Wine & Beer Festival Oct. 20 features local breweries, wineries and distilleries

2013 event in Dover introduces Homebrew Championship
Marlana and Joe Gallo, owners of How Do You Brew retail shop in Newark, invite homebrewers to compete for the title of Delaware Homebrew Champion Oct. 20 at the Delaware Wine and Beer Festival in Dover. SOURCE SUBMITTED
October 10, 2013

Tickets are now on sale for the Fourth Annual Delaware Wine and Beer Festival, to be held from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20, at the 19th century farm village at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover. This year’s theme is Drink Local, Eat Local and Buy Local and will feature the full contingency of Delaware wineries, breweries, distilleries, artisans and eateries who will participate in the event.

The following breweries, wineries and distilleries will sample their Delaware-made products: 3rd Wave Brewing Company, Delmar; 16 Mile Brewing Company, Georgetown; Argilla Brewing Company, Newark; Delaware Distilling Company, Rehoboth Beach; Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton; Fenwick Wine Cellars, Fenwick Island; Fordham/Old Dominion Brewing Company, Dover; Great Shoals Winery representing T.S. Smith Orchards, Bridgeville; Harvest Ridge Winery, Marydel; Mispillion River Brewing, Milford; Nassau Valley Vineyards, Lewes; Painted Stave Distillery, Smyrna; Pizzadili Winery & Vineyards, Felton; and Twin Lakes Brewery, Greenville.

New this year is the Delaware Homebrew Championship. The event is an American Homebrewers Association-sanctioned competition and will be judged by Beer Judge Certified Program judges. The five categories will include: IPA (American/Imperial); American Ale (Pale, Amber, and Brown); Delaware-Grown Fruit Beer; Belgian/French Ale; and Specialty. For more information about the competition or to register, visit or call 302-734-8309.

“This is an invitation to our homebrewers out there in the Mid-Atlantic states to come compete for the state title,” said Charles Gray. The winner, in addition to holding the state title, will earn $250 in cash and $250 in prizes from the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail and Cabot Cheese, plus a ribbon. Five semifinalists will earn ribbons and bragging rights. The competition is sponsored by How Do You Brew, a homebrew supply store in Newark.

In addition to wine, beer and spirits sampling, the event will also include the Delaware Artisan Faire with 50 local artisans and craftsmen just in time for tax-free holiday shopping; eight local restaurants; live reggae music; a corn hole tournament; and a keg-tossing competition.

Admission, which will include choice of 10 samples, will be $25 if purchased in advance or $35 at the door. VIP tickets for homebrew sampling and voting are an additional $5. The first 500 ticket buyers will also receive a free keepsake wine or beer glass. Designated driver, non-tasting admission is $10. Full pours of wine and beer will be available for sale along with nonalcoholic beverages and food provided by local restaurants.

The event will be held rain or shine and will be moved inside the museum in case of poor weather. To purchase tickets go to or call Kent County Tourism, 302-734-4888 or 800-233-5368.