Chase Away the Late Winter Blues with Dogfish Head Celebrations in Milton

With so many gray days, February can be only a little less fun than March, a very long month typically filled with rain and wind and cold temperatures we’re all tired of. Fortunately if you live in one of the many new neighborhoods being built all over Delaware you still have access to social activities at the club house, long walks on nature trails and public parks, and great restaurants statewide.

That’s especially true here at the beach, where we can celebrate next weekend with one of our beloved home-grown entrepreneurs – Dogfish Head Brewery. It happens on Thursday, March 2nd, with a behind-the-scenes discussion and taste test, and on Saturday, March 4th, hereby known as “302 Day” for our Delaware zip code.

Thursday, March 2 in Milton
The first event, on Thursday, takes place at Dogfish Head’s Milton Tasting Room & Kitchen. The beloved brewer will be following up its 2022 Southern Delaware Tourism’s “Best Event” award with the release of 302 Lager, created in collaboration with 302 Horseshoe Crab, a family-owned apparel company.

I don’t know a lot about beer but love the way it’s described by the folks at Dogfish as “a crisp and tasty American Lager . . . brewed from 2-row barley malt, heirloom variety corn and Sauvignon Blanc grape must . . . with aromas that are bright and inviting with notes of honeysuckle, sweet grits, grapefruit and passionfruit” (just like the kind of stuff I whip up in the kitchen of my dreams).

To celebrate the release the group will host a special chat at its R&D Bar at the Milton brewery from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with Dogfish Head Founder Sam Calagione, Brewing Ambassador Bryan Selders and the owners of 302 Horseshoe Crab. The event is free, and so are the samples, but they’re encouraging people to make reservations.

Saturday, March 4th in Milton
The fun continues on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a chance to chase away the still-winter blues at Dogfish’s Milton Brewery for the 2023 302 Day Celebration. There will be more beer options, great food, live music, lawn games and opportunities to buy more 302-branded stuff.

In addition to the newly-unveiled 302 Lager, which will be available in 16 ounce 4-packs to go, they’ll offer Crush Canned Cocktails and Blue Hen Pilsner, a local favorite brewed with simple ingredients, including Delaware-grown barley.

They’ll also have lots of local food trucks and vendors, including:

  • Agape Creamery
  • Chesapeake & Maine
  • Dogfish Head Tasting Room Food Tent 
  • Fifer Orchards   
  • Fiona’s Fish & Chips  
  • Gaia Coffee  
  • Mom Mom’s Cheesecakes  
  • Smash Burgers  
  • Uncle B’s BBQ 

There will also be a raffle with prizes that include patio furniture, cooler backs, cornhole sets, an electric bike and more, with proceeds going to benefit Friends of Delaware State Parks.

If you’ve got kids or grandkids bring them along for free face painting from Copy Cat Paint Parties and live music for everyone from Homestead Bluegrass from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and karaoke fun made possible by instrumentals from the Nick Kashmanian Trio from 2 to 4 p.m.
You can learn more about the Dogfish Head Brewery and Tasting Center here.

About Christine Davis

Christine grew up in northeastern PA and served in the United States Air Force for 8+ years. She worked in the civil engineering career field and traveled to various bases throughout the world. After leaving the Air Force, she moved to Rehoboth Beach and finished her degree in Business. She became a REALTOR in 2003 and aims to make the buying or selling process as smooth and fun as possible while educating clients. Christine now lives above their downtown Lewes office with her husband and fellow REALTOR, Bill Davis, and enjoys owning the brokerage and assisting the agents and meeting all the new clients moving to the area. Christine and Bill's philosophy is to be #bettereveryday. Life is short, make it count!

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