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Pints and Pitchers: Molly Pitcher Brewing Co.

By Courtney Clark

Downtown Carlisle is home to Molly Pitcher, a new brewing company whose ownership offers over twenty years of experience. With seating for over forty people, Molly Pitcher offers eight rotating taps for beers that are brewed on site, local wines, and local cider.

Molly Pitcher's partners met through their passion for homebrewing. Mike Moll, Zachary Ziegler, Tim Fourlas, and Brandon Bear all had the same dream: opening a brewery in Carlisle to, according to Moll, "share their creations beyond friends and family." The partners decided to name the brewery after Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley, who was known during the Revolutionary War as Molly Pitcher.

Hailed a heroine, she moved to Carlisle after her involvement in the war and she was buried in the Old Cemetery close to the brewery. Pitcher earned her nickname by carrying pitchers of water to soldiers during the Battle of Monmouth. After her husband could no longer serve during the battle, she took charge of his cannon and contributed to the victory that occurred. Regarding the brewery's name, Moll says that it was important to the partners to "create ties of the local brewery to the community and honor a local legend at the same time."

The brewery's taproom rotates the taps in order to keep the tastes fresh. The Redcoat ESB (Extra Special Bitter), for example, is an original twist on a traditional English style. The Melanoidin malt gives the drink "a unique malty finish." The Independence IPA is a tasty, hoppy choice, with three hops added during boiling, a hop back treatment, and a dry hop added at the end of the brewing process. Regardless of a beer aficionado's preferences, Molly Pitcher has a beer for each taste - although Moll says that his favorite is "the coldest one at the front of the refrigerator."

The partners are all about the local community: the wines are from the Knob Hall Winery, while ciders hail from Big Hill Ciderworks. Residents are also encouraged to take part in the Taste of the Taproom series. The series focuses on "special, limited releases" as the brewery experiments with flavors and processes.

Molly Pitcher, although new, is already well on its way to success. After years of homebrewing, Molly Pitchers' owners are eager to share their love of beer - and welcome those in Carlisle to stop by anytime.

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Courtney Clark graduated from Flagler College with a BA in English and Creative...

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