About Delaware Beer
The state of Delaware has as deep brewing history dating back to the 1630’s, where the Swedes settled in Delaware and began brewing beer using Indian corn. The first semi-commercial breweries were built around 1662, during the Dutch colonial period, as the soldier needed beer (who doesn’t?) The first commercial brewery was built in the 1730’s by an Englishman named William Shipley.
The 1800’s would see the Germans migrate and establish more commercial breweries, one such brewery being the Nebeker Brewery. Other notable breweries during this time included the Bavarian Brewing Company and Bicta Brewing Company- which would purchase Nebeker and become Diamond State Brewery.
When Prohibition hit the state it pretty much killed off the brewing industry. Diamond State barely survived Prohibition this time, but when Prohibition ended they could not compete against the large national brands and closed in 1954. Delaware did not have any breweries in operation until 1995, when Dogfish Head and Stewart’s Brewing Company opened their doors. The state also has seen Twin Lakes, 16 Mile Brewery and Iron Hill Brewing open in more recent times.
Delaware Beer Reviews
Dogfish Head SuperEight Super Gose