On a warm mid-September day, I had the fun opportunity of visiting Twin Lakes Brewery in Greenville, Delaware. Owner, Sam Hobbs gave me the grand tour of the historic farmhouse where the brewery operates out of daily. They’ve done a fantastic job of staying true to their Brandywine Valley heritage, while utilizing modern sustainable energy to maintain their brewery. I easily could have been convinced to join the crew for a ‘taste test’, but unfortunately a mid-day happy hour just wasn’t in the cards. Please enjoy reading about our local brewery that has made its mark in the area over the last five years.
Twin Lakes Brewing Company produces roughly 2,000 barrels of beer per year. Beers produced by Twin Lakes include Route 52 Pilsner, Greenville Pale Ale, Tweeds Tavern Stout, Winterthur Spring Wheat Ale, Jubilicous Holiday Ale, and Caesar Rodney Golden Ale. The names of these beers come from the rich history of the brewery and its surrounding area.
Q&A with Sam Hobbs, Owner of Twin Lakes Brewery:
What year did you start Twin Lakes Brewing Co.? What was your inspiration?
We started Twin Lakes Brewery in 2006 and our inspiration came from 9/11. That day taught us that you must live life to the fullest, and understand that everyday just might be your last, and believe that no better day exists than today – sitting with family and friends enjoying a fresh-local-delicious beer.
Can you tell me a little about the building Twin Lakes Brewery is based in? What is the history of the building and how did you renovate it to fit the brewery’s needs?
A converted art studio and tractor barn houses our 25 barrel, steam-fired, gravity-fed, five vessel brew house and tasting room at the historic Twin Lakes Farm (est. 1826) in Greenville, Delaware. The tasting room, originally an art studio of George “Frolic” Weymouth, has a wonderful, historical feel and an old world charm and offers a relaxing atmosphere to unwind in while tasting sensational beers. The brewery hosts intimate corporate and private gatherings as well as seasonal festivals and charitable fundraising events.
How have your beers grown and changed over the years?
Twin Lakes Brewing Company is passionate about preserving the art of American brewing. The hallmark of our fresh-local-delicious beer is that the beer is produced exactly the same today, as it was when we first started. Our growth in production has doubled due to the popularity of the Greenville Pale Ale, “our #1 seller!” which is now available in both Delaware and Pennsylvania.
For more of Bree’s interview with Sam Hobbs, visit the Dilwyne Designs blog.