Alexa Hoffman became interested in craft brewing while in college at the University of South Carolina in 2008. As her father John was a chemist, she thought that asking for a home brew kit for Christmas would be a fun activity for her and her family. Alexa didn’t realize it would one day turn into a family business.
Her brother, Cody Hoffman, who was 16 years old, would catch the bug while helping his father brew beer with the home brewing kit.
Two years later, he begged and pleaded with local breweries to hire him and he ultimately found a place at Triumph Brewing in New Hope, PA. They took a chance on a kid right out of high school and for the next 8 months he soaked up as much knowledge of the beer making process as he could.
The next couple stops in Cody’s journey were Twin Lakes Brewing Company in Greenville, DE and then 8-months in brewing school in England. A few months after returning from England, his father had an idea…
In October 2013, after more than a year of searching for the right location for the brewery and tasting room, John came across a dilapidated building in the Garrett Snuff Mill complex, built in 1901. John instantly felt right at home because his family had lived near Yorklyn for the past 30 years.
John thought about what they would need to run a successful business and he realized that he had everything that was needed in his own family. Cody would brew the beer, Georgiana, John’s wife, would run the business side and Alexa would be responsible for coordinating the brewery’s special events. John’s brother Fran is a custom carpenter by trade and could help bring the building back to life while John’s nephew, Nick Matarese, who owns his own creative firm in Wilmington, would be able to brand and promote the business.