Sips – August 2015

Here’s what’s pouring

West Coast Favorite Comes to Delaware

On Aug. 31, NKS Distributors will introduce Firestone Walker Brewery to the Delaware markets. Founded in 1996 by Adam Firestone and David Walker in Paso Robles, Calif., Firestone Walker began as a small brewery with roots in wine country on California’s Central Coast. Firestone is renowned for its award-winning IPA and has produced more than 50 varieties of beer.

Celebrating a Legacy

On July 10, Delaware beer historian John Medkeff released his novel Delaware: A Beer Story, cataloging the development of Delaware’s close relationship with beer and the brewing arts. The novel’s release was paired with “Four Centuries of Brewing in Delaware,” an event featuring 12 local Delaware breweries, as well as a local distillery and a meadery. All proceeds, including book sales, were and will continue to be donated to the Delaware Historical Society and the Friends of Historical Riverview Cemetery.

Historic Odessa Hosts Craft Beer Celebration

At last year’s inaugural brewfest, up to 47 craft breweries and more than 1,400 beer lovers came to Odessa. This year, on Saturday, Sept. 12, the Historic Odessa Foundation and Cantwell’s Tavern have once again joined forces to bring the second installation, featuring even more beer, food, music and fun. From noon-6p.m., general admission is $50, while VIP admission is $70 and includes an early tasting at noon, a food voucher and access to limited-quantity beers. All proceeds go to the Historic Odessa Foundation—a non-profit organization focused on preserving the history of the town for future generations.

National Brewfest Come to Riverfront

America on Tap is the first nationally-integrated entertainment series focused specifically on specialty and craft breweries from around the world. On Saturday, Aug. 15, this year’s festival is on the Riverfront, offering more than 100 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries. Complete with live music, great vendors, and delicious, local food, America on Tap is a unique experience designed to bind communities together with their love of beer. The event takes place from 2:30-6 p.m. in Tubman-Garrett Park in Wilmington, tickets are $55 at the door. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend.

Twice the Fun at River Towns Festival

The historic river towns of Delaware City and New Castle will team up once again to present the third annual River Towns Ride & Festival on Saturday, Oct. 3 (11:30am-5pm). The festivities kick off in the morning with a competitive time trial for professional and amateur cyclists, followed by a recreational ride for all ability levels at noon. Festivals in both towns open to the general public beginning at 11:30 a.m., featuring 16 craft breweries, live music, food trucks, kids rides and other family attractions. Visit

Grilled Cheese & Craft Beer

World Cafe Live at The Queen takes two of the best things on earth—grilled cheese and craft beer—and pairs them in unexpected and delicious ways. Using locally-sourced ingredients, and imports from around the world, the Grilled Cheese & Craft Beer events will resume 0n Sept. 26 and continue monthly. At each event a different brewery will be featured, with a representative on hand to speak and offer giveaways. In September, Yards Brewing Company will be there with its Pynk brew, raising awareness for breast cancer. October will include Stone Brewing Company, and Mispillion Brewing Company will be on hand in November. Events start at 6 p.m., and tickets are $40.