Traveling south along Rt. 89 from Burlington on a late Sunday afternoon, I diverted to the town of Richmond and stopped at Stone Corral Brewery for some dinner and libations. I had passed through these parts several times, but this was my first true visit.
I was very, very pleasantly surprised. As I approached the entrance, I observed the outdoor seating area/beer garden which looked cozy in the late afternoon sun. Venturing inside, I was greeted warmly by several staff and took a seat at the large bar. I ordered some food (more on this below) and then began a “tasting” of four beers, about 3 oz. each, from the wide selection on tap. The four:
- Crosscut IPA (6% ABV) – a very hoppy IPA
- Trailblazer Vermont Lager (4.9% ABV) – crisp, clean taste
- Palomino Pale Ale (6% ABV) – a decent amber ale
- Wild Red (6% ABV) – a “sour” ale that finished with a tart, cherry taste
For dinner, I had a simple Autumn’s Bounty salad with added Chicken Picks, buffalo-style. The salad had mixed greens, roasted brussel sprouts, pumpkin seeds, cheese, and more. It was excellent. The Chicken Picks consisted of three skewers of roasted chicken pieces in a light buffalo sauce.
As for the beer, Crosscut was the clear winner for me, and following dinner, I ordered a growler to take home.
The Cicerone says: The Stone Corral has a stage and serves up live music and open mic on the weekends.