occasionally hosted. Still Hill appeared to have the largest amount of mug club slots available that I’ve seen thus far in my travels. As usual, if I lived closer to the brewery I’d absolutely sign up.
Still Hill offers a good-sized beer menu with six standard options, one guest tap, and four seasonals & specials (See picture(s) on our social media sites.) Thankfully it is winter, which means all four of their seasonals were dark beers: a DIPA, a vanilla Imperial Porter, a double coffee stout, and a vanilla porter that had been aged seven months in bourbon barrels. Needless to say, the last one is going to get the special shout out in this review. Barrel-Aged Vanhilla was strong tasting and delicious in every way. I don’t think I could have done more than a pint of it, given how bold the taste was, but at 9.0ABV why would you need to? The best part about their flights is that they’re all the same price regardless of which beers you’re tasting. (They also offer crowlers and growlers. If beer isn’t your thing, don’t fret; they have ciders and wine options as well.)
There is no kitchen, but bags of chips and pretzels are for sale in the taproom. A food truck is often hired to park outside and if it happens to be a cold winter night, like when I went, they have menus for local delivery food. If flaunting your alcoholism is something you thoroughly enjoy doing, you’re in luck! Still Hill offers merch for sale too.
Every Thursday, “Geeks Who Drink” hosts a trivia night. The taproom was crowded, but not so much so that you couldn’t move around to get a refill. The staff was attentive throughout the chaos of the event. The host of trivia was as good as any and even utilized a TV that the brewery had hanging on the wall for video questions. The entire experience was pleasant, and I imagine I’ll return occasionally for the trivia night.
Overall, I really enjoyed Still Hill Brewery. It was one of the nicest breweries I’ve been to and offered one of the best ranges of beer I’ve seen. It’s definitely worth stopping in whether you’re looking to try new beers or just have a pint and hang out, but do it now, before those seasonals are gone!
Food: Bags of chips, pretzels, food truck, local delivery
Activities: Games, Events (see website), Trivia (Thursdays)
Mug Club: Yes