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NEPA Beer News 04.30.20

Hawley’s Hopping Eagle Brewing Company Beers Now Available in Cans


The popular Pocono brewery adds tasty arsenal of 4-packs to takeout menu.

For one of NEPA’s newest craft breweries, it’s been quite the eventful first year in business. Hopping Eagle Brewing Company opened their doors at the famed Hawley Silk Mill in August. And, for the intrepid young team behind the brew kettles, the beer business was a breeze. Then, about seven months into all of the excitement, camaraderie among fellow breweries, and building a loyal following of local beer lovers, it all came to a screeching halt.

The Commonwealth’s stay-at-home orders left the brewery with a difficult decision. Technically, they were allowed to remain open under modified operating procedures. Out of concerns for staff and community safety, however, the Hopping Eagle team decided to temporarily close.

It wasn’t an easy decision. But for the Hopping Eagle crew, it was a well-deserved moment to catch their breath, take stock and look ahead clearly. And, in this time, they also improved the Hopping Eagle beer drinking experience.



Back up and running one can at a time.

The brewing, of course, only slowed down. In the brief month that Hopping Eagle was closed, they added a brand-new canning operation. And by brand new, they mean old school. Head brewer Ronnie Passaro sums it up. “We are using the Oktober Model-7 Can Seamer.” By all accounts, it’s a tedious, manual process. Passaro continues, “We are fine tuning our process right now, but at the moment it takes about an hour to can a case of beers.” Despite the labor-intensive effort, the team at Hopping Eagle is just grateful to be back to doing what they love.

This past week was our first weekend opening since temporarily closing due to the pandemic. With very short notice through social media, we still ended up having a great weekend. The support we received through sales, comments, and likes was so heartwarming.

Ronnie Passaro, Brewmaster


Stick with a 4-pack of your favorite, or mix it up a little.

Now, in addition to growlers of your favorite HEBC beers, you can also grab 4-packs. Currently, limited runs of local favorites, like Bald Eagle Blonde Ale, Peregrine NEIPA and Uncle Phil’s DIPA will be available in brewery-fresh pint-sized cans.

Look out for a few tasty new additions to the lineup as well. Weighted Wings brings on that signature Hopping Eagle NEIPA haze with a delicate balance of stone fruit and citrus. And their Talon of the Hawk Barleywine adds a little heft. The delicately balanced beer offers sweet toffee and caramel notes with a noticeable hoppy punch. All 4-packs range from $16 – $18.

The brewery is still filling growlers. For safety reasons, however, they are only offering fills on newly purchased growlers.



Questions? This guy’s in charge of the beer list.

For the duration of the Commonwealth’s stay-at-home orders, Hopping Eagle will be open for limited takeout hours. Check with the brewery on Facebook and Instagram for hours, available beers and prices. Please call ahead to place orders as the beer list is subject to frequent change. Orders can also be placed through social media.

Current Beer List:

Tawny Owl Brown Ale – 6.2% ABV

Peregrine NEIPA – 7.1% ABV

Weighted Wings NEIPA – 7% ABV

Uncle Phil’s DIPA – 9.6% ABV

Bald Eagle Blonde Ale —  6% ABV

Bald Eagle Blonde Ale with Mango – 6% ABV

Hoppin’ Jalapeño Pale Ale – 6.2% ABV

Talon of The Hawk Barleywine – 11.5% ABV


Bodhi – MVP (Most Valuable Pup), aka Head Aussiedoodle in Charge


Stay safe. Stay positive. Support local businesses.

And don’t forget, for all of our friends, families, and neighbors, please continue observing all recommended health and safety precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Because, if you don’t, you’ll have to deal with Bodhi. He’s also the VP of Brewery Security Operations.

Note: Hopping Eagle is not a pet-friendly establishment. Bodhi is just so darn cute, we had to get him in some photos.

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