“I started home brewing, probably about 11 years ago. I started to get decent at it and friends and family started telling me I should open a brewery,” said Scott Barbanel, founder of Still Hill Brewery.
After years of telling them they were crazy, Scott Barbanel thought they were on to something. He went through training, got a degree in brewing and started Still Hill Brewery in Rocky Hill about two and half years ago.
“We brew a wide range of beers, so we don’t specialize on any one style. I like all different beers. It depends on my mood,” said Barbanel.
The names on the wall show what’s on tap and the beers are as unique as the names. Sluggy Buggy was created after Barbanel’s son came up with the idea.
“The inspiration can come from anywhere. It can come from me being out at a restaurant or bar and having a beer I really like, and I want to come back and make that style, or customers or my sales staff or my people that work there,” said Barbanel. Read More
Your ticket will include: Great live music to include: B&E (Brian Taylor) and Orb Mellon singing The Blues. We’ll provide a meal ticket for one of our food trucks plus hearty appetizers in the Tap Room. We will, of course, have our beer to include Special New Releases – 3 drink tokens will be included for beer, wine or hard cider. Water or soft drinks will also be available. You will get a sweet limited edition commemorative 2nd Anniversary glass which is a new style from last year and lastly you’ll have a chance to win some great giveaways each hour starting at 1PM. We can’t think of anyone we’d rather celebrate our birthday with than you!
Tucked away in an industrial/business complex in Rocky Hill is true hidden gem: Still Hill Brewery, a microbrewery and tap room that opened just over a year ago.
I was really impressed with Still Hill Brewery’s attention to detail with its decor. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but you’d think you walked into a beautiful rustic space dedicated to the production and consumption of beer. There’s a mural (pictured above) and burlap accents throughout the tasting room. The staff at Still Hill Brewery certainly made the most of their space and utilized someone’s (or a few someone’s) artistic talents to make it feel less like a warehouse and more like a brew pub.
While the decor and aesthetics were lovely, my purpose at Still Hill Brewery was, of course, to taste the beer. Read More Here.
To quote Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, “Valhalla, I am coming!”
This vanilla-flavored, Norse mythology-inspired, high-alcohol-content (8 percent) and intensely flavorful porter is the perfect drink for the winter months. Conditioned on vanilla beans, the beer has a dark velvet flavor, accentuated by strong, but not overpowering, vanilla notes. Imperial porters generally have more alcohol than regular porters, which usually lack the intense roasted flavor of an imperial stout. This drink fits that mold, but the vanilla flavors make it stand apart from other examples of the same style.
The beer is only seasonably available, and although it is distributed on a limited basis around the Rocky Hill area, the best chance one has of trying it is by visiting the brewery itself. Still Hill Brewery celebrates its one-year anniversary this month. It has a beautiful tap room; a large, rustic mural painted by Hartford artist Tao LaBossiere dominates the walls. Read More Here.
We can’t hardly believe a year has gone by but on February 4th it’ll be one year since opening our doors. At Still Hill Brewery we are extremely thankful to our patrons and friends and are amazed of all that has happened. We want to share our first birthday party with you!
Your ticket will include: Great live music to include: B&E, Jeff Wieselberg and the 3 Magneatos. We’ll provide a meal ticket for one of our food trucks which are the famous Ted’s Steam Machine Cheeseburgers and the amazing Curbside Kitchen – Plus a dessert ticket for a Cannoli from the Cannoli’s on the Run! We will of course have our beer with 3 beer tickets included and a special new release – our highly anticipated Momma’s Imperial Little Helper a DIPA that has been brewed specifically to help momma (but it’ll help dad too)!
We will also include a sweet limited edition commemorative 1st Anniversary glass! Water, wine and hard cider will be available for any (we don’t understand) non-beer drinkers. We can’t think of anyone we’d rather celebrate our birthday with than you!
Must be 21+ to enter. A valid ID will be required at the door. We will have a designated driver ticket so that everyone stays safe.
“Beer of the week: Vanhilla – Still Hill” Another great review from “A Brother’s Guide“. Again, we thank you!!
“At Still Hill Brewery in Rocky Hill there is something dangerously delicious brewing. Deep, rich, and dripping with vanilla notes, VanHilla, an Imperial Porter is an absolute knock out on the CT craft brew circuit.”
“…On top of all this, Still Hill tapped a cask of VanHilla with a secret ingredient on Saturday (November 26th). So, those of you in the area should definitely make the trip down to the brewery to sample one of the best Imperial Porter’s in the state, and see it take on a brand new (and mysterious) twist. The cask will only flow until supplies last so the time is now.
If you enjoy getting your hands on a beer that your friends will be envious of, we suggest you get down to Still Hill’s taproom and get a pint of VanHilla while it’s on tap. Take it from us, this one doesn’t stick around for long.”
We are extremely excited to provide a “beer finder” page on our website that will allow you to find Still Hill Brewery Beer. These fine establishments honor us by serving our beer to their patrons. We hope that you will visit their restaurants, taprooms and businesses and of course, please order some Still Hill.
You can easily find the list by clicking our link located at the very top of each of our pages – the link simply says: “WHERE TO FIND OUR BEER”. We are working hard to add more locations that will server our beer. We plan to update this list as we add additional locations. Of course, we are always interested in hearing from you about where Still Hill Brewery beer should be on tap. Please recommend us to your favorite bartender!!
We thank all of you for your continued support. Cheers!
Scott Barbanel, the Head Brewer and Founder of Still Hill Brewery has always been interested in making beer. After receiving a home brewing kit for Father’s Day seven years ago, Barbanel has infused his entrepreneurial drive with a passion for making great beer to create a brewery that manages to set itself apart, while staying completely familiar at the same time.
Just walk into the Still Hill Tap Room and try not to feel at home. From the outside, you might have an idea of what you’re about to walk into. But once you’re sitting down with a flight of delectable brews in front of you, it feels like you’ve been transported somewhere else. The cavernous space has been designed to look like the inside of a barn, and it succeeds. We decided to dismount, and drink till the cows came home.
Still Hill has three selections that are “year round” offerings; Still Hill IPA, Red Storm Ryesing, and Still Hill APA. If you decide to visit (and after this review, I’m sure you will!) then you might encounter a few seasonal offerings, more on those in a minute.
Scott Barbanel, Head Brewer and Founder of Still Hill Brewery, has always had an entrepreneurial drive. He got the passion for home brewing about seven years ago after brewing on a home kit he received as a Father’s Day gift. The combination is paying off. The brewery opened its doors in early February as the first microbrewery in Rocky Hill, CT. Barbanel told Innovation Destination Hartford about the brewery’s future plans and offered advice entrepreneurs who are starting out.
IDH: Give us some background—did you always have an entrepreneurial drive?
BARBANEL: My business back ground is Accounting, Information Technology and Human Relations. I’m currently the controller of a small manufacturer/distributor in Westfield, MA as well as working here at Still Hill Brewery.
ROCKY HILL >> The blank white walls of the Still Hill Brewery inspired a large-scale mural by Hartford artist Tao LaBossiere.
Asked to design a company logo, LaBossiere, a former Cromwell resident, successfully pitched a more extensive use after seeing the space. After 20 hours of labor, he completed the design that is now seen large-scale as a 16-by-43-foot mural.
Transformed by the magic of trompe l’oeil painting, the white space now has become the inside of an old barn with post-and-beam architecture, plank walls, brown bottles and antique signs. Continue reading at The Middletown Press site