Category Archives: Openings

16 Mile Taphouse Opens in Newark, DE; Replaces The Stone Balloon Winehouse

In the space formerly occupied by The Stone Balloon Winehouse, 16 Mile Taphouse has planted roots with an impressive craft beer menu, making it a premier beer destination in northern Delaware. Naturally, the beer list includes all of the available varieties from 16 Mile Brewery including the Amber Sun Ale, Old Court Ale, Inlet India Pale Ale, Blues’ Golden Ale, Peter’s Deptford Addiction, Long Ben E.S.B., and Responders Ale.

16-mile-taphouse-barDuring the conversion from The Stone Balloon Winehouse, the bar was overhauled to include a new 20-tap draft beer system. I was hoping for a little more variety with a few guest beers on draft, but I’m told the only beers on tap will be the 16 Mile brews.

The beer menu also features over 100 bottled and canned varieties, including a few ciders, and even Crabbies Ginger Beer.

Photo: The Stone Balloon Winehouse Facebook Page

Have you been to 16 Mile Taphouse? How’s the beer? How’s the food? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Former Dogfish Head Brewer Joins Jailbreak Brewing Co. in Howard County, MD

Ryan Harvey, former head brewer at Dogfish Head in Delaware, will be the lead brewer at the newly-formed Jailbreak Brewing Company in Laurel, MD. The brewery is being started by Justin Bonner and his business partner Kasey Turner.

The 20 barrel brewery will begin construction late this fall when brewery equipment is scheduled to arrive – so be on the lookout for early batches in the Spring of 2014.

The two report that they will start with four flagship beers – an IPA, a double IPA, a blonde, and a stout or porter.

For more on this story, visit The Baltimore Business Journal.

Iron Hill Brewery Opens 10th Location in Voorhees, NJ

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant founders Kevin Finn and Mark Edelson will celebrate the opening of their second New Jersey location at Voorhees Town Center with a festive toast.

Mayor Michael R. Mignogna, along with the Iron Hill owners, will come together for a ceremonial “First Pour” from the beer taps.  The restaurant, Iron Hill’s tenth location, will officially open to the public at 5 p.m., Friday August 9th, 2013.

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Mad Fox Brewing Company To Open Taproom

Mad Fox is Coming to DC

Brewer Bill Madden to Expand Award-Winning Concept with Opening of Taproom in Glover Park by First Quarter 2014

Falls Church, VA – Following last month’s festive celebration of the third anniversary of its flagship brewpub in Falls Church, Mad Fox Brewing Company announced today that it will expand to Washington, DC, with plans to open a 4,590 square foot taproom at 2218 Wisconsin Avenue, NW in Glover Park. Mad Fox Brewing Company Taproom (Mad Fox Taproom), a 127-seat neighborhood establishment, is slated to open by the end of first quarter 2014, depending on the renovations needed and the permitting process.

“Glover Park is a wonderful neighborhood that deserves a great beer bar like the Mad Fox Taproom,” said Mad Fox CEO and Executive Brewer Bill Madden. Mad Fox has been searching for a location in the Nation’s Capital for the past 20 months, scouting out 27 neighborhoods throughout the District.  “Glover Park offers an ideal fit for our concept and shares similarities with Falls Church in its demographics and overall environment.  And just like in Falls Church, we look forward to becoming an active and positive member of the community, contributing to both the economy and the culinary options of the area.”

The Mad Fox Taproom will showcase its award-winning handcrafted beers with draught and English-style cask service, with up to 24 draught and cask options. Diners can expect a full menu with appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, salads and small plates.

“All of the beers will be brewed in Falls Church in our 15-barrel brewery. We have plenty of capacity in our brewery and we’ll be able to serve all of our Falls Church fans, wholesale clients and the Glover Park taproom without any compromises.” Madden said. “Though the spotlight will be on our beers, our food is a key part of our concept and will help the taproom evoke a brewpub environment.”

Opening in Washington, DC has been part of the business model ever since Madden and business partner Rick Garvin formulated the Mad Fox concept in 2007. Though the pair eventually settled on Falls Church as its home base, Madden has experience expanding brewing concepts in the region.  He served as Executive Brewer at Capitol City Brewing Company where he helped grow from one to five locations during his 10-year tenure.

Madden hopes to have the details finalized in time to take possession of the property in September. Assuming permits and renovation go briskly, the Mad Fox Taproom could be open as early as first quarter 2014.

“Building upon the success of our Falls Church location, we fully expect the Mad Fox Taproom to become a Glover Park destination, with craft beer lovers from all over DC coming to taste our beers.” Madden said. “I’m a big believer in ‘a rising tide lifts all boats,’ and I expect other Glover Park businesses to benefit from our presence, like they have in Falls Church. I can’t wait to bring the Mad Fox atmosphere and experience to the iconic city of Washington, DC.”

The original Falls Church location of Mad Fox Brewing Company is situated between Tysons Corner and Arlington at 444 West Broad Street in Falls Church. Mad Fox has taken home numerous nationwide awards since opening its doors three years ago under Madden’s leadership.  This year alone, Mad Fox earned two “Best of 2013” honors by readers of Northern Virginia Magazine:  Brewpub and Guy’s Night Out.

Additionally, the Falls Church brewpub remains active within the community and proudly sponsors many civic events, local festivals and business activities.  A leader in the craft beer field, Mad Fox beers are featured at Nationals Park and eleven of the best craft beer bars in DC, and this week is a sponsor of DC Beer Week.

Not just a spot for beer connoisseurs, the cuisine at the Mad Fox Falls Church location has received critical acclaim as well.  The brewery features a seasonal menu with items made in house from scratch—Executive Chef Andrew Dixon prides himself on using locally sourced produce, meats, cheeses and other farm fresh ingredients.

For additional information or to make reservations, visit the Mad Fox Brewing Company online at or call 703.942.6840.  Free garage parking is available and the Falls Church brewpub is centrally located between the East Falls Church and West Falls Church Metro Stations. Follow Mad Fox on Twitter: @MadFoxBrewing or on Facebook: MadFoxBrewing.

The Ram Opens Brew Pub In Issaquah

The Ram Restaurant & Brewery has opened a new location in Issaquah, Washington. The restaurant was open for lunch on September 30, and will continue to offer lunch and dinner service 7 days a week.

The Ram has many brew pub locations across Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Oregon, and Washington. The Issaquah location is the eleventh location in Washington.

Unknown Brewing Co. To Open In Charlotte's South End

Charlotte is quickly becoming a beer town, with several craft brewery already in operation. The latest addition, Unknown Brewing Company, hopes to be up and running by October of this year. Unknown plans to have a 30 barrel brew house. The brewery is to be run by Brad Shell, who has worked in the past for Terrapin Beer Company (Georgia), and Rogue Ales (Oregon).

At the time of this post, the Unknown Brewing website does not yet have any information on what styles of beers it intends on brewing. More to come.

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Victory Brewing Company Announces New Brewpub In Kennett Square, PA

Victory Brewing Company has announced plans to expand and open a second brewpub location in the quiet town of Kennett Square, PA (about 30 miles west of Philadelphia). Kennett Square is also known as the mushroom capital of the world, and is home to a huge mushroom festival, usually held on Labor Day weekend.

In a press release, Vice President of Retail Operations, Matthew Krueger states, “The announcement is a culmination of nearly a year’s worth of planning and effort, and we couldnt’ be more excited than we are today to finally confirm for out excited fans, who have been asking, that yes we are in fact headed to Kennett!”

According to the release, the new brewpub is to be called Victory at Magnolia, and will accommodate a 250 seat restaurant and will house a 5 barrel brew house.

Read the full release.