2014 Historic Odessa Brewfest
Historic Odessa Brewfest on Sept. 6
Tapping into America’s colonial history and today’s heady passion for craft brews, the non-profit Historic Odessa Foundation and Cantwell’s Tavern have teamed up to present the inaugural Historic Odessa Brewfest, on Sept. 6.
From their earliest days at the beginning of the 17th century, avid beer makers populated European settlements along both sides of the Delaware River. Making your own beer was as important a domestic craft as hearth cooking, tending a kitchen garden or spinning yarn. So it stands to reason that historic Odessa (a once bustling colonial grain shipping port and vital Mid-Atlantic transportation hub of the 18th and early 19th centuries), should be the site of a craft beer festival in which today’s beer enthusiasts can step back more than 200 years to a pastoral setting befitting a celebration of grain, hops, fruits, herbs and time-honored brewing methods.
Aside from the Odessa Brewfest’s historic and bucolic setting (which sets it apart from other regional beer festivals), attendees will have the opportunity to sample some of the best regional and national craft beers by more than 40 brewers, including some of the newest beers on the market by Oskar Blues, Lagunitas and New Belgium. Delaware’s breweries will be well represented by Dogfish Head, 16 Mile, 3rd Wave, Mispillion, and Old Dominion, to name a few. A VIP tasting will provide attendees with access to limited quantity beers.
In addition to the fine craft beers, locally sourced food will be available, provided by Cantwell’s Tavern, and live musical entertainment will be presented by reggae evangelists Spokey Speaky and country crossover specialists Philbilly.
Known in the 1700s as Cantwell’s Bridge, Odessa contains some of the finest examples of 18th and 19th century architecture in Delaware, including the 1822 Brick Hotel, which remained an inn until the 1920s, and today is home to Cantwell’s Tavern, a farm-to-table gastropub operated by the Ashby Hospitality Group. Cantwell’s Tavern is part of the 30-acre enclave of the Historic Houses of Odessa nestled on the banks of the Appoquinimink River and owned and operated by the Historic Odessa Foundation. The Odessa Brewfest will be held on the sprawling lawn of the Wilson-Warner House, built in 1769.
Proceeds from the festival will go towards preservation and upkeep of this historic site and the foundation’s educational programming.