Sips – Oct 2015

Here’s what’s pouring

Wilmington Does Beer Nov. 7-14

Now in its fifth year, Wilmington Beer Week features the premier craft beer venues of New Castle County. In addition to focusing on Delaware’s respected homegrown breweries—Dogfish Head, 16 Mile, Twin Lakes and Fordham & Dominion—the Nov. 7-14 event also highlights other prominent craft breweries in the region, including Yards, Victory, Tröegs, Brooklyn and Heavy Seas. Special Beer Lover and Beer Geek passes will give craft beer enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy discounts throughout the week and gain access to special tastings. For more information, go to

Heavy Seas Announces New Brew

For the past 18 months, Heavy Seas Brewmaster Christopher Leonard has met with a group of local brewers in the Baltimore area, discussing trends and technical issues. Calling themselves “The Legion of Foam,” the group features brewers from DuClaw Brewing and Red Brick Station, among others. Together they have collaborated to create “Stoop Sitter”—a new brew set to be released only on draft during this year’s Baltimore Beer Week (Friday-Sunday, Oct. 9-18). For every sixth barrel sold, Heavy Seas will donate $3 to the Ocean Research Project, and for every 50L keg sold, the brewer will donate $5.

Wine & Beer Lovefest Set for Dover

On Saturday, Oct. 17, from noon-5 p.m., libation lovers can head to the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover for the Delaware Wine and Beer Festival. General admission is $35 and includes unlimited samples. VIP Admission is $50 and includes 10 sampling tickets, allowing you to taste and vote for your favorite, in addition to a souvenir beer glass, unlimited samples and a swag bag. Those looking to extend the weekend can take advantage of the Libations Fan Weekend Experience: For $299 you receive two unlimited sampling admission tickets to the festival, overnight accommodations at select local hotels along with complimentary continental breakfast, as well as two tickets to attend a brunch at Harvest Ridge Winery on Oct. 18.

Two Events Benefit Meals on Wheels

In October and November, two events will benefit Meals on Wheels of Delaware. The first and by far the bigger of the two is the Ultimate Tailgate, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel in Wilmington. (See story, pg. 39) It will feature area restaurants serving unique interpretations of tailgate food, wine, spirits, as well as a thriving beer garden, curated by Two Stones Pub. Tickets are $55.
Giving on Tap is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 13, at Two Stones Pub Brewing Company’s headquarters in Aston, Pa. This event features a night of food and beer from a regional favorite, and one of the latest additions to the craft beer community. It starts at 6:30 p.m.

Brats and Brews Fest is Oct. 10

Set for Saturday, Oct. 10, at noon at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pa., the Brats and Brews Festival features craft brews, German food and activities for the whole family. In addition to craft beer tastings from Dogfish Head Brewery and live music, there will be face painting and root beer races for the kids. Admission is free; brew-tasting kits are $20 a person.