Wilmington Brew Works Partners with Local Beer Historian to Place Grave Marker to Honor the “Father of Lager Beer” – Press Release

Wilmington Brew Works is hoping to raise funds to place a marker on the grave of Christian Kruauch, who Delaware beer historian John Medkeff Jr refers to as “one of America’s earliest lager beer brewers and perhaps the most significant figure in the state’s brewing history”. As always I’d like to thank John Fusco for forwarding me the information.

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WILMINGTON BREWERY UNVEILS CAMPAIGN TO COMMEMORATE PIONEER BREWER

Delaware’s Forgotten “Father of Lager Beer” Inspired an Industry

WBWWilmington, Delaware, November 6, 2018 – The gravesite of Delaware brewing pioneer Christian Krauch has been without a marker since his death 148 years ago. With the help of the public, Wilmington Brew Works is aiming to correct this historic oversight and honor the man known in his time as the state’s “Father of Lager Beer”.

The brewery has been working with Delaware beer historian John Medkeff Jr. and Krauch descendants on plans to place a granite monument upon Christian’s cemetery plot at the Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery. The organizers hope to raise the $2,700 needed for the memorial within the next several months.

According to Medkeff, author of Brewing in Delaware (Arcardia Publishing), Krauch was “one of America’s earliest lager beer brewers and perhaps the most significant figure in the state’s brewing history”. Krauch got his start brewing ale in his Philadelphia saloon after his arrival from Bavaria in 1838. Two years later, John Wagner brought the first lager yeast from Germany to Philadelphia. By 1850, Krauch relocated his saloon and brewing business to the burgeoning city of Wilmington and introduced lager beer to the First State. He was a respected elder of Wilmington’s German community and helped found the singing club that would later become the Delaware Saengerbund.

Though Krauch never expanded his business beyond his King Street saloon, he inspired and greatly influenced the generation of Wilmington brewers who followed him. With the popularity of and demand for lager beer dramatically increasing after the Civil War, Krauch disciples John Fehrenbach and Joseph Stoeckle helped transform what was once a modest occupation into one of Delaware’s most profitable industries.

Fate would not be as kind to Krauch. With his humble brewing operation eclipsed by Wilmington’s larger breweries, he died penniless in 1870 and was buried in an unmarked grave. Over time, Krauch and his contributions to Delaware brewing history have been largely forgotten.

Wilmington Brew Works recently paid homage to the pioneer brewer with a helles bock named “Krauch’s Creation”. The brewery is now advancing the tribute with the Christian Krauch Memorial Fund. The public is encouraged to help memorialize Krauch and celebrate Delaware’s rich brewing heritage by donating to the online campaign at www.plumfund.com/memorial-fund/krauch. In addition, Wilmington Brew Works will be donating a portion of proceeds from beer sales to the effort.

Media Contacts
John Fusco, Creative Director, Wilmington Brew Works, john@wilmingtonbrewworks.com, 302-507- 4100, www.WilmingtonBrewWorks.com
John Medkeff Jr., historian, delawarebeer@comcast.net, 302-981-5972, www.DelawareBeerHistory.com

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Wilmington Brew Works
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Dogfish Head’s IPAs for the Holidays Pack Gets A New Beer/Wine

According to their social media, Dogfish Head will be adding a new bottling to their IPAs for the Holidays pack. Viniferous IPA is a 6%ABV beer/wine hybrid brewed with El Dorado, Hallertau Blanc and Huell Melon hops and then fermented on Riesling and Viognier grape must. Viniferous IPA was offered as only a brewery exclusive earlier this year and was brewed with a different hop profile then the upcoming bottling.

The holiday pack will also include 60 and 90 minute IPA as well as another beer/wine hybrid Sixty-One, which if you don’t recall is their 60 minute IPA with syrah grape must added – all three of which were offered in last year’s holiday pack, with Viniferous replacing last year’s Indian Brown Dark IPA.

Dogfish Head’s IPAs for the Holidays 12-pack will start hitting the shelves sometime in November.

Read More:
My review of Sixty-One
Viniferous

Wilmington Brew Works Selected as Delaware location for The 48 Beer Project

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Received a press release from John Fusco yesterday informing everyone that Wilmington Brew Works had been selected by Heidi Geist for her The 48 Beer Project. Details below:

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WILMINGTON BREWERY SELECTED FOR NATIONAL LABEL ART PROJECT

Artwork to Be Created and Installed at Wilmington Brew Works

October 22, 2018

Wilmington, Delaware – Maine-based artist Heidi Geist hit the road in early September on a year-long journey to create artwork for breweries in each of the continental United States. Geist’s mass art project, appropriately dubbed The 48 Beer Project, will bring her to the newly opened Wilmington Brew Works at the end of this October.

