Wooo hooo! My wife bought me an assorted case of Ommegang Ale for Christmas! :)
We had a wonderful time at the Fordham Brewery last night. We had a great tour and had plenty of beer to sample!
The topic of the Twin Lakes Brewery came up and I was embarrassed to say that I didn’t know very much about the place. Therefore, I took the opportunity to dig up some old articles about the brewery as it opened a year ago. Here they are.
Death and birth. In an odd bit of synchronicity, just as Brandywine Brewing Company in tiny Greenville, Del. was shutting its doors on New Year’s Eve, the brand new Twin Lakes Brewery in the same locale was getting ready to release its first beer. The Brandywine folks say the shuttering is just a hiatus brought on by losing their lease and that they’ll be back in a year or so. No official word, but rumors have that return earmarked for Hockessin, Del. At Twin Lakes, Brewer Mark Fesche, who did a three-year stint at Deschutes Brewery in Oregon, says the first offering is a “traditional ale,” scheduled to come out in January, with a seasonal to follow. They’re aiming to “have Twin Lakes beer available at every tavern in New Castle County” as soon as possible, he added.
The brewery grew out of founding partner Sam Hobb’s desire to save the 220-plus acre Twin Lakes property, where his family has resided for six generations, from development. Twin Lakes is the watershed for both the Brandywine River and White Clay Creek and part of its historic legacy is the legend that the apple tree that sits at the end of the driveway was where George Washington planned the Battle of the Brandywine during the Revolutionary War. I guess we’ll find out if nobility of purpose leads to superiority of beer.
A Taste of Delaware: Twin Lakes Brewery
by Michael Pollock
Profit and preservation on tap for local farm brewery
Behind the unassuming foliage that shrouds Greenville’s Kennett Pike, there’s a storm brewing. No, it’s not the seasonal rainfall, an umpteenth hurricane or early cries for an Eagles Super Bowl victory. And it has nothing to do with politics, local or national. It’s just five guys who are passionate about preserving a local farm—by building a brewery on it.
While Wilmington’s city nightlife captures the 21-and-over crowd just a few miles down the road, the team behind Twin Lakes Brewing Co. wants to provide fresh local beer while making a positive difference in the community. To do this, they’ve constructed a micro-distillery on the historic Twin Lakes farmland in Greenville that will produce ale and double as an educational tour center.
“We’re making a deliberate effort to be integrated into the community,” explains Burke Morrison, 35, of Wilmington, a sales supervisor at Standard Distributing Co. who will handle distribution once the brewery is up and running. “We’re blending into what’s already here,” adds owner Sam Hobbs, 39, whose family has resided on Twin Lakes for six generations. “We don’t want to have an ‘open’ sign in the driveway. Our goal is to not have people see us from the road.”
The project will make Twin Lakes the only freestanding brewing company in the state. Others, like Iron Hill and Dogfish Head, brew their own beer but also serve it on-premise. Morrison is quick to explain the difference.
The Twin Lakes Brewery is located at 4208 Kennett Pike, Greenville, DE 19807 – (302) 658-1826.
Maybe our new club president should give them a call! ;-)
This Thursday, December 8th, the First State Brewers have been invited to join the southern Delaware homebrew club, formerly known as SANDALS, to attend their meeting being held at the Fordham Brewery in Dover. This is a special event for SANDALS, since they usually hold their meetings at the Dogfish Head brewpub in Rehoboth Beach. Homebrew & guests are both welcome! I will be leaving from my house at 6:00. If you’d like to ride down with me, just let me know.
Hopefully to impress our southern homebrewing brethren, I am bringing my newly kegged batch of Dogbolter ale! It tasted super good when I kegged it at midnight last night! I usually don’t brew from kits, but this is one that I used to brew about 15 years ago. I didn’t know they made it anymore, until I saw it in the How Do You Brew store.