Early suc­cess for Char­ter Oak tap­room

Connecticut Post - - BUSINESS - By Chris Bosak The writer may be reached at cbosak@hearst­medi­act.com; 203-731-3338

With an in­dus­trial look, com­mu­nal vibe and 10-tap sys­tem pour­ing beer made only yards away, Char­ter Oak Brew­ing has opened its tap­room to the pub­lic.

The brew­ery, which was founded in 2011 and has been brew­ing in its new Dan­bury lo­ca­tion for a few months, will ro­tate its own beer cre­ations fre­quently depend­ing on sea­son and de­mand, said owner Scott Val­lely.

“It’s been dy­na­mite. I wouldn’t do any­thing dif­fer­ently,” Val­lely said. “We’ve been open for a few weeks, and Fri­days and Satur­days have been great. We’ll start to spread the word more now.”

Char­ter Oak is open Thurs­days from 4 to 8 p.m., Fri­days from 3 to 8 p.m., Satur­days from noon to 8 p.m. and Sun­days from noon to 5 p.m. The tap­room is avail­able for spe­cial events on Mon­day, Tues­day and Wed­nes­day.

Char­ter Oak Brew­ing will hold a grand open­ing event with lo­cal politi­cians from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thurs­day, June 28.

Val­lely and his wife, Michelle, have manned the bar area since it opened, but he will hire two part­time em­ploy­ees to help serve the craft brews. Char­ter Oak also serves wine from Shel­ter Rock Win­ery in Dan­bury.

Food is not served at the tap­room, but cus­tomers may bring in their own food or or­der from Vroom Ser­vice Now, a Brook­field­based ser­vice that picks up and de­liv­ers food from sev­eral lo­cal restau­rants.

Cur­rent se­lec­tions on tap in­clude a brown ale, Kolsch, ex­tra spe­cial bit­ter and sev­eral IPAs. This week­end, a cask-fer­mented beer will also be avail­able, Val­lely said. Cus­tomers may also have 32-ounce or 64-ounce growlers filled for tak­ing home.

Char­ter Oak’s beers are in more than 400 es­tab­lish­ments through­out Con­necti­cut. Val­lely de­scribed the busi­ness as a “gypsy brew­ery” be­fore open­ing the 10,000 square­foot fa­cil­ity at 39 Shel­ter Rock Road in Dan­bury. The brew­ery in­cludes a five-bar­rel and a 20bar­rel brew­ing sys­tem.

Val­lely, a New Canaan res­i­dent, has been brew­ing beer for 38 years and is joined at the new lo­ca­tion by his wife, brewer Mike Gra­n­oth and sales­man Justin Vi­dal of Dan­bury.

Char­ter Oak joins a growing brew­ing scene in the Dan­bury area that in­cludes Red­ding Beer Co. in Ge­orge­town, Nod Hill Brew­ery in Ridge­field and Bro­ken Sym­me­try Gas­tro Brew­ery in Bethel. Two more brew­eries are ex­pected to open this year in New Mil­ford.

Char­ter Oak Brew­ing may be reached at 203-616-5268.

Chris Bosak / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Scott Val­lely, owner of Char­ter Oak Brew­ing, in the brew­ery’s new tap­room in Dan­bury on Wed­nes­day.

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