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Delaware has its own beer – and wine – and now spirits too!

The Delaware Wine and Ale Trail is getting a spirited new identity.

This visitor-friendly collection of First State breweries and wineries is adding four new locations -- two of them distilleries – making it a better time than ever to explore this tasty journey.

Delaware Beer Wine and Spirits TrailNow known as the “Delaware Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail,” the statewide self-paced tour is designed to give travelers a convenient and fun way to explore the many tours and tastings available in the state. The trail’s “passport” system allows participants to track their travels and potentially earn prizes.

While the “new” trail will officially be launched later in fall 2014, visitors are encouraged to get a head start. The new attractions on the trail include:

-- Delaware Distilling Company, Rehoboth Beach. Calling itself the “East Coast’s premier distillery/ restaurant experience,” DDC is one of just a handful of distilleries under the same roof as a full service restaurant and bar. Specialties include craft liquors, unique cocktails, a 20-flavor infusion bar, and tours.

-- Painted Stave Distilling, Smyrna. This craft distillery is located in a converted 1940's movie theater, and prides itself on producing premium craft spirits from local raw materials.  Open for tours, tastings and sales.  Group tours and private events are welcome.

-- Argilla Brewing Co. @ Pietro's Pizza, Newark. This family-run pizzeria has been in business for 36 years, but its latest achievement is the installation of a small microbrewery, which produces a variety of IPAs to accompany the restaurant’s pizza pies and pub-style sandwiches.

-- Mispillion River Brewing Company, Milford. The year-round IPAs and porters here are supplemented by single-hop specialty brews, once-and-done surprises and tasting room exclusives. Tours are available, and the action at the 15-barrel brew house can be viewed from the tasting room window while sitting at the bar and enjoying a cold pint.

To participate in the trail, go to the trail website, which includes listings of locations and instructions on downloading and completing the passport. The website is also designed to help visitors find lodging and locate other nearby attractions.

While you’re here, it’s also a good time to check out Delaware’s four other visitor trails – History, Culinary, Geocaching and Outdoor.


posted on: Friday, Aug 22, 2014 3:05 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Where’s the Best Super Bowl Food in Delaware?

The New York Times once called Delaware the cradle of Super Bowl championship quarterbacks (thanks to Rich Gannon and Joe Flacco, both University of Delaware grads), but Bobbie Capriottisa look at the football-friendly grub served around the state makes for a good argument that Delaware is also a fan’s dream when it comes to Super Bowl food.

After all, a fat sub stuffed full of Italian deli meat is a sure-fire party pleaser, and Delaware stands as the unrivalled master of the sub-sandwich art form, most notably those made at Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, the Delaware-born chain that now has locations around the country.

Mile for mile, Delaware is also perhaps one of the most richly blessed states when it comes to craft beer, led by the nationally renowned Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (and its restaurant), but supplemented nicely by an assortment of other beer-centric locations on the Delaware Wine & Ale Trail, including 16-Mile Brewing Company, Iron Hill Brewery (Wilmington and Newark locations), Stewart’s Brewing Company and Twin Lakes Brewery.

All those beers are naturally best accompanied by food that packs the culinary punch of an All-Pro linebacker, whether it’s wings or pizza or barbecue. Here are a few places to get your grub on:

Nicola Pizza-- Nicola Pizza in Rehoboth Beach is known throughout the state for its legendary Nic-o-Boli, an addictively cheesy “inside-out” pizza stuffed with ground beef and a variety of other goodies.

-- As one of the stops on the popular Delaware Culinary Trail, the Big Fish Grill in Rehoboth is a crowd favorite year-round, but this time of year they also wrap up everything from barbecued pork to chili to rotisserie chicken in their popular Super Bowl Party-to-Go packages.

-- Fans can’t go wrong at Abbott's Grill in Milford, the creative, people-pleasing menu is supplemented nicely on Super Bowl Sunday with 50-cent wings, prizes and more food specials.

Deer Park Tavern-- Arguably one of the masters of cheese-steak artistry in the state, Claymont Steak Shop (in Claymont and Newark) is also a dependable go-to spot for other Super Bowl essentials, such as wings, pizza and subs.

-- Speaking of pizza, no Delaware Super Bowl list would be complete without mentioning the iconic Delaware pizza spot – Grotto Pizza (locations statewide). These swirled-cheese, thin-crust creations practically define Delaware for people who’ve spent time at the beaches.

-- When people think of the historic Deer Park Tavern in Newark, two things typically spring to mind – the Edgar Alan Poe raven statue, and this iconic restaurant’s “Los Nachos Grandes,” piled high with all you could ever need.


posted on: Friday, Jan 31, 2014 11:51 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Sample fall season brews on the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail

As the seasons change so do the flavors along the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail. Discover local craft beer filled with fresh hops and hints of harvest and pumpkin spices while visiting Delaware. Download a passport, take a tour and taste of local breweries to earn a limited-edit Delaware Wine and Ale Trail beer mug!

Here are some can’t miss seasonal craft beers – make sure to visit their websites for the most up to date information about what’s on tap:

-- 16 Mile Brewing Company’s Tiller Brown Ale is a celebration of the harvest season with robust flavors of chocolate and coffee. This brew is an English Brown Ale and has a roasty flavor. 

Dogfish Punkin Ale

-- Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s Punkin Ale was inspired by Delaware’s World Championship Punkin Chunkin. It is a full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. 

-- Fordham and Dominion Brewing Company’s Spiced Harvest Ale is light Amber in color with a medium body, spiced with cinnamon, ginger, clove, allspice and pumpkin. 

-- Iron Hill Brewery offers three seasonal fall beers including Pumpkin Ale (a medium bodied copper ale spiced with pumpkin pie spices and vanilla); the Pumpkin Weiss (an unfiltered medium bodied wheat beer, with yeast driven flavors of banana and clove, accented with pumpkin pie) and the Oktoberfest (a traditional German festival beer, it is a medium bodied lager with a malty and bready aroma and a firm malt flavor). 

Stewarts Brewing Company

-- Stewart’s Brewing Company serves up the German-style Oktoberfest and Mischief Night Pumpkin Ale Windblown Blond Kölsch during the fall season.

-- Twin Lakes Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest brew is malty and crisp but not sweet, with a smooth, balanced finish and understated hops. 

Bonus stop: 3rd Wave Brewing Company – One of Delaware’s newest breweries is serving up the “Chunkin Punkin Belgian Ale” brewed with 20 pounds of pumpkin puree per barrel and is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.


posted on: Friday, Sep 6, 2013 4:29 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Celebrate the Enhanced Delaware Wine and Ale Trail

Tweet the TrailJoin the who's-who of Delaware's Twitter-verse alongside of representatives from Delaware wineries and breweries plus, craft beer and wine connoisseurs at Tweet the Trail on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at Abbott’s Grill in Milford from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. to celebrate the enhanced Delaware Wine and Ale Trail.

Be the first to hear about the new passport and prize for the trail, mingle with wine makers and brewers and try for your chance to win exciting prizes! (We hear that a mini-wine fridge may be one of the prizes but, shh..you didn’t hear that from us!)  

Come raise a glass and toast the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail and the breweries and wineries that make the First State taste so good! Register for this free event at www.visitdelaware.com/rsvp and join the conversation at #TweettheTrail.


posted on: Friday, May 18, 2012 12:04 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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