New Label Art – Mispillion River The Nor’Easter

– New England Rye IPA

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New out of Mispillion RiverThe Nor’easter, a New England Rye IPA clocking in at 7.5%ABV. I love the artwork on this one.

“Legends tell of an ancient storm bird from the North who brought wind, lightning, and destruction. Because I’m running out of sentences, you should know that she’s a BAMF who does what she wants. She has returned, bring clouds to Nor’ Easter, a 7.5% ABV New England Rye IPA.”

 

Noreaster

IPAs Abound Around the Area for National IPA Day

– go drink some

A lot has changed since the first Nation IPA Day back in 2011. The day, always the first Thursday in August, started out as a project of passion from Ashley Routson (The Beer Wench) and Ryan Ross and quickly became a pseudo holiday to the craft beer world, especially on Twitter where it garnered a lot of hashtags (#IPADay) and debate.

Sadly, both Ashley and Ryan are no longer involved with the craft beer scene, both having moved on to other things. The website still exists, but now instead of encouraging people to go out and explore the many styles and nuances that live under the “IPA” umbrella. The URL is now nothing buy a place holder containing advice articles about kids, relationships, and parenting.

But even without its founding foundations, IPA day is still recognized, still resonates through the craft beer society, and one can still find local establishments celebrating it. Here are just a few in the Delaware area (apologies to any I might have missed).

TWO STONES PUB:

Whenever I think about IPA day celebrations I naturally turn to Two Stones Pub, and as usual, they do not disappoint. All the locations seem to be doing a salute to IPA, with the Newark location tossing in a BBQ kicker. From their Facebook page:

IPA DAY + Brews & ‘Cues

It’s back…the Hoppiest Day Of The Year!

Come join us as we pit the best of both coasts against each other in a no-hops-barred throw down. You’ll see beers from our friends at Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Dogfish Head, Dewey Beer Company, Sixpoint & more.

Even Chef Aaron & his crew are getting in on the action by featuring a menu of East Coast vs West Coast bbq dishes to keep you fueled up for the battle.

ARGILLA BREWING:

Argilla will be tapping a slew of IPAs today. From their Facebook Page:

Around the World in 8 IPAs

We’ll be celebrating IPA Day with an assortment of India Pale Ales showcasing different hops varieties from around the globe. The taplist will include;

Double Tuscaloosa – all Columbus hopped West Coast IPA
Key Lime Pie PA – NEIPA brewed with lactose, lime zest & vanilla
Uncle Albert Admiral Nelson – featuring English hops
Brauhaus Black IPA – German-style India Black Lager
Did You Brew a Didgeridoo Brew, Dude – featuring Australian hops
Acid Jazz – Fruited Sour IPA
Biere de la Warr – Belgian-style IPA
Thai Chili Coconut IPA CASK – cask conditioned IPA with Thai Chilies & Coconut dry hopped with Sorachi Ace

3rd WAVE BREWING:

From their Facebook Page:

Tomorrow [this was posted yesterday] is National IPA Day! We’ll have lots of IPA specials, 1/2 price flights and H&A Catering joining us with freshly made burgers, hotdogs and hand cut fries!

TWIN LAKES BREWING:

As you hopefully know, Twin Lakes is about to release its first large production beer in 10 years, Emerald IPA. From the Delaware OnLine article by Ryan Cormier:

Emerald IPA, the very first India pale ale produced by Twin Lakes, will touch its first lips Thursday at Delaware Today’s Best of Delaware party at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. (You’ll find it at the Standard Distributing Company table.)

Delaware Growler is also hoping to have Emerald on tap on IPA day. And, speaking of Delaware Growler, I just looked at their tap list and they have almost 20 IPAs on tap. So even if they don’t manage to get Emerald you’ll still be able to find something to try (or revisit).

