Looking at a local brewery on a Flashback Friday


The ferryman Charon, whose likeness greets visitors to Fitchburg’s River Styx Brewing on Boulder Drive.

I’m not going to pretend this post was by design, that this was something planned well in advance or something.

I was simply trying to clear a bit of space on my phone by deleting some interviews from the past few months and stumbled across this. I had kinda forgotten I even had it.

What I came across was audio from River Styx Brewing’s first keg tapping party in December. The Fitchburg brewery packed Partner’s Pub for the event, at which it unveiled Cronus Lord of Time, named for a Greek god.


Cronus Lord of Time at Partner’s Pub in Fitchburg.  (SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE PHOTO / JOHN LOVE)

Before going any further, I’d be remiss to mention how good the beer was. It’s an imperial stout poured inky black and had a vanilla presence in its smell. There was a strong cinnamon flavor to it that worked well, followed by a subtle maple syrup sweetness.

It’s something worth seeking out once the doors at River Styx open on Boulder Drive in Fitchburg.

I stole a few minutes of time to talk to Scott Cullen, who owns and runs the brewery wit

How his beers come to be:

“I’ve been into home brewing for over nine years. I’ve been drinking a lot of beers and talking to a lot of people. A lot of it comes from personal experience, knowing the beers I like. There’s a lot of tweaking and a lot of work to get it where you want.”

On his influences:


“I have a lot of influences because I’ve tried a lot of things. It’s not just one or two things. Every brewer i talk to, every beer I taste, they all have an influence on me and what i’m trying to do.”

On Cronus Lord of Time:

“That one’s about seven years in the making. We finally got it to where we wanted and we’re really proud of it. It’s probably going to be one of the beers you see most often at the brewery, at least for stouts.”

Cullen also pointed to Tritons Trident, which he called “our flagship beer,” as a beer he thinks will go over well. He said it’s an American IPA that’s been in the works for eight years or so. Cullen described it at the time as “a lighter, juicy, drinkable” IPA.

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