Good Brews

So you want to spend a whole weekend tasting your way through the microbreweries and taprooms of Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley? Hey, we won’t judge. And there’s certainly plenty of choices to keep you happily occupied.

Delaware’s craft beer scene traces its origins to the renowned Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Southern Delaware, but you don’t have to venture that far for a taste of delicious First State brews.

We suggest you start your day with a trip to Historic New Castle, where Jessop’s Tavern draws visitors not just with its colonial atmosphere and satisfying English and Swedish cuisine, but also with the state’s most extensive lineup of Belgian beers.

In this Itinerary

During the summer months, spend a happy hour (or two, or three) at the Wilmington Riverfront, where the Constitution Yards Beer Garden serves up not just an ever-changing rotation of craft beers, but a fun lineup of backyard games like corn hole, bocce and oversized Jenga.

Constitution Yards serves plenty of satisfying food options, but if you’re ready for a change of scenery, head on down the street to Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, an award-winning brewpub known for its delicious, filling cuisine. (If you want to complete the set, stop by Iron Hill’s original Newark location as well. And, while you’re in Newark, make time to visit Autumn Arch Beer Project. This small-batch brewery specializes in the deep flavor profiles and edgy bitterness associated with IPAs and stouts.)

More to Explore

Historic New Castle

  • GPS Coordinates: 50 Market Street

This charming Colonial town is steeped in history. Enjoy fine restaurants, fabulous museums and quaint shops. Stroll along the Delaware River.

Riverfront Wilmington

  • 815 Justison St.

Riverfront Wilmington combines a rich history with a host of attractions that bring great food, entertainment and shopping to the city. Our Riverwalk stretches from…

There are plenty of options in around Wilmington to fill a second day of exploration too: The city’s only production brewery, Wilmington Brew Works, is located in a former laboratory building and keeps the building’s origins alive with innovative flavor profiles.

Bellefonte Brewing Company, with two locations around Greater Wilmington, appeals with its locally inspired brews (like the Orange St. Ale) and fun labels. (Google “Claymonster Ale” and you’ll see what we mean.) 

Finally, head north to Dew Point Brewing Company, located in an old snuff mill in Yorklyn, Delaware. Dew Point’s Belgian-inspired beer and family-friendly atmosphere make it a perfect place to unwind, catch up with friends and close out an amazing weekend spent in Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley.  

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