There is something about the Delaware Shore that draws us back nearly once a month. After already taking little one there for his first day trip at 19 days old in March, we found ourselves heading back again in April. This time for an overnight stay with friends and their 10 month old son (and Everett’s future kayak buddy) to enjoy the beach and attend the first annual Delaware Firkin Fest.
Dewey Can Release
It’s crazy to think that back in February, I was 8 months pregnant and attending Dewey Beer Co.’s First Can Release (craft beer.com article here). Now, 8 weeks later and with a 5 week old baby in tow, we were back to enjoy some beer slushies and pick up some Elephant Shoes, Secret Machine (Fraida Felcher), and Bounce “7”.
The whole staff at Dewey is always so welcoming and we absolutely love visiting for a little, but this time with 80 degree weather finally hitting the mid-Atlantic, we all wanted to head straight to the Atlantic (just a block away!). Though quite windy, we set up the WolfWise beach tent for Everett and soaked up the ocean air. Jarrett even jumped in the brutally chilly water!
There are many options for accommodations on the Delaware shore, but we always find ourselves staying in Lewes. After calling around for some rates, we were pleased with a great rate from the INN at Canal Square for 2 rooms that were actually conjoined by a sitting area. It would have been the perfect place for two young couples with two young babies…
If there weren’t construction taking place on the street right outside. Even on a Saturday, there was this annoyingly loud generator running. I called the front desk just to see if there were any other rooms we could relocate to and they decided to move us to a two bedroom suite that faced the canal! To even call it a suite is down-playing it. It was a luxury apartment, complete with three different living areas, a fireplace, a kitchen, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Now, this was the perfect place for two young couples with two young babies.
(Baby not included)
On planning the weekend, we hadn’t even realized that it was the Tulip Festival in Lewes! Our friend picked up a map and we walked the town taking in all the colors. Finding a place to eat in Lewes is always a hard decision because you truly cannot go wrong at any of the places, but with us having such incredible accommodations, we decided to just order some takeout from Striper Bites and send the men to pick it up.
Jarrett and I finished off the evening with a stroll at Canal Front Park and a bit of ice cream from King’s Homemade Ice Cream. Upon return to the “apartment,” we all decided to order some late night pizza from Grotto’s.
Delaware Firkin Fest
Unfortunately, the next morning brought back the winter like weather with bone-chilling wind and rain, so our plan to walk Cape Henlopen was squashed, but the weather didn’t stop the guys at Revelation Craft Brewing from throwing the first annual Delaware Firkin Fest, a charity beer fest supporting Ship Hope, which converts shipping containers into sustainable homes for people in developing nations. What better excuse to drink beer than by helping people and the environment?
What the firk is a Firkin?? Simply put, it’s a small keg used for cask conditioning. It is quite fun for craft brewers because they can really experiment with beer in a small quantity. Revelation Craft Brewing decided to host their first annual Firkin Fest at their brewery and invite many other Delaware breweries to join, even lending out some Firkins to those in need.
What makes a Firkin even more firkin cool? In order to keep the air out, the keg has to be laid on its side and the spout driven in horizontally, which as suspected, can get a bit messy. Luckily, no beer was spared at the event as all brewers tapped their Firkins like pros.
I tucked Everett in my Boba wrap and Jarrett got to sampling for the both of us. We met up with old friends and met new friends, as goes the way of the craft beer world. It was the best way to close out Everett’s first weekend away, a weekend of love, travel, and beer.