Fresh. Local. Delicious. These three words are the mantra of Twin Lakes Brewing Company, located in Greenville, Delaware. Twin Lakes, founded by Sam Hobbs and five of his friends, is steeped in history. The farm where the brewery is located has been in Sam’s family for seven generations and dates back to George Washington. Sam grew up with visitors coming to the farm as it is well known in the area for ice skating, so creating a brewery where visitors would come was a natural progression for him.
The brewery tour begins in the art studio that originally belonged to Sam’s Uncle, George “Frolic” Weymouth, who is known for founding the Brandywine Conservancy and is also famous for his egg tempra art. From the balcony of the art studio, visitors can see one of Scott Labaido’s famous paintings, “Flags Across America”, painted on the brewery roof. In addition, the Twin Lakes tasting room houses many pieces of art from local area artists.
Twin Lakes Brewing Company’s logo is prominent throughout the brewery. The logo depicts everything the brewery stands for, including fresh local ingredients, a focus on the local community and delicious taste. Hand-painted growlers created by Paul Rominick, a master potter, are beautifully displayed around the room as well.
Twin Lakes Brewing Company focuses on preserving the arts, preserving the environment and hand-crafted brewing, while remaining true to their motto of “fresh, local and delicious.” According to Sam, the motto translates very simply:
- Fresh – Twin Lakes only uses the original four ingredients – mineral-enriched water from the George Washington well, whole-flower hops (no hop pellets), cultured brewer’s yeast, and the best grains to create an all-natural, living beer, like beer was brewed when it first came to the United States.
- Local – As one of the few breweries that charge for tours, Twin Lakes donates hundreds of tour packages yearly to non-profit corporations for use in fundraising. Members of the community often stop at the brewery to have a fresh beer and fill their half gallon growler to take home. Twin Lakes does not intend to sell beer outside of a 100 mile radius of the brewery. They also try to source as many ingredients locally as possible.
- Delicious –Twin Lakes is not an extreme brewery as they produce extremely drinkable beer. The alcohol content is between 5 and 6 percent, making them full flavored and easily drinkable.
All the craft brews at Twin Lakes have names related to the brewery, the surrounding area or other connections to Delaware. Their signature beer, Twin Lakes Greenville Pale Ale, is named after the town the Brewery is located in. Their Twin Lakes Route 52 Pilsner is named after the road the Brewery is located on, Route 52, which is also Delaware’s first National Scenic Byway. Their Twin Lakes Tavern Stout is named after the oldest tavern in Delaware, while Twin Lakes Caesar Rodney Golden Ale is named after the Delaware signer of the Declaration of Independence. The name of Twin Lakes Jubilicious brew comes from the joy of ice-skating at Twin Lakes during the winter holidays. They even produced a “once-off” batch of ale, called Twin Lakes VP Ale in honor of America’s Vice President.
Twin Lakes Brewing Company ships their cold beer in kegs and cans, not bottles, as they believe kegs and cans preserve the quality of the beer better. Sam often says that “We are our logo” and is proud to be able to offer fresh, local and delicious craft brews to the community where he grew up. For more information on Twin Lakes Brewing Company, or to arrange a tour, visit their website at TwinLakesBrewery.com.