Mispillion River Brewing, housed in an industrial park in Milford Delaware, hardly looks like it just opened. The comfortable tasting room had a good crowd the Saturday afternoon when we arrived. There were groups of friends, a few couples and lots of people ready to try Mispillion’s wares. And yet it is brand new, opened in November 2013.
The menu of beers is extensive, from a light golden lager to a deep, dark porter. Try four samples for $10 or get a glass for $5. At Mispillion, not all glasses are equal, however.
Some beers — expecially those lower in alcohol — are served in pint glasses. Others come in a slightly smaller tulip and still others are served in a snifter. These are highest in alcohol by volume (ABV) and are usually made with the most expensive ingredients. (This is probably a more common practice than I was aware of…but you learn something new every day, even in craft breweries.)
So I chose my samples by what kind of glass they came in. The dark, flavorful Z.J. imperial IPA with a surprising citrus note, is served in a snifter and packs a wallop at 10% ABV. Citron, their Saison with 7% ABV, comes in a tulip glass — and the name, bright and slightly lemony, is appropriate. So close to the beach, I had to try Beach Bum Joe, their Belgian pale ale. It’s a classic crisp ale, the kind I’d like by the beach. I found the beers to be assertive — nothing weak in these flavors.
Some of the beers are available only at the brewery, like the Z.J. I tasted. And some of those are seasonal or “once and done.” Always a good reason to stop by.
When you find something you like — and you’re lucky enough to live in or near Delaware — you can get your growler filled at several Wilmington liquor stores or order it at a number of Delaware bars and restaurants. Plans to can their wares are in the works.
Mispillion River (named for the river that runs through Milford) is open Thursday to Saturday 4-11 p.m. and pretty easy to find, not far off Route 1 or Route 113.
Mispillion River Brewing is part of the Good Libations Tour, a spirits-filled promotion of Kent County’s tourism office. You can start here or at the other brewery, distillery or one of the two wineries. (More on the tour in a future post.)
© Text and photos Mary K. Tilghman
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