Hillenbrand Farmhaus Brewery
On Oct. 7, Patric Hillenbrand set beer taps flowing inside his new barn-turned-brewery, situated on a bucolic 13-acre farm in Newcastle, where donkeys, horses and goats roam in a nearby barnyard. Each of his handcrafted beers use fruits and honey harvested on-site, including the Juicy Fruit IPA made with pineapple purée (a beer-pairing menu is currently in the works to serve this brew with teriyaki beef marinated in pineapple glaze), the Farmhaus Saison, which contains notes of lemon zest and toasted coriander, and the tart Sour Passion made with passion fruit purée. The 2,400-square-foot wooden barn accommodates brewery tanks and an adjacent tasting room, while barrels and antique wagon wheels line the exterior. Twinkling lights hang from the roof over the patio, where guests can take in views of the farm’s 1-acre hop field, haystacks and rows of sprawling oak trees that encircle the property. 5100 Virginiatown Rd. Newcastle.