Wilmington Beer Week (Facebook : Twitter : Web) kicks off on Saturday July 14th and promises a week of craft beer fun all across the city. Approximately 15 different venues will be offering menu specials through out the week featuring beers from participating breweries. The event kicks off on Saturday 8pm as Mayor James Baker performs a city wide toast that will happen simultaneously at all 15 venues. This is in conjunction with Delaware Beer Night, where all participating venues will have special pricing for any Delaware craft beer. There’s also a week long “happy hour” from 5-7 every day during WBW which will feature discounts on featured beers at all participating venues.
In truth, one could have an awesome time next week simply going from venue to venue and enjoying the menu specials and the craft beer deals. However, there are special events through out the week that should not be over looked. I’ve made a list of six that I think merit strong consideration, with an eye towards value for your beer dollars. I encourage you to check out the whole week’s schedule of events. There’s something for everyone in Wilmington next week.
Saturday July 14th – While the Victory meet and greet at Chelsea Tavern is the place everyone will probably want to be on opening night, don’t over look the fine Belgian beer event at Piccolina Toscana from 6:00-9:30. For $20, guests will be taken on a guided tour through the tastes of Belgium by Cicerone Burke Morrison that consists of a tasting of beers from six different styles.
Monday July 16th – Ernest and Scott’s Evolution Brewing BBQ food and beer pairing from 7pm-9pm for $35, may be just too good to pass up. Hosted by Evolution founder Tom Knorr, the pairing will be done in a casual table station layout and will feature four BBQ foods and one dessert each paired with an Evolution beer. Tom will also be signing large format collector’s bottles for an extra fee.
Wednesday July 18th – To me, one of the most alluring events of WBW is the “1st State Backyard BBQ” being held in the parking lot at Dead Presidents Pub. The BBQ lasts from 3pm-7pm and only costs $25 and includes Delaware showcased food, games and tastings of Dogfish Head’s Ancient Ales series.
Thursday July 19th – What could be better on a hot summer day than some beer and music, New Orleans style? Well World Café Live at the Queen has that covered with an Abita Brewing tap take over starting at 6pm including; Abita Amber, Purple Haze, Jockamo IPA, Turbo Dog, Restoration Ale, Andy Gator and Vanilla Double Dog (22oz bottles). Draft beers will only be $3 during happy hour. They’ll also have an all you can eat crawfish boil for $10 and live New Orleans music. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
It’s Saturday July 21st and it’s time to end Wilmington Beer Week with a bang. If you want to end it where it all started (especially if you didn’t make it for opening night), then hop on over to the Chelsea Tavern for their Samuel Adams tap take over. Starting at 6pm, a $35 wristband will get you a selection of Samuel Adams’ Limited Edition series beers as well as paired food and live entertainment. The wristband will allow you to leave and come back later if you wish.
However, if you really want to end WBW full gonzo, then I’d suggest the American Craft Beer tasting over at the Queen. The event starts at 5:30 and for $35 you get beers from over a dozen local and not-so-local breweries (including Otter Creek Brewing, Flying Dog Brewery, Long Trail Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Southampton Public House, Stoudt’s Brewery, Troegs Brewing Company, Victory Brewing Company, Brewery Ommegang, Stone Brewing Company, Unibroue, Samuel Smith’s Brewery, Brew Dog Micro Brewery, Dogfish Head Brewing Company), a buffet food pairing table and live music.
Wilmington Beer Week is full of craft beer related events, dinners and daily specials. So have fun, enjoy the week and above all, drink responsibly!