The Big Chill Beach Club will be the site of the annual Brews By the Bay fundraiser this year.
Set for Saturday, Sept. 23, the Delaware Brewers Guild event will host all of the state’s breweries, which this year will be serving primarily small-batch beers and cask-conditioned beers. This will be an opportunity to taste some rare brews, as very few of these beers have ever left the breweries where they are produced.
A firkin tent will feature cask conditioned ales that are tapped every 15 minutes, with more than 16 unique beers being tapped over the course of the day, according to guild spokesperson Lauren Bigelow. In all, 50 different beers will be offered for tasting during the Brews by the Bay event. (Firkins, for craft brew newbies, are small wooden or metal casks.)
In addition, patrons will get a chance to taste a uniquely Delaware beer at Brews by the Bay. In celebration of Delaware’s state dessert, peach pie, members of the guild collaboratively brewed a peach wheat-style beer.
To go with all the tasty beers, Taco Reho and Rosenfeld’s Jewish Deli food trucks will be on hand with an array of beer-worthy foods.
For this year’s Brews By the Bay, the brewers’ guild has brought in the Federal Street Band and Clifford Keith, both of which have a strong southern Delaware fan base. The bands will be playing on the Big Chill’s beach patio.
“This is one of Delaware’s premier beer festivals and we are thrilled to be holding it at Big Chill Beach Club this year. We think that our attendees will enjoy the changes and tweaks we’ve made this year,” said guild president John Klein.
The Delaware Brewers Guild is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization that exists to unify the Delaware brewing community. Proceeds from Brews by the Bay help the guild to represent itself in government and community affairs and promote Delaware’s breweries. The guild’s members include 17 breweries in all three Delaware counties.
The festival will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23. Entry to the event is $50 and includes parking — or $45 for those who have state park passes. Unlimited beer samples are included in the cost of admission. The Big Chill Beach Club is located on the ocean side of Route 1 next to the Indian River Inlet Bridge. For more information, visit delawarebrewersguild.org.