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Stewart’s Brewing Co.
Next year, Stewart’s will celebrate its 25th anniversary. That’s quite a milestone for any business, but it’s especially noteworthy in the local beer industry, where there are 10 times as many options as there were when Stewart’s opened in 1995. The point is, as New Castle County’s first brewpub, the enterprise in Bear has to be doing something right to be still pouring beer nearly two-and-a-half decades in.
In interviewing many area brewers over the past year, it’s been interesting to hear how highly many of them speak about Stewart’s and the role the brewpub has played as one of the local pioneers in the field. Personally, I think their Irish Red Ale is the best red ale around. Winter beer lovers should check out the release of their Destroyer Imperial Stout and Rye-Barrel-Aged Winter Warmer this month.
— Jim Miller, Director of Publications
Dip into Torbert Social’s Menu
This is a new downtown hot spot that offers creative concoctions and inventive nosh. One of my menu faves is the Duo Dips—a board of fire-roasted vegetable and garlic herb feta dips, accompanied by crispy artisan breads and seasonal vegetables. It’s a fancy but satisfying snack that complements the vibe of this new joint, and it’s a perfect choice when meeting my vegetarian pals.
— Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald, Contributing Writer
Three Fairy Tales at Brandywine River Museum
Cinderella & Co.: Three Fairy Tales Reimagined is an exhibit of illustrations from three classic fairy tales—Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and The Three Little Pigs. The curator of the exhibit, H. Nichols B. Clark, has focused on the broad array of imagery rather than the text of the stories, with the work of nineteenth and twentieth-century artists with their own interpretations. More orthodox images will be juxtaposed with unconventional ones from artists around the world. The show ends Jan. 5. While you’re there, check out the annual Brandywine Christmas with the region’s greatest model train display, also through Jan. 5.
— Bev Zimmermann, Special Projects
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