Crafts Are King


Wilmington primed for fifth annual celebration

Thirteen of New Castle County’s top craft beer des­ti­na­tions will be tap­ping the “good stuff” during the fifth annual Wilmington Beer Week, Nov. 7–14.

The week­long cel­e­bra­tion will show­case a WBW-record 61 craft brew­eries while fea­turing din­ners, tap takeovers, meet the brewers and more. Delaware brew­eries will be promi­nent in that lineup, so look for the latest cre­ations from 16 Mile, 2SP, Dogfish Head, Evolution, Fordham, Mispillion, Third Wave and Twin Lakes. Top regional brew­eries rep­re­sented include Flying Fish, Heavy Seas, Lancaster, Stoudts, Troegs, Victory and Yards.

Participating venues are BBC Tavern and Grill, Buckley’s Tavern, Chelsea Tavern, Columbus Inn, Dead Presidents Pub, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, Kid Shelleen’s Charcoal House, Piccolina Toscana, Pizza By Elizabeths, Trolley Tap House, Two Stones Pub, World Café Live at The Queen and Washington Street Ale House.

In addi­tion to fea­turing events spe­cific to their restau­rant, the venues will offer a Beer Week Flight Special, enti­tling guests to sample three dif­ferent craft beers for a set price.
Costs are deter­mined by the venue and reser­va­tions are required for some spe­cial events.

Events run the gamut. Pizza By Elizabeths will host a spe­cial WBW Kick-Off Beer Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 5, fea­turing its own Frozen Toes Brewing as well Fordham-Old Dominion Brewery. Chelsea Tavern is fea­turing Dogfish Head’s Ancient Beer Series on Nov. 10 with a spe­cial book signing by beer his­to­rian John Medkeff, Jr. And Iron Hill is spicing things up with a Hops and Hot Wings on Friday, Nov. 13.

“We’re pairing four awe­some IPAs from our head brewer Justin Sproul’s favorite brew­eries and four styles of hot wings from Chef Dave Foster,” says Brian Finn, senior head brewer at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant.

Kid Shelleen’s Charcoal House will be doing a Brooklyn Tap Attack fea­turing seven of the famous New York brewery’s cre­ations on tap. World Café Live is offering flight spe­cials high­lighting Raven Brewery’s The Cask, 2SP’s Belgian Amber, Dogfish’s Midas Touch and Mispillion’s Not Today Satin IPA. And look for 2SP brewer Bob Barrar’s award-winning Russian Stout to be fea­tured at Two Stones Pub.

“Unfortunately we can all get caught up in the day-to-day ways of life,” says Dead Presidents’ owner Brian Raughley. “It’s nice to have a week just for trying some rare or new beers you might not have the chance or incli­na­tion to otherwise.”

We agree.

For a com­plete list of brews, spe­cial events and more, visit wilm​ing​ton​beer​week​.com.