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Ellington’s Cold Creek Brewery Wins Onyx Secret Stash Beer Bash

By September 23, 2016Connecticut, Top News
Sean Piel of Cold Creek Brewery in Ellington. Cold Creek Brewery took home first place in the Secret Stash Beer Bash.

Onyx Spirits Company, creators of Onyx Moonshine and Onyx Secret Stash Whiskey, in partnership with Goodwin Community College in East Hartford, presented the second annual Secret Stash Beer Bash on August 28 on the college’s campus. The event first came to fruition last year when Adam von Gootkin and Pete Kowalczyk, co-founders of Onyx Moonshine, also based in East Hartford, received requests from area craft breweries to use their spent whiskey barrels to age their beer. Turning it into a competition, von Gootkin, Kowalczyk and Goodwin College created the event, where each participating craft brewery received one Secret Stash whiskey barrel to create their beer. The beers were then presented to festival attendees who would pick the winning beer.

Cold Creek Brewery of Ellington took home the top slot this year. Cold Creek Brewery, which celebrated its first anniversary in July, will receive the rest of the barrels and exclusive commercial rights to the name, “Secret Stash” to make its limited edition release beer. Olde Burnside Brewing Company of East Hartford won second place, followed by Thomas Hooker Brewing Company of Bloomfield.

Proceeds from the event benefit Goodwin College’s scholarship fund. von Gootkin said, “All the barrels used in the competition will head back to the distillery, to be refilled with whiskey to take on the flavor profile of the different beers that were in them. We’ll be offering tastes exclusively in our tasting room and raising additional monies for Goodwin.”

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