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CBoTB- Hopkins Farm Brewery Part III

This week, in Part III of the Hopkins Farm Brewery story, Co-Founder and Brewmaster, Aaron Hopkins, tells us about the construction of the brewery, the Hopkins Farm Brewery team and, of course, some of the beers!

 

The story picks up in 2018 when Aaron, his father, David Hopkins, and his uncle, Dan Hopkins, decided to explore starting a farm brewery in Havre de Grace.  The first step was to meet with Harford County and have a candid conversation about the actual feasibility of their plan.  When the Hopkins family learned that this was a project they could indeed move forward, the work began: building permits, septic clearances, building design ideas including space allotment for the taproom, offices, bathrooms, cold storage, the brewhouse, and even the most efficient way to deliver the beer to the taproom.

 

The result of over two years of work led to the opening of the brewery in July 2020, a project that involved many ideas, changes and ultimately, well-coordinated teamwork.  Here’s Aaron Hopkins on the Hopkins Farm Brewery… family:

 

(Aaron Hopkins, founder of Hopkins Farm Brewery, talks)

 

The brewing system from ABE Beverage Equipment was discovered by Aaron and his uncle, Dan Hopkins, while attending the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver in 2018.  Then they  traveled to Nebraska for a visit to the ABE plant and finalized their purchase of a new ten-barrel brewhouse.  With a building design finalized, and a brewing system set, construction began for the Hopkins family.  The taproom is all wood and glass with the main framing built on a no-nail timber system, involving massive beams with wooden pegs.  It’s rustic and warm and offers views of the Hopkins Farm and has windows into the brewhouse.  As we continued our taproom conversation, I asked Aaron to tell us about Susquehanna Flats, one of the first beers made at the brewery and on tap now.

 

(Aaron Hopkins, founder of Hopkins Farm Brewery, talks)

 

Aaron makes some really good beer!  And the combination of the comfortable taproom and beautiful views make Hopkins Farm Brewery a place where you’ll feel at home at once and then realize you want to go back again and again.

 

Have a great weekend and make it extra special with a visit to Havre de Grace and some time at Hopkins Farm Brewery.

 

Cheers!

 

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

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