This past weekend, DuClaw Brewing Company celebrated their launch in the greater Harrisburg area. In case you couldn’t make it out to their welcome party at Al’s of Hampden on Sunday, fear not, I’ve got the 411 on the latest addition to our local craft beer scene.
DuClaw Brewing originates in Maryland and offers nine flagship beers with a little something for everyone’s tastes. They also brew about 30 seasonal beers as well as the brewmaster’s eXile series which are available for a limited time in bottles.
Locally, you can expect to find their Bare Ass Blonde Ale, Hellrazer IPA, Venom Pale Ale and its cure, Serum, a double IPA, for starters. You should be able to locate some delicous DuClaw goodness at most local beer distributors as well as a few of my favorite beer spots: Al’s of Hampden, Arooga’s Downtown, MoMo’s BBQ Grill and Shady McGrady’s. Or, find DuClaw nearest you.
Last Sunday, Al’s of Hampden threw a huge DuClaw welcome/launch party. For the event, DuClaw brought a crew of about five of their staff and set up shop for an entire takeover. Outside, customers were treated to free samples of their flagship brews as well as a meet-and-greet with Brad and Morgan from DuClaw.
Inside, there was plenty of free swag from coasters to t-shirts plus 18 taps full of DuClaw beer including four firkins. My favorite is a tie between an epic combination of their Euphoria toffee nut brown ale with some caramel and apple that I promise you tastes just like one of those caramel apple lollipops in the best possible way, and their oak-aged Blackjack Stout, which I found to be just dark and smokey enough for my liking.
I sat down with Morgan, DuClaw’s Brewery Operations & Marketing queen, and it was refreshing to find a shared enthusiasm for craft beer with another woman my age. Morgan and I had tweeted a bit beforehand regarding the event, and it was nice to put a face to the name. Through our conversations, I learned that DuClaw is currently experiencing a growth in sales, production and distribution – everything a brewery could want!
Morgan and I discussed our paths to appreciating craft beer as well as her move to working in the industry. Morgan’s current beer style of choice is sour beers, and she hopes that DuClaw brews one of their own soon.
DuClaw received a warm welcome to central Pa. — Be sure to check out this newest craft beer to our area. Welcome to our home, DuClaw!