Crooked Hammock Brewery breaks ground in Middletown

Owner Rich Garrahan does the traditional breaking ground at the new site while Mayor Kenneth Branner toasts to the community.

Crooked Hammock Brewery, a Lewes Beach institution, on Monday, April 8 held a groundbreaking ceremony for a second location in Middletown’s Autopark.

The 7,000-square-foot restaurant and brewery will sit next to the new Holiday Inn Express and Grotto’s Pizza.

This location will boast a bigger backyard than the one in Sussex County, including boccie ball courts, horseshoe pits, cornhole boards, a fire pit lounge and a playground for kids.

“We wanted the community to get a feel for who we are and what we’re all about,” says Matt Frey, the current general manager of Hammock’s Lewes location. “Crooked Hammock is all about the backyard beach escape. How you feel when you entertain guests in your backyard is exactly the feeling we try to recreate throughout the restaurant, brewery and backyard beer garden.”

To put their own spin on the groundbreaking ceremony, owner Rich Garrahan and members of the team served up beer and burgers topped with Chef Jim Foss’s secret sauce.

“[Hammock] appreciates the outpour of acceptance this community has already shown us, and we hope to give back to this community more than we get,” said Garrahan. “It is looking like fall of this year we will be opening our doors.”

Crooked Hammock is managed by La Vida Hospitality, which also operates Big Chill Beach Club, Big Chill Surf Cantina, Fork + Flask, and Taco Reho.

The family (and dog) friendly brewery plan to open in October of this year.

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