River Town Ride and Festival, Jessop’s Oktoberfest Dinner, and 2SP Dinner

Clearing out the email and thought you might be interested in the following press release and email notifications.

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River Towns

Two Historic Towns Team Together

For One Amazing Festival!

RIVER TOWNS RIDE & Festival

The 3nd Annual River Towns Ride & Festival is a one-day joint festival held between the two waterfront towns of New Castle and Delaware City.  This year’s event will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 11:30-5:00 p.m.

The two towns are 10 miles apart and connected by the bike-friendly corridor of Route 9. The event will feature 9:00 a.m. competitive bicycling time trials component for cash and prizes AND a recreational ride where cyclists can pick their distance and ride for fun or earn a medal.

Festivals will be held in New Castle’s Historic Green and Delaware City’s Battery Park starting at 11:30.  Activities at both include live music, food, drink, children’s games, hay ride, face painting, sand art and kid’s crafts..

The highlight of the event will be a craft beer festival at both the New Castle Green and Delaware City Battery Park.

10 craft brews will be available.

Admission is free and food, drink and beer are available for purchase.

A free shuttle bus is provided for day-long transportation between each town.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

A community festival like this needs the participation of the community.

 Please volunteer a few hours of your time to make this an exciting and fun event for New Castle. 

Volunteers are needed in these areas.  Time shifts are 11:15-1:00, 1:00-3:00, 3:00-5:00                                                                                  

·         Kids craft Table

·         Set Up/Take Down of Tables and Chairs

·         Aid Station-hand out water- snacks

·         Beer Ticket Sales, ID checks & Wrist Bands

·         Beer Pourers

·         Info Table- registration, program books,

Please email Cindy Snyder-  Cynthia.Snyder@state.de.us   or call 302-323-4453

Let us know which areas and what times you can help.  Thank You!

Visit our website: www.rivertownsfestival.com

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Things I Heard at Downtown Brewfest and Delaware: A Brew Story

– or those that I remember.

So, what we call “festival season” has started with a bang. August, September, October usually see a lot of activity as annual festivals grab their spot on the calendar and new festivals try to find a nice place to fit into the already crowded weekends.

Such as this year’s first annual Downtown Brewfest. The event was held right on Market Street in Wilmington (the 800 block to be exact) and attracted a nice crowd to the Saturday afternoon event.

I thought the event hit a lot of the marks you’d want from a beerfest, and I hope it becomes a permanent addition to our calendar.

Several weeks later it was time for one of our favorite annual events, Delaware: A Brew Story. Every year this event draws almost everyone who is anyone in the Delaware beer scene (including some who have not opened their doors yet) and this year was no exception.

Some pretty nice beers were available, and as always local historian John Medkeff Jr gave a fine talk on Delaware beer history. This year’s theme was the “Roaring Twenties” and so in fitting fashion, John gave a fine talk on the history (and impact) of prohibition on the breweries of Delaware.

Sadly, both events came up light from a picture standpoint, as I only took a few at Downtown, and expecting to have to deal with some rain at Brew Story, opted to take the night off and just enjoy the event.

So with no real pictures, and  you all knowing what a beer festival looks like by now, I thought I’d take this time to toss out some “news” tidbits that I picked up as I made the rounds at both events. Sadly because Downtown was over a month ago, some of the things that I was told at the event have already been posted by the breweries, but I’ll include them along with a link where you can find more information.

So here we go:

Stitch House is full of shiny tanks, and looks to be moving right along towards their much anticipated opening.

Craig Wensell said he’s been trying to incorporate some fun names into his beers but has run into a little resistance from the rest of the team. I mean, who wouldn’t want to order a “Get bent, Dover!”?

Steve from Argilla confirmed that the brewery is moving away from its spring and fall festivals due the supply demands they put on the brewery. Instead, they’ll be focusing on their brewer’s pizza night, which they just posted that the next one will be on October 21st. (Click on the banner below to learn more)

Pizza NightFile this under SEVERE rumor, but I was told by someone not connected to the brewery that Mispillion is going through some repackaging for their beers. I have no idea why, I think their packaging rocks.

