Monday, December 22, 2014

Last Minute Craft Brewery Gifts From Around the State #shoplocal

Christmas may be in a few days, no worries, there’s still plenty of time to get that craft beer lover in your life (or yourself!) something pretty darn awesome, and local, from one of the craft breweries around the state! Here are some of our favorite picks again this year (seems this is becoming an annual thing!) 

16 Mile Brewing has a few new items in stock including this camo logo hat. The brewery has newly redesigned growlers that you can fill with your holiday pal's favorite 16 Mile Brew. The brewery also has their summer t-shirts for $5 and all other t-shirts for $15. Can’t go wrong with a cool beer t-shirt!

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3rd Wave Brewing has a stainless steel growler available, plus tons of cool t-shirts, hats and signage for the craft beer lover you’re still shopping for. Not sure exactly what to get? There’s always a 3rd Wave gift certificate or a growler full of the brewery's tasty beers!

Argilla Brewing 
is offering a gift card special through the end of the year (that's next week already, can you believe it?!) Buy a $50 gift card and receive a free $15 gift certificate. It's always a nice bonus when you get a little something extra for yourself! 

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Dogfish Head partnered with Woolrich earlier this year.  We are loving the Woolrich + DFH Blanket. It’s a great  gift for those on your holiday list that aren’t into craft beer too. We love anything with dual functionality, like this Dogfish Head Belt – a belt and bottle opener in one.

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Looking to decorate your man (or woman) cave? How about picking up one of each of the Bomber Girls posters from Fordham and Dominion Brewing? Need something for the kiddies? Shoot the brewery an email to place your order for Dominion Handcrafted Soda.  

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Iron Hill Brewing put together a whole Holiday Gift Menu for you to check out ( with picks like a King of the Hill Membership, gift card or the Bedotter Belgian- Style Tripel, now available in cans!

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Mispillion River Brewing
has a cool sterling silver necklace for the craft beer loving lady in your life. (Check out the pur-ty lady modeling the necklace...hi, Lauren!) Stop by the brewery for t-shirts, growler fills or pick up a gift certificate for the hard to buy for folks on your list.  

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Visiting with a craft beer lover for the holidays? Stop by Pizza by Elizabeth's to pick up a growler of their Frozen Toes brews and a pizza to go for a great night in with your holiday pal. 

Stewart’s Brewing Co.
has growlers and gift cards that
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make the perfect Christmas gift for the craft beer lovers in your life. Suggest using the gift card for Stewart’s New Year’s Day celebration – when they will have $1 Stumblin’ Monk Abbey Tripel (for the 1st 150 servings) - and if you're lucky they'll take you along with them!

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Growlers, bike jerseys, t-shirts and more, stop by the Twin Lakes Brewing Co. tasting room to pick up some goodies to check off a few more peeps off your list! 

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Warlock Brewing Company may not be open yet, how about giving someone an I.O.U. for an afternoon at the brewery with a tasting and a growler fill?

Want a little throwback Delaware beer gift? Take a look at the Blue Hen Beer t-shirts now available!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Now Open: Trolley Tap House!

Walking up to Trolley Tap House, it's hard to believe that just two months ago this spot was CR Hooligans. The yellow and blue exterior is gone, leading way to a toned down gray exterior (though you may notice the baseball bat door handles that once belonged to Hooligans are still there). 

As we stepped into the doors of the Tap House, we were welcomed into a warm and comfortable, super inviting area, filled with a collection of high and low top tables, a bar and the two signature garage doors leading to the outdoor seating. 
Deciding to take full advantage of such a gorgeous night last night, we opted to sit outside on the patio where our wonderful server, Joel, took care of us. Right off the bat it was tricky narrowing down what we wanted to try on our first visit to the Tap House. General Manager Patrick Jones did a fantastic job at creating a nice balance of options available on tap. It's not too heavy on one style, offering some nice options for the craft beer novice that might wander in off of Delaware Avenue. 

After mulling the menu over a few (dozen!) times, I landed on the Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Extra and Eric went with Evolution Lot #3. Our friends Sam and Jackie sipped on two local brews, 16 Mile Soulful Ginger and Twin Lakes Route 52 Pilsner
Once we settled in on the drinks, we needed to pick what was going to be our post-work day snack. The menu is extremely tempting, and it was pretty darn hard landing on what we went with! We ended up trying their Pub Fries, topped with Porter onions, grated sharp cheese, fresh herbs and a malt aioli. On Jackie's suggestion (who had already been to the Tap House on Tuesday night during their quiet soft opening) Sam went with the Fried Green Bean, which are served with a lemon herb aioli. Both were so, so tasty! 

