IT professionals opening brewery in York Haven
Keith Stevenson is hoping to maintain his information technology job after opening a brewery in York Haven, but after holding a busy pre-opening event, he knows the task will be difficult.
Stevenson plans to officially open Touchstone Brewery, at 685 York Haven Road, to the public on Saturday, June 4, he said. The grand opening will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The new brewery will primarily keg and bottle its craft beers, which Stevenson said currently include American and English IPAs, an Irish red ale, a nut brown ale and an apricot ale. In the fall, Touchstone will add some darker Irish stouts, he added.
"We want to come out with a new beer every month," Stevenson said.
Touchstone will not be a restaurant, Stevenson said, but it will serve finger foods and open the tasting room to the public on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and possibly Thursdays.
The company already has its license to sell, but Stevenson said he's waiting for an additional bottling license before opening.
Stevenson first developed a passion for craft brewing while living in Cleveland. When he moved to York County, he found other IT professionals who shared that passion, including Pete Doubenspeck, who will be Stevenson's partner in the new business.
Stevenson said he's seen "an explosion" in the craft beer scene in the York area.
There are nine breweries in York County, according to the county's tourism website, and two more are scheduled to open in downtown York this year.