Sips – June 2016

Here’s what’s pouring

New Delaware Brewery

Bellefonte Brewing Company, the latest endeavor to bring new craft brews to the state, held its grand opening last month. Located at 3605 Old Capitol Trail in Wilmington, the brewery plans to focus on two things: first, a nano brewery and taproom with eight regular production beers and two taps dedicated to rotational beers; second, the brewery will offer homebrew supplies, brew education and brew on premise.

CEO and owner Craig Wensell is an avid homebrewer, a current member of First State Brewers and Delaware Hause Brauers, and is currently running a brewing supply business. His brewing awards include an AHA-sanctioned silver medal for Flyin’ Jalapeno Saison, and First Place in the Peco’s Great Pumpkin Debate.

For more, visit bellefontebrewingco.com.

Bike, Hike—and Brews!—at Hagley

Bike and Hike runs 5-8 p.m. every Wednesday, June 1 to Aug. 31, weather permitting. Stroll, jog, or cycle a three-mile loop from Hagley’s Visitor Center to Eleutherian Mills and back. Participants can explore parts of the picturesque, 235-acre property not usually open to visitors.

All Bike and Hikes are weather-permitting, with updates posted on hagley.org.

Bike, Hike and Brews adds to the fun on June 22, July 13, Aug. 3, and Aug. 24. On those dates, Dogfish Head beers and a special menu from Chef Roy at the Belin House Organic Café will be available for purchase. The star of the special menu will be chicken or pork sliders. The opening Bike, Hike and Brews on June 22 features music from WSTW. Brews nights are sponsored by Dogfish Head’s Beer & Benevolence Program.

Rebel Seed Cidery Concert Series

Taste of the Rebellion Summer Concert Series, hosted by Rebel Seed Cider, begins this month at Harvest Ridge Winery & Rebel Seed Cidery in Marydel. Set for the second Saturday of the month through August, the series includes local artists Lovebettie on June 11, Barrelhouse Blues on July 9, and Higher Education on Aug. 13. Times are typically 7-11 p.m.

Rebel Seed Cidery is Delaware’s first cidery. It opened last year, and uses local apples. Two varieties of cider can be tasted at the Harvest Ridge Winery Tasting room at 447 Westville Rd., Marydel.

Delaware Beer, Wine & Spirits Trail Changes

The craft beverage industry is booming in Delaware, and the Delaware Tourism Office highlighted that growth late last month by announcing a major expansion of its Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail. The Trail provides an interactive way for people to explore craft beverage makers across the state.

New businesses are joining the Trail, including cideries, meaderies and Painted Stave Distilling in Smyrna. There are now more than 20 sites.

The trail started in 2010 under the name Delaware Wine & Ale Trail with the goal of increasing tourism. At the time it included 12 locations, all of them wineries and breweries. The increase in sites since then tracks with nationwide trends.

In addition to its new sites, the Trail is getting a digital facelift designed to make navigating it easier than ever. Visit visitdelaware.com/bwst for more.

Visit Delaware is also set to launch a new smartphone application this summer. It will use geo-locating and check-in technology that will allow people to track their progress. The free app will be available through the App Store and Google Play.

Trail adventurers will also be able to keep a record of their progress through an updated passport available at the website. Once a person has been to all 10 locations, Visit Delaware will send them a free prize —a glass beer stein bearing the Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail logo.

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