Follow the Delaware Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail featuring a collection of seventeen (17) unique wineries, breweries, and distilleries and experience the quality of award-winning wines, craft brews, and hand-crafted spirits! Each trail site stands ready to serve up a first-rate tasting and fun adventure! Take the offered tours and learn about the art of making fine wine, ale and spirits. Explore a region at a time or take your pick of sites to plan single or multi-day excursions throughout the First State! Visit a minimum of eight (8) trail sites, collect individual site codes from the distinctive trail signs, and receive a limited-edition Delaware Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail wine glass or beer mug!
The picturesque back roads and rolling countryside of Delaware’s northernmost region is a perfect place to embark on your soul-quenching journey! Home to some of America’s grandest mansions and gardens in the lush Brandywine Valley, travelers can supplement their tastings with treasured museums and tales depicting the Du Pont family’s rise to prominence during the Industrial Revolution.
Begin in Greenville at Twin Lakes Brewing, nestled on a 252-acre, seven-generation farm in the heart of Delaware’s “Chateau Country.” Enjoy premium American ales and lagers made with all-natural ingredients accompanied by delicious gourmet cheese in a rustic, old-world setting. Take a guided tour of the history of beer and brewing and see where General George Washington drank from their well!
A quick trip down Del. 52 (Kennett Pike) will bring you to Wilmington, which boasts a Riverfront studded with restaurants and the next trail stop -- Iron Hill Brewery. Grab a seat upstairs on the balcony for a view of the Christina River while you sip distinctive, full-flavored handcrafted beers and casually enjoy fresh-from-scratch, New American cuisine.
There’s a second Iron Hill Brewery trail location in Newark – within a quick drive away from the Argilla Brewing Co. @ Pietro’s Pizza trail stop, a small family-run brewpub and pizzeria. Both of these locations are close to some great tax-free shopping: Newark’s Main Street, a nationally recognized Great American Main Street, is a great place to browse boutiques and bookstores and Christiana Mall has over 150 upscale brand-name shops.
After shopping, slake your thirst with a stop at Stewart’s Brewing Company, the region’s first brewpub! Sample American craft brews influenced by England, Germany, France, and Belgium followed by some hearty pub fare.
Head to the First State Capital Region in Historic Dover where Delaware Beer, Wine and Spirit Trail enthusiasts can take a walk back in history and learn about the state that started the nation. Host to a National Monument site, one-of-a-kind museums, NASCAR races, and a 4-diamond hotel and casino, groups can take their pick of thrilling escapades!
First stop, Painted Stave Distilling in Smyrna, operating in a converted 1940's movie theater with remnants of the original architecture still in view! A producer of premium craft spirits from local raw materials, spirit-lovers can sample the likes of vodka, gin, whiskey and brandy. Open for tours and special events, catered group meals are an option.
Experience the best of both worlds at Fordham and Old Dominion Brewing where the tour starts and finishes with craft beers and high-end soda samples! From the brewhouse and bottling line to the kegger and packaging warehouse, visitors are treated to a behind-the-scenes look at how finely crafted ales and lagers with a 300-year history are created.
If your preference is fine wine, explore Delaware’s newest farm winery, Harvest Ridge in Marydel, or bask in the scenic beauty of the Pizzadili Vineyard & Winery located in nearby Felton. Take pleasure in the delectable wines, lush farmland, and acres of grape vines and fruit trees!
Then it’s a quick trip east to Mispillion River Brewing in Milford, where a tasting and a tour will be in order. Beer connoisseurs will enjoy the art of craft brewing in its purest form! Save some time to stroll through quaint Downtown Milford, a community born of the river and dedicated to recreation and the arts.
You won’t want to miss the trail stops in Coastal Sussex! The Drive along the Del.1 shoreline will take you past some of the best beach towns on the East Coast. A beautiful spectacle of ocean on one side and bay on the other, the allure of sea, sand, wind and waves is hard to ignore – not to mention tempting tax-free shopping ranging from designer outlets to artsy boutiques and a variety of culinary gems!
Take a quick drive to Lewes, the “First Town in the First State” rich in history and filled with quaint museums, shops and restaurants, and spend time exploring Cape Henlopen State Park where a soothing, natural beauty is accompanied by plentiful opportunities to sunbathe, fish, bike and explore.
But first, get a taste of some of the best craft beer in the nation! Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton is one of those delightfully fun and funky places, complete with a steampunk-style treehouse and tastings of Delaware’s beloved “off-centered ales for off-centered people.” Food is available at the brewery, but save your appetite for the Dogfish Brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, where the Dogfish legend started, and have a shot at tasting some experimental brews only served pub-side!
As you head further south, stop by Nassau Valley Vineyards in Lewes, Delaware’s first farm winery, for an education about the 8,000-year history of wine and wine-making and a variety of sweet-to-dry and white-to-red wines.
Then onto Rehoboth, home to the Delaware Distilling Company, a full service restaurant and bar offering craft liquors, spiced rum, unique cocktails, and a 20-flavor infusion bar!
Heading west, you’ll encounter the 16 Mile Brewing Company’s handcrafted recipes and energy-efficient brewery placed in the historic town of Georgetown. Make a pitstop at the Fenwick Wine Cellars of West Fenwick, a Tuscan chic farm winery where you can savor the sip of blush, fruit, red and white wines. It’s time to swing away from the coast and head west to 3rd Wave Brewing Co. in Delmar. Top off your First State visit with a cold craft brew! Cheers!