|Molly Pitcher Brewing Company
10 East South Street | Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013
Molly Pitcher Brewing Company is a production brewery and taproom located in historic downtown Carlisle, PA. The brewery was founded by brewmaster Zachary Ziegler, brewer Tim Fourlas, Brewery Operations Manager Mike Moll and CFO Brandon Bear. The brewery officially opened in November 2014.
The brewery is named after Molly Pitcher, the brave Revolutionary War figure known for assisting her husband at his gun station during the Battle on Monmouth. Molly Pitcher’s grave (real name: Mary Hays McCauley), marked with an 1876 grave marker, is located just behind the Molly Pitcher statue in Carlisle’s Old Public Graveyard. The cemetery is on East South Street, a short walk from the brewery.
Molly Pitcher Brewing Company is located in a former car detailing shop. The 30-seat taproom offers a long bar, behind which is a shelf featuring branded mugs and a large chalkboard listing the current tap list and menu. The tap handles are Revolutionary War-era pistols.
The brewing area is on display from any seat in the house, with views of pallets of grain bags and the small batch brewing system. A 7-barrel brewhouse is currently enroute to Molly Pitcher Brewing Company, and installation is expected to begin soon.
Beers are available in pints for $5 or flights of six beers for $9. Molly Pitcher Brewing Company is not currently filling growlers to go, but will in the future. In addition to the beers listed below, Little Round Hop, a cider from Big Hill Cider Works was available on tap.
- Independence IPA – 6.5% ABV, 65 IBU India Pale Ale with Nugget and Cascade hops added three times during the boil, more hops added via a hop back, and even more hops during a dry hop addition.
- Patriot Pale Ale – 4.5% ABV American-style Pale Ale with mild hop bitterness from American hops and a solid malt backbone from 2-Row Barley as well as Aromatic and Crystal malts.
- War Ball Wit – 4.5% ABV traditional Belgian-style Wit brewed with White Wheat and Pilsen Malt and fermented with a traditional Belgian Wit yeast strain. The addition of bitter and sweet orange peel, crushed coriander seeds, and a touch of cinnamon give this brew a unique taste.
- Black Powder Stout – 6% ABV American Stout mashed at higher temperatures with flaked barley for a fuller body and mouthfeel. Notes of coffee and chocolate compliment a roasted malt character.
- Minuteman Mild – 4% ABV traditional English-style Session Ale with hints of roasted malt character from Chocolate and Crystal malts, brewed with English hops and fermented with an English yeast strain.
- Redcoat ESB – 5.5% ABV traditional Extra Special Bitter with a deep red color that celebrates the bitterness of the grains rather than the hops.
- Golden Eagle Ale – 6.5% ABV brew that falls just between a pale ale and an IPA, brewed with Pilsen and 2-Row barley and Czech Saaz hops.
- Powder Horn Porter – 5% ABV Brown Porter brewed with 2-Row barley, Chocolate, and Crystal malts for a dark brown color with deep ruby hints. This malt-centric brew offers a touch of sweetness.
- Cannonball Kolsch – 4.5% ABV traditional German Kolsch with a twist – a touch of lemon and lime. This beer got its name through a naming contest. The only guideline for the contest was to stick with a Revolutionary War or local Carlisle theme. The brain behind the winning name took home a 32-ounce Molly Pitcher Brewing Company growler.
A simple menu of beef hot dogs, sausages, smoked BBQ sandwiches, and a Keswick Creamery Artisan Cheese Plate are available for purchase. Canned soda and bottles of water are also available.