Quench your thirst (and get in style) this holiday season
There’s plenty of cool gear and good cheer available at the breweries, wineries, distilleries and meaderies of the DE on Tap app. Check out some of the stylish swag and offbeat beverages that are made for giving this holiday season.
Hoppy Holiday Guide
Beach Time Distilling, Lewes
Who wouldn’t love an appropriately beachy Tie-Die Wave t-shirt, accompanied perhaps by a 4-pack of beach-ready gin-and-tonics? Home mixologists should consider Beach Time’s “Beach Nut Rum,” infused with toasted coconut. Browse the selection here.
Big Oyster Brewery, Lewes
Oyster-shell motifs add a decidedly coastal flair to the T-shirts and hoodies here, and the koozies are all have a suitable beach vibe. Consider accessorizing with a 4-pack to-go, brightened by such flavors as Big Oyster’s Solar Power, a Belgian-style white ale brewed with oranges. Get shopping here.
Brimming Horn Meadery, Milton
Here’s a unique holiday item: The Brimming Horn “Yule Card,” featuring the Holly king shining light over the dark cold of winter. Pair with a Brimming Horn branded beanie hat or a “Mead and Metal” T-shirt. Don’t forget a beverage: “Basic Witch” is a deliciously sweet blend of honey, pumpkin and spices; the “Lady Ellhorn” is dark and sweet, made with pure honey and elderberries. Visit the store here.
Crooked Hammock, Lewes and Middletown
There’s a great selection of goodies on the Crooked Hammock web site, ranging from apparel to headgear to even (naturally) hammocks. So, get geared up, kick back and try a Beach Escape IPA, brewed with tangerine peel and Cascade, Citra and Pacifica hops. "It pairs perfectly with sunshine, sand, and cookouts,” they say. The gear is here.
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton
There’s a rare treat available at Dogfish Head’s merchandise site: Artisan-made Punkin' growlers, crafted and signed by artists Paul and Tonya Romanick. Or, consider The Dogfish Head Book: 26 Years of Off-Centered Adventures, full of photos and lore from Delaware’s most famous craft brewer. It all goes well with “The Box That Goes BOOOOM!” 12-pack, which pays homage to DFH’s greatest hits and includes an exclusive beer. Get shopping here.
Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company, Dover
There are sweatshirts and can coolers, but don’t miss those pin-up model posters with that retro Fordham feel. Feeling thirsty? Try their Candi Belgian Tripel, which balances the fruity/spicy flavors from the yeast with the sweetness of Belgian candy sugar -- a World Beer Cup Gold Winner. Shop goodies here.
Harvest Ridge Winery and Rebel Seed Cidery, Marydel
Harvest Ridge’s helpful online ordering system makes it easy to order a selection of wines, ciders, and sangrias, fortified by an array of Harvest Ridge apparel. Here are the goods.
Liquid Alchemy Beverages, Wilmington
Grab a gift card for that special someone, or snag your own bottle: Try the “In-Core-Rigible,” a pure and straightforward cider that’s clean, crisp, slightly tart, slightly dry. Gift cards available here.
Midnight Oil Brewing Company, Newark
A stylish MOBC Jersey is now available for pre-order ($75), but there’s plenty of other goodies in stock, from face coverings to T-shirts to beach bags. While you’re there, browse these treats: The Insomnia Chocolate Stout is brewed with cocoa nibs, whole Tahitian vanilla beans & lactose. Here’s the swag
Mispillion River Brewing, Milford
They have t-shirts, and a slick-looking black hoodie. A big selection of brew is available for pick-up, including the Not Today Satan IPA, an “unholy joining of El Dorado, Centennial, Columbus, Cascade and Mosaic hops.” See more here.
Revelation Brewery, Rehoboth Beach, Hudson Fields Beer Garden, Georgetown
There are t-shirts, sweats, and some pretty cool hats, just the right attire to enjoy a glass of Conan the Juiceman, made with a Barbarian yeast with the aroma of stone fruit. The shopping starts here.
Thompson Island, Rehoboth Beach
Check out the cool camo logo caps, “yeti-can” coolers, and t-shirts adored with a wide-open shark jaw and a loud-and-proud message: “Drink Local Beer.” At Thompson’s Island, that local flair includes “No Bad Days,” a lightly hopped lager made with a slower lifestyle in mind. See more here.
Wilmington Brew Works, Wilmington
Amid the t-shirt and hoodies in their online store, look for the Retrorock Perl Goblet, Thompson Island’s official Third Anniversary Glass. Or, consider the hulking 16oz Tankard, made of laser-etched stainless steel. Fill it with Varsity Brew, a pale ale made in honor of the Delaware Blue Coats basketball team. See more here.