31 January 2009
Because so many people have asked about a post I did earlier today...I thought why not add more info.
The new brewpub I mentioned earlier will be called Shawnee Craft. It will officially be a brewery & restaurant and located at the Shawnee Inn & Golf Resourt @ Shawnee on the Delaware. For those unfamiliar, this is in the Delaware Water Gap National recreation area and is managed by Peter Kirkwood (a avid brewing fan himself). As I mentioned already, the brewmaster will be Leo Bongiorno (formerly of Butternuts Brewery) and Leo tells me he is aiming for a late March 2009 opening. Coincidentally his first beer will be a stout, just in time for St Pat's day. Leo mentioned a Milk Stout, a a wheat, an amber and a lighter Pilsner style lager as his core beers with some special brews as time allows.
But here's the kicker. Leo plans to specialize in not only Kentucky-Bourbon-barrel-aged beers but it turns out Leo's specialty will be Belgian Flanders-style sour ales. Leo will be brewing some strong ales to "break in" the barrels followed by a re-use of the barrel for his sour ales. Should make for an interesting mix of unique beers.
By the way I've seen the photos and these barrels are BIG,a nd he has about 30 of them just to start! Stay tuned and thanks Leo...
"Fidelis in naturem, in artem fidelis." Translated, that's "True to nature; true to the craft."...the logo and branding for the Shawnee Craft beers.