From hoppy IPAs to complex smooth red wines, here are the 21 flavors you need to seek out and sip in 2021. And don’t forget to download and check in to the DE on Tap app, as each location you visit gets you closer to winning a free prize.
- Sours – Autumn Arch Beer Project, Interstellar Medium
Known for their experimental approach to brewing, Autumn Arch Beer Project has released a truly unique sour. Dark in appearance with subtle notes of tobacco and espresso, this sour is out of this world.
- Whiskey – Painted Stave Distilling, Diamond State Straight Bourbon Whiskey
In a nod to the last brand of whiskey produced in Delaware before prohibition, Painted Stave Distilling has produced the first legal bourbon in the state, Diamond State Straight Bourbon Whiskey. A balance of sweetness and spiciness - drink this whiskey over a large ice cube or in an old fashioned.
- Lager – Thompson Island Brewing Company, Little Friday
A perfect beer for the casual drinker, Thompson Island Brewing Company’s Little Friday is a helles lager that’s crisp and clean and ready for the weekend.
- Rum – Dogfish Head Distilling Co., Barrel Honey Rum
As an evolution to a fan-favorite rum, Dogfish Head Distilling Co. developed their Barrel Honey Rum, a sweet and smooth sipping rum that pays homage to Rehoboth Beach’s connection to the coast.
- Mead – Brimming Horn Meadery, Golden Tears
Golden Tears, which won Brimming Horn Meadery a gold medal in the 2020 Mazer Cup, is a dry traditional honey mead that’s crisp and delicately floral.
- IPA – Blue Earl Brewing, Walking Blues IPA
There’s no shortage of great IPAs in Delaware and Blue Earl Brewing’s Walking Blues IPA fits right in. Full of citrus, pine, and tropical hop flavor but balanced with a strong malt backbone, Walking Blues is a showcase of popular American hop varieties.
- Red Wine – Harvest Ridge Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Ready to be opened and poured now or stashed away and aged, Harvest Ridge Winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon is a structured wine, full bodied, with medium acidity, making it popular as a mealtime pairing.
- Stout – Stitch House Brewery, Sho ‘Nuff Stout
Big and bold in flavor, dark in color, stouts are great cold month sippers. Stitch House Brewery, and their Sho ‘Nuff Stout provides the quintessential stout that’s, sure enough, rich and smooth.
- Rosé – Nassau Valley Vineyards, 2017 Cape Rosé
Cape Rosé is Nassau Valley Vineyards take on a true French-styled Rosé. With strawberry and watermelon aromas, fruit forward taste, and a crisp, dry finish, this wine is best paired with seafood, making it a perfect pairing for the many restaurants in Southern Delaware.
- Pale Ale – Wilmington Brew Works, Superfluous Nomenclature
Pale ales, both balanced and approachable as well as palatable and refreshing, can be found in almost every craft beer destination in the country. Wilmington Brew Works take on the pale is both light and a little sweet, offering subtle hop flavor with big hop aromatics.
- Wheat Beer – Big Oyster Brewery, Solar Power
Solar Power is one of Big Oyster Brewery’s best-selling beers. And that might be because it’s a go to summer brew for visitors to Delaware. Brewed with fresh oranges and coriander, Solar Power is light and delicious, perfect for warm summer day.
- Vodka – Painted Stave Distilling, Silver Screen Vodka
Painted Stave Distilling’s Silver Screen Vodka is clean, clear, and slightly sweet with notes of vanilla. Distilled as an ode to the magical feeling of watching a movie on the big screen and the 1940’s movie house in Smyrna that the distillery calls home.
- Pilsner – Crooked Hammock Brewery, Actively Fishing
Appropriately named for surf fishing rules in Southern Delaware, Actively Fishing is a crisp light easy drinker for just sitting and enjoying the sunshine with a line in the water.
- Coffee Liqueur – Beach Time Distilling, Beach Java
Spice up your next cocktail with some cold coffee infused rum. Beach Time Distilling, with freshly roasted coffee beans from Notting Hill Coffee, has distilled Beach Java, their not bitter, espresso-like, rum that’s both chocolatey and fruity.
- White Wine – Pizzadili Winery, Seyval Blanc
This wine from Pizzadili Winery is made from seyval blanc grapes, which are grown along the East Coast. Known for its citrus forward aroma and taste, Seyval Blanc is most compared to a white Burgundy.
- Saison – Iron Hill Brewery, Homestead
Homestead, in name and style, is an homage to the saison style, whose origins belong to Belgium farmhouses in summer. Complex and citrus, in both flavor and aromatics, Homestead ends on refreshingly spicy, dry finish.
- Hard Seltzer – Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Peach + Amarillo Hops Hard Seltzer
Hard seltzers, a relative newcomer to the craft beverage scene, have capture the eyes and taste buds of breweries and drinkers. So, it’s no surprise Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has taken the concept and ran with it, brewing a hoppy yet deliciously sweet peach hard seltzer.
- Cider – Liquid Alchemy Beverages, In-CORE-Igible
A straightforward cider that’s pure and simple. That’s what Liquid Alchemy Beverages offers up with their In-CORE-Igible hard cider; a clean, crisp, slightly tart classic.
- Wine Slushie – Salted Vines Vineyard & Winery
It’s no surprise that local wineries, with their close proximity to Delaware beaches and its warm summer months, have accepted this social media friendly frosted trend. And Salted Vines Vineyard & Winery have embraced this trend with open arms and a warm embrace.
- Sangria – Harvest Ridge Winery, Sangria Red
Made with locally sourced Chambourcin grapes, Harvest Ridge Winery blends their Sangria wine punch with pomegranate, berries, and citrus. Just open up and pour over ice, perfect for warm weather days and paired best with tacos from your favorite to-go stop.
- Gin – Beach Time Distilling, Beach Fin Gin
Juniper forward and complex, Beach Time Distilling’s Beach Fin Gin is distilled with coriander, grains of paradise, lemongrass, citrus peel, and lavender. The result is an award-winning flavorful gin that’ll make a mean Gin Mule cocktail.
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