In recognition of Ellicott City’s 250th anniversary Manor Hill Brewing will soon feature a custom label on cans of their signature Manor Hill IPA to mark the historic town’s commemorative year. A special unveiling of the first in a three-part series of EC250 cans will take place on April 9 at Manor Hill Farm.
“It’s exciting to celebrate Ellicott City’s 250th Anniversary by featuring the town’s rich history on our Manor Hill IPA cans,” said Corey Mull, Owner and Chief Marketing Officer for Manor Hill Brewing and an early supporter of EC250 Inc.’s commemorative initiative. “We’re looking forward to the family friendly EC250 events being held at our farm and seeing this series of collectible cans on the shelves this spring!”
Historic reenactors will be on hand at the farm to raise a glass to the label debut. George Ellicott and other Ellicott family members will reminisce about the good ole days. Their good friend and neighbor the remarkable Benjamin Banneker will mingle and talk about his days in Ellicott Mills. A live preview performance of two songs from the upcoming EC250 musical, “On National Road” will be featured during the day. A Civil War era historian and reenactor will be camped on site to share stories and entertain questions about the life of Union soldiers who camped on the outskirts of Ellicott Mills in July 1864, around the time of the Battle of Monocacy.
“We are delighted to have this unique opportunity to raise awareness of Ellicott City’s story among Manor Hill’s fanbase,” noted EC250, Inc. Board Member Victoria Goodman. “We hope the inclusion of an historic tidbit on the can along with a scannable QR code encourages people to learn more about the town’s national significance and the role it played in the birth of the United States.”
The first can features the name IN THE HOLLOW — a reference to where the Ellicott family built their milling settlement. The name appears in Martha Ellicott Tyson’s 1865 publication “A Brief Account of the Settlement of Ellicott’s Mills.” In her account she remarks on the arduous terrain over which the Ellicotts traveled from the port of Elkridge to arrive in the Patapsco Valley “or, as the country people called this wild place, ‘The Hollow…'”
The two subsequent cans in the series will be unveiled at the farm on June 25 and September 10. Each of the three cans have a limited run and feature distinct labels. “As a series the labels tell a collective story of Ellicott City’s most notable historic figures in what we hope become collector items,” Goodman noted.
Located just west of Ellicott City, the brewery is situated on a 54-acre working farm and is Howard County’s first farm brewery and Maryland’s largest farm brewery by production. Manor Hill IPA is an aroma forward IPA that showcases the versatile Mosaic hop. Tropical fruit, berry and citrus aromas completely dominate the nose. Simcoe and Mandarina Bavaria hops combine to round out the hop bill and display a firm hoppy backbone that is accompanied by Vienna, Flaked Oats and Pale malts for balance. A heavy dose of Mosaic in the dry hopping provides you with a juicy hop punch that finishes slightly dry.