family owned and operated

roots. bines. beer.

thirsty farmer brew works

thursday 4-9 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday 12-7 p.m.


Situated in the rolling hillsides and farmlands of Adams County, Pennsylvania, the Thirsty Farmer Brew Works brings a modern revival of farming to the craft beer market. All of our beers are brewed on site, most of which feature at least one of our home-grown hops. Our goal at Thirsty Farmer is to combine our passion for local agriculture, beer and community to create a unique “Adams County” experience. Chances are, you’ll meet at least one family member if you stop in—and we look forwarding to joining you!


owners & brewers

Brian Knouse, Owner: Brian manages farms in Cumberland County, as well as cider production along with his son, Kyle. In addition, Brian also smokes & pulls all of the meats on our Thirsty Farmer menu, including pulled pork, beef, ham and chicken.

Kevin Knouse, Owner: Kevin manages business operations at Knouse Fruitlands, Inc., Round Barn Market and Thirsty Farmer Brew Works. Kevin manages general operations exclusively at the Thirsty Farmer.

Kyle Knouse, Owner: Kyle manages the Round Barn Farm and orchard. He also grows specialty veggies and fruits for our market. Kyle brews cider along with his dad, Brian.

Milton Knouse II, Owner: Milton manages farms in Franklin County, as well as beer production along with his son, Milty. Milton grows sweet corn and a wide variety of pumpkins that are for sale at the Round Barn annually.

Milton Knouse III, Owner: Milton (“Milty”) manages farm equipment inventory. Milty also brews beer with his dad, Milton, and manages the beer production inventory. Milty coordinates outside sales with his sister, Jessica.

Tonya White, Owner: Tonya manages general operations for Knouse Fruitlands, Inc., and coordinates weddings at our unique venue at The Historic Round Barn.



The Knouse family has been brewing beer and making hard cider for over 20 years. While the homebrewing scene is much different than a large-scale brewing apparatus, our brewers are well-versed in the chemistry of making good beer and hard cider.

In 2015, the Knouse family decided to renovate one of its storage sheds at the Round Barn Farm orchard into a small-scale brewing facility. Over the course of 3 years, we were able to produce nine original beer recipes and several cider styles that are regularly featured on-tap. Finally, our dream came true in March of 2018 when we opened our brewery to the public.

We are a 100% family-owned business which boasts a legacy of four generations of farmers, including three Pennsylvania Master Farmers (M.E. Knouse—Knouse Foods; Janet T. Knouse—Knouse Fruitlands, Inc.; Brian Knouse—Knouse Fruitlands, Inc.). Our family business includes the Historical Round Barn Farm Market, Round Barn Weddings and Events, and Knouse Fruitlands, Inc. which consists of 7 orchards across Adams, Franklin and Cumberland Counties.

Our Hops

We grow up to 7 varieties of hops on-site, including Cascade, Chinook, Crystal, Galena, Nugget, Spalter Select and Zeus. If you are a brewery and would like to inquire about purchasing hops, please feel free to contact us at thirstyfarmersales@gmail.com.



Destination Gettysburg Feature

“Thirsty Farmer Brew Works combines family's passion for farming with love of beer” by the Hanover Evening Sun

PA Eats Feature

Customer Review by Sara Bozich, “guide to Harrisburg, PA”

our staff

Brian smith, manager
Olivia peters, assistant manager
travis mcdaniel, kitchen manager
jessica knouse, outside events & sales manager
kevin knouse, business manager

Milton knouse, brewmaster (beer)
milty knouse, brewmaster (beer)
brian knouse, brewmaster (cider)
Kyle Knouse, brewmaster (cider)


TF merchandise

our merchandise is available on-site for purchase

Long Sleeve T-shirts (Adult) $25.00
Long sleeve t-shirts (Ladies) $25.00
Ladies t-shirts $20.00
Adult t-shirts (prices vary)
ADULT HOODIES (slate & black) $30.00
Knit Hat (available in 4 colors) $25.00
bottle opener key chain $6.00
Burlap key chain $3.00
etched wood magnet $7.00
outdoor stickers $2.50
tractor logo sticker $1.50
pint glass $4.00
growler (no fill, growler only) $7.00
trucker hat $18.00
custom thirsty farmer dog collar $24.95

our local community

We value the feeling of community that Adams County is known for. Because we’re a family business we believe in maintaining close ties to our community, to friends and to family. We have worked with the following non-profit organizations and fundraisers to promote community wellness and the spirit of togetherness. If your organization would like to ask about partnering with us for an event or program, please contact Kevin Knouse at fruitlands@embarqmail.com.

JEwelry Designs by angels (JDA Jewlery)
Sweet grace ministries
South central community action programs (SCCAP)
Adams County ASPCA
Leukemia & Lymphoma society (LLS)


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