FLEMINGTON, NJ - A ribbon-cutting ceremony and a capacity crowd marked the official opening of the Lone Eagle Brewing Company on Friday.
Craft beer lovers had been awaiting this day since it was announced last year that Lone Eagle would be opening in the borough. The anticipation was so great that during a soft opening Thursday nigh,t a capacity crowd forced thirsty patrons to line up outside the new brewery.
Flemington Mayor Phil Greiner led the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “Lone Eagle is a great addition to the borough,” Greiner said. “I am confident the brewery will add to the energy and vitality of the Stangl Road area and to the town as a whole.”
Co-owners Todd Becker and Bob King, both of Raritan Township, worked countless hours with the help of family and friends to get the brewery ready.
“I’m exhausted, but now the fun begins,” Becker said. “It has long been a dream of mine to open a brewery, and I also wanted to create a place in downtown Flemington where friends can gather and enjoy delicious beer. The support we have gotten from the community has been tremendous.”
Becker and King had been home brewers for years, but with Lone Eagle they’ve left the beer making to Alex Franko, a seasoned brewer they lured away from world-renowned Dogfish Head in Milton, Delaware.
Franko brewed a diverse selection of beers in time for the opening, including a cream ale, a West Coast IPA, a pear saison, a hefeweizen, a robust porter, an American pale ale and an extra special bitter. Next up is a double IPA, and soon to follow will be a rye pale ale, a dry Irish stout and a black IPA.
“We’ll have a broad lineup of house beers that should appeal to most discriminating tastes, but we also plan to experiment and create some really unique and flavorful beers that will keep customers coming back to try something new and exciting,” King said.
The brewery, which is at 44 Stangl Road, near the Liberty Village outlet stores, got its name after the owners asked the community for help. Lone Eagle was suggested because it was a nickname for Charles Lindbergh, who famously spent time in Flemington during the trial of Bruno Hauptmann, the German immigrant convicted in the death of Lindbergh’s young son in the 1930s after the child was kidnapped. Lindbergh earned the nickname “Lone Eagle” after successfully completing a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927.
The brewery is able to produce about 35,000 gallons of beer per year—or about 280,000 pints. The newly constructed 5,400-square-foot building features almost 2,000 square feet of loft space that overlooks the brewing operations and the serving area.
Customers can enjoy glasses of beer on site or take beer home by filling 32-ounce or 64-ounce growlers. The brewery also plans to offer cans of select beers in 4-packs. Under state law, the brewery cannot prepare or serve food on the premises.
For more information, including hours of operation, go to loneeaglebrewing.com.