16 Mile Brewing hits the end of the road

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16 Mile Brewing Co. has closed its doors in Georgetown.

The company also shut down its Facebook page and website.

The Cape Gazette reported the brewery in Georgetown had a headstone on its sign to mark the shutdown.

The brewery had an up and down history that included a decision to acquire the Stone Balloon Winehouse on Newark’s Main Street.

The conversion to the 16 Mile Ale House did not go well and Buffalo Wild Wings franchisee High Five Hospitality regained the Stone Ballon name and now offers gastropub fare.

The Cape Gazette reported that officials in the Georgetown area hope another brewer will fill the gap left by 16 miles.

The craft brewing space in Delaware and elsewhere has become increasingly crowded. The industry includes hyperlocal breweries that only sell their offerings on premises and operations like 16 Mile that sold their brews to restaurants and bars.

Also in the mix are large craft brewers like Milton’s Dogfish Head that sell their brands nationwide.

Craft brewers of various sizes have been closing their doors, but overall sales have risen, despite the stepped-up competition that includes major brewers that have bought up craft brands.

Stone Balloon name returns to Main Street Newark

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