Trumbull couple opening new brewery in Monroe
The truth is, the Monroe area could really use a place for people to gather and have a beer or two before heading out to enjoy dinner or a quiet evening at home.
At least, that is the hope of Trumbull residents Mark and Tess Szamatulski. The couple, longtime owners of the Maltose Express home brewing supply company on Route 25 in Monroe, are opening Veracious, a brewery and tasting room adjacent to Maltose’s Main Street location.
The name comes from a desire to keep the product “honest,” according to Tess.
“Keep it local, keep it honest and dependable,” she said. “We want to make a world class beer right here in Monroe.”
The local flavor runs through Veracious’ offerings, from hops grown on a Newtown farm to offering their brews on tap at restaurants up and down Route 25.
The brewery will officially open its doors June 20, but Mark Szamatulski said they planned a “soft” opening before that. Also, the Monroe Chamber of Commerce will host a sneak peek celebration for Friday, June 19. The sneak peek will include pizza, fried dough, a tour of the brewery and a free pint, for a $20 registration. Visit monroectchamber.com for information.
The brewery itself contains nine 330-gallon tanks, each specially built in California then trucked across the country. Tess said there would be eight offerings available to start, including two with Monroe themes.
One such brew is called “1823” after the year of Monroe’s founding. Another is “Owd Boreas” named after a large red rooster that was the familiar of legendary Monroe witch Hannah Hovey. “Saison d’Tess” is another local brew, for which Tess devised a recipe that includes peppercorns, and hops-infused honey from bee colonies where the company grows its hops.
Finally, Veracious will feature a brew called “29 Pews IPA” in tribute to the New Canaan church that renovated its interior and donated the red oak and maple church pews, components of which now make up the bar, tables, wall paneling and drink rails.
“It’s something we really hope will involve the community and make Monroe a destination,” Tess said. “Come here, have a beer, then go support other local businesses.”