These are not your father's brew pubs. In today's brew pub there's as much attention given to the food as there is the beer. The celebration of local flavors used to create amazing craft brews spills over into the kitchen where fresh, local ingredients are the highlights of the menu. These Greater Wilmington brew pubs elevate the tasting room.
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).
308 Justison St , Wilmington, DE 19801
Eat, drink and relax at Constitution Yards. This seasonal beer garden along Wilmington's Riverfront offers classic American fare , an ever changing rotation of craft beers, seasonal specialty cocktails, and wine. In addition to food and drink options, Constitution Yards also offers live music on Friday & Saturday, sports on the big screen, and of course, Wilmo Axe.
316 Auto Park Drive, Middletown, DE 19958
For those who believe it is best to drink beer in a relaxed atmosphere, Crooked Hammock is the place to be. The brewery lives up to its name by having hammocks hanging out back. You’ll feel like you’re at a family cookout as you taste in-demand, beach-inspired brews in the large outdoor beer garden, which features ping pong tables, corn hole boards and even a playground for the kids!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Indicates brewery is part of the Delaware Beer, Wine & Spirits Trail.