Twin Lakes is continuing towards their goal of getting the brewery up to where they’d like it to be. Five beers will be making their way into cans, one of which was their previous offering, Greenville Pale Ale (a BBQ favorite of mine). Joining it will be –  Blue Water Pilsner, Tweed Tavern Stout, Caesar Rodney Golden Ale and Chesapeake Wheat. And, they just posted that the tasting room will opening today! Stop by.

TL tasting OpenA well known face in the biz who just finished opening a new brewery will be leaving that brewery to open his own concern. Keep an eye out for Wilmington Beer Works….or it might have been Wilmington Brew Works, but it’s coming. I could name him but thought I would let the parties concerned make the announcement when they’re ready.

Midnight Oil is chugging right along with their brewery and hope to be opening in the not to distant future. In the meantime, the brewery had some awesome shirts made for the Brew Story event. Proceeds help John’s Restore the King efforts. If you’d like to support the cause, some shirts are still available. Click here to find out more.

The Liquid Alchemy team is very excited for this weekend’s 3 day, first anniversary event which will feature a Franken-Cyser, special anniversary glasses while supplies last, and plus a hand-crafted anniversary chocolate bar from the fine people at Double Spiral Chocolates ($10, one per customer).

Well that’s what I remember. I really should start taking my digital recorder to these things. Hope to see you all at Odessa this Saturday!!

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Other dates of note:

The Annual Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest – Sept 15, 16, and 17

Brew at the Zoo – Sept 22

Brews by the Bay – Sept 23

Peco’s 2017 Great Pumpkin Debate – Sept 23

There are still Tickets Available for this Saturday’s Historic Odessa Brewfest!

– And the Weather Looks Good!

This Saturday will see another installment of the annual Historic Odessa Brewfest. The event has become a regular stop during our “festival season” and we’re looking forward to going again this year.

Everything you need to know  you should be able to find in the press release below. I’d like to thank John Xuereb for continuing to keep us in the loop every year on this awesome event. We hope to see you there! (All photos: The Dogs of Beer)

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The Historic Odessa Foundation and Cantwell’s Tavern Present

The Fourth Annual HISTORIC ODESSA BREWFEST

Tickets now on sale for this year’s fundraising festival on Sept. 9, 2017

ODESSA, Del. — August 16, 2017– The Historic Odessa Brewfest is back for its fourth round this September with more than 50 regional and national craft breweries on tap for this year, as well as live music on two stages, local gourmet food, colonial beer brewing demonstration, and artisans.

On Sept. 9, from 12 to 6 p.m., the Historic Odessa Foundation and Cantwell’s Tavern present their fourth annual Historic Odessa Brewfest. This signature fundraising festival wholly benefits the preservation, conservation and education efforts of the Historic Odessa Foundation, and its historic museum properties collectively known as the Historic Houses of Odessa – some of the best examples of Georgian architecture in Delaware, and the Mid-Atlantic region.

History and Hops

Held on the sprawling, bucolic grounds of the 247-year-old Wilson-Warner House, the 2017 Historic Odessa Brewfest will feature new and favorite craft brews from more than 50 breweries. A few of the local participating brewers include Mispillion, Big Oyster, Rar, Dogfish Head, Revelation, Blue Earl, and Burley Oak. New this year will be Founders Brewing of Mich., SweetWater Brewing of Ga., and Devil’s Backbone of Va. A complete list of all participating breweries will be available closer to the festival on Sept. 9. The current list can be viewed by visiting http://www.odessabrewfest.com/breweries/2017breweries. A VIP tasting from 12 to 2 p.m. will provide attendees with access to limited quantity beers.

In addition to tasting some of the finest craft beers on the market, attendees will have the opportunity of experiencing the colonial brewing process as reenactors and colonial brew masters Rich and Anna Wagner make beer on site, using historically accurate methods and materials—copper kettles, wooden barrels, hops and grains.

