16 Mile Brewing
16 Mile Brewery boasts brews that celebrate the rich history of Delaware through classically traditional English-style ales
Founded in 2009 by Chad Campbell and Brett McCrea, 16 Miles Brewing Company is located in Georgetown, Delaware where it has a unique story to tell. The brewery salutes the rich history and heritage of Delaware and names its craft beers after historical landmarks and Delaware’s culture.
After growing up in Sussex County and attending the same high school and college, Chad Campbell and Brett McCrea were drawn down different career paths before joining together for 16 Mile Brewing Company. Chad’s professional background includes private banking, real estate and teaching science, while Brett spent ten years with the U.S. government working in the field of counter-terrorism. Both Chad and Brett eventually tired from their careers and moved back to Delaware’s Sussex County, a place they both believed was a great area to raise a family and a perfect spot for new business ventures. The friends found they shared a passion for home brewing English-style beers and decided to establish 16 Mile Brewing Company.
The significance behind the name ‘16 Mile’ dates back to the late 1700’s when Georgetown was still known as "Pettijohn’s Old Field". It was a rather isolated town, yet it was centrally located in Sussex County and “16 miles from anywhere” in the county. It became the best place for farmers, merchants, and politicians to meet and conduct business, and legislators eventually moved the County Seat from Lewes to Georgetown to better accommodate the county residents.
16 Mile Brewing Company currently offers six year-round craft ales, six "off the grid" limited edition beers, and four seasonal brews. Each of 16 Mile's beers have garnered awards and recognition from top national reviewers or international competitions. While these beers are certainly in high demand, 16 Mile is choosing to limit its growth so the owner (today, Brett McCrea is the sole owner of the Georgetown brewery) can remain deeply involved in the entire brewing process.
We hope you enjoy a sampling from this celebrated craft brewery, and salute to the rich history of Delaware!