Fresh off the celebration of Big Oyster Brewery’s one-year anniversary at the location on Kings Highway in Lewes, owner Jeff Hamer and his team of brewers and brand representatives are keeping their eyes on the horizon.
“Expanding into new territories is always an exciting time. It’s a lot of work, but we have a solid team and great beer that we’re going to work hard to get in as many hands as we can,” said Mike Anderson, brewery sales director.
Big Oyster has dug in deep in Delaware and Maryland, with beer distribution in all territories east of the Bay Bridge. Team members have hustled hard to make a household name out of beers like Hammerhead IPA and Solar Power, a Belgian witbier brewed with hand-zested organic oranges.
“We've seen a real spike in demand for some of our flagship beers, with bigger bars and restaurants like Seacrets and Fager's Island putting us on tap,” said Andrew Harton, head brewer. “There’s a buzz about our beer and the brand on social media, beer trading sites, and at the brewpub.”
“I get emails daily from guests who’ve tried us while visiting the Eastern Shore and want to know how to get their hands on our beer closer to home, and that’s a huge reason we’re making the push into southeastern Pennsylvania,” said Hamer.
At the pilot location on Coastal Highway tucked inside Fins Ale House and Raw Bar, brewer Red Killpack will get additional space for tanks to ensure that with the increased distribution demand, house favorites, longer-fermenting ales, and funky small batches remain available and stay true to the brands style. The brewery will also be able to expand its barrel-aged program and wild yeast selections.
“We’re so appreciative of our beer friends and family in Delaware and Maryland who have helped us grow at such a rapid rate, and we look forward to continuing to grow and build similar relationships in the southeastern part of Pennsylvania,” said Anderson. He said he has been fielding emails and sales calls about special projects coming up for 2019.
Big Oyster Brewery is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner at 1007 Kings Highway in Lewes. The brewery offers 16 beers on tap and carryout beer to go during operational hours.
For more information, go to www.bigoysterbrewery.com. To book space for private events, call 302-644-2621.