What would be a good reason to come back to your hometown, other than friends and family?
- Is it to go to a reunion? Nope!
- Is it for a new job prospect? Nope!
- Is it to sell off some old crap you’ve had hanging out at your parents’ house? Nope!
- Maybe, visit a couple of new beer breweries that have popped up since you were gone? Sounds like a great idea!
In the name of “research,” this blogger visited not one, but both new breweries in my hometown of Smyrna, Delaware. A town of roughly 10,000 people, sandwiched between our state’s capital of Dover and Middletown, is now known as the trifecta town – where a distillery a brewery and a brewpub can be located.
Smyrna is a place where people stop by on their way to the beach for a pit stop. It is also a home of the Eagles, which are now proudly known as the first-ever state football championship team at Smyrna High, and not to forget to mention Delaware teacher of the year – local educator – Sandra Hall. This town’s prospects are certainly looking up!
Cue jingling of the glasses and “Cheers” sounds echoing in the air…
Let’s sip our first beverage of yummy tasters at “Blue Earl Brewing Company” – the older of the two breweries (but not by much). Opened in May of 2015, this brewery surprised me with its musical atmosphere and a tap of 12 beers. The night of our visit, Blue Earl Brewery was setting up for a live musical band, which were fashionably late. This gave us some time to enjoy your eight tasters and take in the atmosphere.
What I dig about this place, is their beer names, which derive from famous Jazz and Blues songs, with a short description of each found here.
The beers were solid, with some better than others. My favorite was their Rye Pale Ale “Little by Little” with IBU 34 and 5.6% alcohol. It was a nice, easy to drink beer after tasting their 100.3 IBU “Blue Train” Double IPA.
Little By Little – Rye Pale Ale – “Little by Little”, a song composed by Robert E. Dolan and Walter O’Keefe that was recorded by the likes of Robert Plant, The Rolling Stones and Oasis to name a few. An American Pale Ale brewed with Rye Malt. Tropical fruit and juicy citrus notes merge to create a succulent hop character. A beautiful balance of malt and hops. Rye malt lends a subtle spicy character to the flavor. This golden ale is masterfully brewed and one of the best pale ales in the region. Grains: Pilsner, Vienna, Munich, Rye and specialty malts Hops: Bravo, Mt. Hood, Amarillo and Citra Notes: tropical fruit, citrus, bread crust, and spicy rye notes” – Blue Earl Brewing Company.
Blue Earl Brewing Company
210 Artisans Drive
Smyrna, DE 19977
Phone: (302) 653-2337
The second (so far) brewery to have graced the town of Smyrna, Delaware with its presence is “Brick Works Brewing and Eats.” Located off of route 13, where its hard to miss it, this brand new establishment is off to a great start. Opened in 2016, this place takes it’s name from a brick making factory, that used to exist in the town of Smyrna. The space is divided into two convenient parts – for those interested in just dining and the other – the bar/eating/drinking area with a patio outside.
Not surprisingly, that a group of entrepreneurs and restaurateurs would cook up a storm in the small town of Smyrna, with their extensive experiences in the food and brewing industry. Brick Works has a ridiculously tasty menu as well as the assortment of beers ready to enjoy. The crab/asparagus soup was creamy and delicious, while the lemon and herbs shrimp sandwich on a croissant bread was light and perfectly sized (no picture included, it was too good to take my hands off it).
Their Hefepottamus Hefeweizen was spot on, with rich notes of clove and banana. At 4.9 ABV it was a refreshing brew on a hot, humid, summer day.
This brewery is a great addition to Smyrna’s mediocre selection of restaurants and I think Brick Works’ standard will help raise the quality of eats and craft brews around town as well as in nearby Dover and beyond. Let’s Cheers to that!
Brick Works Brewing and Eats
If you’re a Smyrna or Delaware resident and have visited these breweries, let me know what you think in the comments below! What did you eat? What did you drink? Did you enjoy your tour?
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