Believe it or not, Delaware’s unique craft breweries contribute $430 million to Delaware’s economy each year. It’s become a powerhouse and a mecca for beer enthusiasts!
Forget the beaches for a moment. Instead, take a Discovery Tour of southern Delaware’s variety of local breweries, and learn how this favorite beverage is actually made. Beer tourism is flourishing and on the rise in Delaware!
In the mid 1990s, Delaware lawmakers passed legislation that allowed for local, small breweries to do business in the First State. With humble beginnings, Dogfish Head was soon born, and now the once-maverick microbrewery is sold globally.
There’s even a new name in the dictionary to describe the popular trend of restaurants that feature craft beer: gastropub. It is gaining national attention. Take your own tour and see what all the fuss is about!
Thompson Island Brewing Company of Rehoboth, in a field of over 6,000 recently received gold medal honors for its Thompson Island IPA (India Pale Ale) at the US Open Beer Championship, and bronze for its Glazed and Confused brew in the chocolate type-category!
Big Oyster Brewery in Lewes, meanwhile, was named the second fastest-growing brewery in the US, according to the national Brewers Association. They offer 16 draft varieties, as well as cans to go.
Crooked Hammock of Lewes is a popular brewery with traditional beers, as well as unique seasonal flavors such as Pomegranate Plum and Hand of Buddha. Play ping pong in their backyard, bring the dog, and let the grandkids run around their playground while you’re there!
Known for their IPAs, it’s worth a visit to experience Revelation Brewery. With four locations, you can choose everything from Mother in Law IPA to Sussex County Mule Ale. Try your hand at axe throwing at their Hudson Fields location!
Then, with over 100 brands of beer, including their own brews, there’s Gary’s 38-75 Grill in Dewey Beach, a local favorite with an emphasis on healthy and eco-friendly dining.
Award-winning Iron Hill Brewery of Rehoboth boasts craft beers and “scratch” cuisine to go with it. Feel good about yourself while you enjoy homemade desserts: all proceeds go to children’s cancer research and treatment!
So raise a glass to Delaware’s craft beer movement. Forget the big label beers, because there’s far more flavor to discover around here. Cheers!