I just recently attended the Kennett Square Craft Beer Festival. It has been quite a few years since my last visit and one of the things I remeber most was my visit to the Weyerbacher booth. That was actually the first time I tried Weyerbacher craft beers and they stood out as one of my favorites.
The Early days
Like other Brewery owners, Dan Weirback started as a home brewer. Dan was becoming quite interested in the growing beer scene. On a weekend trip to Vermont, Dan and his wife Sue became inspired after visiting Long Trail Brewery. But it was Sue who encouraged Dan to open a brewery. Two years later Weyerbacher Brewery was born.
Because of the succsess and rapid growth, Weyerbacher was unable to sustain their quaint brewpub and focused on their big brews.
Beyond The Basics
Weyerbacher brews some big beers. While IPAs represnt a flagship beer for many breweries, Merry Monks, a Belgium Style Tripel rules the lineup.
Weyerbacher has become quite busy recently, increasing their square footage by 7500, and a two year re-branding that’s keeping them up to date with the astounding growth.
After a two year re-branding, they have produced some impresive labels and a really cool logo.
Here are some before and after pics.
But what has really caught my attention is their philanthropic deed toward the rescue of animals. Though I no longer have a pet, the idea of designing a beer to benefit an important cause is a noble one.
Weyerbacher retired Hop Infusion, their IPA and decided on a west coast hop bomb. To contribute towards Regional Animal Shelters, the employees get to pick a regional animal shelter each month to receive a portion of the sales of Last Chance IPA.
The contributions have been going on for five months so far. Weyerbacher has raised a total of $10,241.50. Not so shabby.
Below are the lucky shelters that have received a generous check.
1. Daniel Weirback chose The Center for Animal Health & Welfare in Easton, Pa. The center was given a check of $1,224.50.
2. $2,593.00 was donated to MaPaw Siberian Husky Rescue, located in Boyertown, PA.
4. The fourth shelter went to Huntingdon County Humane Society from Huntington, PA. This check totaled $2,195.50.
I purchased a bottle od Last Chance IPA and this is what I thought of it:
Last Chance poured orange-copper with a persistent, creamy white head. The bubbles were tight and aggressive.
The aroma gave a typical burst of citrus and pine, particularly grapefruit and orange. The foam is still sticking around.
The front was bitterness followed quickly by grapefruit. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. The finish was bitter and dry.
This is a pretty solid IPA and now I am a proud member of the Animal Shelter contribution fund.
Purchase a Weyerbacher Last Chance IPA and give the animals a last chance.
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