For round two we opted to take advantage of the smaller, 6-ounce pours that Trolley Tap House offers. This time around I went with cask-conditioned Mispillion Double Chin and Eric went with Brooklyn Blast. By this time our friend Erika joined us for a drink. She picked a big one, Sierra Nevada Narwhal

To tell the bartenders what's on tap, the Tap House has hand written in what's pouring from each tap. We loved seeing that the glass type for each beer was written below each name as well. Such a great training tool! 

As Trolley Tap House is looking at day # 3 of service, we have a feeling this spot is going to make a great impact on the craft beer scene in the state. Before the doors even opened yesterday, there were a few people waiting for them to open for the evening. Patrick mentioned the crowds on Tuesday night were exciting and they were pretty full not long after opening the doors at 6:30pm. Last night they opened at 5:00pm for dinner and it's pretty easy to say that within the hour they had another full house. The enthusiasm and excitement behind the staff is easy to see. We're looking forward to another visit to Trolley Tap House - it's so great to have another strong craft beer location to throw into the mix in Delaware! 

Here are some more (beer!) shots from around Trolley Tap House!


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Calling All Hop Heads - #IPADay in (and around) Delaware

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Hop Heads rejoice - it's IPA Day! It isn't quite Christmas in July, it's Christmas in August for folks like us who to gravitate towards the beloved IPA! Delaware has embraced this day and there is some serious celebrating happening around the state today:

