10 Facts You Should Know About Odessa Brewfest

The Historic Odessa Brewfest is an annual beer festival jam packed with everything you could want -- refreshing drinks, great music, local food and much more! Yet the Historic Odessa Brewfest has more surprises than your typical brewfest, so here's ten things to look out for this year.

1. A Historical Reenactment of 18th Century Craft Brewing

Beer and history -- how could you ever get a better combination? If you're a beer lover or history buff, Richard Wagner's colonial brewing demonstration using 18th century techniques is a must-see. Wagner presents 18th century brewing methods in a historically accurate manner from start to finish, including the use of copper kettles and wooden barrels to transform hops and grains into period brews. He even utilizes sunlight to measure cooking times, while in full period dress.

Learn more about Rich Wagner's techniques »

2. Historic Odessa's Beautiful Gardens & Grounds

Set on the Historic Odessa Foundation's grounds, the Odessa Brewfest is the perfect opportunity to see the beautiful historical houses and gardens in person. The grounds of the Historic Odessa Foundation encompass approximately 30 acres of property in the historic center of town. Be sure to check out the Corbit-Sharp House Colonial Revival garden designed by H. Rodney Sharp, and the Collins-Sharp House garden planted with heirloom plants typically used in the 18th century for culinary, medicinal and decorative use.

Check out these beautiful images of the Colonial Garden »

3. Voting in the #OdessaBrewbracket

In preparation for the upcoming brewfest, there's a weekly brewery matchup that highlights two fan-favorite local breweries. With your vote, you can choose your favorite brewery each week and be entered to win prizes on September 9th! 

Check out the Weekly #OdessaBrewbracket »

4. Highlighting Local Delaware Breweries

The First State is a "hop-bed" of craft brewing. Some of the finest beer in the world is brewed within its borders. This is evident at the Odessa Brewfest, which is always host to some of Delaware's finest beers!

Read more about the local Delaware breweries »

5. More Than Just Beer

Beer not your thing? No problem! In addition to local vendors, the Brewfest will also be host to several local wineries, cideries and distilleries. Relax with a cool cup of cider, sip on a fresh rosé, or sample a vodka on the rocks -- whatever your preference, the Brewfest has got it!

Learn more about this year's vendors »

6. Participate in Fun Lawn Games

Want some action? Grab your friends and play a friendly game of cornhole on the Historic Odessa grounds. Better yet, try your hand at life-size beer pong!

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7. Enjoy Live Music

Get ready to dance to great beats at the 2017 Odessa Brewfest! We've got you covered with a variety of sounds for every music lover. This year, in addition to the return of beloved reggae artists Spokey Speaky, the brewfest welcomes jazzist Bruce Anthony, country singer Adam Yarger, and guitarist Tony Mowen.

Check out the 2017 music lineup »

8. Check Out Local Food & Vendors

The Odessa Brewfest welcomes vendors selling a variety of food, crafts and artisanal products during our day-long festival. With a wonderful combination of returning fan favorites and fresh faces, the 2017 line-up will even bigger and better than previous years!

Read more about our vendor lineup »

9. All Proceeds Help Preserve Historic Odessa's History

Thanks to donations and ticket sales from our previous Brewfests, the Historic Odessa Foundation acquired an additional 42 acre field in front of the Corbit-Sharp House adjacent to the Appoquinimink River. With future plans of expansion, Historic Odessa Foundation emphasizes its mission of preservation and conservation of its historic colonial houses and grounds.

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10. Record Attendance at the Brewfest

Every year, the Odessa Brewfest is so popular that the VIP tickets sell out! We're happy to say there's been record attendance, with people always willing to come back for another year of fun-filled drinking.

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