A Milford beer comes to a Milford tavern

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The Chronicle/Logan B. Anderson Eric Williams, founder of Mispillion Brewing Co., left, toasts his Milford-brewed beer arriving on tap at the Milford Tavern with Marion Chandler, of the tavern. Reach Around IPA will begin flowing on Friday evening with a special launch event at the South Walnut Street tavern, beginning at 7 p.m.

MILFORD — Milford’s brewery is coming to Milford’s tavern starting Friday.

Starting Jan. 23, the Milford Tavern will be offering Mispillion Brewing Company’s Reach Around IPA on tap.

The Milford-brewed beer will start flowing during a special launch event set for 7-9 p.m. on Friday.

“We are pleased and excited to offer our customers a product they want that supports not only a local business, but also a local emerging industry,” said the Tavern’s Marion Chandler.

Mispillion Brewing is happy about the partnership too.

“One of the best parts of our business is that we have the opportunity to work with local businesses and the places we like to frequent. Having beer on draft at the Tavern gives us a great chance to support an icon that has built strong ties with the community,” said Lauren Bigelow, Mispillion River Brewing’s sales and marketing ninja.

Ms. Bigelow added that tavern-goers should order the Reach Around IPA for more than just it’s taste, “We are all about supporting the local community, from where we get the fruits in our summer wheat beers to where our spent grains go and we see our presence in the community as a partnership. Anytime we can give back to the people that are keeping us in business, we do. We would love it if people ordered our beers for this reason, but more than anything, we want them to order our beers because they enjoy them.”

Reach Around IPA is one of the first beers Mispillion Brewing brewed. It’s described as a west-coast style India Pale Ale (IPA), it has notes of grapefruit and pine thanks to the aggressive addition of Cascade, Nugget, and Columbus hops. At 6 percent ABV, Ms. Bigelow said, it is one of the smoothest IPAs currently available on the market.

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Mispillion River Brewing Co. Founder Eric Williams pours a beer at the Milford Tavern.

“Our story began on the morning after Eric Williams’ 40th birthday. While most 40-year olds celebrate their midlife crisis with a car and a younger girlfriend, Eric woke up and told his wife ‘Megan, we are going to open a craft brewery in Milford,’” said Ms. Bigelow.

That is what Mr. Williams did.

“After two years of planning, brewing and tasting, traveling the country, and assembling a team of partners, Mispillion River Brewing opened in little Milford, Delaware in the Fall of 2013,” Ms. Bigelow continued. “

The brewery is located in the Milford Industrial Park off of Airport Road.

“While we have one beer on draft at the Milford Tavern, we have nine other ones available at all times in our tasting room. Our tasting room is a great place to start the afternoon, before heading over to the Tavern for some pool,” said Ms. Bigelow. “Our beers can be found on draft in many places in Milford, including Abbott’s and Arena’s. Our cans are available in all of the Milford liquor stores.”

Rich and Claudia Hoomans have owned the Milford Tavern, on South Walnut Street, for more than three decades. Since making a comeback from a fire that forever-changed downtown Milford more than 10 years ago, the Tavern has been offering fun and libation. Along with adding Reach Around IPA to its list of offerings, the Tavern has created special events. Earlier this month, the bar featured musicians James Marquardt and Danny Beck for a night of acoustic music.

We are really excited to have our beer here, especially here at the Tavern,” said Mispillion Brewing Founder Eric Williams.

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Along with adding Mispillion Brewing to its list of offerings, the Tavern has recently created some special events. Earlier this month, the bar featured musicians James Marquardt and Danny Beck for a night of acoustic music. Check out a video of their performance on The Chronicle’s Facebook page.

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