BELLEFONTE BREWING SAYS A PICTURE IS WORTH A HANDFUL OF IPAS:

BelleIPA

 

FINALLY, STATE LINE LIQUORS:

Leave it to State Line to quietly proclaim that one day is not enough for IPA Day. From their website:

*IPA Tap Social: Thursday 4:30 – 6:30pm

We’re kicking off National IPA Day tasting 6 beers representing the many different styles of India Pale Ales including West Coast, East Coast, Imperial, Fruited, Session & New England IPAs.

We kick-off at 4:30, it’s just $5 for unlimited tasting.

*Tap Takeover: It’s National IPA Day

Friday, August 3rd   6-9pm

Fundraiser for the Dream Foundation

30 IPA’s on tap, Pizza, silent auction tables  $20

Beers on tap (list subject to change) : Founders All Day, Burley Oak Homegrown, Flying Dog Easy IPA, Heavy Seas Loose Cannon, Flying Fish Hopfish IPA, Evolution Lot #3, Stone Idolatrous IPA, Firestone Walker Union Jack, Bear Republic Racer 5, Founders Fuzzy Sweater, Omnipollo Shploing, Founders Barrel Runner, Ithaca Pulp Addiction, Manor Hill Crooked Beak, Adroit Theory Chaos Warrior, Black Flag Hop Pods, 3 Stars Sonic Hummingbird, SweetWater Goin’ Coastal IPA, Uinta Piggy Back Peach IPA, Black Flag Synthwave, Epic Tart ‘N’ Juicy, Manor Hill Cyber Samurai, Anchorage Galaxy IPA, Two Roads Typecast, Flying Dog Tropical Bitch, Blue Earl Blue Train IPA, Dogfish Head 90 Minute, Victory DirtWolf, Firestone Walker Leo vs Ursus: Wookus, Adroit Theory Invisible Art

*IPA Sale celebrating National IPA day!

10% off packs, pack cases, 20% off singles* all American Craft IPA 

Friday, August 3rd   thru Sunday, August 5th

*sale items aren’t included

 

These might not be everything happening in the area (again, apologies to anyone I’ve missed) but they should get you started. And of course, if you’re still using Untappd, don’t forget to check-in and get your 2018 IPA DAY badge. Now go drink some IPAs!

 

 

 

 

The Delaware Wine and Beer Festival Returns to its Old Digs in 2018 with a New Energy and a New Name

This October 2018 will see the annual Delaware Wine and Beer Festival return to its original location at the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover, Delaware. The museum (located at 866 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, DE) hosted the event for several years before moving to the State Fair Grounds in Harrington where it has been held for the past two years.

But that’s not the only change, the festival has adopted the new name “The Delaware Beer, Wine, and Spirits Festival” to recognize the many Delaware spirit manufactures that often participate in the event.

The basic info can be found on the Visit Delaware Webpage, and Cullen Robinson from Out and About Magazine has informed me that the official website will go live sometime tomorrow, July 26th. Tickets will go on sale August 13th with both VIP (reserved parking, early entrance) and General Admission options. The event will be held from 11am-4pm, on October 13th.

Cullen has informed me that the event is returning with “new partnerships and new energy”. Let’s just hope they can avoid the problems at the Museum that caused the event to move to Harrington in the first place.

More info to come.

Family Fun (and beer) Along Greater Wilmington’s Riverfront This Summer

Original press release – all words as [SUCH] were added by me.

Discover Family-Friendly Fun Along Greater Wilmington’s

Riverfront This Summer

Wilmington, Delaware (June 20, 2018) – This summer Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley offer families a blend of classic American summer fun as well as some experiences that are unique to the region. Wilmington’s revitalized Riverfront is a family favorite, featuring seasonal fun like family nights on the river taxi, mini golf, baseball games and even a family-friendly craft beer garden. Here’s a peek at just a handful of the many reasons to plan a visit to the area:

Cruise on the River: River Taxi Wilmington

815 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

Every Tuesday and Thursday between June and August, River Taxi Wilmington hosts “Family Nights on the River Taxi.” On Tuesdays, a guide from the Delaware Nature Society leads the tour as guests learn about local wildlife. And Thursday tours are historical in nature, with the captain sharing background on various Wilmington sites and landmarks, along with the history of the river. All “Family Night” cruises include a coupon for a treat at Riverwalk Mini Golf’s Snack Shack.

