Elk River Brewing officially opens Saturday
Happening this week around the county … Elk River Brewing Company has been open for a couple of weeks, but the tasting room will officially open Saturday at noon with a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon.
”We will have 12 beers on tap,” said Brad Carrillo who, along with his wife, Jessica, owns Elk River Brewing at 112 E. Main St. in Elkton.
That includes seasonal flavors, such as pumpkin ale, dreamt up by Scott Bieber, who has been busy in the brewing rooms tucked underneath the tavern area. Lee Lewis is the general manager.
The grand opening festivities will kick off at noon Saturday, with a new beer released every hour until 8 p.m. A raffle and prizes will offer be offered every hour, with entertainment provided by Tim Trimble from 4 to 8 p.m.
The beers on tap include the C&D Kolsch, Chesapeake Bay Summer Ale, Elk River I.P.A., Susque Stout, Octoraro Red, North East River Pale Ale, Back Creek E.S.B., Craighill Double I.P.A., Sassafras Saison Tapping, Bohemia Belgian Golden, Principio Pumpkin and Altbier.
Although there’s no kitchen at Elk River Brewing Company patrons can still get food.
”We’ve partnered with C3ntral Tavern for food,” Carrillo said, referring to the restaurant across the street at 107 E. Main St. “We will have our own dedicated menu.”
The first microbrewery in downtown Elkton was transformed from a nearly 120-year-old storefront, which has been home to a jewelry store and home energy auditor’s office in the past. The new owners strived to preserve as much of the architecture as possible, including decorative hammered tin ceiling tiles and stone walls.
While Beiber has been brewing his own beer for 30 years, Carillo calls himself a fan of craft beer.
“I like beer and I always wanted to be part of brewing beer,” he previously told the Whig “This was an opportunity for us.”
Jessica said the name for the brewery came easily. The view from the back of the building affords a good look at the Big Elk Creek, which runs to the Elk River.
“We take pride in our area,” she said, noting the couple also started Aspen Property Management in North East. “There’s just something good about Cecil County.”
Likewise, Millstone Jewelers, 130 E. Main St. in Elkton will hold its grand opening celebration at 11 a.m. Friday. Located in what was once Minster’s Jewelers years ago, Millstone Jewelers will sell unique pieces including works by Alicia Mills, owner of the store. The Elkton store is an expansion, with the original store in Oxford, Pa.
The Golden Mule, 1809 Conowingo Road near Rising Sun, continues to build its customer base offering an interesting assortment of food and libations with names as interesting as the name of the tavern itself. Larry McElroy said The Golden Mule is an homage the mascot of Solanco High School, his alma mater.
”I thought it was pretty unique and would make a great name for a tavern,” McElroy said.
He and his business partner, James Gorman, will celebrate “Halloween All October” to include holidaythemed specials. Friend them on Facebook to find out more.
On the menu you’ll find shrimp rolls, crab and shrimp dip, barbecue, wings and all the popular fare.
”The feedback on our flatbread pizzas and non-fryer cooked chicken wings has been phenomenal,” McElroy said. “The wings turn out very light and very healthy using our commercial baking oven and no fryer fat.”
But look for their frozen cocktails too, such as the chocolate strawberry daiquiri and Dirty Girl Scout.
The Golden Mule is open 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 3 to 11 p.m. Fridays and noon to 11 p.m. Saturdays. It is open to adults 21 and over only, bikes are welcome and takeout is available.
Customers of Martin’s Food Store in Rising Sun contributed $5,036 during the store’s Bag Hunger campaign. At checkout customers were asked to make a donation to Ray of Hope Mission Center, the Port Deposit area nonprofit that feeds the hungry.
From Aug. 28 through Sept. 8, the 171 stores in the grocery chain collected $733,000 to be distributed to community feeding programs. According to company officials, this is a record amount for the 10-year-old campaign.
”New Collar Jobs ... How To Fill Them; Satisfying the demand for new types of workers” is the name of an Oct. 17 seminar hosted by the Northeastern Maryland Technology Council
and held at the Cecil County School of Technology. From noon to 4 p.m. the seminar will feature various speakers on the topic of the changing face of the workplace and its employee base. NMTC members pay $30 for the seminar, while the cost is $30 for non-members.
To register, go online to nmtc.org/events. CCST is located at 912 Appleton Road near Elkton.
The next morning, the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce and CCST co-host a business card exchange at the school from 8 to 10 a.m. It’s a chance to network, but to also tour the school and see the wide variety of programs available to Cecil County students. It’s a free event for chamber members.
Nexamp has introduced Maryland’s first community solar project. The Kent Island Solar Project will be located off Woods Road in Chester, Md. It’s a 2-megawatt solar array set up to serve Delmarva Power customers. Set to go online this month, it will go into full operation in the spring. Customers that sign up for one of the 300 slots on the solar grid will receive a discount on their electric bills.
Melissa Parlett has been promoted by APG Federal Credit Union to the role of mortgage loan officer. Parlett has worked for APGFCU for four years, starting in the member service department. With more than 15 years of experience in financial services, Parlett joined the credit union’s mortgage lending team two years ago. She works out of the Cecil County offices.
“Melissa is an excellent addition to our team and is a great resource to our members in explaining the variety of mortgage loan options,” said Dan Wetzel, vice president of mortgage lending. “Our goal is to help each and every member achieve, prosper and grow, and Melissa takes the time to help them through every step of the home-buying process so they can do just that.”
The logo of Elk River Brewery is a feature wall inside the tasting room, which will officially open Oct. 13 at 112 E. Main St. in Elkton.