Smyrna, Delaware and the Love of Local Booze

Our Agent Debbie Shearer shared this article that appeared online and in the News Journal that is of particular interest to those in the Smyrna-Middletown area and to those who are small craft brew, wine and spirit aficionados and are willing to travel to experience something else cool and local. This recent article by Scott Goss and Jon Offredo in The News Journal  lets us in on the growth of this Delaware town.

“This Kent County town that soon will have the drinker’s trifecta: a distillery, a production brewery and a brewpub. Smyrna has been a lot of things over the years. But one thing Smyrna has never been is cool – until now.”

smyrna Header“Sandwiched between Dover and Middletown, Smyrna long struggled to attract economic development that would give the town a distinctive character. Now a mix of locally owned watering holes and restaurants are transforming Delaware’s fifth-largest municipality into a sweet spot for anyone who loves adult beverages, good food and live music.”

“New eateries, shows at the Smyrna Opera House and a homegrown music festival also are helping to re-make the bedroom community into a downstate nightlife destination.”

Painted Stave Distilling at was the first to arrive in 2013, followed by Blue Earl Brewery at earlier this year. Chef/owner Kevin Reading of Abbott’s Grill has partnered with Eric Williams, co-founder of Mispillion River Brewery will open Brickworks Brewpub in Smyrna in Spring 2016. Once it’s open, Smyrna will be the only town with three kinds of alcoholic beverage makers allowed under state law. All that’s missing now is a winery. “But Harvest Ridge Winery in Marydel at already comes to a lot of our events,” says Smyrna Town Manager David Hugg to the News Journal.

de brew bussFYI: The article goes onto talk about, the Delaware Brew Bus that takes private parties and public tours on excursions to Kent County’s drink masters.

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