Elk River Brew­ing of­fi­cially opens Satur­day

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER jbellmyer@ce­cil­ Busi­ness Beat is a weekly col­umn on busi­ness hap­pen­ings in and around Ce­cil County. If in­ter­ested in hav­ing your busi­ness fea­tured in this col­umn, con­tact Jane Bellmyer at jbellmyer@ce­cil­ or 443-245-5007.

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 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.

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