Did you miss me as much as I missed you? (A Look at Lindgren Craft Brewery)

Did you miss me as much as I missed you? (A Look at Lindgren Craft Brewery)

A look back in the brewhouse at Lindgren Craft Brewery

Did you miss me as much as I missed you?

This whole mom thing IS NOT EASY.  I admit, I am struggling at times.  How are we supposed to juggle full time careers, kids, chores around the house…..I mean at that point forget about having any sort of social life.  I am struggling to find that balance.  So, I asked my Boo (Ben) to plan a date night.  I just need some adult alone time.

This may have come as a shocker, but we went to a brewery! LOL! Juggling our schedules and Scarlet make it very hard to find an evening to go out together.  To say I was excited for an evening at a brewery felt like an understatement.  Maybe the excitement was a bit much since I pretty much drove right past Lindgren Craft Brewery!  It is inside old Duncannon National Bank, and it feels so niche and cool.

A Look at Lindgren Craft Brewery

Duncannon National Bank (photo courtesy of the Perry County Heritage Trail)

According to PerryCountyHeritageTrail.com the bank was built in 1889.

This was the first building in Perry County to be devoted exclusively to banking.  Before the Duncannon National Bank, the safe at the Duncannon Iron Works was used to protect large sums of money.  Currency was dispatched from banks in Harrisburg and Carlisle as needed.  It was common for merchants and businesses to act as banks and lenders before banks become more common in the 20th century.

If you aren’t careful, you will get lost in the Lindgren tap list.  It was tough to pick out that first pint.  The variety of styles and flavors is not something all breweries can encapsulate but Lindgren certainly held our attention.

I mean it had been a minute since we got out; but I started out heavy with the “To Infinity and Beyond”, a porter brewed with 86 pounds of Milky Way Bars and 23 pounds of cocoa nibs, and it was served on Nitro.  I was drooling just thinking about it, so I went all in.  Ben got the Diane & Ross…No Supremes, a black Kolsch.  Both were amazing!

The Kolsch was deceiving because in Kolsch fashion it was light and refreshing but it was a black Kolsch.  You still got some dark and roasty flavors.  It was brewed with additions of Carafa malt for color.  The Porter was dark and delicious, everything you expect from a well brewed porter and.  I thought at first, I might be overloaded with the milky way flavor, but the sweetness was perfectly balanced out with the full bodied roastyness of the porter.

Our burger at Lindgren

We had to get some food to go along with the delicious brews (Duncannon Ghost Kitchen Food Menu). The Duncannon Ghost Kitchen run by the Old Trail Tavern & Steak is nestled inside the brewery as a separate business but they definitely blend well together (Lindgren Craft Brewery and Duncannon Ghost Kitchen Partnership). We nibbled on the Bavarian Pretzel Flight and the classic Cheeseburger.  Do Not think these are your typical brewery food staples, although I hope these will be for Lindgren, The Bavarian pretzel flight wasn’t your typical giant pretzel put on display as a peacocking type of appetizer.  They were pretzel bites tossed in some sort of yummy seasoning.  Perfect to toss into your mouth with some beer as you are enjoying the evening. The classic cheeseburger was a mix of short rib, chuck and brisket certified Angus beef.  chefs kiss

A flight at Lindgren Craft Brewery.

We decided to order a flight next and try some more styles.  We picked out 4 easily with Taking Selfies with Turkeys Blonde/Golden Ale, I love Mary Jane IPA, Rebels of the Sacred Heart Red Ale and Of Lords and Ladies a Mild Dark.  From the refreshing spark of the Blonde to the caramelly and gentle bitter from the Mild they all went down easily and great with the food we were sharing.

We had fun checking out the old bank vault where they house the drawers for the Keyholders membership.  You even track your monthly membership pour with a draft card kept in your drawer in the safe.  That is also where they sell their merchandise.

After we got done eating, Mike Lindgren stopped by again (we ran into him just as we were originally sitting down), and invited us along back with Sean and Mark from Liquid Noise Brewing Company (who won our 2024 Battle of the Breweries Tournament).

I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know much about the brewing process.  All I know is I’m a chick that likes drinking good quality craft beer.  Listening to Mike and the guys from Liquid Noise geek about the craft of brewing beer was still music to my ears.  That’s what I see in a brewery; a favorite community spot with an affliction to taking pride in your craft.  Perhaps I’ll be requesting Liquid Noise for my next date night with my Benjamin. We do need to get together with them on hosting a big bash for them winning this year’s Battle of the Breweries tournament, why not make more of our date nights kill two birds with one stone.

As Lindgren finally gets the chance to settle in we can’t wait to see the brewery grow.  Also, I can’t wait for a sign on the building so maybe I won’t blow by it.


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Pictures Amy Took Inside Lindgren Craft Brewery

(Editor Ben Note: I didn’t quite know how to work these other pictures into the article better, with their size and everything, so I am including them all into this section.)

Amy took some fantastic pictures of the Bank Vault inside Lindgren Craft Brewery, where they keep all of the Keyholder Mug Club member stuff as well as their merchandise for sale. She also grabbed some great pics of the brewhouse while Mike showed us around inside there and talked shop. Of course she also grabbed excellent pics of the beers, the atmosphere, and the food at Lindgren Craft Brewery as well. Make sure you follow us on our Instagram to see more great pictures: The Beer Thrillers on Instagram.

End Notes

(Stolen from the previous column Amy wrote, I feel this is still applicable here as well unfortunately.)

(This is Amy’s first column back after a while. Busy with Scarlet, life,  and everything in general, its great to see her jumping back into her Personal Column series again. We have sorely been missing her weekly posts here on the blog, so its so wonderfully great to have her back. You can find her full list of ‘Weekly’ Personal Column series below.)

Amy’s Column Series

Since getting back to writing for the blog after a short hiatus, Amy has started up a weekly column style writing for the blog. You can find these articles here:

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