This year’s live musical entertainment line-up will be presented on two stages. Performing on the Main Stage from 12 to 3 p.m., will be up-and-coming country singer/songwriter Adam Yarger, and taking the stage from 3 to 6 p.m., will be perennial favorite, reggae evangelists Spokey Speaky. Performing on the Garden Stage from 12 to 3 p.m. will be acoustic jazz and blues artist Bruce Anthony, followed by accomplished, versatile solo performer Tony Mowen from 3 to 6 p.m.

At A Glance

Fourth Annual Historic Odessa Brewfest
Sept. 9, 2017, 12 – 6 p.m. (VIP Tasting, 12 – 2 p.m.)
Historic Houses of Odessa ­ 202 Main Street, Odessa, DE 19730
General Admission, $50; VIP, $70; Designated Driver, $15
Advance tickets www.odessabrewfest.com, or call 302-378-4119

Sponsors

The presenting sponsor for the fourth annual Odessa Brewfest is Wilmington Trust. Event sponsors include Crouse Brothers, National HVAC Service, Village at Bayberry/Blenheim Homes, Patterson Schwartz, State Farm/Chuck Montgomery, Cochran Liquors, and BCP Smyrna. Sponsorship opportunities are available and interested parties should contact the Historic Odessa Foundation for more information.

Links

For general and ticket information, as well as news, regular updates on participating brewers and ongoing 2017 Brewbracket (Finalists this year are Blue Earl Brewing vs 2SP), visit or follow the Historic Odessa Brewfest at:

Official website:                      www.odessabrewfest.com.

Facebook:                    www.facebook.com/odessabrewfest

Twitter:                        www.twitter.com/OdessaBrewfest

Time and Location:

12 p.m. to 2 p.m. – VIP Tasting
2 p.m. – General Admission
6 p.m. – All taps will close

Historic Houses of Odessa
Wilson-Warner House
202 Main Street
Odessa, DE 19730

 Ticket Information:

$70 VIP: early noon tasting, limited glass tasting mug, access to limited-quantity beers, and a food voucher. VIP tickets can be redeemed for future tours of the Historic Houses of Odessa.

$50 General Admission: gates open at 2 p.m. for ticket holders.

$15 Designated Driver: access to food, music and vendors, includes free soft drinks. Designated Driver tickets are only available at the gate, day of the event.

 Purchase VIP and General Admission tickets online, at www.odessabrewfest.com, or call 302-378-4119.

Volunteer Opportunities

Since not every brewery will be able to send a representative to pour beer, and help will be needed to keep the historic site clean, HOF and Cantwell’s Tavern are looking for volunteers for the day’s festivities. Prospective volunteers can call Cantwell’s at 302-376-0600.

About the Historic Odessa Brewfest

The Historic Odessa Brewfest is a fund-raising event for the Historic Odessa Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure the legacy of the Historic Houses of Odessa for future generations, through commitment to the preservation of Odessa’s unique historic, architectural and cultural heritage.

About the Historic Odessa Foundation

Established in 2005, the Historic Odessa Foundation owns and operates The Historic Houses of Odessa, a 72-acre enclave of 18th and 19th century structures located in the town of Odessa, just two miles from DE 1 and just off U.S. Route 13 in southern New Castle County, Del. The historic buildings and gardens along with a well-documented collection of more than 6000 objects and furnishings offer a unique picture of Delaware’s colonial period in a rural village that played a vital part in America’s commercial history. The original town of Odessa, originally known as Cantwell’s Bridge, has retained much of its 18th century charm and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and home to a National Historic Landmark, and two National Park Service Network to Freedom sites. www.historicodessa.org

Tickets are still available for this Saturday’s Downtown Beer Festival

Including, yes, VIP

This Saturday, August 12th marks the inaugural Downtown Wilmington Craft Beer Festival. The festival will be located right on Main Street in front of Wilmington beer fixture the Chelsea Tavern.

Attendees can expect the usual beer festival fun, including music, vendors, food trucks and of course, beer – over 100 to be exact representing some 40 regional breweries.

