|Here's the storefront to the brewery. Yes -|
founded by firefighters!
On my way down to the hops conference in Richmond last weekend I made a goal of visiting one of the brewers that bought hops from me after the 2015 harvest. Maltese was the only one of five breweries I hadn't yet made it to, so I was very happy that I could route my trip for a stop!
The brewery (home page) is about two miles from down town Fredericksburg. It's less than a year old - I just learned they'd only been in operation a month or two at the time of the harvest. It was a treat a few weeks later to get the photo of their brewer putting together a pale ale with Hawksbill Hops!
|The firefighting tradition is strong at Maltese Brewing.|
As I walked in, the place was just opening - there was a barbecue food truck getting set up, and a few customers had already settled into bar stools. I got a flight - a wheat ale, a pale ale actually two - their "'Merica" and "Priscilla," and the coffee brown ale. These were all very enjoyable, and while I was sampling, the proprietor gave me a tour.
We had a look at the two barrel brew kitchen and the fermentation room. I also looked into the cold room, and saw all the tasting room areas.
|This mural greats you at the door to the brewery.|
When it is done, they'll even be able to open up the back a little bit to make a beer garden.
The success of this place is a testament to what's happening in Virginia craft beer. It's really been a treat to get to know "my brewers" from around the state. We talked a bit about the 2016 harvest, and it looks like we'll be working together again.
I loved this quote on their webpage:
"We have pride in our jobs and love what we do. These values and characteristics are not just limited to firefighting but carry over to everything we do, including brewing beer! We hope this shows when you drink our beer. Brewing is truly a craftsmanship and we take great pride in it. You're welcome America."
And they have a great motto, too:
Trust a fireman with your life? Then trust us with your beer!