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.

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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Iron Hill to Host Job Fair for Rehoboth Location

– looking to fill ~100 positions.

As you should know by now, Iron Hill is opening its third Delaware location in Rehoboth Beach, and as you might expect, they need people to help them bring their food and beers to the masses. To that end, Iron Hill is hosting job fairs for anyone who might be interested. Details are in the press release below:

 

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant to Host Job Fair April 18 – 29

 

WHAT:                      

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant’s 14th location, the third in their flagship state of Delaware, is currently looking to fill approximately 100 year-round,  front and back of the house positions, ranging from servers to line cooks at their Rehoboth Beach location expected to open in May. Job seekers can learn more about career opportunities during a job fair hosted by the Rehoboth management.

Iron Hill team members enjoy ongoing training and career development, complimentary home brewing supplies, paid time off, medical/dental/vision/prescription plans, 401K with employer match, comp cards and 50% off dining benefit plus many more benefits including opportunities for advancement.

Located right on Coastal Highway and across from the popular Tanger Outlets, the restaurant features a craft kitchen and on-site scratch brewery, allowing the team of talented chefs and brewers the creativity to pair the freshest ingredients with the highest quality grains and hops.

WHEN:                      

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Monday, April 23, 2018, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.       

WHERE:                    

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant Training Facility

Tanger Outlets Rehoboth Beach

(next to Alex and Ani and Lane Bryant)

36470 Seaside Outlet Drive, Suite 1430

Rehoboth Beach, DE. 19971

                                               

 CONTACT:               

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant                      Food Shelter PR

Rick Whittick                                                  Kelsea Schagrin

(302) 260-8000                                               (267) 242-6849          

RickW@ironhillbrewery.com                         Kelsea@food-shelter.com  

Delaware Beers and Label Art To Keep an Eye Out For

I try to keep up on the new label art that comes out of Delaware breweries (and sometimes local favorites outside Delaware) but I’ve never done a post like this before.

You see, not only are bottle/can labels available, but keg labels as well. Now, I don’t normally share these because there’s rarely anything to them, usually just a ring shaped label with some words and a box checked indicating what beer is inside.

But I thought for the fun off it, I’d share some of these recent keg labels along with some new label art that will soon be arriving at your favorite brewery/liquor store. In fact, you might have seen a few of these already as I’ve been hording some of these for quite some time.

First, let’s spread some love to the non-beer folks by starting with a beautiful array of label art for wines and meads from the folks over at Brimming Horn Meadery.

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Next up is a couple of labels from Painted Stave Distilling, the corn whiskey with the mesquite and apple wood smoked malts sounds interesting.

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Time for some beer, first up, Mispillion River with a keg label for Dank Lord IPA (I told you these keg labels usually weren’t all that exciting) followed by their new label art for Weiss City, a Berliner Weisse brewed with mangoes and oranges.

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MR Weiss City

Next, let’s look at a couple of things from Dogfish Head, keg labels for Firefly Ale (which should be no stranger to DFH fans), Unencumbered Antelope (saison brewed with cantaloupe and cucumber), In Your Mace (which DFH describes as “a coffee milk stout brewed with cinnamon verum chips from the Zanzibar Islands, mace spice, milk sugars, coffee, chicory and most importantly … chili oils, the active ingredient in Mace Brand (yep, the pepper spray).”), and new label art for the tasting room exclusive Viniferous, another attempt to win over the wine/beer hybrid fans. The beer is hopped with Hallertau Blanc, Huell Melon, and El Dorado while containing fermented Riesling and Viognier grape must.

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DFH Viniferous

And finally, a few keg labels from 3rd Wave Brewing, Surf School, a New England Style IPA and Juice Box a Berliner Weisse.

3rd Wave Keg labels

2018 Dogfish Head Releases – What’s In, What’s Out, What’s Changed

– Plus a couple of new labels!

Well, since we are now firmly on the path to 2019 I thought it would be a nice time to take a few minutes and look at Dogfish Head’s release calendar for 2018.

Granted, this information has been out for a while, mid- November for the most part, but I didn’t want to get to in front of the game. But now that 2018 is here (and apparently staying) let’s take a look.

Not much has changed in the Year-Round offerings with perennials such as 60 Minute, 90 Minute, Indian Brown, and Midas Touch returning, along with newer offerings Flesh & Blood IPA and SeaQuench Ale. However, 2018 does see the inclusion of two newbies to this category – Lupu Luau IPA graduates off of the 2017 occasional team to full-time status hitting the shelves in 12oz cans. Along with Luau, DFH will be offering their very popular Bitches Brew (well, I don’t know how popular it is, but it’s popular with me) in 12oz bottles but with the added twist of the beer being wood aged.

The Seasonal team, this year described as the ‘Off-Centered Art Series’ stays pretty much in tacked with Punkin Ale and Liquid Truth Serum holding down the fall and winter (I’m using seasonal terms like spring and fall pretty loosely here, check the calendar below for exact months and don’t kill me) slots respectively. Romantic Chemistry however, shifts to 2018 spring leaving 2018 summer open for:

Dragons and Yum Yums

DFH’s latest music collaboration gives a nod to The Flaming Lips, and is a tart pale ale is brewed with dragonfruit, yumberry, passionfruit, pear juice and black carrot juice. Wow.

Next, we have that total wild-card group that DFH refers to as the “Occasionals”. Bad news first, fans of Olde School, Saison du Buff and Oak-aged Vanilla WWS will find their beers missing from the shelves in 2018. Pennsylvania Tuxedo, 120 Minute and Festina Peche will be making returns however, look for them about the same times they were released last year.

Siracusa Nera does some Chris Angel type magic considering that (I believe) it was on the shelves recently although it was not on the 2017 release calendar. Well, unless something changes, it IS on the 2018 release calendar, so if you’ve found it and liked it, you will again this year.

Their holiday IPA 12-pack will make an appearance again, the brewery stating that included beers will be announced later. I wouldn’t be surprised if an IPA that’s not on their release calendar makes an “holiday pack only” appearance.

Two new entries join the ones above, first Fruit-Full Fort, a Belgian-style ale fermented with four different types of beer juices including boysenberry, blackberry, raspberry and elderberry, which the brewery describes as “ageable”. And finally:

Mixed Media

A beer that’s splitting its fermentables bill between 50.1% grain and 49.9% grapes. And if you think that 0.1% isn’t important, well it’s apparently what is keeping this beverage firmly in the “beer” category.

And there you have it. Dogfish Head’s 2018 release calendar. If you’re more of a visual person, my quick and dirty graphic can be found below. For a more comprehensive (complete with packaging options for each beer) and agreeably much prettier version, you can go on over to the DFH site, here.

Happy 2018 everyone, and as always, it’s time for another beer!

DFH 2018

 

 

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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Jessops Oktoberfest******EMail Notification******

2SP Dinner

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…..

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