  • All three Two Stones Pub locations are dedicating a good portion of their taps to IPAs today. Here's what each location will have on tap:
    • Two Stones Pub Newark:
      • *Yards IPA
        *Victory HopDevil
        *DFH 60 Minute
        *Green Flash White
        *3rd Wave Wave Ryed'r
        *Lagunitas Night Time
        *Elysian Savant
        *New Belgium Rampant
        *Stone Go To
        *Stone Cali-Belgique
        *Stone RuinTen
        *Stone Unapologetic
        *Stone Double Bastard
        *Stone Saison
        *Stone Imperial Russian
        *Stone Arrogant Bastard
    • Two Stones Pub Naamans:
      • *DFH 60 Minute
        *Victory HopDevil
        *Yards IPA
        *Evolution Lot #3
        *DuClaw Neon Gypsy
        *Lagunitas Night Time
        *Green Flash White
        *Sierra Nevada Torpedo
        *Stone Go To
        *Stone Cali-Belgique
        *Stone RuinTen
        *Stone Unapologetic
        *Stone Levitation
        *Stone Saison
        *Stone Imperial Russian
        *Stone Arrogant Bastard
    • Two Stones Pub Kennett
    • *Troegs Perpetual
      *Victory HopDevil
      *Yards IPA
      *Evolution Lot #3
      *Ithaca Flower Power
      *Bells Two Hearted
      *Stone Collective Distortion
      *Stone RuinTen
      *Stone Go To
      *Stone IPA
      *Stone Smoked Chipotle
      *Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard
      *Stone Quadrotritocale
      *Stone Matt's Burning Rosids
  • Hooray for IPA Day! at the Dogfish Head Brewery
    • Special IPA Day tasting Flights
      • Sensory Flight 
        • 60 Minute – classic IPA
        • 60 Minute through Palisade – Earthy, Floral, Fruity
        • 60 Minute through Simcoe – Citrus, Piney
        • 90 Minute – note malt backbone 
      • Graduated Flight 
        • 60 Minute – 6% ABV / 60 IBU’s / continually hopped for 60 minutes
        • 75 Minute – 7.5% ABV / carbonated naturally
        • 90 Minute – 9% ABV / 90 IBU’s / continually hopped for 90 minutes
        • 120 Minute – 15-20% ABV / 120 IBU’s / continually hopped for 120 minutes 
      • IPA Spinoff Flight 
        • Sixty-One – IPA fermented with syrah grape must
        • 75 Minute – cask conditioned with maple syrup
        • Indian Brown Ale – first dark IPA with organic brown sugar
        • Burton Baton – 90 minute blended with an English strong ale aged in oak 
      • Dueling Randalls 
        • 60 Mintue through Palisade – Earthy, Floral, Fruity 
        • 60 Minute through Simcoe – Citrus, Piney 
      • IPA trivia with giveways 
      • Hop Pickle relish at Bunyan's Lunchbox for their brats and their hop-pickled chip dip 
      • Plus it's Vintage & Vinyl Happy Hour starting at 4:30pm. This week they're pouring: 
        • 2010 Burton Baton
        • 2011 Hellhound On My Ale 
        • 2011 120 Minute 
        • 2012 120 Minute 
      • Can't make it to the Dogfish Head Brewery or Brewpub, keep an eye on their web store - they're going to have some one-day super IPA Day specials.
  • Argilla Brewing #IPADay Celebration 
    • Argilla is celebrating this day with brews inspired by the Beastie Boys. They're going to be pouring 
      • MCA IPA (mosaic, citra & amarillo hops 
      • ADROCK IPA (admiral, mt. hood, mt. rainer & cascade hops) 
      • MikEL D. (el dorado IPA) 
      • FLUTE LUPLIN (Double IPA brewed w/honey) 
      • LIVE @ PJ'S (farmhouse ipa) 
      • JOHNNY RYEALL (black rye ipa) 
      • TO THE 33 BURROUGHS (NITRO) (English ipa) 
      • MANGO KANGOL (mango ipa) 
      • PAUL'S PALE 
      • GRAND ROYAL RED (red ipa) 
      • BOOMIN GRAINIES (dry hopped pale ale) 
      • THEY ALL CALL ME ADAM YAUCH BUT I'M AN IPA (session ipa) 
    • They'll also have some random quizzes with prizes as well as a 50/50 - with half the winnings going to the winner's charity of choice. 
  • 16 Mile Brewing IPA Day Celebration 
    • 16 Mile is celebrating IPA Day with special prices on Inlet IPA, Bridge Brown IPA and Made in the Shade Black IPA 
    • They're also releasing their newest beer, Baby's Lunch Double IPA 
  • Mispillion River Brewing IPA Day Celebration 
    • Mispillion will be pouring 7 IPAs today: 
      • Great White Buffalo White IPA 
      • Oecagon Imperial IPA 
      • Z.J. Imperial IPA 
      • Big Earl Black IPA 
      • Reach Around IPA 
      • Anglo Saxon Double IPA 
      • Double Chin IPA 
    • They'll also have a Firkin of Double Chin conditioned on Seville Oranges 
    • Food will be available from Mr. Bar B Que and there will be live music with Slinging Daisies
  • UPDATE: 
    • Chelsea Tavern
      • All of the following IPAs are half price today
        • Dogfish Head “Bottle-Conditioned” 75 Minute I.P.A. 750ml. 21
        • Dogfish Head Rhizing Bines Imperial I.P.A. 750ml. 28
        • Dogfish Head Robert Johnson’s Hellhound on My Ale, Imperial I.P.A. 750ml. 27
        • Elysian Avatar Jasmine I.P.A. 22oz. 14
        • Elysian Savant I.P.A. 22oz. 16
        • Elysian “The Immortal” I.P.A. 22oz. 13
        • Harpoon “100 Barrel Series, Session 50” Citra Victorious, A.P.A. 22oz. 15
        • New Belgium Rampant Imperial I.P.A. 22oz. 14
        • New Belgium Ranger American I.P.A. 22oz. 12
        • No-Li Empire No. 8 I.P.A. 22oz. 12
        • Rogue Brutal IPA 22oz. 15
        • Rogue Juniper Pale Ale 22oz. 14
        • Stone IPA, Double Dry-Hopped I.P.A. 22oz. 13
        • Stone R&R Coconut I.P.A. 22oz. 15
        • Stone Ruination I.P.A., American Imperial I.P.A. 22oz. 14
    • Home Grown Cafe:
      • On tap: Sam Adams Rebel IPA
      • Bottle specials: Abita Spring IPA and Otter Creek Fresh Slice White IPA. They still have Green Flash Palate Wrecker and Sixpoint Resin as well. 

We'll keep updating this as we find out more IPA Day love happening around the state!

And don't forget, when you're social media-ing it up for #IPADay be sure to use #CraftBeerDE and #BeerDE to show your Delaware Craft Beer love!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Checking Out The Dogfish Inn

After making our way through four days of Firefly, we hopped in the car as soon as we saw Jack Johnson finish his set and, rather than head north on Route 1 towards home, we took it south to Lewes so we could wake up bright and early the next day to see Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione and his son Sammy off on their 10-day, 5-stop boat trip aboard the S.S. Dogfish. Each stop included a beer dinner raising $10,000 for The Nature Conservancy. 
Sam's goal for the journey was to not only raise awareness of the beauty of coastal Delaware (which we are already quite familiar with, right?!) but to tell folks about the important work of 
The Nature Conservancy. Along the way Sam also wanted to share how easy it is to get to the Dogfish Inn, the brewpub and the brewery. Boy are we thankful for how easy it is!

