16 Mile Brewing Company - Inlet IPA
- ABV: 6.1%
- Bottle Size: 12-oz
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 65
- Serving Temperature: 45-50° F
- Suggested Glassware: Pint Glass or Mug
- Malts: Pale, Wheat
- Hops: Galena, Bravo
Pouring a medium to deep amber color with a persistent head of light beige foam, Inlet IPA looks inviting as it rests in the glass and sends its aromas floating over to us. There's a definite caramelized and toasty note on the nose, letting us know this is going to be a fairly malty brew, but we also picked up plenty of citric and floral hop notes along with some stone fruit character and a wisp of pine. On the palate, expect that toasty malt note to come through quite boldly with a prominent dollop of caramel and toffee. Hop bitterness is quite bold, delivering additional flavors of mild grapefruit and citric acidity, stone fruits, light pine, and hints of spice. For pairing ideas, try fish & chips or well-spiced dishes like Indian curried chicken. A snack of aged cheddar is perfect, as well. Cheers!
Co-owners Brett McCrea and Chad Campbell opened 16 Mile Brewing Company in July 2009. After working in other careers, including 10 years in Washington, D.C. for McCrea, the friends wanted to team up to start a local business for the benefit of their families and the local community back in Georgetown, DE. After Chad offered the suggestion of starting a brewery, the two set off on the path to making that happen – a bold choice given the larger-than-life presence of Dogfish Head Brewery just a few miles away.
The McCrea family had owned a sizeable piece of land since the early ‘80s which had previously been a pig, chicken, and cattle farm. A century-old barn on this site made for a perfect brewhouse location – but it needed work. The interior was reinforced and refinished, new brewing equipment was brought in, and soon the beer began to flow. The brewing duo chose 16 Mile as the brewery’s name as nod to Georgetown’s roots; in the 18th century it was said that Georgetown was 16 miles from anywhere.
Rather than focusing on the extreme beers and sometimes over-the-top exotic ingredients that nearby Dogfish Head is known for, 16 Mile wanted to focus on crafting bold but sessionable brews in traditional British styles, with an American twist. It’s a strategy that has paid off, as 16 Mile has experienced strong growth since their opening in 2009 and they’ve expanded, opening an on-site tavern and retail shop where you can have a drink and take home bottles or growlers of your favorite beers. Additionally, 16 Mile has teamed up with other local companies to produce beer-infused artisan foods including bread, coffee, scrapple, and cheddar cheese. For more info on the brewery, their tasting room/tavern, and brewery tours, call 302-253-8816 or visit www.16milebrewery.com.
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