2SP BREWING CO.

120 Concord Rd #101-103, Aston, PA 19014

Perhaps it was inevitable that in their next stage of growth, Two Stones Pub would start brewing their own beer. With longtime (and highly respected) Iron Hill Head Brewer Bob Barrar, 2SP Brewing Company produces food-friendly beers that truly stand on their own, and the local press has noticed: Philly Beer Scene named 2SP as 2016’s Best New Brewery. Food trucks visit on Thursdays through Saturdays, but the brewer’s cheeseboard that they offer makes for great snacking on the other days of the week.

Something to start with: Bellcracker Double IPA


BELLEFONTE BREWING CO. Beer Glass Icon

3605 Old Capitol Trail C8, Wilmington, DE

Operated out of a warehouse/storage space, this nano-brewery packs crowds into its tasting room on weekends, luring them with a diverse, rotating line-up of full-flavored beers. There’s no kitchen on premises, but beer-friendly food trucks roll in on the regular on weekends. (Note: Folllow your GPS carefully. You can’t see Bellefonte from the road. Turn into the warehouse/storage area and go back just about as far as you can go, and you’re there.)

Something to start with: Orange Street Ale


BLUE EARL BREWING CO. Beer Glass Icon

210 Artisans Drive Smyrna, DE 19977

The brews ‘n’ blues theme plays deep into the DNA of Blue Earl beers, from the Walking Blues IPA, the Blues Power American Pale Ale, the Honeysuckle Rose Belgian-style Blonde Ale and the somewhat funkier When Doves Cry Vienna-style Amber Lager. You’ll find live music playing most Friday and Saturday nights (and the occasional all-day soul festival) to enjoy with your beers, and tours run Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Something to start with: Honeysuckle Rose


DEW POINT BREWING CO. Beer Glass Icon

2878 Creek Rd, Yorklyn, DE 19736 

Inside the century-old Garrett Snuff Mill complex in Yorklyn, Dew Point Brewing produces Belgian inspired ales for service in its beautifully restored tasting room, only a few minutes drive from attractions Longwood Gardens, Mt Cuba Center and Winterthur Museum. Beers feature a variety of high-end ingredients and specialty hops in intriguing combinations. There’s no kitchen, but regulars from the neighborhood often bring their own snacks, ranging anywhere from chips and guac to full-on picnics, and weekends have become a regular jaunt for area food trucks. 

Something to start with: Hopworts Express IPA


KENNETT BREWING CO.

109 S Broad St #2, Kennett Square, PA 19348

The brewers at Kennett Brewing are devoted to innovation and experimentation, “replicating traditional styles and creating innovative interpretations,” and creating beers like The Kidd (“crisp and creamy, simple and elegant, candied pears, spice drops, hay and a bit of honeyed biscuits”) and the Head Skull Mind Beer (“think of Vermont as a style of beer”). Open every day but Monday and with a diverse, upscale pub menu.

Something to start with: Head Skull Mind Beer


LIQUID ALCHEMY  Beer Glass Icon

28  Brookside Dr, Wilmington, DE

Just to be clear up front: This is not a brewery, but Delaware’s only meadery and ciderworks, specializing in gluten-free, pure fruit and spice drinks. Their secret recipe calls for locally sourced apples and honey, mixed with some old-world techniques and a bit of modern technology, to create one of the most unique stops on the northern Delaware trail. Check the schedule for regular events like Sunday brunches and holiday celebrations.

Something to start with: Sweet Nothings orange blossom mead


MIDNIGHT OIL BREWING CO.  Beer Glass Icon 

674 Pencader Dr, Newark

Home brewer Mike Dunlap went pro with the opening of Midnight Oil Brewing and he gave his beers room to breathe with a spacious, comfortable tasting room that’s open seven days a week. There are a half dozen mainstays on the menu, and another half dozen seasonals that regularly rotate.

Something to start with: Sundown Saison


PAINTED STAVE DISTILLING  Beer Glass Icon

106 W Commerce St, Smyrna, DE

Northern Delaware’s only distillery creates craft cocktails with their own bourbons, vodka and gins, at this operation set up inside the Old Smyrna Theater movie house. (You’ll definitely want a tour.) They have seven mainstay bottles available all the time, but experimental batches like aged espresso vodka and barley whiskey pop up now and then too.

Something to start with: Diamond State Straight Bourbon Whiskey


TWIN LAKES BREWING CO.  Beer Glass Icon 

1400 E Ayre St, Wilmington, DE 

A local tap favorite in Delaware restaurants for years, Twin Lakes dealt with some downtime during a move into a larger brewing operation in Newport, DE. The new tasting room is now open (and you can tour their substantially bigger brewing operation), and they’ve been busy brewing – once again, their signature Twin Lakes Pale Ale can be found on taps all around town. 

Something to start with: Greenville Pale Ale


VOLUNTEER BREWING CO.  Beer Glass Icon

120 W. Main Street, Middletown DE 

Officially Delaware’s smallest brewery, Volunteer brews on a two-barrel system and pours mostly at community events, but the brewery is open a few days a month for visitors, usually on either Fridays or Saturdays, when the beer is ready. Definitely check the schedule on Facebook or their website before heading out.

Something to start with: Belgian Amber


WILMINGTON BREW WORKS  Beer Glass Icon

3129 Miller Rd, Wilmington, DE

The most recent addition to a scene that is growing so quickly that it might not be true when you read this, Wilmington Brew Works tapped Bellefonte brewer Craig Wensell to open Wilmington’s first production brewery since 1955 in a beautiful tasting room that’s quickly become a neighborhood hangout.

Something to start with: Lupulin Enlightenment

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