REVIEW: Dewey Beer Company

by: Sara Bozich

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Fun fact: When I was 19, my mother somehow let me live at the beach for the summer, and I lived in Dewey Beach for part of it. I worked at a Bed & Breakfast (long since gone), The Starboard and The Ice Cream Store (“TICS,” we called it) in Rehoboth. I spent early mornings drinking frappuccinos and walking the shoreline in step with dolphins, and spent non-working nights hanging out listening to “No Woman No Cry” on the jukebox at Mama Maria’s (or waiting for someone to take pity on us and buy us beer — shhh).

Of the four main beach destinations in slower lower Delaware, Dewey has always been the party beach. I remember from my days at The Starboard, our regulars were D.C. bankers and politicos who scored houses for the summer and came down in large groups each weekend to blow off steam.

None of this really has anything to do with this brewery review, but I can’t help but get nostalgic any time I’m there. I’m sure you’re all shocked.

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Dewey Beer Company opened just a few weeks ago just in time for the start of the summer season, replacing what was once Bubba’s just along Coastal Highway.

I was flying solo for this trip, so I told the hostess I would just head to the bar. Well, the bar — though it did offer a handful of seats — is a bit more of a service area; I couldn’t get anyone back there to look at me — but after a few minutes I found an open seat by the brewery and as soon as I sat down, someone came over to help me.

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The brewpub itself is rustic and beachy, but not in any tacky way. Exposed wood beams, wooden drink rails lining the bar-side of the space with petite wood-and-metal stools upon which to perch, open air throughout bar and restaurant sides, and glass walls and doors that showcase the brewery.

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Dewey Beer Company (and Kitchen) features 7-9 beers — handcrafted no more than 30 feet from the taps themselves — with more in the works. Head Brewer Mike Reilly was visible throughout the brewpub, chatting with customers and answering questions. He told me he started — like many brewers we know locally — in his garage with a homebrew kit. The passion eventually took over, and he moved from his home in Washington, D.C. to open Dewey Beer Company with partners Clinton Bunting, Brandon Smith and Scott Kaufman.

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Beers are available in 5 oz samples ($2.50 each) or 13-16 oz glasses. ($6-$6.50)

O’Reilly said his most popular beer is the Summer Saison. Before talking with him I had observed that it was a popular order (which kind of surprised me, I find that many people don’t always quite know what to make of farmhouse ales). However, as soon as I sampled it, I understood its broad appeal. Bright, lemon zest zing matched by a light body for ultimate refreshment. It’s no surprise to me that beach-goers are sucking this down.

See Sara’s Untappd Review

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I also sampled Dewey Beer Co.’s Brown Ale, which was delightfully nutty without that malty sweetness that I can find to be cloying. Reilly likened it to “burnt marshmallows.” Yes!

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Naturally I also had to score an IPA — and three versions were available: [house] IPA, Rye IPA and Batch 2 IPA. My server described Batch 2 as a hop bomb, and I said, “sign me up!” Batch 2 IPA had a wonderful grapefruit bitterness and hoppy enough I had to double-check to see if it was a double. But no, this beauty came in at just 6.6%

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Dewey Beer Company also offers an American Pale Ale, Amber Ale, Summer Wheat Saison (very close to the Summer Saison thanks to the yeast strain, Reilly told me) and a stout (light, dry, summery-stout — a description I’ve never heard before!) is on the way next.

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Growlers — both 32 oz and 64 oz are available on a limited basis. Basically, these guys are going through a ton of beer, and I can see why. Dewey Beer Company is the only brewery in Dewey Beach, but their brews are high quality and everything I tasted was delicious and true to description.

Dewey Beer Company’s “Kitchen” has a small menu featuring a build-your-own meat and cheese plates; appetizers like scrapple empanadas (read that again) and steamed shellfish; a Waygu burger, a crabcake (of course); about five full-size entrees ranging from fresh halibut to grilled skirt steak.

As I mentioned, I was dining solo, so I wasn’t sure if I wanted a full dinner so I told my server I was thinking about the clams or mussels (I like to be on as much of an all-seafood diet when I’m at the beach), and without hesitation, she said, “Mussels.”

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My mussels — intended to share with, I don’t know, four people? as an app — was about two pounds of mussels with pancetta, shallots, roasted garlic, cabbage, mustard and fresh herbs sauteed in Dewey Beer Co.’s Summer Saison. Holy. I ate it ALL.

The brewpub seats 110 people — including restaurant seating — and is open year-round.If you’re in slower lower Delaware this summer, definitely stop into Dewey Beer Company and check out what they’ve got brewing.

I’m hoping soon they’ll update their website with more information about their beers and menu. In the meantime, visit them on Facebook and Twitter.

Brew News – June 2015 Edition

Happy Summer everyone! Another month flies by and another month of beer news appears. Every day gets us closer to Sara’s and my epic trip to beer mecca, a.k.a. Asheville, so it hasn’t been easy to focus on anything but my excitement — but, I do have some great beer news to report for June.

Dogfish Head Gets their Variance

Sara with Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione.

Sara with Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione.

