Maryland’s Newest Craft Brewery
Pooles Island Brewing Co. is a brand new 10,000 square feet brewery and tap room in Middle River, MD. Led by Head Brewer, Patrick Jones, Pooles offers a core complement of six signature beers plus a rotating selection of seasonal and experimental brews, all emphasizing the use of fresh and local ingredients whenever possible. Highlighting the tap room is our self-serve Tap Wall featuring 12 different styles of our beers. Our 3200 square foot tap room features an outdoor patio off the main room and a semi-private area for special events. Food service at the facility includes a rotating selection of popular local food trucks for patrons to enjoy on evenings and weekends.
Tap Room is open Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at 4pm - 10pm, Saturday from 12pm -10pm and Sundays from 12pm - 8pm. Brewery tours are Saturdays at 11:30am.
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HISTORIC POOLES ISLAND
POOLES ISLAND BREWING CO. IS INSPIRED BY NEIGHBORING, POOLES ISLAND, LOCATED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY, NEAR THE MOUTH OF THE GUNPOWDER RIVER. 39.281568, -76.266779
HISTORY OF POOLES ISLAND
Originally named Powell's Island by explorer Captain John Smith in the early 1600s, the name would evolve over the years, possibly to reflect the numerous springs and pools on the island. The island was famed in the 18th and 19th centuries for its fertility, particularly for the peaches raised there in the 1880s and '90s.
It was one of the first places on the Bay considered for a lighthouse. In 1824 Congress appropriated $5,000 for construction of the light by John Donahoo and Simon Frieze. The roughly constructed granite tower and keeper's house were joined three years later by a fog bell tower, the first in the state.
As part of the establishment of Aberdeen Proving Ground in 1917, Pooles Island was purchased by the federal government, and the light station turned over to the Army. The light was automated the following year. In 1939, it was decommissioned, and the surrounding structures were torn down.
Pooles Island Light is "off limits to the general public because the island was used for bombing and shelling practice from 1918 through the early 1960's. There are many unexploded bombs and shells all over the island."