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Mayor Purzycki and Chelsea Tavern Invite Citizens to Attend Third Annual DownTown BrewFest on Saturday, August 10

Post Date:08/02/2019 1:00 PM

Proceeds will benefit the “Restore the King” effort sponsored by The Friends of Delaware’s Gambrinus, Inc.


Mayor Mike Purzycki and Joe Van Horn, owner of Chelsea Tavern, invite citizens to attend the third annual DownTown Wilmington BrewFest on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at 821 North Market Street. Wilmington’s popular craft beer festival kicks off with a sold-out VIP tasting at Noon and will feature over 100 brews representing more than 50 breweries – including several local breweries – during the one-day, all-ages event. Only those 21 years of age and older are permitted to consume alcohol in Delaware.

General admission beer pour begins at 1:00 p.m. and runs to 5:00 p.m., with live music from 2:00 p.m. through 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 and available online and at the door.  For tickets to the Wilmington BrewFest, visit:

The festival will present music by Spokey SpeakySpecial Delivery and Lyric Drive with DJ BISspinning between sets. Also featured will be six local restaurants as well as food trucks and artisan vendors. In addition to the early tasting opportunity, VIP patrons will enjoy a designated VIP area and access to a number of “special brews” and beer-friendly finger foods. There will be discounted Lyft travel incentives and a Home Brew Competition. Added this year will be a cornhole tournament hosted by Delaware Sports Leagues and axe throwing provided by Battle Axe of Delaware.

“We are happy to be hosting another DownTown Wilmington BrewFest with our friends at Chelsea Tavern, and we look forward to welcoming back thousands of craft beer enthusiasts to Market Street for a full day of fun as a whole host of breweries trumpet their goods,” said Mayor Purzycki. “This popular summer festival has already become firmly established in a crowded field of summer parties and events all across Wilmington, and we look forward to supporting it for years to come.”

“We hope visitors and city residents alike will come downtown for the day and enjoy all that Wilmington has to offer,” added Chelsea’s Van Horn. “So many positive changes have taken place in just the three years since we started this festival, and we can’t wait to see what comes next – not only in the downtown district but all across the City.”

As in previous years, a percentage of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the “Restore the King” initiative sponsored by The Friends of Delaware’s Gambrinus Statue. The iconic 136-year-old King Gambrinus statue adorned the former Diamond State Brewery building at Fifth and Adams Streets from 1882 until 1962 when the brewery was demolished for the construction of Interstate 95.

The 11-foot-tall zinc statue, which was removed from the brewery prior to its demolition, was dropped and shattered in 1978. Its pieces remain in storage. Restoration is estimated to cost about $100,000. Once it is restored, the Friends of Gambrinus plan to donate the king to the Delaware Historical Society on Market Street for long-term presentation and preservation.

For more information about the restoration of the King Gambrinus statue visit: 

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