[River Taxi Wilmington also hosts three 1-hour long wine cruises every Wednesday. From the website:

Enjoy a 1-hour wine tasting on the river, Wednesdays in June, July and August! Cruise by the scenic Christina River up to the I-495 bridge while enjoying hand selected wines. This unique outing is perfect for happy hour or an after-dinner drink! Want to add to the fun? Add on a fruit and cheese snack box! Available for pre-order for an additional $6 /person!

Cruise times are 5:30pm, 6:30pm or 7:30pm and leave from Dravo Dock. $20 per person. Fruit and cheese snack boxes must be ordered by 5pm the Monday before your cruise date. Cruises must be 21 years old or older, proper ID is required at the time of cruise. Reservations must be made in advance and are paid in full at the time of booking. No refunds.]

Take Me Out to a Ball Game: Wilmington Blue Rocks

801 Shipyard Dr, Wilmington, DE 19801

 The Wilmington Blue Rocks professional minor league baseball team kicked off its season in April and will play through Labor Day in September. A Frawley Stadium tradition is that every Friday that the Blue Rocks have a home game, there’s a post-game fireworks extravaganza. On Sunday Family Fundays, kids can play catch on the field before the game, participate in a pre-game autograph session with Blue Rocks players and run the bases following the game. A fan favorite is the variety of mascots attendees might see at the games, including Rocky Bullwinkle and Mr. Celery, who appears every time the home team scores a run.

[Frawley Stadium has a very good line-up of concessions. You’re never far from a glass of beer. Check out O’Celery’s Ale House for draft beer selections. Also, every Thursday home game is Beer:30 presented by Dogfish Head Brewery. Select Dogfish Head beers will be available for just $3 for a limited time in the Dogfish Head First Base Picnic Area.]

Eat, Drink & Play Games: Constitution Yards Beer Garden

308 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

                A 30,000-square-foot outdoor space located at Justison Landing, Constitution Yards has quickly become the area’s go-to place for summer fun. Featuring classic BBQ fare and backyard games like cornhole, bocce and giant Jenga, families can eat, drink, relax and play along the waterfront while the adults enjoy a refreshing craft beer or frozen cocktail.

[I mean do I have to explain this? It’s a BEER GARDEN]

 Explore Nature: DuPont Environmental Education Center

1400 Delmarva Lane, Wilmington, DE 19801

                The city, river and marsh meet at the 212-acre Russell Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge, which is home to the four-story DuPont Environmental Education Center. Visitors can participate in hands-on nature activities, including walks, dip-netting, meeting live animals and summer camps. A variety of public programs are also available, including bird walks, family canoe trips, nature exploration and more.

[There appears to be no beer here, just a lot of cool things to see or do. But depending on how you arrive and/or leave the Education Center, you’ll pass by Timothy’s Grill and Iron Hill Brewery….so….]

Stretch the Imagination: Delaware Children’s Museum

550 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

                Families can explore the worlds of science, math, technology and more at the Delaware Children’s Museum. With a mission to provide children and families an accessible, fun and stimulating environment, children are encouraged to learn through play in such exhibits as the “Stratosphere,” a 30-foot diameter climbing structure, and “Training Wheels,” a transportation-themed interaction area with a toddler-sized train and boat.

[Again, no beer here. But once you’ve tired the little ones out, Iron Hill Brewery is only a short walk away. And, once you’re done there head on over to the Altitude Trampoline Park because there’s nothing more fun after a few beers than a trampoline! Am I right, guys? Guys?

Buddy Avatar 50 As Ed’s lawyer I’m obligated to say that we here at the Dogs of Beer/Delaware Beer Blog do not endorse or recommend intoxicated trampoline jumping.