Geist has designed labels for nearly 20 craft breweries over the last three years at her Portland studio. When her lease expired, she was inspired to purchase a mini-school bus from eBay and convert it into a mobile studio with the intention of more directly connecting with her clients. Geist spent three months renovating the mobile studio, which she named ‘Fearless.’ She then conjured up the idea of nation-wide beer related project after a weeklong meditation.

The art collaboration is just one element of The 48 Beer Project’s larger mission. According to Geist, “Along the way, I will be talking with brewers, grains growers, other label designers, etc., about their role in the craft industry, and recording the stories of not just beer lovers, but strangers and friends from all corners of the country.”

Geist carefully targeted partners in her project, selecting breweries who shared a similar collaborative ethos. She was particularly interested in partnering with breweries like Wilmington Brew Works, who are involved in their local communities and support art organizations and other charities. “When this building had fallen into disrepair it was a drag on the neighborhood and the city.  We are excited to add purpose and meaning to such a beautiful building, and bring the spirit of experimentation back to this space! Partnering with the 48 beer project is an exciting way to begin an arts program here, where we can collaborate with local artists for future projects,” said Craig Wensell, CEO and Head Brewer.

Having already completed projects in the New England states, New York, and New Jersey, Geist will be stopping in Pennsylvania prior to her arrival at Wilmington Brew Works on Thursday, October 25. Her work in Delaware will have a bit more permanence than the labels she created as earlier parts of the project. During her three-day stay, Geist will be creating artwork on two of Wilmington Brew Works’ wooden barrels. The artwork will become semi-permanent fixtures on display in the brewery taproom.

About Wilmington Brew Works

Wilmington Brew Works is the first production brewery to be located in Wilmington’s city limits since 1954. Housed in a century old former laboratory in the Old Ninth Ward, we keep the spirit of the building’s creative origins alive with new and innovative ales, lagers, sours, ciders, and soft drinks. The company’s family-friendly taproom has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating to enjoy a drink with friends, both old and new. Playfully Pretentious, Easily Enjoyed.

Media Contacts

Heidi Geist, The 48 Beer Project, heidi@diegeistart.com, 207-303-2520, www.diegeistart.com, Instagram: @48beerproject

John Fusco, Creative Director, Wilmington Brew Works, john@wilmingtonbrewworks.com, 302-507-4100, www.WilmingtonBrewWorks.com

 

New Label Art – Dogfish Head’s Eastern Seaboard.

As I wrote back in the beginning of the month, Dogfish head is beginning to release a new series of beers captioned “Wooden…It Be Nice”, a salute to wood-aged, wild ales. Below is the label art for the third beer in the series Eastern Seaboard, an ale aged in both red and white wine barrels and infused with blackberries and beach plums.

Eastern Seaboard gets its wild side from inoculations of both Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus, and will clock in at 8.2% alcohol.

As with all beers in the “Wooden…it be Nice” series, Eastern Seaboard will only be available at the Milford brewery for $10 a 375mL bottle, and only 2000 bottles will be made available. Look for Eastern Seaboard sometime around mid-December.

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It May Be In PA, But You Can Still Get Your Delaware On at Kennett Brewfest

Tomorrow, October 13th marks the 21st time that Kennett Brewfest will open its gates to the beer loving public. While many fine festivals have materialized during those 21 years (and yes, sadly some have ceased) Kennett has grown into what I consider the template for a successful beer festival.

From the food, to the music, to the sheer number of breweries, to even something as simple as having more than enough (free) water available, Kennett gets it right year after year. But what really raises the bar for this festival is its VIP session which it dubs the “connoisseur session”.

While other festivals VIP tickets get you into the event early, Kennett requests that the breweries participating in the connoisseur season bring something special, something unusual, or maybe even something rare, to pour during the one-and-a-half-hour period before the regular session begins.

To be honest, with in the neighborhood of 50 breweries (just about half of the total attending) pouring during this year’s connoisseur session, it is practically its own festival and this year, Delaware is nicely represented.

Below is an edited map for the connoisseur session highlighting the Delaware breweries that are participating this year, plus a quick rundown of what they will be pouring. Click here for a full map from the festival’s website, and if you were unfortunately not lucky enough to get connoisseur tickets this year (although they didn’t sell out nearly as fast this year as they have in the past) but you have tickets to the regular session, you can find that map here.