Previously I reported that Dogfish Head was hoping to expand their Rehoboth brewpub, which was much-needed in my opinion, but the town disagreed. That was the ruling until earlier this week where the zoning board decided to allow Dogfish Head to expand and renovate their flagship brewpub in Rehoboth Beach that desparately needs more space as well as some general improvements. Believe it or not, Dogfish Head is kind of a big deal, in fact I would venture to guess many more people than you think know the brand for their 60 and 90 Minute IPAs. Personally, I am very glad to hear that they are working with their local community to meet their business needs alongside with the town’s needs as well. Meanwhile, the news comes during the week of the Brew Pub’s 20th anniversary.

New Local Releases

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Pizza Boy Brewing’s Terry Hawbaker’s side project Intangible Ales released their latest bottle: Juxtapose. This saison is available in bottles at Al’s of Hampden as well as Grain + Verse. Expect to find a funky and dry saison that of course is tart. Reviews are calling it their best release yet! Also, head up to Zeroday Brewing for the Zeroday IPA Episode 3 made with Sorachi Ace & Zeus hops. Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for their yet unnamed unnamed oaked saison as well as their DIPA.

Harrisburg Beer Week donated $20K to River Rescue

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After Stouts and Stilettos went dark for a few days this week, and I faced the possible end and loss of nearly 5 years of work, I realized very quickly how much the craft beer community comes together. I had an outpouring of friends and other beer writers who were willing to help in any way that they could. The same holds true for Harrisburg Beer Week. I tried to keep a loose count in my head of how much money had been collected as time went by, as well as how much I thought we could have in the end, but if you know me you know I’m not really good at keeping track of things like that. I was shocked when we did the math and realized we had $20,000 to give to Harrisburg River Rescue and Emergency Services. There were definitely happy tears shed.

I’m so excited as we embark on planning 2016. Giving HRR that big (literally) check and seeing the gratitude on their faces really hit home. When we told our sponsors and participating breweries what we wanted to do, they were on board and willing to help both by donating their money but also by supporting the event and cause as a whole. $20K is a big deal to volunteer-based organizations like HRR, and the whole team is ecstatic to be able to give this to them.

Read the official press release here.

Queen to Release Bohemian Rhapsody Beer for Song’s 40th Anniversary

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Bohemian Rhapsody, what’s left of the band, Queen, is brewing a special beer for the occasion. The gold hoppy lager will be brewed in Bohemia (aka Czech Republic) and will feature album art from 1975’s A Night at the Opera. This isn’t their first celebratory beverage as they released Killer Queen vodka in celebration of the 40th anniversary of this song as well. Bohemian Rhapsody will be available in 12 oz bottles. No word on the release date yet for American distribution, but if you’re headed on a European vacation this year you might just see it around.

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Weekend Roundup 6/25

by: Sara Bozich

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Good morning, everyone! This was the view I woke up to:

Sunrise & dolphins this morning.

There is a small chance I never come home (shh). I’m still at the beach, so forgive some brevity and missing links this morning. If you need more info on something just copy and paste it and use that handy gift of Google Search.

Also, don’t forget:

Need more inspiration? Tune in tomorrow morning during the 7  o’clock hour to Glenn & Bob on The River 97.3 for “Sara’s Weekend Picks.”

All of this travel means a hiatus from media for me. I won’t be on The River again this week, nor will I be co-hosting The Bruce Bond Late Afternoon Show on Saturday Morning — but I will be back on both next weekend! I’ll also be back on #27Daybreak on abc27 on July 10 with more great summer events for you.

PLUS, stay tuned for my write-up on my visit to the new Dewey Beer Co. last night.

In the meantime, here are some things to read and watch along the way:

What are you doing this weekend?

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Running: Where to do Hill Work

by: Kelly Leighton

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While training for the Pittsburgh Marathon, I finally incorporated hill training into my workouts.

I live in midtown Harrisburg, so pretty much all my go-to routes are fairly flat. That being said, I also didn’t want to go too far out of the way, so I tried to find some good hills within a reasonable distance.

Wildwood Park

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This 5K loop has some great hills, no matter which way you run it. Counterclockwise has some great, steep, shorter climbs, while clockwise has more gradual climbs. The first few times I ran there, I was struggling on the hills. After a few months of running here twice a week, the hills don’t seem nearly as daunting.

The Greenbelt

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If you are looking for a slow, gradual climb, try picking up the Greenbelt on City Island and running it backwards (that is, through Shipoke instead of the city). My friend Jim and I ran there Sunday, and there is nice, long climb up to the Civil War Museum (where you can continue to climb, if you’d like!). As an added bonus, most of the route is shaded, which is so helpful in the summer. You can also pick up the Greenbelt and take a detour onto Elmerton Avenue. That is a solid climb.

Lemoyne

Running from Harrisburg into Lemoyne involves a steady climb. Often, we will meet at Cornerstone Coffee, run into the city, then turn around and climb back into Lemoyne.

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There is a small (a tenth of a mile) hill from the path down by the river up to the Walnut Street Bridge. This is a great little hill to run hard sprints on.

This is by no means an all-inclusive list of local hills, just some I run on. Tell me, where do you go to run hills?

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