ARGILLA BREWING CO.  Beer Glass Icon

2667 Kirkwood Hwy., Newark, DE 19711

A much-loved local pizza shop expanded a few years ago to take advantage of the owner’s love of home brewing, and Argilla Brewing Co. was born. Small batch beers change often (since they’re brewing on a 1.5 barrel system) and stay seasonal, with about eight home brewed beers on tap at any given time – and they pair very well with Pietro’s classic pizza pies like the pork & peppers (with sausage, bacon and roasted red peppers). 

Something to start with: Blonde on Belgian

 

IRON HILL BREWERY  Beer Glass Icon

147 E Main St, Newark, DE 19711 or 620 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801

The Iron Hill empire now stretches to 16 locations across Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey and beyond, but it all started at the original location on Newark’s Main Street 20 years ago. With beers that regularly medal in the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup and a strong commitment to food – including their annual new-burger-every-day celebration of Burger Month in May, extensive salad menu and many options for kids – Iron Hill is as good for family gatherings as it is beer sampling.

Something to start with: Pig Iron Porter

 

MCKENZIE BREW HOUSE 

451 Wilmington West Chester Pike, Glen Mills, PA 19342

Another local mainstay that’s been around for more than a decade, McKenzie is located just north of the Pennsylvania/Delaware border on Route 202. The brewpub menu is sizeable and beers celebrate the region, including the Brandywine Wit, the Route 202 Pale Ale and the Saison Vautour Farmhouse Ale. 

Something to start with: Brandywine Wit

 

STEWART'S BREWING CO. Beer Glass Icon

219 Governor’s Place, Bear, DE 19702

New Castle County’s oldest operating brewpub, Stewart’s, is renown for both its locally beloved Stumblin' Monk Abbey Tripel (only tapped in winter) and 39 other seasonal beer that rotate throughout the year. Stay for the game and some excellent gastropub food like the wild game burger, bison meatloaf, German sausage plate and short rib fries.

Something to start with: Stumblin’ Monk (BABF and WBC medal winner)

STITCH HOUSE BREWERY  Beer Glass Icon

829 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE

Breweries returned to Wilmington’s Market Street (after a long absence) in 2018 with Stitch House, where they serve up delicious sandwiches and skillets – definitely try the Cuban -- alongside the ales, saisons, sours and lagers made by head brewer Andrew Rutherford, formerly of Yards Brewing. There’s usually house 10 or 11 house made beers on tap, in rotation.

Something to start with: Rye Knot?

 

TWO STONES PUB

2 Chesmar Plaza, Newark, DE - 2502 Foulk Road, Wilmington, DE
300 Lantana Drive, Hockessin, DE - 843 E. Baltimore Pike, Kennet Square, PA

Brewer Bob Barrar split off from Iron Hill in 2015 to enter into a new venture with the established Two Stones Pub, a craft brew destination restaurant in Delaware. The new 2SP Brewing Company created a house brand for these “temples of beer worship” and they’ve been up GABF medals and a Philly Beer Scene “Best New Brewery” award ever since.

Something to start with: Bellcracker IPA

 

VICTORY BREWING CO.

650 West Cypress Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348

The pride of Downingtown is now brewing in Kennett Square, where Victory has opened a 7-barrel satellite brewhouse that makes beers that are available only in the on-site brewpub. The tap has room for 24 Victory beers, including classics like HopDevil, Prima Pils and Golden Monkey, beers from the more experimental “Blackboard” series and local collaborations like the Longwood Gardens Fruit House Ale made from Longwood Gardens peaches and nectarines – while the menu is full-on pub fare.

Something to start with: Golden Monkey


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