Delaware and Craft Beer: Where It’s At

by Phil Hagen on September 18, 2010

Row of pint glasses with a different beer in eachThe term “Craft Beer” means something special to those of us lucky enough to live in Sussex County, Delaware.  It’s no secret that we’re home to Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, the First Brewery in the First State.  But, if you’ve been paying attention to local press, or even regional and national beer media, you may also know of two other breweries here – 16 Mile Brewing Company (Georgetown), and Evolution Craft Brewing Company (Delmar).  If you venture north to Kent and New Castle Counties, you’ll find even more opportunities to enjoy a delicious, truly all-American Craft Beer.  Just beyond our state borders, really dedicated Craft Beer fans can find quite literally hundreds of brewers – both well-known and well-kept-secrets.

The key point is that we are fortunate enough to live in the middle of a great market for excellent beers.  Today, national megabrands struggle with decreasing sales while Craft Brewers – with the support of their fans and a more than few barrels of dedication and hard work – are growing steadily.  Without straying too far from our excellent beaches, we can sample some of the finest ales, lagers, porters, and stouts – directly from their sources.

In this column, I’m excited to discuss Craft Beer in general, but more importantly, how we in Southern Delaware can take advantage of our location – the geographic center of the East Coast brewing scene.  I’m not a professional beerman in any capacity, so a good deal of what gets written will be about learning on the fly.  That said, please – pull or pour a fresh pint of real American Craft beer, sit back, and enjoy.


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