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Crooked Hammock, Bennett Orchards collaborate for new brew

Peach sour available for limited time at Lewes restaurant
August 14, 2019

Crooked Hammock head brewer Jon Schorah searches for inspiration wherever he can.

During a recent Historic Lewes Farmers Market – held at Crooked Hammock on Wednesdays –  Schorah had an idea for a new brew – a peach cobbler sour ale.

He talked with Henry Bennett of Bennett Orchards, and the wheels were set in motion.

“He brought me 80 pounds,” Schorah said. “The next week they brought us another 100 pounds.”

Schorah used all 180 pounds and tossed in some cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and let it brew. The result was just was he was hoping for, he said.

“It’s definitely got a good spice to it,” he said. “It’s like a tart peach pie. Henry was here the other day, and we tasted it while it was still in the tank. He was super thrilled with it.”

Called Pass the Sauce, the latest Crooked Hammock brew was officially tapped Aug. 2. It clocks in at 4.8 alcohol by volume, he said.

Due to the popularity of sour ales and IPAs, he expects it to be available for two weeks or less.

Last fall, Crooked Hammock made a Thanksgiving version of Pass the Sauce, with a cranberry-apple flavor.

Crooked Hammock opened in October 2015 and has become a popular destination for tourists and locals. The backyard features several games such as corn hole and ping-pong as well as a playground for children, a fire pit and plenty of hammocks for lounging.

After four years in Lewes, Crooked Hammock is set to expand to Middletown. Under construction off Route 301, the second location is expected to open this fall.