The 16 Mile Significance
The 16 Mile Brewing Company name harkens back to the late 1700’s when Georgetown was still known as Pettijohn’s old field, a rather isolated town, centrally located in Sussex County. The area was “16 miles from anywhere” in the county and was the best place for farmers, merchants, and politicians to meet to conduct official business. Georgetown replaced Lewes as the County Seat when numerous petitions were sent to Delaware’s General Assembly requesting that the move be made to accommodate all county residents. (For more information see “16 Miles from Anywhere: A History of Georgetown, Del., by William J. Wade.)
The Story Of Our Beers
Here is a little more information about the unique Delaware sights that inspire our beers.
Amber Sun Ale
The Lewes Breakwater Lighthouse situated just West of the sandy cape of Cape Henlopen. This is one of the few lighthouses on the east coast where you can experience the sunset behind a lighthouse without getting on a boat. This amber sunset is what we used as the name for this beer. http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=454
Old Court Ale
The original courthouse in Georgetown was erected in 1791 and served as the seat of government for the Sussex County until 1837 when it was sold and moved to allow construction of a new courthouse. The original building has been restored, and currently serves as a museum for visitors to enjoy.
Blues' Golden Ale
The Delaware Blues were Delaware's first regiment in the Continental Army brought to arms in 1775. The Blues fought in most major battles of the Revolutionary War and would last until 1783 when they were disbanded. The picture on our bottle is the monument of this group of brave men that stands outside of Legislative Hall in Dover, DE.
The Indian River Inlet is situated between Dewey and Bethany Beaches in Sussex County, Delaware. The Inlet connects the Atlantic ocean to the Indian River Bay. Both bodies of water are important to recreation and quality of life in our great state. In 2009 a project began to construct a new bridge across the inlet; those that visit the area can witness its progress.
Since the beginning of our great nation, Delaware has remained mostly an agricultural state. The harvest seasons are a part of life here in our state, and we give thanks to those who feed our communities.
Originally created for our local fire department's annual fundraiser, this beer has since become a big part of our company. The same would go for the men and women who put their lives on the line everyday to protect each and everyone of us. 90% of all firefighters in Delaware are volunteer. Delaware is the only state in the country with a state capital which is protected by a volunteer fire department. We salute and give thanks to the men and women of our local Police, EMS, and Volunteer Firefighters. For them its not a job, it's a way of life. http://www.dvfassn.com/