Downtown Brew-Fest coming on Saturday

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The inaugural Downtown Brew-Fest on Saturday at 821 N. Market St. in Wilmington. Downtown Wilmington’s first craft beer festival kicks off with a VIP tasting at noon. The event will be held rain or shine, according to a social media post. 

Over 100 brews representing more than 40 local breweries will be featured during the one-day event. General admission is from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., with tickets available for $35 in advance or $40 on the day of the event.
 
Live music, featuring performances by Dan Corridori, Groove Bros. Inc., and The Spinto Band, begins at 2 p.m. and continues until 7:30 p.m. 

The event will also feature two local DJs and eleven local restaurants, as well as food trucks and vendors. In addition to the early tasting opportunity, limited VIP tickets, selling for $50 in advance and $55 on Saturday, entitle patrons to enjoy a designated VIP area and access to ten special, hard-to-find brews and beer-friendly finger foods. There will also be free Lyft incentives and Market Street’s first Home Brew Competition.

In addition to the early tasting opportunity, limited VIP tickets, selling for $50 in advance and $55 on Saturday, entitle patrons to enjoy a designated VIP area and access to ten hard-to-find brews and beer-friendly finger foods. There will also be free Lyft incentives and Market Street’s first Home Brew Competition.
 
Mayor Mike  Purzycki said craft beer lovers from Wilmington and around the region are invited to Market Street on Saturday for the City’s first Downtown Brew-Fest. “Renewed interest in craft beer and craft-brewing in recent years has had a significant effect on Delaware’s economy, including that of Wilmington,” said  Purzycki.  These small but thriving manufacturers are proud of their product which we are happy to feature at Saturday’s festival.”
 
Purzycki said the first-ever brew fest in Wilmington will also help to preserve a bit of Wilmington’s history. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the “Restore the King” effort sponsored by the Friends of Delaware’s Gambrinus Statue. The  135-year-old King Gambrinus statue adorned the former Diamond State Brewery building at Fifth and Adams Streets from 1882 until 1962 when the brewery was demolished for the construction of Interstate 95.

Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the “Restore the King” effort sponsored by the Friends of Delaware’s Gambrinus Statue. The  135-year-old King Gambrinus statue adorned the former Diamond State Brewery building at Fifth and Adams Streets from 1882 until 1962 when the brewery was demolished to make way for Interstate 95.
 
The 11-foot-tall zinc statue, which was removed from the brewery prior to its demolition, was dropped and shattered in 1978. Its pieces remain in storage. Restoration is estimated to cost about $100,000. Once it is restored, the Friends of Gambrinus plan to donate the king to the Delaware Historical Society on Market Street.

For more information about the restoration of the King Gambrinus statue visit: RestoreTheKing.com

For tickets to the Downtown Wilmington Brew-Fest contact (302) 482-3333, or visit: www.beerfests.com/events/downtown-wilmington-brew-fest/

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