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Delaware’s newest microbrewery is, well, pretty darn micro.
“In fact, we might be the most micro of the microbrews,” laughs Brett McCrea, who, along with partner Chad Campbell, launched 16 Mile Brewery in Georgetown this year.
But from inside the 4,000-square-foot building, the two-man, 15-barrel operation produces big bottles of cold, amber malty goodness. Find Amber Sun Ale, the company’s flagship beer, in massive 22-ounce aluminum bottles at your local liquor store or on tap at Harry’s Seafood Grill in Wilmington and, in Rehoboth Beach, at the Purple Parrot and Arena’s Deli. It’s also offered at Aqua Sol at the Summit North Marina.
McCrea likes the big bottles because people can try it without having to buy a six-pack. And aluminum saves big bucks on labeling and shipping.
McCrea and Campbell, both Delaware natives, spent years perfecting their recipes as homebrewers. “We like the darker beers,” McCrea says. “We like to taste that maltiness in the beers.” Old Court Ale, an American-style pale ale with a bright citrus aroma, launched this fall.
Getting thirsty? Sample some 16 Mile at the March of Dimes Celebrity Chefs event on November 5 at Baywood Greens in Long Neck. —Matt Amis
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