KBF 2018

If you’d like to print out the Delaware Map, simply click here, right click on the image and select view image. Then print from your browser, or you can copy the image or save it and print it from you favorite graphics program.

Here’s what these Delaware breweries are planning on pouring at the connoisseur session (notice: plans change last minute and so sometimes do the offerings, so don’t take this list as written in stone). These breweries will also be pouring in the regular session (again, subject to change) along with fellow Delaware representatives Wilmington Brew Works, Twin Lakes, Dogfish Head (Seaquench, Liquid Truth Serum), and Dewpoint.

Argilla Brewing: Tent 113 – Will be bringing their Dregs of the Earth, a barrel aged sour which currently rates a 3.83/5 on Untappd.

Bellfonte Brewing: Tent 111 – Will be bringing their Claymonster, which has been described as “One Helluva BIG Dark Strong Belgian Ale!” (10.2%ABV). With nearly 100 check ins on Untapped, Claymonster has a rating of 3.8/5.

Brick Works: Tent 124 – Will be pouring their Love Vigilante Biere De Garde, a recent offering from the brewery with the beer being added to Untappd as recently as September. It doesn’t have many ratings yet, but sits at a respectable 3.6/5.

MIspillion River: Tent 123 – No word yet on what MR will be bring to the festival, but if the past is any indication, we shouldn’t be disappointed.

Rebel Seed Cidery: Tent 83 – Hey, cider is more than welcome at a beerfest, and if you’re the type that can’t get enough pumpkin in your diet this time of year the fine folks from Marydel have you covered with their Pumpkin cider (3.73/5).

2SP Brewing: Tent 90: – OK, I know, Aston PA. but come on…we still consider Mike and the gang as family, right? The guys will be pouring two beers: Uísque Fumaça, a smoked beer (4.09/5) and their recently brewed High Strangeness, a session IPA (3.69/5).

New Label Art – Dogfish Head’s Dragons & YumYums

Dogfish Head must have their artists working overtime. Here’s another label from the brewery, although this time it’s a revision of the already existing Dragons & YumYums.

For those who haven’t caught this one on the shelf yet, here’s what the brewery initially had to say about this Flaming Lips inspired beer:

An explosion of fruit in every sip, Dragons & YumYums is an intensely tropical – yet subtlety bitter – pale ale brewed with a combination of dragon fruit, yumberry, passionfruit, pear juice and black carrot juice. Clocking in at 6.5% ABV and 25 IBU, Dragons & YumYums is a first-of-its-kind beer and vinyl collaboration with American rock icons, The Flaming Lips.

The new label keeps the vibe of the original by Marq Spusta (I don’t know if he supplied the artwork for the new one) but almost has a more candy wrapper feel to it with its more whimsical themes and cartoon like characterizations. It almost wouldn’t surprise me if it had “Taste the Rainbow®” typed at the bottom.

The new Dragons and Yumyums label (top) and the original one (below):

New Dragons and Yum Yums

 

New Label Art – Dogfish Head’s Wet Hop American Summer

Wow, Dogfish Head has been busy lately. Back around September, the brewery announced a new series of beers coming out as special Milton brewery only releases.

The new series “Wooden…It Be Nice” is a salute to wood aged, wild ales, something that not only was of interest to the brewery, but that they also had some experience with:

 “About fifteen years ago, we first started experimenting with sours, beginning with Festina Lente – a peach wild ale that won us a bronze medal at the World Beer Cup the first year it was produced – then went on to produce SeaQuench Ale which is currently the top selling sour in America,” says Dogfish founder & CEO Sam Calagione. “Now, we’re amplifying our wild beer program with ‘Wooden … it be nice!,’ as it’s another step forward in our journey and evolution of goodness incorporating everything from herbs and spices, to local fruits, and of course, bringing it all together in wood.” (From Dogfish Head’s blog)

The program started releasing back in September with KnottyBits, a wild ale (8.2%ABV) aged for a year with Brettanomyces and then racked onto several hundred pounds of sweet and sour cherries and locally sourced rhubarb from Fifer Orchards.

Now it’s time for the next in the series as November brings Wet Hop American Summer, a farmhouse ale (7.75%ABV) aged in Chardonnay barrels with Brettanomyces before being introduced to wet (freshly harvested) whole leaf Citra hops.

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Look for the third release Eastern Seaboard, a wild ale (8%ABV) some time in December. The beer sat on blackberries and beach plums after ageing over a year in wine barrels.