My lawyer??? When the hell did you become my lawyer?

Buddy Avatar 50 I was appointed counsel at last Friday’s meeting.

WE DO NOT HAVE FRIDAY MEETINGS!!

Buddy Avatar 50 You keep saying that, but just because you don’t come to them, doesn’t mean they don’t happen.

I don’t come to them because they’re not happening.

Buddy Avatar 50 Weasel said you’d be this way.

Sigh, weasel is a piece of cloth with a plastic bottle shoved up his ass.

Buddy Avatar 50 “Prick” I believe is the word he used.

OK that’s enough, I’ll deal with this when I get home. Now let me finish this post….]

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Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley is in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic region and less than a two-hour drive from both New York City and Washington. Steeped in American history and the legacy of the famed du Pont family, Greater Wilmington is a destination marked by sharp contrasts – town and garden, past and present, historic and hip. From renowned gardens, world-class museums, colonial towns, outdoor adventure, festivals, and an ever-growing craft beer and restaurant scene, each experience is more vibrant, more unique and more authentic than the last. Learn more at VisitWilmingtonDE.com. And to see the beauty of the Brandywine Valley now, watch this: https://youtu.be/KyPWLnciO0E

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Kim Boerema named CEO of Iron Hill as Kevin Finn is Appointed CoB (Press Release)

IRON HILL BREWERY AND RESTAURANT NAMES

KIM BOEREMA CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Kevin Finn Appointed Chairman of the Board

Wilmington, DE (June 5, 2018) – Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant (“Iron Hill” or the “company”), a globally acclaimed and award-winning scratch kitchen and craft brewery, today announced a management and Board-level transition that will accelerate the company’s growth trajectory throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Culinary veteran Kim Boerema has been named chief executive officer following the appointment of Kevin Finn to chairman of the board.

Mr. Finn, a co-founder of the company, has spent more than 20 years at the helm of Iron Hill.  Under his leadership and that of co-founders Mark Edelson and Kevin Davies, Iron Hill employs more than 1400 staff members, has operations in 14 locations, and is poised for further expansion. The three founders remain active in every aspect of the business, ensuring a fully integrated and authentic food and beer experience – from Tap to Table.

“I’m honored that our Board has entrusted me with the great responsibilities of chairmanship,” said Mr. Finn, who will also lead the company’s real estate ventures.  “My time as president has been incredibly rewarding, but this is both the next logical step for me, and the right time to take it. Our foundation is strong, our processes and protocols sound, and our staff is the best in the business. I am genuinely proud of them and pleased to turn over day-to-day command to Kim, an outstanding leader whose business acumen, drive and operational knowledge foster success at every turn.”

 Mr. Boerema comes to Iron Hill from The California Pizza Kitchen (“CPK”), where he served as chief operating officer.  Prior to his seven years at CPK, Mr. Boerema was a vice president of Texas Roadhouse, a regional vice president of Brinker International, and a general manager of Bennigan’s.  He is a seasoned executive with 32 years of leadership experience in the culinary industry.  During that time he opened more than 200 restaurants across the country.

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Kim Boerema

“I am privileged to become the CEO of Iron Hill,” said Mr. Boerema.  “For years I have been a fan of the brewery and restaurant, seeing firsthand the pride, artistry, effort and raw talent of its staff. There is attention to detail in every meal and beer, all made from scratch using the finest ingredients; care and precision with every plating and pour; and an insistence that absolute freshness is not an optional luxury, but a self-imposed demand by the men and women of Iron Hill so that every guest receives the best.

“As we move forward and continue our strategic expansion, I see great things ahead for our guests, staff and this company.”

Iron Hill serves local communities, brews its own craft beers on-site, and offers a full food menu made from scratch daily. It prides itself on excellent service and direct engagement with the guest throughout the entire experience.  Demonstrative of the company’s aggressive expansion plans, Iron Hill opened its newest location in Delaware’s Rehoboth Beach on May 24. This followed the award-wining group’s Greenville, South Carolina opening on May 1.

