Twin Lakes Brewing Co. is moving to Newport from its site in Greenviille.
The company made the announcement on its website on Friday.
The craft brewer will occupy a former warehouse at the headquarters of Harvey Hanna and Associates, a development and commercial real estate company base based in the same building
Twin Lakes also announced it was suspending its tastings and growler refills until the move is completed. The News Journal reported the brewer is shooting for occupancy in September. Growlers are large glass containers that have been a part of the craft brewing industry, with their use later expanded to liquor stores.
Ryan Kennedy, of Harvey Hanna, said the the 3,000 square feet of space that Twin Lakes will be occupying is a former warehouse. “We are in the process of relocating our warehouse to make for an accelerated timeline to accommodate Twin Lakes Brewery.”
Keeping Twin Lakes in Delaware was a collaborative effort, according to Kennedy. “From the Alan Levin and Bernice Whaley at DEDO to Governor Markell, we all worked together with the goal of keeping Twin Lakes in Delaware,” Kennedy said.
According to Kennedy, once word was out on Twin Lakes’ plans to move, “we thought it made sense to reach out as the space is a perfect fit for their operation. They were getting attractive offers from nearby states within the region so as you could imagine we were thrilled that they decided to remain in Delaware and even more excited they decided on Newport. This is a great addition to a very active and high energy business park…we are proud to welcome Twin Lakes Brewery to our family of tenants.”
Kennedy noted the park has “a nice balance between manufacturing, science and technology, real estate , student athletics and club sports (Newport Rowing Club and Olympiad Gymnastics) along with various retail and wholesale operations.”
Twin Lakes was a pioneer in Delaware in adding a canning line for its flagship Pale Ale. Twin Lakes also offers a number of seasonal craft beers and has its products on draft.
Craft brewers began to move to the new packaging as the popularity of more exotic beer types grew. Also concerns subsided aluminum projecting too much of a “Joe six pack” image for the more upscale products.
So far, Dogfish Head, the largest craft brewer in the state and one of the 15 largest in the nation, has stayed with glass containers.
Kennedy of Harvey Hanna says craft brewing is a growing industry that is also aiding the state’s tourism industry.
Twin Lakes, located in a scenic area of the upscale Greenville area, had a limited number of hours to sample, tour and buy its brews.
The site in Newport is a short drive from Interstate 95 and should attract a growing number of visitors seeking out craft beer through a tasting room with longer hours.