Eric and Megan Williams have been waiting for months to officially release the exciting news that they will be opening a craft brewery in Milford, Delaware. Mispilliion River Brewing will be located in the Milford business park off of Airport Road and is set to open in the early Fall of 2013.
Over the past seven months, the couple has been developing and presenting a business plan to several local banking institutions for funding. Owning a small painting business in the 90’s, it has always been Eric’s desire to go back into business for himself. With approval of funding, the Williams’ will begin to implement the design and construction of the craft brewery in the new facility.
“We are excited and cannot wait to get started building the tasting room, cutting the floors for the drains, ordering brewing equipment, getting the electric in place, getting the plumbing run…,” stated Williams on his online blog featuring Mispillion River Brewing.
According to Eric, his wife tells the story that this venture all started on the morning of Eric’s 40th birthday as he sat up in bed and simply stated, “I’m starting a brewery.” He acknowledges that at this point he was convinced he could do it but it was now time to convince his wife. After a trip to the Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego in 2012 she was sold on the idea and the planning began.
Mispillion River Brewing is set to officially open at the end of September or early October. They will be serving beer at the facility which will house a 1,000 square foot tasting and tap room. Patrons will have the ability to order food to be brought to the brewery and there has been discussions about the possibility of inviting food vendors in the future. Eric states that their focus upon opening will be tasting room sales and distribution of kegs to local restaurants and pubs. After successful, the company will look into the next phase which includes a packaging line of either cans or bottles of Mispillion River Brewing craft beer.
“We are looking forward to bringing great craft beer to Milford and southern Delaware, stated Williams. “Delaware is a great brewing state and we will keep the standards high.”
Eric and Megan have had the opportunity to talk about their new business with several other Delaware craft beer experts including Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales and Fordham Brewing Company. They are excited to see that the industry leaders are looking to help them in their new venture. Opening Mispillion River Brewing in late Fall, the couple states they will be ready for the Delaware Wine and Beer Festival on October 20 in Dover.
“The town of Milford is really business friendly and is behind us all the way,” shared Williams. “We have many hurdles to overcome and many milestones ahead of us.”
Milford LIVE is looking forward to taking a tour of the Mispillion River Brewing facility off Airport Road this week. Stay tuned for further interviews and updates.