Photo by Christina Peters
The experimental small-batch brewery in Delaware recently turned two and had a lot to celebrate.
Autumn Arch keeps its two flagship beers on tap all year round and offers its customers a changing selection of new beers.
One of the city’s most innovative watering holes is located in an industrial park in Newark.
The Autumn Arch Beer Project at 810 Pencader Drive is an experimental, small-volume brewery specializing in deep flavor profiles. It pays special attention to basic brewing principles and respects traditional styles while creating something of its own.
Autumn Arch produces real ales, lagers and sour beers that you can take home or enjoy in the cozy tap room with a view of the beer making process. Food trucks are a regular sight in the parking lot.
The idea for the brewery came about after the couple Jimmy and Kathryn Vennard visited Asheville, North Carolina – a city known for its breweries.
“There was such a fun and unique kind of brewery atmosphere down there that we both sat there and said, ‘Wow, I wish we lived in that place,” says Jimmy.
Jimmy kept the idea of starting a local brewery alive when he and his brother Dan Vennard started brewing themselves and creating a business plan. After a few years of planning, Autumn Arch was launched in April 2019. All three have a technical background and the creation of the company allowed them to find passions in different professional fields. Jimmy runs all business operations and social media, Kathryn runs the finances, and Dan runs the brewery.
Autumn Arch has two flagship beers on tap throughout the year, with different styles and flavors changing depending on the season, Dan explains. The 15-step bar offers a variety of options available individually or on flights.
Autumn Arch doesn’t expect everyone to be a beer lover, Kathryn adds. “Accessibility has always been important to our tasting room. So you don’t have to be the most knowledgeable beer drinker to have a good time trying something new or different, or sticking to what you like and what you know – and that’s fine, too. “
For spring and summer, Autumn Arch is bringing out several new beers for fans to try before the kegs go off.
New releases include Uncertain Direction, a Helles warehouse (5.6 percent ABV); Inspiring People, a double IPA on the West Coast (9.5 percent ABV); First day, a Berliner Weisse (4.8 percent ABV); and the DelaWeAre IPA, a cloudy IPA (6.2 percent ABV). The DelaWeAre IPA is part of a nationwide collaboration in which 20 percent of the proceeds go to the IPA
Delaware Brewers Guild, a 501 (c) (6) nonprofit that advocates the state’s craft breweries.
Additionally, the brewery is launching a sour and bold hybrid called C * this month. Pronounced “C-Star”, the dark currant and dark-sour raspberry will be available in 500-milliliter bottles mixed with a bold imperial stout.
The Newark State of Mind, a double West Coast (8.5 percent ABV) IPA and one of the flagship products, is canned starting this month. Bringing Autumn Arch cans to more locations in the First State is another business goal, explains Jimmy.
“We had just started canning because we said, ‘You know, it’s a good idea to put beer in people’s fridges. ‘Without knowing that it was some kind of practice run for what has now become a regular event in our brewery,’ says Jimmy.
The brewery is committed to maintaining a sense of community even in COVID-19 security logs. Guests can attend a variety of socially aloof events, including beer tastings and the Run Club, a weekly group that meets for physical fitness and then brews. A current calendar of events can be found on the website.