Looking for a late October opening, Mispillion River Brewery (MRB) welcomed their new Brewmaster, Jared Barnes this week. Responsible for the production of MRB beer, Barnes is planning his first four beers in Milford to include a brown ale, India Pale Ale, Molasses Stout and a Belgium Saison.
Brewing beer on his own while attending Penn State as a Constructional Engineering student, Barnes decided to attend the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago and the Doemens Academy in Munich, Germany to refine his theoretical knowledge and practical skills of brewing.
With a degree in Brewing Technology and Biochemistry Jared began brewing at Southern Tier Brewery in New York. Moving to Florida to help begin Darwin Brewing Company in Sarasota, Barnes decided to move to Milford, Delaware to help Mispillion River Brewery focus on the production side of their business.
“I brew beers that people like to drink I guess, I do not prefer any one style of beer over another,” commented Barnes. “I like to experiment with fruits and spices across the world and enjoy pairing beer and food together.”
During last year’s Best Beer in Florida Championships, Barnes received 13 medals from the 16 beers he entered into the competition. He took home 5 bronze, 5 silver and 3 gold medals while being awarded second runner up in Best In Show. When Mispillion River Brewery opens to the public Jared plans to have eight unique beers on tap with the capacity of 16 available. The company will also be competing in the Delaware Wine and Beer Festival on Sunday, October 20 in Dover.
“We are extremely glad Jared is here, he will be invaluable to our business,” commented Mispillion River Brewing partner Eric Williams. “His experience and knowledge will help us to make some incredible beer.”