Local Beers You Must Try

Here’s a list of near-by brews that have to be tasted to be believed.


Dogfish Head Namaste
Once only available in 720-milliliter bottles, Dogfish’s fastest-growing, year-round beer is now six-pack ready. A wheat beer, Namaste is more subdued and lighter by Dogfish standards, with hints of orange and lemongrass.

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Mispillion River Brewing Reach Around Ale
The beer formerly known as Greenway IPA has evolved into a canned phenomenon for the upstart Milford brewers, who add lots of hops near the tail end of the brewing process to give the Reach Around its huge flavor.


3rd Wave SunSet Peach Wheat
Brewed with 200 pounds of peaches from T.S. Smith & Sons in Bridgeville, SunSet has quickly become a 3rd Wave favorite, thanks to its refreshing, approachable qualities.


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Twin Lakes Jubilicious Holiday Ale
Conjuring reminders of Delaware Day, holiday spirit and frozen ponds for ice skating, Jubilicious is not exactly a newbie. But this is the perfect time to enjoy its heartiness and spice profile derived from roasted Briess malts.


Iron Hill Amarillum IPA
Cask-conditioned Amarillum is an aromatic and citrusy take on an American IPA, courtesy of Amarillo and Ahtanum hops from Washington.


Pizza by Elizabeths’ Pumpkin Ale and Hazelnut Ale
The swanky Greenville pizzeria launched its inaugural beer in the spring with a honey-basil ale. This fall, after the addition of a second tap in September, chef/brewer Paul Egnor turns out pumpkin- and hazelnut-infused offerings.

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Fordham Gypsy Helles Lager
Clean and direct, Fordham’s recently repackaged Bavarian-style lager uses four different grains and three hop varieties to create an intricate flavor profile and a beautiful deep-golden color.


Dominion Candi Belgian Tripel
Part of Dominion’s titillating “Pin-Up Series,” Candi took home gold at the World Beer Cup in May. Aromatic and sweet (and named for the Belgian candi sugar used in brewing), Candi pours a spicy, copper body.


16 Mile Gütentart
Sour beers are an upcoming trend in the craft-beer world, and Gütentart is the latest entry in the Georgetown brewery’s “Off the Grid” series: a white cherry blond ale.


Stewart’s Saphir Abbey Single
A lighter version of the powerful Belgian style, Saphir is brewed exclusively with prized German Saphir hops and Belgian Westmalle yeast, which gives it a floral bouquet and refreshing finish.

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