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About Iron Hill

Named after the historic Revolutionary War landmark in Delaware, where General George Washington battled the British, Iron Hill is among the most enduringly successful craft brewers in the United States. Its 21-year consecutive medal-winning streak at national and international competitions is the longest by any independent craft brewery.

Founded by home brewers Kevin Finn, Mark Edelson and restaurateur Kevin Davies in Newark, DE in 1996, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has blossomed from one restaurant and brewery to 14 locations up and down the East Coast, including Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and South Carolina. Each brewery/restaurant has their own scratch kitchen and craft brewery, allowing individual chefs and brewers the creativity to pair the freshest ingredients with the highest quality grains and hops. For 21 years, Iron Hill has incorporated beer in everything they do. As a result, Finn, Edelson and Davies are viewed as innovative business leaders in their home state of Delaware and in the Mid-Atlantic region. They started Iron Hill at a time when small breweries were just beginning to gain mass appeal around the country and their entrepreneurial, forward thinking helped build them into what they are to date. Each individual location has its own head brewer. Each location dedicates itself to the freshest ingredients and friendly atmosphere for all age groups – helping change overall perceptions about brewpubs one meal, one pint, one community at a time.

Locations

Newark, DE (147 East Main Street, 302-266-9000);  Wilmington, DE (620 Justison Street, 302-472-2739);  Media, PA (30 East State Street, 610-627-9000);  West Chester, PA (3 West Gay Street, 610-738-9600);  North Wales, PA (1460 Bethlehem Pike, 267-708-2000);  Phoenixville, PA (130 East Bridge Street, 610-983-9333);  Lancaster, PA (781 Harrisburg Pike, 717-291-9800);  Maple Shade, NJ (124 East Kings Highway, 856-273-0300); Voorhees, NJ (13107 Town Center Boulevard, 856-545-9009);  Chestnut Hill, PA (8400 Germantown Avenue, 215-948-5600);  Ardmore, PA (60 Greenfield Avenue, 610-228-2280); and Huntingdon Valley, PA (785 Huntingdon Pike, 610-602-9255); Greenville, SC (741 Haywood Rd. 864-568-7009); Rehoboth, DE (19815 Coastal Highway. 302-260-8000) and two new locations opening in 2018, including: Philadelphia, PA and Hershey, PA.

May Beers and Label Art for Delaware

Well May has come and gone so let’s take a look at some of the new beers and label art that it brought us:

First up, Dogfish Head gives a few tweaks to its 90 Minute IPA label while adding the word “IMPERIAL” into the mix. 90 Minute has always been described as an Imperial IPA, but now the word is front and center. They of course echoed this repackaging for the 1 pint energy drink cans.

Dogfish Head

Next up, Mispillion River with The Goon IPA and War Badger, a sour beer brewed with fruit grape.

Mispillion

Iron Hill usually doesn’t have a lot of labels come through the system, but this month they’ve been pretty active. Below are labels for Vienna Red Lager, Ore House IPA, Crusher Session IPA, and a Halloween inspired (my favorite obviously) Pumpkin Ale.

Iron Hill

Speaking of busy, the guys over at Midnight Oil have been busy doing more than making beer. Here’s a nice collection of keg labels from them.

Midnight Oil

And last but not least, 16 Mile with a very interesting looking label for their New England style IPA, Solar Flare. 16 Mile is also doing their thing were they’re passing numerous keg label through the system that are their beers mixed with various fruit and herbs. I haven’t included them because they’re pretty non-descriptive but they include Blue’s Golden with Blood Oranges, Blue’s Golden with allspice, apples, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, honey and mace, as well as Amber Sun with ginger and apples.

