One journey ends and a new journey begins...

As I read the email that Mark Sofio sent to our loyal W5 Homebrew followers, I have to admit, I had tears in my eyes.  We have been brewing beer, eating great food prepared by King Leo, having a blast with friends and family, and all the while hatching plans to take our home-brewed beer commercial.  The McCluskey's home is the original Castle and all of us have so many wonderful memories from the past 5 years.  Thank you to all the W5 brewers and especially, Leo, Kitty and Mark Sofio!!

This is Mark's final W5 email to the gang.

Greetings All!

Where have all the years gone?! For over five years W5 Homebrew Club has dedicated itself to making the best home-brew beer we can. As many of you know, about 2 years ago we ventured out, via contract brewing, into the commercial beer world. We were warmly received and felt pretty good about our brewing ability. So we have decided to leap into the crazy world of Craft Beer Breweries as Crowded Castle Brewing Company with a brewery and taproom in historic Phoenixville, PA.  If you are interested in finding out more, you can go to our website

In making that decision, we knew that the day would come when we would have say goodbye to W5 in order to focus our attention on Crowded Castle. That day is here.

We would like to say thank you to all of you who came to visit us, who came to brew with us, eat with us, and who allowed us to share our home-brew at their events.  Your support and encouragement…and just plain love of beer…helped inspire us to start Crowded Castle. We invite you all to stop by and join us this Spring in Phoenixville…across from the Blob movie theater…for a pint or two!

I will pass this email list onto Crowded Castle for our monthly update. If you do not wish to be on that list, just respond to me and I will not pass on your email address.

If you are so inclined, we are kicking off a crowd funding campaign. Join in if you'd like. If you have any friends who might get a kick out of supporting us, please forward this to them.

Thank you again my friends and beer lovers. It has been my privilege to share our experiences with you.

Remember, just because something doesn’t last doesn’t mean it wasn’t beautiful!

This is Masta G, signing off and wishing you the beauty of life and the best of beer!