Bob Barrar - who picked up 19 Great American Beer Festival and 10 World Beer Cup medals during his 15 years at Iron Hill Brewery in Media (Russian Imperial Stout is his) - is about to break ground on a brewery with Michael Stiglitz and Ben Muse, owners of the Two Stones Pubs.
They're calling it 2SP Brewing Company and it will take space at 120 Concord Rd. in Aston, Delaware County.
Stiglitz, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (and former Iron Hill-er himself), and beer veteran Muse founded Two Stones in Newark, Del., in 2011, followed by spots in Wilmington and Kennett Square.
Barrar will work on a 20bbls system 2SP Brewing, and his barrel-aging program will use whiskey and wine barrels The beers initially will be offered at the Two Stones Pub and at the 2SP Brewery tasting room.
Then comes distribution in Pennsylvania and Delaware.
The brewery is looking at spring/early summer for production/distribution to start and the tasting room to be open in the late fall, said Mike Contreras, 2SP's head of sales and marketing.