From award-winning to head-spinning, the best breweries in Delaware are an experience. Delawareans have come alive with creating their own fine craft beer recipes, sharing them with the public and creating their own brands. Beer is truly its own culture, and the state of Delaware is proud to host these artisans of the brewing evolution.
16 Mile Brewing Company stays on target with what craft beer aficionados are looking for. Taste, ingredients, and style. Want to enjoy excellent craft beer with a group of people? 16 Mile Brewing Company has a tavern room for rent, a tasting room, and brewery tours for you and your guests (or just you and your lady). There is something going on every night of the year at 16 Mile so make sure you check their events page before you start planning your visit.
It’s easy to relax when you step into the Crooked Hammock Brewery Restaurant and Backyard Beer Garden in Lewes. Located along the Delaware shore, you can’t help but smell the salt air as you drink in the Hand of Buddha cream ale or Kornheiser Belgian Tripel. While you’re visiting try your hand at cornhole and listen to some live music off their side stage. Don’t worry, there’s plenty to eat on the menu, and not just for adults, but kids, too. Next time you’re heading to the beach make sure you take a swing on a hammock at the Crooked Hammock Brewery. By the way, the outside is pet friendly. Just make sure to call before bringing Fido in case there are any other events going on that could interfere with Fido’s good time.
This is one brewery that just keeps breaking records. Dogfish Head just opened their brand new $4 million brewpub on Rehoboth Avenue in Rehoboth Beach in addition to their original location in Milton where the brewery is located and multiple other locations. The Milton Dogfish Head Craft Brewery houses their distillery where guests can take a tour and a taste. They even teach you how to pair different flavors with foods including fruits, meats and carbs. They release a year-long beer release calendar to keep fans coming back for more flavor each season. Check out their website for up to date information on events, beer releases and more.
Iron Hill has repeatedly won awards since 1997, with the most recent being last year for the silver medal in the World Beer Cup, Overload Stout, Coffee Beer category and bronze medal at the Great American Beer Festival for their Bridge St. Bock, Bock category. They aren’t in it for the glory but they are in it to bring you a qualify craft beer.
Grab a pint, sampler, 32 ounce or 64 ounce. Growlers and head to Mispillion River Brewing’s tasting room. Eric and his wife Megan celebrated his 40th birthday by deciding to open a brewing company that crafted beer with quality ingredients and a customer service drive that is the best in the industry. They pride themselves on the fact that their beer is for all drinkers, from noobs to nerds, from Hopheads to Stoutfaces, there is something for everyone to drink.
The superior quality and flavor of Revelation Craft beers stems from the ingredients they choose for each recipe. Their special blends consist of local and seasonal influences provide a unique experience of craft beers on tap year-round. Some of their more popular ales include Sussex County Mule and Mamajuana Brown Ale (Cask). Located in the heart of Rehoboth Beach, take a stop by Revelation Craft Brewing Company and sample one of their 11 craft beers.
Twin Lakes has been brewing great flavor each season since 2006. Ten years ago, a group of friends got together who shared a passion for home-brewing and turned that hobby into their careers. Twin Lakes is an artisanal brewery preserving the art of brewing using deep aquifer well-water, the finest grains, 100 percent whole-flower hops, and cultured yeast.
The backyard meets the beach at 3rd Wave Brewing Company. Started by two women named Lori and Suellen in 2010 after the two learned how to create their own home-brews and took their dream of owning a brewery to the old location of Evolution Brewing company in Delmar, Delaware. There’s a beachy vibe everywhere you go as 3rd Wave termed much of the beers with surfing terms and some of the Hawaiian language. There is a delicious food truck on the property on the weekends called In Your Backyard BBQ. Good friends, good waves, and great beer make 3rd Wave Brewing Company a must on your next craft beer road trip.
Located in the historic Garrett Snuff Mill is a cool, low-key space to drink very good beer. This family owned and operated microbrewery has an ever-changing selection but some of their staples are the Nit Wit (a traditional Belgium witbier) and the Hopworts Express IPA (a traditional West Coast-style American IPA). You really can't go wrong with either of those. Stop into this place if you like well-crafted beer in a laid-back environment.
If you’re looking for a good brew, the blues, a different competitive food truck almost every time you visit, and good times, Blue Earl Brewing Company in Smyrna, Delaware just can’t be beat. This little brew house has turned into a huge success. Having been open for only two years, Ronnie “Blue” Earl Price turned his passion for developing excellent craft recipes into his livelihood, sharing his experience with family and friends and opening a successful brewery right in the heart of Delaware. Ronnie believed that American beers lost their former goodness with mass production and mass marketing so his theory was that if it couldn’t be bought, he would have to brew it himself.