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Delaware brewery using beer to help charities

Thursday - 3/8/2012, 9:14am  ET

By JON BLEIWEIS
The Daily Times of Salisbury

GEORGETOWN, Del. - In July 2009, Georgetown natives Chad Campbell and Brett McCrea took their passion for their roots and beer and founded 16 Mile Brewery. Now they're giving a little back.

"We believe there's a lot of heritage and history here ... (and we) thrive by getting involved in the local communities," Campbell said. "We are Delaware guys making beer in Delaware. That's the foundation of it all."

Sales and Marketing Director Claus Hagelman said the brewery produces about 2,500 barrels a year and hopes to expand to 25,000 barrels within the next three to five years. It's focusing on developing its presence within a 100-mile radius.

Campbell said it's paramount to create a local following.

"We are here to embrace the communities that are around us, and we hope it reciprocates," he said. "This isn't a three-, four- or five-year plan. This is a 30-year plan and something we really look forward to continue to develop with the local community. They are our foundation."

The brewery's newest year-round brew, Responders Ale, hit shelves this month, and a portion of six-pack and keg sales will be donated to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

The brewery has also started a series of Collaboration Brews for a Good Cause, in which it teams up with community organizations to create original beers. It will donate $5 from the sale of each keg to the charity.

The series kicked off March 1 with the release of Oyster Stout, a collaboration with beer writer and famed homebrewer George Hummel that produced a dry stout made with a cherrywood-smoked malt and a hint of oyster. Proceeds will benefit the Delaware Bay Oyster Restoration Project to rebuild the population of oysters in the bay.

The next brew in the series will be Sundae Stout, a collaboration with Hopkins Creamery that will yield a chocolate stout brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans and local cherries. It's slated for a July debut, with the charitable cause to be determined.

Down the road, 16 Mile is planning to collaborate with Iron Hill Brewery in Wilmington to create a maple porter to benefit a soup kitchen in northern Delaware. An Oct. 1 release has been scheduled.

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Information from: The Daily Times of Salisbury, Md., http://www.delmarvanow.com/


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