After seeing the S.S. Dogfish on its way we made our way back to
 for the ribbon cutting of the much anticipated Dogfish Inn, which officially opened over 4th of July weekend. 

Here's Dogfish Head's VP Mariah Calagione, Off-Centered Innkeeper Andrew Greeley and Dogfish Head's Chief Operator Officer Nick Benz doing the honors!

From the moment we step into the Inn it is quite apparent that Dogfish is taking on the hotel industry a little differently than most might be used to. The first introduction to the Inn is the simply and perfectly designed lobby. It's welcoming, fun and exactly what we would expect from Dogfish. We could totally see hanging on the couch in front of the fire with a book from the Inn's Vusuvio Library, an ode to what was once the Vesuvio Motel, stocked by City Lights Books.
While you're wandering around the lobby area, you can pick up some Dogfish goodies to take back to your friends, family, yourself (of course!) and even your fellow pooch, who you know will be awaiting your arrival back at the homestead! 
Don't forget about Fido!
Pick up some Dog Bark! and a Frisbee!
Try the Chicory Coffee, a locally-roasted 
blend of Colombian coffee,
and dark malted brewers barley.
Items from the Dogfish/Woolrich collaboration are  available in the lobby, along with Dogfish soap and shampoo (we use this and love it!), and the Dogfish Apolis Market Bags (which you'll also find in the rooms). 

Now let's head to the rooms! 

Upon entering we quickly notice several of the Inn's partners featured throughout each of the 16 rooms, which we love. Our eye is first drawn to the inclusion of the latest collaboration with Woolrich, who Dogfish originally worked with a few years back on the wallpaper when they redesigned the tasting room. Most recently Dogfish and the outdoor gear manufacturer collaborated on not only a line of womens, mens and home gear, they also worked together on Pennsylvania Tuxedo, a spruce-infused Pale Ale (did you get a chance to try it?! So good!) The Woolrich + DFH blanket is featured in all of the rooms, perfect to keep you toasty on cool nights down at the beach! 

Other partners you'll find include the rooms are One Man Gathers Studio who framed Steve Rogers' Lightship Overfalls paintings. The paintings are showcased in each room of the Inn, with frames made from wood salvaged from an 1840's barn in Warren County, NJ. You can see one of the pictures in the picture to right (hung above the table).

The detail of every room is simple, clean, yet extremely clever. The Douglas Collection desks are perfect for writing home about your latest adventures in Lewes!

This is our kind of Mini Bar - Duke's JerkyBrooklyn Brine Dogfish Hop Pickles and Kettle Chips!
We totally dig this Jermaine Rogers Primus print in one of the rooms!
The Inn offers two room types: a room with two double beds and a room with a king size bed. Great options for a getaway with your honey or your fellow craft beer drinking cohorts! You're easily within walking distance of Lewes' restaurants, bars, pubs, liquor stores, galleries and so much more! 

As cool as the traditional rooms are, you have to see the SWEET! As soon as we walked in we pretty much wanted to call in sick and forget about heading back to our day jobs and just spend all day here!
Heading into the SWEET!
The sitting area is a great common room.
Digging the kitchen area of the Sweet!
We loved the simplicity of the bedrooms - there are two of them in the Sweet. Sweet!
You have to love the fun details in the loo! 
We love the randomness of the wood burning pieces by Brian Kolakowski in the stairway up to the SWEET! Which one is your favorite?

The firepit is the perfect spot to enjoy the brews you picked up at the Brewery or the Brewpub.

Spend the day at the beach? No worries? Rinse off in the outdoor shower before heading up to your room. Cause let's face it, one of the best parts of being at the beach is the outdoor shower! Just make sure you keep your skives on! 

Take Time Magazine's advice and add their top summer beer trend to your to-do list: stay at Delaware's own craft beer motel, The Dogfish Inn. The rooms are cozy, the folks are great and you won't be banished to your room. Unless you're drinking bad beer while listening to bad music! 

Our favorite time down at the beach is the off-season - I know, we're weird like that! We can't wait to book a weekend down at the Dogfish Inn exploring Lewes. With all the time we've spent at the Delaware beaches over the years, Lewes is one area we haven't had much of an opportunity to visit. We're excited for a pretty darn good excuse for that to change!