Say hello to the owner, Tom Barse, and find some peace far from the frenetic media 24/7 feeding frenzy at the rural peace of the Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm in Mount Airy. 8253 Dollyhyde Road, Mount Airy, MD 21771, 301 829 6950
I first discovered Tom Barse while searching videos about Mt. Airy, MD as part of my civil defense work. The brief video about how he grows cascade hops on Stillpoint Farm is very educational and can be found here: Hops Video by Tom Barse at Stillpoint Farms.
This is what I find most fascinating: the guy invents a way to separate hops and he does not patent it. He told me he sees it as "open source." Can you imagine? He helps others who grow hops to build their own hop separators. Unreal.
Use your GPS to find it because it is hidden back along winding single lane roads with miles of corn, soybeans and cow pastures on gently rolling hills and forests.
I made a quick hand map and tried to find it. Not a good idea. This is real rural country with outlier mystery and topography that will make your head spin. Around every curve is an even more magnificent landscape you want to pull over and record with a photo...only to find that a utility truck has suddenly appeared and you will need to drive forward because there is no where on these narrow roads to pull over.
After I spent about an hour driving, turning around, and trying to find the fine, sweet brew they offer there, I finally did, and was I glad I did!
Listen well and save time getting there. Do not use MD Route 75 like I did. Instead, use MD Route 26. Turn onto Mappleville from 26 until you hit the fork in the road for Dollyhyde. I just saved you about a half hour and lots of frustration getting there.
I will give you their self-description and then my own.
"Stillpoint Farm, nestled in the beautiful agricultural heartland of Frederick County, Maryland is home to Maryland's first farm brewery - Milkhouse Brewery at Still Point Farm. In addition, the farm offers a unique array of products and services including Leicester Longwool sheep and fiber products, local honey, fresh hops, eggs and hay. We believe that diversity is at the heart of small-scale farming. We are strongly committed to maintaining a sustainable approach to farming that preserves the land and the agricultural heritage we feel fortunate to continue."