Tierney and I had the opportunity to check out Molly Pitcher Brewing Co. which opened late 2014 in downtown Carlisle, Pennsylvania. It’s an exciting time for craft beer in our state. Breweries are opening on what feels like a monthly basis. This feeling might even be confirmed once the 2014 Brewers Association stats come out. So many good beers all around us.
Carlisle, PA was established circa 1751 and is steeped in history. It’s known most famously for its role in the American Revolutionary War as a munitions depot. That location later became the renowned U.S. Army War College. Folks like Benjamin Rush, George Washington, James Buchanan, and Jim Thorpe knew the town of Carlisle well. And, the revered Molly Pitcher is buried in the cemetery just a block away from the new brewery aptly named after the war legend.
Molly Pitcher’s taproom boasts 9 flagship beers all of which carry Revolutionary War inspired names:
While visiting, I opted to do a flight and was able to taste every one. Each was well-crafted, clean and true to its style. I like that there are a variety of tastes offered. Personally, I don’t like to drink the same thing all the time. Sure, everyone knows that I’m an IPA Girl. But I also appreciate a solid, biscuity, lightly sweet Kolsch or a toasted, nutty ESB (Extra Special Bitter) with a slight caramel note.
NOTE: Don’t fear the ESB. It DOES NOT mean that the beer is outrageously bitter. In fact, the beer has more of a malt flavor than it does bitterness. Do you like nut browns or red ales? Try the Redcoat ESB and you’ll see why you should be drinking this classic English-style beer.
I had tried the War Ball Wit at a sampling event before the brewery opened back in the fall. So I was anxious to get my hands on some more. I think I’m drawn to the orange notes that intermingle with biscuit and cinnamon.
Surprisingly, my most favorite of the evening was the Patriot Pale Ale. While I like pale ales, it’s not a style that I usually rave about. Pale ale’s are good. Patriot Pale Ale is juicy good. Like citrus bomb good. I will drink this when I visit Molly Pitcher Brewing Co. EVERY TIME.
It especially paired well with the Horner’s slow-roasted, pulled pork BBQ sandwich served with Martin’s kettle-cooked potato chips. Both Horner’s Corner BBQ & Grill and Martin’s are local to the Central PA area.
There are a few tasty, reasonably priced snack items available for purchase while you’re enjoying fine brew in the taproom:
- Beef Hot Dog with Chips: $3
- Sausage on a Bun with Chips: $4
- Horner’s BBQ Sandwich with Chips & Slaw: $6
- Keswick Creamery Artisan Cheese Plate: $8
- Wenger’s Beef Sticks (Pepper or Sweet): $1 each
I should mention that while the 32 seat taproom is completed, the brewery area is awaiting their 7bbl brew house to be installed. Right now the brewers, Zachary Ziegler and Tim Fourlas, are brewing twice a day, every day on a SABCO Brew-Magic to keep up with the three days the taproom opens up to pour us thirsty imbibers our suds. Once the larger brewing equipment is in full swing, look for extended hours/days that you can visit Molly Pitcher.
CURRENT TAPROOM HOURS (as of Feb 6, 2015)
- Tuesdays 3 pm to 7 pm
- Thursdays from 3 pm to 7 pm
- Saturdays from noon to 6pm
Another benefit of the larger system will be a the ability to add more beers to their taps. The new brews won’t be flagship offerings but rather one-off varieties that the brewers can experiment with and get creative. This line will be called Taste of the Taproom and will be available as a limited edition.
While Molly Pitcher has a mug club, you should know that it is already sold out. If interested, be sure to ask the bartender if they have plans to expand the club or note when the club renews for the year.
GROWLER FILLS COMING SOON – stay tuned for more details when growler fills will be available.
PHOTOS FROM OUR VISIT
A BIG ‘THANK YOU’ TO OUR HOSTS
Good beers. Good food. Good times at Molly Pitcher. Everyone was very helpful and attentive. We will be back!
From left to right: Tierney Pomone (Stouts & Stilettos Founder), Shannon Wert (Bartender), Mike Moll (Operations Manager), Zachary Ziegler (Brewmaster) and me.. Chelsie Markel.
Check out Molly Pitcher’s website for more info: http://mollypitcher.com and their facebook page for updates and alerts: https://www.facebook.com/MollyPitcherBrewing
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