The Greater Wilmington area is bubbling with beer-centric establishments and breweries - offering plenty of local flavor including selections from Delaware’s own Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, founded by James Beard Award-winner Sam Calagione, and a host of new brews following in his footsteps. Here’s are a few recommendations for artisanal beers in Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley.

Constitution Yards, which is open during warm weather months is a great starting point. You can’t miss it. The 30,000-square-foot beer garden on the Wilmington Riverfront is bordered by colorful shipping containers. Beers might include items from local and regional breweries such as Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, 2SP, Victory, Troegs and Yards. The menu is full of backyard barbecue favorites, including burgers, hot dogs, chicken and shareable snacks. 

Staying along the Riverfront, walk over to Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant. The Riverfront location is the second facility for the locally owned Iron Hill, whose flagship restaurant opened in Newark, DE in 1996. Pig Iron Porter has been a staple since Iron Hill opened and Iron Hill Light Lager and Vienna Red Lager are routinely big sellers.

If you are making a weekend of it, the historic district in New Castle, Delaware offers plenty of American history and a hidden treasure in Jessop’s Tavern. Jessop’s has more than 350 bottles and 21 drafts of Belgian beer - and they make a damn good pot pie.

Next, you might want to check out Bellefonte Brewing Company, one of Delaware’ newest breweries, which is located near Price’s Corner. This “nano-brewery” has eight beers in routine production and two taps for rotational beers. 

Make your dinner plans for Stitch House Brewery located in downtown Wilmington. This new addition to Market Street serves up creative comfort foods with equally creative brews.

Round out your “beercation” with an evening at Wilmington Brew Works. Their relaxed atmosphere is a great environment to unwind, catch up with friends and sample a wide-range of styles from the clean crisp taste of a lager to a wild and funky tart beer.

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