Henmick Farm and Brewery opens in Delaware July 16

Written by on July 3, 2021 in Bars, Beer, Beer from Here, Taprooms - 7 Comments

Riddle me this: what is new on the outside, old on the inside, and filled with beer? The answer: Henmick Farm and Brewery, which opens Friday, July 16 in Delaware.

The Sheets family, who has owned the 285-acre farm for over 100 years, razed a 150-year-old barn in Lancaster and transported it to Delaware. The barn was erected on their property and a new barn (shell) was built around it. The result was a clean, weatherproof exterior, with a rustic interior that provided the exact look the family sought. A floor-to-ceiling Rumford fireplace was built on one end of the space and dramatic ceiling lights finished the interior.

Attached to this space is the taproom and production brewery. Although the taproom is new construction, it continues the rustic look with concrete floors, wood beams overhead, and a wood planked ceiling. The bar itself is covered with copper sheeting that will be allowed to patina over time. Behind the bar is a stone wall festooned with 20 taps. Across the taproom from the event space is the brewery itself; separated from the taproom by a glass wall. Step outside to the tiered patio that wraps around the event space and sit by the gas firepit, grab a picnic table, plop down in an Adirondack chair, or best yet, sit on one of the spectacular barn foundation stones that provide unique seating along the periphery. The taproom provides seating for just over 100, while the event space (when not being used for weddings, etc.) adds seating for another 140, plus dozens more on the patio.

With total seating well over 300, you best have enough beer to keep the crowds in suds. A peek through the glass wall into the brewery reveals a 15-bbl brewing system and eight fermenters. This is the domain of former Elevator and Rockmill brewer Zack Cline. His first beer, a Saison, is in the serving tank ready for the grand opening. Currently in the works for that day are a Kolsch, a Pilsner, A West Coast IPA, a New England IPA, a Pale Ale, a hoppy wheat, a citrus wheat, and a pair of fruited kettle sours. Ultimately 15 of their 20 taps will pour house beers, with the remaining providing cocktails from Highbank, Watershed, and Middle West. Wine and liquor will be available as well. Henmick will also be bringing in a mobile canner, so you will also be able to take home a 6-pack.

Henmick Farm and Brewery is located at 4380 Old State Rd in Delaware (actually just north of Kilbourne). Destination Delaware becomes all-the-more appealing as Henmick is about 7 miles northeast of Delaware proper home of Staas, Restoration, Old Dog, Homestead, and Barley-Hopsters; and 7 miles southwest of Marengo the home of Hoof Hearted.

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Bill Babbitt is a retired engineer, beer lover, and freelance writer for Beer Advocate Magazine.

7 Comments on "Henmick Farm and Brewery opens in Delaware July 16"

  1. Donna July 4, 2021 at 11:14 AM · Reply

    This article is very misleading! It says that the brewery will open in Delaware, when in reality, it is in Delaware County, OH!! I researched it’s location and am disappointed! Although it is a great concept, I live in Delaware, and am originally from Lebanon County right above Lancaster County, and am very familiar with Lancaster County, and thought it would be a brewery I would love to visit! But unfortunately I will not be going to Ohio!

    • Cheryl Harrison July 21, 2021 at 3:14 PM · Reply

      Misleading? On a blog specifically about breweries in Central Ohio? lol

  2. Gary & Bev Lee gdlee727@gmail.com July 12, 2021 at 9:57 PM · Reply

    Jo, thanks for the post. The brewery looks great, so if you get a chance, stop over to Kilbourne. Starts on Friday, July 16, 17, 18, and currently plan to be open on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

  3. C.Dill July 13, 2021 at 7:51 AM · Reply

    Was able to have a ” private” tour…FABULOUS!
    Know the family and wish them only the best in their grand opening and would be there on the opening day, but live out of State.
    Lots of hard work went into this new facility…may the grand opening be everything and more the owners hope for! SALUTE.

    • Gary & Bev Lee gdlee727@gmail.com July 21, 2021 at 8:55 PM · Reply

      Thank you for you good words! Nick & Jodi have worked very hard to provide a proper brewery! Along with their staff we think they have done a fantastic job.

  4. Tammi Holloway July 23, 2021 at 4:35 PM · Reply

    Can’t wait to try this place out! Looks amazing!

  5. Robyn P Kinford August 29, 2021 at 12:51 PM · Reply

    We visited today, beautiful interior. Can’t wait for the fall and fireplace.

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