The festival itself runs from 12 noon (for VIP ticket holders) or 1:30 (for GA ticket holders). Taps close at 5:30pm, but the music portion of the event will still continue until 7:30pm.  Attendees who wish to continue in the festivities will have two outside bars and of course, Chelsea Tavern available to them.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit John Medkeff’s Jr’s “Restore the King” project which is raising money to restore the 135-year old Gambrinus statue that once stood on the side of the Diamond State Brewery.

The links that matter:

For information on the event including times, musical guests, etc; the event’s Facebook page is here.

You can purchase tickets here.

Downtown Brew Festival

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Other dates of note:

Delaware:A Brew Story returns to the Blue Ball barn on September 2nd with a ‘roaring Twenties‘ theme.

The Historic Odessa Brew-fest returns September 9th.

Kennett Brew-fest returns for it’s 20th session on September 30th.

16 Mile Brewery Just Broke the TTB with Flavored Amber Sun Beers.

[UPDATE: The list was updated on 10/4 as beers continue to pour out of the TTB. Not only are keg labels being approved for Amber Sun, but now labels for Blues Golden Ale mixed with various flavors are also being approved. The Updated list is below.]

The TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) is the government agency that over sees much of what goes on in the world of beer, wine, mead and cider. Among their duties is (where required) the approval of labeling that appears on these products.

The TTB releases approved labels on their website’s database. This is how sites like mine and My Beer Buzz get the label information we do before the beer hits the shelves or cooler.

For me, it’s pretty simple. Delaware is a quite state compared to some and a routine check now and then usually only unveils a label or two, most of which are keg labels that I don’t normally share because there’s normally nothing interesting on the label beyond the name of the beer.

So I was shocked this morning when I checked the database and found that the tally of new labels approved for Delaware within the last month now stood at 54, when a check a couple of days ago showed it solidly in the low 20s.  What happened?

Well, 16 Mile happened. And they happened big time.

Apparently the brewery will be dosing their Amber Sun ale with – well almost everything under the sun. All the beers at this point appear to be keg only as shown by the example label below and as the list of approved labels appeared in almost perfect alphabetical order (not how the TTB presents them in the database) and ends with the letter C, I’m left wondering if there’s more to come.

What’s this all about? No idea, but color me intrigued.

Below is the list of all the 16 Mile beers that the TTB approved keg labels for. As I stated above each one is described as “Amber Sun ale with…”

Apple Pear Cinnamon

Apricot Cinnamon

Apricot and Honey

Agave

Agave Allspice Anise

Allspice

Anise

Apple

Apple Anise Agave

Apricots

Bilberries

Blackberries

Black Currents

Black Pepper

Black Pepper Pinapple

Brown Sugar

Blueberries

Cherries

Chicory

Chicory Figs Cinnamon

Chocolate

Cinnamon

Cinnamon Chocolate

Cinnamon Chocolate Coconut

Cinnamon Chocolate Honey

Cinnamon Cloves Brown Sugar

Cinnamon Pear

Cocoa Coffee

Cocoa

Coconut

Coconut Honey Mango

Coffee

Coriander

Cranberries

Strawberries

Sweet Potato Maple Cinnamon

Potato Cinnamon

Tea

Vanilla

Raspberries

Raisins

Huckleberries

Juniper Berries

Lactose

Nutmeg

Mace

Mango

Maple Sugar

Marion Berries

Molasses

Nectoarine

Pumpkin

Pinapple

Peaches

Plum

Pomegranate

Sage

Star Anice

Cumin

Dates

Figs

Ginger

Red Currents

WITH BLUES GOLDEN ALE:

Apricots

Apples

Agave

Allspice

Blood Oranges

Black Pepper

Black Currents

Blackberries

Bilberries

Basil

Caraway

Camomile

Brown Sugar.

And maybe more to come…..

16-mile-flavored-amber-sun

Have Some Breweries Effectively Defeated Can Rage?

It’s time, isn’t it? I mean I could understand it initially. Change brings out the deepest of insecurities and skepticism in people, especially when the thing that is changing is going in a direction of something that has for decades stood for inferiority and questionable quality.

When the initial wave of craft beer in cans began, there was a good amount of backlash from a sector of the craft beer community. But that didn’t deter those breweries from installing canning lines instead of bottling lines, and the trend (if you can call it that) shows no sign of slowing down.

