Hop’in Around: Collusion course

By on January 23, 2019

Main Men & Main Men Ladies owner Bill Moore (left) welcomed Collusion Tap Works co-owner and brewer Jared Barnes to Lititz at a recent Second Friday event. (Photos by Michael Upton)

A couple months ago, I was one of many wandering around downtown Lititz during 2nd Friday, the town’s monthly promotional event, when my wife spotted a sign for a St. Boniface beer tasting in the window of Main Men & Main Men Ladies, 39 E. Main St.

We entered the shop, went upstairs, and low and, behold, there was brewery co-owner Dain Shirey serving up beer samples in one of the store’s rooms that serves as a cozy event space. I dropped my card off with shop owner Bill Moore and asked him to get ahold of me if he hosts another beer tasting.

“I had the venue upstairs and I didn’t want it to go to waste, so I thought 2nd Fridays would give me the opportunity to get different people from different areas into town,” said Moore, after I visited during his the most recent event on Jan. 11. “I’ll try and do something like this every 2nd Friday.”

Tapping and chatting on the 11th was Jared Barnes, co-owner and brewer extraordinaire at Collusion Tap Works in York. After putting in a long day on the canning line, Barnes (whose brewing resume is spectacular, see below*) offered samples of Panacea milk stout, Homunculus Imperial IPA, Soma strawberry Berliner Weisse, Xerion Matrix NEIPA, and Fuzzy Scrumpet wheat IPA with peach and guava, which was canned four hours earlier. Talk about fresh beer!

“Our Homunculus and our (Panacea) maple hazelnut milk stout were the two most popular (beers) by far,” said Barnes.

It was a busy Friday for the brewer who fielded questions around rumblings that the York brewery will be opening up a tap room in downtown Lititz. Recent published reports state that 5 Juniper Lane is being renovated to become The Lititz Shirt Factory, a mixed-use business that will feature “live entertainment, craft beer, and art to the local community.” An opening date for the project is reported as spring 2019.

Collusion Tap Works presented a mixed line-up of samples for a Second Friday beer tasting at Main Men & Main Men Ladies, 39 E. Main St., Lititz.

“I really want to be there, but there’s so much paperwork we have to go through,” said Barnes. “I just don’t want to jump the gun.”

Still in discussion mode, there’s no deal signed yet between Collusion and management of The Lititz Shirt Factory and Barnes just received an initial lease agreement last week. As of Friday, Jan. 18, he and his business partners have yet to look over the document. Founded by Jared, Chuck, and Doug Barnes, Collusion’s York location features a seven-barrel brewhouse boasting 24 tap handles and a “minimalistic style kitchen.”

One thing is for sure, you will see Barnes downtown again as he looks forward to the annual Lititz Craft Beer Fest in 2019.

“I love that festival,” said Barnes. “That’s one of my most enjoyable events of the year.”

Cheers and thanks for reading!

*Barnes, a York native, attended the Siebel Institute Master Brewers Course and Doemens Academy in Munich, Germany for Brewing Technology. He’s brewed for Southern Tier Brewing Company, Darwin Brewing Company (Florida), Mispillion River Brewing (Delaware), and Wyndridge Farms. He holds awards from the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival.

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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