Calling all beer lovers! Southern Delaware has several local breweries that appeal to everyone’s taste buds! Most destinations are just a short drive from our Lewes Terminal and can make for a great day trip for Cape May-Lewes Ferry travelers. The following breweries offer each customer a unique experience , and some even include tours and tastings for their visitors.
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
This “off-centered” brewing company eats, sleeps and breathes beer. They are constantly growing, and attracting visitors from all over the world. Their multiple Delaware locations offer a wide range of experiences for beer and food lovers alike. Free tours are offered multiple times a day at their famous brewery in Milton, DE. Their Brewery is easily identifiable from the roadway with signature pieces including Bunyan’s Lunchbox, their Steampunk Treehouse and outdoor fermenters.
If you get hungry, you can take a quick trip south to their restaurant, Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats. Their passionate brand seeks to provide entertainment, food and great beer to the Rehoboth Beach area.
Want to turn the day trip into a stay trip? The Dogfish Inn in Lewes, DE is just a short bike ride from our Lewes terminal! Their modern style inn offers 16 rooms, 7 of which are even dog-friendly!
Crooked Hammock Brewery
If you’re looking for a “backyard cookout everyday” this is the place for you! Once off the ferry, the restaurant is just a short bike ride down Kings Highway. After moving to the beach 10 years ago, owner, Rich Garrahan sought to create a beach escape for his customers while enjoying the company of friends and family. You can’t miss this one of a kind venue from the highway based on its unique design and outside beer garden.
This company embodies summertime fun with live music everyday all summer long. Their craft beers are brewed in-house from scratch. Their menu offers summertime favorites including, burgers, dogs, and kebabs. Want to bring the fun home with you? Check out their store where you can purchase growlers, koozies and much more!
16 Mile Brewery
Located in a renovated, historic barn, 16 Mile Brewery sits beyond the beach in the heart of Georgetown, DE. You’ll need a car to get to this location but it’s worth the journey (and away from the traffic).
Their brand prides itself on their historic roots, named for the town in which it resides. In the 1700s, Georgetown was named the County Seat and was 16 miles from anywhere. Their tasting room is open seven days a week for any and all guests. They also offer free tours daily and throwback Thursday trivia nights! Also, be sure to try their beer infused food that includes coffee, cheese, and bread.
Dewey Beer Company
This Brewery’s technique is based on a seven-barrel system that is dedicated to craft ales. Their rustic restaurant offers customers a unique and inviting atmosphere. As a young brand, they recently celebrated their one year anniversary with their Anniversary IPA.
They pride themselves on all things local when it comes to their menu, using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. A quick peruse will make any seafood lover drool with their seafood creole, lobster roll and pan seared scallops. Parking is free Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings in Dewey, however they also recommend taking the Jolly Trolley which drops you right next to their building! So stop by for Happy Hour, 3-5 everyday!
3rd Wave Brewing Co
Located in Delmar, 3rd Wave Brewing was founded on two friends growing interest in home brewing that suddenly turned into a business venture. These co-owners opened their brewery in 2012 and were received with open arms by local residents. 3rd Wave brewing is founded on hometown roots and the mutual love of the beach and surfing. On the weekends their food truck, “In Your Backyard BBQ”, operates for all to enjoy. They offer a wide range of beers that fill 14 taps. You are able to taste any of them any day of the week in their tasting room. Their 1st Wave IPA is available all year round and has ‘a great hop bitterness balanced with a malty sweetness.’ Stop by and taste for yourself today!
Experience them all with the Delaware Beer, Wine, and Spirits Tour!
Why stop at just one! Visit Delaware has created a downloadable passport that will guide you from one location to the other. So pick your favorite or enjoy them all! These trips are perfect for either a weekend getaway or any day trip! Whether you want to stick to the beaches or head up north to explore more, it’s easy to plan your trip. Either way, you’ve got plenty of time… because the ferry operates all year long! So let us be your form of transportation to your next adventure in Southern Delaware. For directions to each site check out this map.
**We encourage all passengers to consume alcohol safely and responsibly on and off board. We’d be happy to arrange a taxi or help you schedule your next shuttle bus!