By Nick Dekker
Posted On: Sep 8, 2021
It's no surprise that Henmick Farm & Brewery, sitting along a scenic stretch of North Old State Road in Delaware, has been popular since it opened in July of 2021. The stunning brewery and grounds sit on eight acres of family farmland that have been dedicated exclusively to the new gathering place.
The farm was first purchased by the Sheets family in 1916; Nick Sheets and his wife Jodi, part of the fourth generation, started the brewery with the goal of creating a family-friendly destination that offers big, open spaces to enjoy craft beer and cocktails while surrounded by the beautiful rural Ohio landscape. Sheets brought on head brewer Zack Cline, most recently of Rockmill Brewery in Lancaster, to brew up a diverse roster of beers to enjoy on site.
The main building on the Henmick grounds is a renovated 1860s barn; it houses the brewery and a spacious taproom. Across from the bar you'll find rows of big communal tables, while the main portion of the barn features a vaulted ceiling that shows off the natural woods and stone that accents the rooms. Big windows let natural light flood the space, while a tall, stone fireplace sits at one end. (Just imagine cozying up around that in the winter!)
And outside is even more of a delight! Large patios lined with grass or stone feature even more seating, including row upon row of picnic tables, Adirondack chairs stationed around firepits, and open grass for kids to romp and play. My family and I first visited with friends on a beautiful July evening, finding seats in the cool breeze on the steps outside the brewery. Kids played games on the lawn, local musicians belted tunes in one corner, while guests brought picnic blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the night. Henmick hosts local food trucks to feed hungry guests.
The brewery features at least a dozen house beers at any given time, spanning styles from light lagers to IPAs to wheat beers to sours. The clean and refreshing Pilsner pours clear yellow with a white head, while the ruby-colored Dunkel offers the perfect malty taste of fall. You can also savory the citrusy hazy pale ale, the tart apple sour, and the crisp and dry cider.
For guests who don't prefer beer, Henmick carries a selection of wines plus cocktails on tap that are made with local spirits from Watershed Distillery, Middle West Spirits, and High Bank Distillery. The Stockyard Pony blends Watershed bourbon, Aperol, lemon juice, and simple syrup, while the Watermelon Patch combines High Bank vodka, watermelon juice, orange liqueur, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
Henmick is sure to become a regular stop for me and my family. It's a perfect little drive out into the country, with a warm welcome, great beer, and beautiful spaces to enjoy together.
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