MILANVILLE, Pennsylvania – After a locally acclaimed first year and a Hoptoberfest to top it all off, Second District Brew Farm returns for a rejuvenated new season. Throughout 2022, summer weekends will be filled with farm-fresh beer and a series of guest chefs and events.
Located just north of Honesdale, the Brew Farm sprawls up a rolling Pocono hill. At the center of it is the Tasting Room – a converted, airy airplane hangar with expansive seating and a rotating selection of drafts from Philadelphia’s Second District Brewing.
A bespoke pizza oven is new this year, producing wood-fired pies with farm-grown vegetables and Calkins Creamery cheeses made just down the road. A rotating lineup of regional chefs will also complement the weekend menus. The seasonal market is also new this year, selling eggs, produce and some craft brewery staples, all picked directly from the farm.
Outside the tasting room, beyond the grove of shady hammocks and fire pits, are the hop fields. A blend of Centennial, Cascade, Sorachi Ace, Brewers Gold and experimental hop varieties are grown and harvested here, then sent to Philadelphia to brew the distinct beers for which Second District has become known. And the NEPA Outpost isn’t just a scenic place to drink Second District beers and lagers. It’s also part of a very unique sustainable brewing process.
“The farm and our brewing process have become intertwined,” as brewer Ben Potts describes it. “All of our spent grain from every batch of beer we make goes back into the earth, and in turn we get fruit and hops for brewing and produce for cooking. It has become an integral exchange with the earth and one of the greatest ways to reduce our carbon footprint, as brewing requires many natural resources.
The symbiotic relationship between farm and brewery is on full display at Second District Brew Farm. Visitors are welcome to roam the grounds and view the entire property, from the hops on the vine to the laying hens. Every weekend, the farm is open from noon until dark with rotating seasonal drafts for summer sipping, as well as growlers and packaged beer to go.
About Second District Brew Farm
The PA-Preferred Farm is the agricultural home of Second District Brewing. A variety of hops are grown here, which are the forefront of the farm and the backbone of Second District beers. The tasting room and all farm amenities are open to the public seasonally beginning Memorial Day weekend.
About Second District Brewing
One of Philadelphia’s few local breweries, Second District grows hops on its farm in Milavnille, Pennsylvania, and brews them in South Philadelphia. For the past five years, Second District has been rooted in the Newbold area, serving thoughtful ales and lagers to the neighborhood.
About Ben Potts
Ben Potts has been brewing in the Philadelphia area for over 14 years, working with some of the area’s most well-known breweries. With a training strongly focused on experimentation and pushing the limits of what we call “beer”. Ben has done it all – from working with exotic fruits and spices, barrel aging, mixed fermentation techniques, to some of the most unconventional brewing ingredients possible. With that in mind, Ben brings all of his experience to the Second District, creating offbeat flavors, classic-inspired styles and everything in between.
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