Friday, November 18, 2016

Veracious Brewing Company (Monroe) Wants to Add Food Trucks

When Tess and Mark Szamatulski opened the Veracious Brewing Company on Route 25, the idea was to give people a chance to drink quality craft beer and wine while being a part of a grander experience.

For most in the brewing world, that includes good food — often from a local food truck on the grounds.

But due to a town “peddler law” prohibiting the selling of items from a vehicle, outside of receiving a special one day permit, Veracious has been unable to bring the popular collaboration into their business plans.

“People want food trucks,” Tess Szamatulski said. “It’s not a bad thing. It’s just the convenience.”
They can point to Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford, which uses food trucks to feed staff and visitors several times a week, and is hugely successful...

Veracious Brewing opened in 2015 at 246 Main St. (Route 25). It’s now offering craft brewed IPAs, lagers, stouts and ales with names like Bloobs, Black Velvet, 29 Pews, Jack’d Up Pumpkin and Johnny The Destroyer.

On their website,, a bright orange Pizza Pie Wagon is ever-hopefully on display.

At Two Roads in Stratford, brewery patrons are already making the most of food trucks on the premises.

“When we first opened we didn’t have any foods,” said Tasting Room Manager Ted Pert. “We just had little snacks and stuff.”

Back then, patrons ordered food and had it delivered to the brewery, same as Veracious does now. But having the trucks on the grounds brings in even more business.

“When we’re thinking about food trucks, we think about beers we have and think about how it will complement and go well with their food,” Pert said.

“My passion for craft beer is really a cultural appreciation and the two outstanding features of that are food and drink,” he said.

There was no legislation in Stratford, however, that would have prohibited Two Roads from bringing in food trucks, said Pert. “As far as I know there was never any red tape,” he said...

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