Artist brewery collaborate to honor Hockessin’s 4th of July celebration


Hockessin’s 4th of July celebration may be more than six months away, but Dew Point Brewery and Delaware artist Larry Anderson are collaborating to create a custom memento to make the daylong festivities top of mind all year round.

Yorklyn-based Dew Point is creating a custom brew in honor of the popular community event and Anderson is painting an 8- by 10-inch image, titled “Pride and Valor,” based on the 2018 Hockessin celebration that will become the label on the limited-edition 64-ounce glass growlers that will be filled with the brew.

The brew isn’t ready just yet. Dew Point and Barry’s Events, the Hockessin 4th of July producer, are planning a reveal event in early April. But certificates – good for a filled growler – are on sale now for $35 and can be redeemed when the brew goes on sale in April. (After January 1, the price of the certificates goes up to $40.)

“Dew Point is a great example of Delaware’s growing craft brewing industry, and pairing its custom brew with the work of Larry Anderson, an artist renowned for his classic Delaware scenes, seems an ideal way to recognize an iconic Hockessin event that has become one of our state’s greatest summer traditions,” says Barry Schlecker, president of Barry’s Events. Anderson’s painting depicts the officers and draft horses of the New Castle County Police’s mounted unit marching in last 4th of July parade.

Anderson will be selling prints of his “Pride and Valor” image in his holiday space on the first floor of Nordstrom’s in Christiana Mall from Dec. 1 through Dec. 16 The prints sell for $20 unframed or $99 framed.

Dew Point will be selling its custom brew from April through the 4th of July, when it will be the featured beverage in the Beer Garden adjacent to the Hockessin Fire Hall.

In addition, Romanick Pottery of Newark is creating a one-of-a-kind ceramic 2-gallon custom growler in honor of the Hockessin celebration. The growler will be raffled off, with the winning ticket to be drawn at the start of the Hockessin 4th of July parade. Raffle tickets — $10 each or three for $25 – as well as growler certificates can be purchased at Dew Point, at Anderson’s booth at Nordstrom’s and at select Hockessin businesses that sponsor the celebration.

All proceeds from the sale of the growlers, the raffle and the prints will be used to underwrite the 2019 Hockessin 4th of July celebration.

The Hockessin 4th of July, a community tradition for more than 25 years, is a daylong event featuring community relay races in the morning, a parade and family-friendly activities in the afternoon and fireworks after dark.

Businesses and community groups interested in sponsorship activities for the Hockessin 4th of July may contact event coordinator Mike Miller at or 302-598-6695.

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