According to CraftCans.com, 81 craft breweries were canning their beer in 2010. Today that number sits at well over 500 breweries which all together put over 2000 canned beers on US market shelves (and I suspect the numbers are even higher. CraftCan wasn’t up to date regards to breweries who can in Delaware and so maybe other states are under represented as well).

I’ve witnessed this growth myself watching the canned craft beer section at State Line Liquors, a small shelf pushed into a corner, grow into a much larger shelf that OK, is still pushed into a corner but you can no longer walk past it unaware of its presence.

Once breweries began to get their patrons over the stigma that beer in cans was inferior, in some way tasted like “canned beer”, or that a hop vine died every time a can was opened; it was inevitable that the convenience and portability of cans would be quickly embraced.

Let’s face it when it comes to the most accommodating friend who is always up for fun, cans are it. They can go places that bottles can’t go, are easier and safer to deal with than a pile of empty glass, and as I pointed out on a recent Facebook chat, they’re far superior based on their shear stackability alone.

These potential benefits weren’t lost on Lori Clough whose 3rd Wave Brewery although having a history of bottling their shelf products on a bottling line inherited when her and her partner Suellen Vickers acquired the old Evolution Brewing site, recently released their seasonal BeachBreaker Apricot Wheat in cans. “We are located close to the Delaware and Maryland resort beaches, lots of hotels and state parks. All of which do not allow (or discourage) glass bottles,” Lori said.

But Lori also commented that canning had other advantages, “As we researched the canning process, we decided to can one year round product and a few seasonals….Cans work so much better in carry in/carry out situations. The cans and the canning process has greatly improved over the last few years. More people tend to recycle cans. Cans protect the product much better than bottles. And last, lots of other breweries are canning, we don’t want to miss out!”

And Lori doesn’t have to look far to witness some of these other breweries that are canning. In fact, she doesn’t even have to look outside of the state.

Delaware’s Twin Lake Brewery has offered their only shelf product Greenville Pale Ale in a can from the very beginning, and Milford’s Mispillion River has canned all their beers except for occasional “brewery sales only” bottle releases. So what can we expect to see from 3rd Waving joining these beers in the future?

Lori told me that their pale ale ShoreBreak will be available in cans all year round and that along with BeachBreak Apricot you can expect two other seasonals, SunSet Peach Wheat and SunDancer White IPA in mid July and late August, respectively.

But if it was just these new, cool kids taking to cans, maybe this whole “craze” might go away but no, some of the more established breweries are also taking advantage of the aluminum resurgence. Sierra Nevada, Ballast Point, Avery, Victory, Cigar City, Brewer’s Art and Bells all now have offerings in cans and early this year it was announced that industry darling New Glarus had installed a canning line. Except they hadn’t. But then they had.

No, I feel that despite some stubborn naysayers who will continue to hold on to their glass as tightly as Rose did to Jack at the end of Titanic (until she finally…well, you know…), thanks to some breweries who were willing to go against initial skepticism, cans are here to stay and will only continue to grow in numbers on the shelves of your favorite beer stop.

As always I would like to thank Lori for taking some of her valuable time to talk to me.

THE FINAL SIP: “I dream of the day when I can walk out of the liquor store with a 30-pack of Arrogant Bastard in cans.” – Ed Morgan. Well maybe not a 30-pack but available at State Line Liquors for $38.99 a case of 16oz cans. (PHOTO: The Dogs of Beer)

Updated and New Label Art from Dogfish Head and 16 Mile

Here’s a gallery of new labels and updated old labels from both Dogfish Head and 16 Mile breweries. Dogfish Head continues to update the look of their 12oz bottles and adds a new beer to their shelf product, while 16 Mile begins its redesigning and adds a new beer as well.

First up, Dogfish Head:

DFH Seaquench AleDFH Midas TouchDFH Namaste

And what’s new from 16 Mile:

16 Mile Amber Sun

16 Mile Blues' Golden

16 Mile Curvy Blonde

16 Mile TIller Brown