Hazy Afternoon at the Stone Corral Brewery

This is the Cicerone’s second review of Stone Corral Brewery (see the previous one here). In addition to the fantastic beer, visiting this brewery brings some side benefits: 1) the pub-style food is fantastic (on this day our party shared the cheesy potatoes and some craft-tacos), 2) Richmond is a gorgeous, quaint little town with some interesting shops and restaurants, and 3) if you’re a cyclist, it’s sits abreast many of the popular bike routes in the area.

May 27, 2018 - The Bar at Stone Corral Brewery in Richmond, Vermont

On this day, however, I mostly came for the beer experience. It was a cloudy and hazy day, so we stuck to the bar area instead of the beer garden outside. I decided to sample four of their beers, plus another wildcard beer; here is what I found:

May 27, 2018 - Samples at Stone Corral Brewery in Richmond, VermontBramble (6.0% ABV) This sour ale is made with the juice of wild blackberries, and those aromas and tastes shine through. Excellent all around.
Appearance: 4.4 | Aroma: 4.2 | Feel: 4.4 | Taste: 4.5 | Overall: 4.6

Cherry Wild Red (6.0% ABV) Another sour; this time the beer is aged for four months in sour cherries. In addition, it uses the brittanomyces yeast, further giving it a distinctive taste.
Appearance: 4.3 | Aroma: 4.4 | Feel: 4.5 | Taste: 4.6 | Overall: 4.6

Scotch Ale (7.2% ABV) Brewed in the Scotch tradition, this beer is malty and smokey and finishes strong. With a nod to tradition, you get a “pulled” pint.
Appearance: 4.6 | Aroma: 4.1 | Feel: 4.2 | Taste: 4.4 | Overall: 4.4

Palomino Pale Ale (6.0% ABV) This is one of Stone Corral’s classics and a fine drinking IPA. Dry-hopped with Amarillo, Sterling, and Willamette, the aromas and flavors are abundant.
Appearance: 4.5 | Aroma: 4.2 | Feel: 4.2 | Taste: 4.5 | Overall: 4.5

Framboise (6.0% ABV) As a wildcard, I was also able to taste the Framboise … a sour made with ripe red raspberries. Another pleasant sour.
Appearance: 4.7 | Aroma: 4.4 | Feel: 4.4 | Taste: 4.6 | Overall: 4.5

The Cicerone says: Stone Corral has a wide array of ales on tap, from the bitter to the sour, from the light to the dark … and best of all, they are all of high quality. As summer approaches, I strongly recommend stopping by and picking up a growler of one of their sours to enjoy on your deck!

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