Hop’in Around: Twisted Bine opens in Mount Joy

By on August 8, 2018

Twisted Bine brewer Greg Gillette in the brewery.

For the folks at Twisted Bine Beer Co., the newest brewery to open in Lancaster County, the choice was simple: go big from the start. And although the brewery in Mount Joy is still going through its opening stages and a few growing pains, it is already running like a well-oiled machine, and served a full house of patrons on opening day, Wednesday Aug.1.

“We had my wife, who is an accountant, look at the numbers and she said this was more than a great idea,” said co-owner Jamie Lowell who owns Twisted Bine with his wife, Susan, and brewers Greg Gillette and Tom Weber. “I made the mistake of not looking to the right on opening night. I thought, ‘this isn’t a big crowd.’”

It turns out the line to get in on opening night stretched down the street out of Lowell’s view. Twisted Bine was an immediate success. But, what’s with the name? I asked Gillette how many times he had to explain to customers what a bine is.

“I feel like I’m educating beer drinkers one beer at a time,” joked Gillette.

Twisted Bine’s Newcomer IPA, with 4.7 percent ABV, is described as a session brew aggressively dry hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops. (Photos by Michael Upton)

A bine — not a vine — is defined as a “twining stem or flexible shoot” from a plant, like those that grow hops. Thus, Twisted Bine is the perfect name for a brewing company.

As for the beer they are making, the current (subject to change) lineup of brews includes: Bitter Jack Extra Special (4.8 percent ABV), a malt forward ESB with medium body and amber color; Tripped Up Belgian Tripel (7.5 percent ABV) made with Hallertau blanc hops — it’s the strongest beer in the Twisted Bine lineup; The Good Ship Porter (6.7 percent ABV), with a nutty aroma and a caramel sweetness with chocolate notes; Golden Top Blonde Ale (5.1 percent ABV), a traditional, light-bodied blond brewed with a blend of wheat and pilsner malts; Newcomer IPA (4.7 percent ABV) is described as a session brew aggressively dry hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops; Lil Hef Hefeweizen (5.2 percent ABV) is an unfiltered wheat beer with the expected aroma of banana and clove; and currently the most popular brew is the Main Street Extra Pale Ale (6.5 percent ABV), which is hopped with Loral (the former experimental hop now hailed as a “super hop”) and Citra hops for a mildly tropical appeal.

Twisted Bine plans to run a series of “test batch” brews, and the first of this series just hit the taps. Test Batch #1 is an American style IPA dry hopped-for the hop lover-with Simcoe and Amarillo.

Keeping up with demand is not the biggest concern for the downtown brewery. Their bright tank-to-tap system has that covered. But, the beautiful location on the corner of Main St. and North Barbara St. in Mount Joy, has some parking issues. Ownership knew this going in.

Beer reviewer Michael Upton got some behind-the-scenes shots inside Twisted Bine’s brewery. The photos show the mash tun with the brewery logo. Below are bright tanks that feed directly to the bar taps upstairs.

Here is what they suggest: be respectful of the brewery’s neighbors; parking is available along Main Street on both sides, and guests can park in yellow-lined spots in parking lots found at the train station parking lot, the lot behind the police station, and the lot behind Highland Drycleaner on Sassafras Alley.

For now, Twisted Bine is operating on “limited hours,” which are expected to increase as the company grows. They are open Wednesday and Thursday evenings starting at 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. till 10 p.m., and Sunday 11:30 a.m. till 8 p.m. They are located at 93 E. Main St., Mount Joy. Learn more at facebook.com/TwistedBineBeer.

Cheers and thanks for reading!

Michael C. Upton is a freelance writer specializing in arts and leisure. He welcomes comments at somepromcu@gmail.com and facebook.com/SomebodiesProductions.

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