OPEN NOW: Burd’s Nest Brewing Co.

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Carlisle beer drinkers always have had quality places to sit down and enjoy a pint of craft beer.

It started with Market Cross Pub & Brewery, which has been a staple in the community for more than 20 years. It was followed by Molly Pitcher Brewing Co. three years ago and then Desperate Times Brewery just last year.

Now, craft beer enthusiasts have yet another new place to gather and sip on local libations.

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Burd’s Nest Brewing Co. opened its doors last week at 19 N. Hanover Street — just steps from Market Cross — and are putting an emphasis on crafting classic American-style brews.

The Story

Like many budding breweries, Burd’s Nest was born out of a love for homebrewing. Owner Dave Hamilton was in college when he began making beer because it was cheaper than buying it.

The name of the brewery comes from Burd Street, where Hamilton and some friends would brew while he was attending Penn Tech but visiting friends at Shippensburg.

Burd’s Nest Brewing Co. was officially formed in May 2013. Hamilton then found Josh Hood through a mutual friend. Hood focuses on the brewing side, while Hamilton handles the business side of things.

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From that point, it’s taken a long time to finally get the beer flowing from the taps.

“There were plenty of times I didn’t think this was going to happen,” said Hamilton. “I’m still pinching my self that it’s actually happening.”

Hamilton said they looked at three other buildings before selecting their Hanover Street location. They weren’t having any luck finding an accommodating landlord, and Hamilton said there was a point where it looked like this might not happen.

“Then, when we found this place, it was a slight glimmer of hope,” said Hamilton. “But each time we went to the bank they told us that this is going to work.”

Burd’s Nest’s saving grace was a friend who worked at a local bank and helped them get a loan to finally get on their way.

From there, they went through all the trials and tribulations of licensing, permits, and ordinances before they could finally start outfitting the building to their liking, and most importantly, start brewing.

American-style brews on display

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Hamilton said that Burd’s Nest intends to brew traditional American-style beers like brown ales, IPAs, and pale ales. Their opening day lineup featured these styles.

“We really want to fit into the American-style niche,” said Hamilton “While Carlisle has a lot of great breweries, they tend to skew more towards the English-style beers.”

Apollo Session IPA – A light bodied ale that still packs a lot of citrus and fruit flavors from the Apollo hops with a balance from the malt that makes this beer extremely easy to drink.

Citra Pale Ale – This beer has Citra in the name and it delivers. You get zesty grapefruit notes throughout the sip with a touch of malt sweetness on the back end. Although it is hop-forward, it’s not too bitter and even those who aren’t hopheads should be able to enjoy this.

Amber Ale – Is it just me or are Amber Ales moving off of brewery lineups? They shouldn’t. I was glad to see Burd’s Nest was staying dedicated to the traditional styles with this subtly sweet amber ale.

Nut Brown Ale – Again, this is another style that seems to have gone by the wayside in lieu of the trendier beers. Their take on this style delivers on the nutty, chocolate, and toffee flavors you want and has a solid body to hold up.

Burd’s Nest is brewing on a five-barrel system with seven 10-barrel fermenters so they can brew double batches to keep the fresh beer flowing.

Hood handles a lot of the brewing duties with the help of Kyle Oberle who also helps run everything with day-to-day duties around the brewery.

Hamilton and Hood are both big hopheads and said they are excited to get their IPAs on tap. Hood said he really enjoys coming up with IPAs from a recipe standpoint.

“IPA’s have basic malt builds, but you have so many different hops with endless combinations, and I could just do them all the time,” said Hood.

Hamilton said he’s especially excited to brew their Hop Blossom IPA again, which always receives rave reviews when they’ve brought it to festivals.

Food & Space

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Burd’s Nest’s has a large tasting room with plenty of seating at high tops, the bar, and one long beer-hall style table to accommodate a large crowd.

TVs line the walls of the tasting room and will show various sports and feature the current tap list, so you don’t have to fret about missing the game while having a few beers.

For food, don’t expect just chips and pretzels. Burd’s Nest brought in local favorite Spoons Cafe to set up an off-site location at the brewery with a special menu.

Spoons will have homemade soups and salads along with a make your own sandwich option with a variety of options to make your own dream sandwich.

Burd’s Nest is open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. The kitchen is open until 8:30 p.m. every night.

James Werner
Author: James Werner

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