MD Brewery Challenge #42
The other day we discovered Denton, a charming little town with an Irish Pub right in the middle of it – Market Street Public House. So, where is Denton? You may have driven by it on your way to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. It’s off MD Route 404. BTW, this is Maryland Brewery Challenge number 42.
Historic Denton is a sleepy Eastern Shore town with coin street parking meters and a grand old courthouse. Established in 1781, Denton is the county seat of Caroline County.
Across the street from the courthouse sits the Market Street Public House. The Irish pub has been open for 10 years, the brewery for 2 or 3 years.
When we sat down, I asked for samples of their 2 in-house beers Pig Point Porter and Danger Will Robinson. Unfortunately, the porter had just kicked. I naturally ordered the Guinness Irish Stew – it was very good. However, the Danger Will Robinson, a Belgian Tripel, was even better. At 14.7% ABV, it kicked my butt! Brian Tyler, Market Street Pub’s owner, mentioned that they are considering entering this fine beer in next year’s Maryland Craft Beer Competition. This fruity Tripel with banana esters blended with earthy and Belgian sugar flavors should do well. Full disclosure, I have a soft spot for Tripels.
Brian Tyler gave me a tour of the brewery. It is a tiny system – just a 10-gallon kettle with 2 42-gallon fermentors. The mayor of Denton was the brewer but found there was not enough time in the day to brew beer and run the town. Now Kevin, a brewer originally from Iron Hill Brewery of Pennsylvania, brews twice a week for Market Street Pub.
To finish off the tour, Brian showed off his new dining space, right next door to the bar. He mentioned this area had just opened a month ago. He stood in front of a bookcase and asked if I’d like to see the new brewery.
I had a puzzled look on my face until he pushed open the door to the brewery – the bookcase. As you can see by the pictures below, the new brewery space is huge. Also, according to the internet, they are hiring.
This brewpub was a real treat. It is a long way from my Columbia hometown but the next time I’m in the neighborhood, I’ll definitely stop by. Enjoy this video on Market Street to learn more about this beautiful pub.