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Lunn’s Mill Beer Com­pany opens to big lineup in Lawrence­town

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Lawrence­town’s new brew­ery opened on March 2 – and couldn’t fill bot­tles fast enough.

Lunn’s Mill Beer Com­pany of­fered four brews in a two-hour soft launch but there were so many cus­tomers at the door there was a bit of a wait. No­body com­plained. In fact, the talk was up­beat about beer and there was lots of dis­cus­sion about reds, am­bers, blon­des and IPAS with Brick­yard Red maybe get­ting the nod for the most in­ter­est­ing.

The open­ing was highly an­tic­i­pated, and Bridgetown’s Brian Dauphi­nee was 15 min­utes early, mak­ing sure he was the first of­fi­cial cus­tomer. He bought a big growler of the Brick­yard Red named af­ter Brick­yard Road in Bridgetown.

Some bought the Charm­ing Molly blonde ale named for the lo­cally sig­nif­i­cant schooner that first sailed into An­napo­lis Royal from Boston in 1760 with New Eng­land Planters and live­stock. There was also an English bit­ter called Lunn’s Pub Ale and the first of many IPAS – XPA #1.

The ales were cre­ations of Lunn’s Mill part­ners Mark Reid and Sean Ebert.

Fan­tas­tic

“We’ve had some lim­ited roll­out to friends and fam­ily just to get some early feed­back,” said Reid. “To­day is our first day of sell­ing to strangers. The turnout’s been fan­tas­tic.”

Ebert and a third part­ner, Chad Graves, were kept hop­ping as the lineup never stopped. They of­fered two sizes of growlers – 32 oz and 64 oz screw­top bot­tles. Cus­tomers pay a de­posit but come back to get them re­filled.

Ebert had been up since 6 a.m. and by 5:30 p.m. was get­ting tired. Reid was busy rins­ing bot­tles cus­tomers brought in. And Graves was tak­ing or­ders and car­ry­ing bot­tles back and forth.

When the brew­ery’s tap room is ready, the process will be a lot eas­ier and will be in a pub-like set­ting with ta­bles, chairs, stools – and even­tu­ally food. In fact, work was hap­pen­ing in the tap­room as cus­tomers were get­ting their jugs filled at a makeshift counter – and their hospitality room per­mit is in the mail.

The fourth part­ner, Chantelle Webb, wasn’t able to make the open­ing but made de­liv­er­ies on Fri­day. Lunn’s Mill takes or­ders on­line and makes de­liv­er­ies from their Car­leton Road (High­way 201) lo­ca­tion in the lo­cal area.

Tap­room

Reid said for now open hours are Thurs­days from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., but that will ex­pand when the tap­room opens and brew­ing ca­pac­ity in­creases.

“What we don’t want to do is be con­stantly sold out,” said Reid. “So we’re go­ing to try to pace it and re­serve some for de­liv­ery and keep it spread out.”

Hence the lim­ited open hours cur­rently. Things will change in the near fu­ture when their larger equip­ment ar­rives, pos­si­bly in May, and is up and run­ning. That will in­crease pro­duc­tion from 1.5 bar­rel to five­bar­rel ca­pac­ity per batch.

“So far so good,” said Reid in ref­er­ence to com­ments about the prod­uct. “Ev­ery­body’s been re­ally pos­i­tive and help­ful and sup­port­ive. It’s been nice.”

Com­ing Up

What to expect this Thurs­day? Cus­tomers can still pick up the four avail­able on open­ing day, but Reid and Ebert also have some­thing spe­cial in store to cap off win­ter prop­erly.

“Eclipse, a Black IPA,” said Reid. “Very dark, quite hoppy, but bal­anced by malty body with a hint of roasti­ness. Good for th­ese cold nights by the fire.”

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Mark Reid holds up a cou­ple of growlers of Lunn’s Mill Beer Com­pany prod­uct dur­ing open­ing day of the new Lawrence­town brew­ery on March 2. He is part­ners with Sean Ebert, Chantelle Webb and Chad Graves.

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