Cure the work week blues with some fantastic brews! The first ever Wilmington Beer Week is underway.
The week-long celebration of the city’s brew and food scene will run through Saturday, July 16 and will feature more than 20 events taking place throughout the city.
Participating restaurants include: Chelsea Tavern, Columbus Inn, Deep Blue, Domaine Hudson, Harry’s Seafood Grill, Piccolina Toscana, Union City Grille, Vinoteca 902, Washington Street Ale House and World Café Live at The Queen.
In addition to the special events, restaurants will also be offering great lunch specials all week. Two-course lunches will go for $15 and three-course dinners for $30. Make sure to call ahead to your favorite restaurant to confirm seating availability.
In the meantime, here’s a look at the some of the week’s lineup of events. For a full listing of events, check out the official Beer Week website.
Monday, July, 11, 2011:
- Brewmaster Evening- Piccolina Toscana at 6:00 p.m.- A 16-mile Brewmaster Evening is planned. Visitors will be able to meet with brewers while tasting their favorite popular ales. Tickets for the event cost $35.00
Tuesday, July 12, 2011:
- Five-Course Dinner- Vinotecta 902 at 6:30 p.m. -A five-course dinner at Vinotecta 902 on Tuesday. The dinner, which features Harpoon Beers, starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are being sold for $50.
- Flying Fish Beer Garden-Domaine Hudson at 5 p.m.- If Flying Fish is your favorite brew, check out the Flying Fish Beer Garden at Domaine Hudson on Wednesday. The event, which runs from 5:00 p.m.until 7:00 p.m., features six popular beers for just $25 per person. Light foods and cheeses will also be paired with the foods.
- Down 'n' Dirty BBQ- Deep Blue Bar and Grill- It’s time to get down ‘n’ dirty in with a barbecue at Deep Blue Lounge. The barbecue, which will cost $25 per person, features beers from the Clipper City Brewing Company. Seating is limited 60 guests and tickets may be purchased in advance online.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011:
- Sam's Hitting Washington Street Ale House- Washington Street Ale house between 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.- Sam’s Hitting Washington Street Ale House. The event will include happy hour with Dogfish founder, Sam Calagione and the sampling of four Dogfish Head craft brews. Tickets cost $35, and are available in advance online.
Thursday, July 14, 2011:
- Citywide Happy Hour - The happy hour will feature specials at each restaurant.
- Brunch with Sam Calagione- Columbus Inn, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.-If you're a morning person, consider checking out a brunch with Dogfish Head brew's founder Sam Calagione. To keep the event intimate, only 40 seats are being offered and tickets will cost just $25 per person.
- The Old World Vs. New World- World Cafe Live at the Queen, 5:30 p.m.- Your $40 admission includes beers, dinner, dessert and gratiuity. Plus you’ll gain knowledge about the brewing process of some of Europe’s oldest beers and America’s youngest.
- Two Exciting Events- Chelsea Tavern, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.- The evening begins with an open meet and greet for Dogfish founder Sam Calagione. Afterwards, the “History in a Bosttle” Beer Dinner will run from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tickets for the dinner will cost $59.00. For menu information visit their website.
Friday, July 15, 2011:
- Frikin Friday- Washington Street Ale House- Three specialty firkins will be on tap. Check the website for more details.
- American Craft Beer Tasting-World Cafe Live at the Queen, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.- The event features more than a dozen U.S. breweries. Guests will be able to stroll from table to table educating their palate to the nuances of the brewer’s art. Participating breweries include: Otter Creek Brewing, Flying Dog Brewery, Long Trail Brewing Company and Dogfish Head Brewing company. For the complete list check out the official website. General admission tickets are $40. They include beer, food and a complimentary pilsner glass. A designated driver ticket includes food and non-alcoholic beverages for $20.
Saturday, July 16, 2011:
- Inclusive Dinner- Harry's Seafood Grill - An inclusive dinner on the patio with a brewer from Twin Lakes. For menu information check out the event website.
- Cooking with Beer Demonstration-Piccolina Toscana, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.- The cooking with beer demonstration class takes place at the Piccolina Toscana. Tickets to the demonstration will cost $35
- Four-Course Beer Dinner-Deep Blue Bar and Grill, 6:30 p.m - A four-course beer dinner with Old Dominion and Fordham Brewery is planned at the Deep Blue Bar and Grill. A reception gets underway at 6:30, with a 7 p.m. dinner planned. The four-course meal will feature a variety beers. The all-inclusive cost is $60 person.