16 Mile

Long Time Brewer Brian O’Reilly is Leaving Sly Fox

Starting New Brewery in Philly

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sly Fox Brewing Company


O’Reilly to Start New Philly Venture

Sly Fox Positioned to Maintain Quality and Innovation

May 24, 2018 — Pottstown, PA—The brewmaster responsible for transitioning Sly Fox Brewing Company into a regional independent craft brewing competitor will leave the brewery in early July, the company announced today.

Sly Fox Bock Festival and Goat Races, Pottstown, PABrian O’Reilly came to a fledgling Sly Fox in February 2002 when the small operation, one of the first in the Philadelphia region, consisted of a single small brewpub in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. O’Reilly immediately began transforming the Sly Fox beer portfolio into what has since become one of the most respected portfolios of new- and old-world styles available anywhere.

Sly Fox’s enduring success has been due, in large part, to O’Reilly’s award-winning beers and careful go-to market style. The brewery won a Great American Beer Festival (GABF) medal for its Helles Golden Lager in O’Reilly’s inaugural year and has accumulated more than a dozen since, including four medals in five years  for its Grisette Summer Ale. O’Reilly was also instrumental in championing craft beer in cans and, in 2006, oversaw Sly Fox’s transition as the first craft brewery in the mid-Atlantic region to install a canning line.

Sly Fox Brewing Company, with the main brewery and tasting room in Pottstown, the newly renovated Phoenixville pub and the anticipated Wyomissing and Malvern locations in development, is well-known for pairing its beer releases with compelling events.

When O’Reilly first came to Sly Fox, he proposed a spring celebration that would feature racing goats, and now in its 18th year, the Sly Fox Bock Festival and Goat Races hosts more than 5,000 guests and is named best beer event in Philadelphia year after year. The brewery hosts a packed schedule of other uncommon events that all started as O’Reilly ideas, including a huge outdoor music festival and Robert Burns birthday celebration, but it’s beer making that motivates the brewer.

“I’m most proud of the actual growth of the brewing operation,” reflects O’Reilly. 

“When we look back at where we came from, scrambling to make beer in the little brewpub to the 30,000-square-foot, 50-hectoliter production brewery, it’s pretty amazing. I’m thankful the Giannopoulos family always strives to provide the resources needed to continually evolve and brew quality beer.”

As the brewery grew, O’Reilly trained a small army of capable brewers, many of whom have gone on to noteworthy brewing positions elsewhere, while some of the very best remain a part of the innovative team at Sly Fox. Although the brewery does not plan to immediately replace O’Reilly, as many as five brewers came of age under his tutelage and are poised to contribute to the brewery’s ongoing innovation, sustainability and growth. 

Former Operations Manager, Tim Ohst will be named director of brewery operations and will oversee production at the regional brewery that currently enjoys distribution in six states.

“Brian and I grew up together in the beer business over the last 17 years,” Giannopoulos continued. “We’re like brothers, and we’re excited for Brian, but we’re also confident that he’s leaving us in good hands.”

“There are team members in the brewhouse who have an opportunity to step up,” he added.

“It won’t be a radical change in the brewery, where there are collaborative efforts every day,” adds O’Reilly. “The [Sly Fox] team of lead brewers has been managing brewing day to day for years now, efficiently and professionally.”

Next up for O’Reilly is a new brewing venture in partnership with Philadelphia change agent and restaurateur Avram Hornik in the space formerly occupied by Yards Brewing. 

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About Sly Fox Brewing Company

Since its inaugural brew in 1995, Sly Fox has crafted more than 100 different top-notch craft beers. Its critically acclaimed year-round lineup and highly anticipated seasonals are available in its brewpubs in Phoenixville and Pottstown, as well as top bars and restaurants in PA, NJ, NY, MD, VA and Washington, DC. Sly Fox was the first craft brewery in the mid-Atlantic to put in a canning line, adding it to the facility in 2006, and with it, earned the first-ever Great American Beer Festival (GABF) medal awarded to a canned craft beer, in 2007. Sly Fox has earned GABF medals virtually every year since and is widely recognized as among the region’s best and most enduring craft breweries.


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