2014 Odessa Brewfest a Great Success

Summer weather greeted crowds streaming into Odessa, Del. on Sept. 6 to experience the Odessa Brewfest, and the good times got rolling quickly amid the green fields, gardens and historic homes of this 18th century village. 

Forty-seven craft brewers from across the country and beyond offered a range of excellent beer. Over 1400 festival goers enjoyed oysters, tacos and bratwurst from Cantwell’s Tavern and cheese plates from Fromage A Cheese Boutique while sampling award-winning ales, stouts, lagers, cider and Belgian brews. 

Those looking to go beyond beer enjoyed fine wines from Louis Martini and Mirassou and local artisanal spirits from Painted Stave and Philadelphia Distilling. Guy and Lady Barrel’s alcohol-infused cigars proved popular, and many patrons were seen admiring fine wooden kitchenware from local artisan Paul Schiffelbein or signing up to join the Historic Odessa Foundation, whose preservation efforts are funded by proceeds from the brewfest.

Adding to the festival atmosphere was live music from Philbilly and Spokey Speaky. There were games, contests and a live demonstration of colonial brewing methods from beer historian Rich Wagner. Beer lovers enjoyed the sunny weather, discussed their favorite brews, dined, danced and admired the beauty of the surroundings. Copious free water and a large tent with tables offered relief from the heat until, later in the afternoon, clouds and cooling breezes rolled in—but no rain! 

Looking ahead: Odessa Brewfest 2015

With the first annual brewfest in the books, patrons have been asking about next year and organizers are already looking forward to doing it again. Mark your calendars for September 12, 2015 (the Saturday after Labor Day), when great beer, food and music will return to Odessa for the second annual Odessa Brewfest.