Thompson Island Gingerbread Ale named national champion

February 19, 2021

The U.S. Beer Tasting Championship awarded its title of Best Holiday Spice Ale in the U.S. to Thompson Island Brewing Company’s gingerbread ale, Comfy Pants.

“We are pleased to receive recognition on a national level for our brewing program,” said Matt Patton, director of operations for SoDel Concepts, which owns Thompson Island Brewing Company and 11 other coastal Delaware restaurants.

“This gingerbread ale was a collaboration between Pastry Chef Dru [Tevis] and Brewmaster Jimmy [Valm], and it had actual gingerbread and gumdrops added,” said Patton, who oversees the hospitality company’s beer program. “I can’t think of any beer that would taste more like the holidays.”

This announcement comes two months after Thompson Island IPA won a gold medal for best IPA in the world from the U.S. Open Beer Championship.

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