At least one thing has stayed constant during these ever-changing times: the beer-release calendar. Delaware breweries have been hard at work to bring back seasonal favorites and dream up new ones. Got an early pumpkin craving, celebrating Oktoberfest at home or still thirsty for the tropical flavors of summer? Delaware’s got you covered.
Brewer: Thompson Island
Flavor profile: Utilizing Norwegian Kveik yeast, this fruity double IPA is heavy on the Cascade, Citra, Mosaic and Calypso hops and explodes with flavors of pineapple, honeydew, orange and citrus. Finished off with oats and wheat, there are no drawbacks to this smooth and refreshing Clawback.
Pick up a six-pack: Available now at 30133 Veterans Way, Rehoboth Beach; 226-4677; thompsonislandbrewing.com
Brewer: Crooked Hammock
Flavor profile: This autumn staple has been a favorite among Crooked’s fall offerings for umpteen straight seasons. Combining fall spices with cherrywood-smoked pumpkin and local dark-roast coffee, this bold and complex libation is the brainchild of head brewer Jon Schorah.
Pick up a six-pack: Available Sept. 5 at 36707 Crooked Hammock Way, Lewes; 644-7837; crookedhammockbrewery.com
Brewer: Dogfish Head
Flavor profile: Emerging on the scene in the mid-1990s, this full-bodied brown ale has remained a hit with hints of pumpkin, brown sugar, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Pick up six-pack: Available now with new bottle artwork by Dan Stiles at Dogfish Craft Brewery, 6 Cannery Village, Milton; 684-1000; dogfish.com
Brewer: Wilmington Brew Works
Flavor profile: Even with the Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest canceled this month, WBW will still continue the celebration in its taproom with a fan-favorite festival brew—(Ü) or Ümlaut. The amber lager is brewed in the traditional German style, with a hint of caramel and a clean finish.
Pick up six-pack: Oktoberfest begins at the brewery Sept. 18 at 3129 Miller Road, Wilmington; 722-4828; wilmingtonbrewworks.com