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 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).
-- 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.