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VOL. 25 NO. 5

JULY 2012

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COMPLIMENTARY

The

BEER Issue

>>> Delaware's Craft Beer Community >>> Getting Crafty at State Line Liquors >>> Beers Worth Trying; Great Summer Brews

O&A BEER CELEBRATIONS:

Wilm. Beer Week: July 14-21; Newark Food & Brew: July 28

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INSIDE

O&ACONTENTS Published each month by TSN Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Mailing & business address: 307 A Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

July 2012 | Vol. 25, No. 5 | www.outandaboutnow.com

FEATURES Publisher Gerald duPhily

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Contributing Editor Bob Yearick byearick@tsnpub.com

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Art Director Shawna Sneath

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Contributing Writers Matt Amis, Margaret D. Berthiaume, Mark Fields, Pam George, Robert Lhulier, Allan McKinley, J. Burke Morrison, Larry Nagengast, Scott Pruden

Contributing Photographers Joe del Tufo, Tim Hawk, Les Kipp, Tony Kukulich, Paul Pruitt, Matt Urban Interns Scott Harrison, Kelsey Kerrigan, Dillon McLaughlin Special Projects John Holton, Kelly Loeb

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16-41 UP CLOSE: THE BEER ISSUE

They’re pretty crafty at State Line Liquors. By Matt Amis The community of Delaware craft beer brewers. By Pam George Stewart’s: Delaware brewpub pioneers. By Dillon McLaughlin Beers Worth Trying: Out & About staff picks. Hangover cures from around the world. By Shawna Sneath Twin Lakes’ brewer Rob Pfeiffer is living out his dream. By Allan McKinley It’s My Bierogative. By J. Burke Morrison Area experts name their favorite summer beers. Out & About Beer Celebrations: • 2nd Annual Wilmington Beer Week.........July 14-21 • 9th Annual Newark Food & Brew Fest...........July 28

47--55 FOOD & DRINK

BBQ is big in the “Small Wonder.” By Pam George The many flavors of BBQ in the U.S. Brewing up a dining trend. By Robert Lhulier

56-63 MUSIC

The Delaware company behind the guitar picks of the stars. By Larry Nagengast Three advance to Musikarmageddon semifinals. By Scott Harrison

65-67 OUT & ABOUT IN OLD NEW CASTLE

The colonial charm of this 300-year-old community. By Pam George

DEPARTMENTS 7

The War on Words

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Out Front

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Snap Shots

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Gigs

ON THE COVER: Brian Finn, head brewer, of Iron Hill Brewery helped coordinate this photo shoot outside on the deck of the restaurant’s Riverfront Wilmington location. The beers featured are Iron Hill’s Pig Iron Porter, a traditional London porter, the Mahalo Apollo, a Belgian white brewed with grains of paradise and lemongrass, and their ESB (extra special bitter English amber). Photo by Shawna Sneath

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OUTFRONT

The War

ON WORDS

WORD OF THE MONTH

Epithet

By Bob Yearick

A monthly column in which we attempt, however futilely, to correct some of the most common errors in English usage

Media Watch

. . . or, Spark, The Gift that Keeps on Giving. Some recent examples from that admittedly hip publication that offer, shall we say, teachable moments: “When I first moved to New York in the fall of 2000, I could not wait for my first celebrity siting.” The site —New York— is often cited as a great place for sighting celebrities. From the same columnist: “I never thought I’d have to worry about a computer being a better writer or reporter than me.” The word is I; just complete the sentence—“being a better writer or reporter than I am.” Note to columnist: time to start worrying. From “Ask Spark”: “A couple weeks ago you mentioned a new business that offers java on the go.” Couple is a noun, not an adjective. “Of ” needs to follow “couple” in this sentence. From another column: “I found myself laying on the couch . . .” As we always ask, “laying what?” Lay means to place something down and is a transitive verb—it is something you do to something else. Lie means to recline and is intransitive—it does not act on anything or anyone else.

Hard to Believe, Harry

Herewith a new feature whose title derives from the byplay between the two late, great Phillies announcers, Richie Ashburn and Harry Kalas. Whenever something occurred on the field that Whitey thought was outrageous, he would utter this phrase. From the News Journal: “Both the supporters and the proponents of the issue . . .” Is it possible that the writer thinks “proponents” is synonymous with “opponents”?

Pronounced ep-uh-thet, it’s a noun meaning insult; an abusive, insulting word or phrase. It can also be a descriptive word or phrase—not necessarily an insult—added to or substituted for a name and highlighting a feature or quality. E.g., “It’s easy to see how he earned the epithet ‘The All-Knowing.’”

Headline on a letter to the editor of the NJ: “GOP uses voting ID as a red heron.” I got five emails from readers pointing out this foul, and noting it should be fish—red herring—not fowl. From an online report on the Oprah Winfrey Network: “Though ratings have seen a slight insurgence thanks to interview program ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter,’ it has stumbled . . .” That’s resurgence, of course. From the Philadelphia Inquirer sports pages: “At 21 (Holiday) and 23 (Turner), both are still in their formidable years as far as the NBA goes.” It could be argued that these young Sixers guards possess formidable skills, but the word this alleged writer should have used is formative.

Department of Redundancies Dept.

A reader overheard these comments from the same table at the Hollywood Grill: “What’s today’s soup du jour?” and “I didn’t get in until 3 a.m. in the morning!”

End of the Run . .

Delcollo Electric at long last has corrected its ad that claimed “No job to small or to large.”

And finally . . .

From an article in The New Yorker: “Clear English is significantly related to moral worth.” We couldn’t agree more.

BONUS

WORD OF THE MONTH Epitaph Pronounced ep-uh-taff, it’s a noun meaning, strictly speaking, a short text honoring a deceased person that is inscribed on a tombstone or plaque, but it also can be used figuratively.

Seen a good

(bad) one lately? Send your candidates to ryearick@ comcast.net

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WINNER Peter L. Richardson, of Newark, won first place in our poetry contest with “Sonnet: 12/05/09.” Below is the winning poem. Second and third-place winners will be published

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Snow like sorrow floats down the night-time sky: Frozen flakes dance beauty ‘gainst the vast space, Flutter on my cheek, melt under my eye, As my thoughts flutter against my lost place. Below a fire burns and dances bright; The flames lick the darkness and drink the cold: The peace I’ve learnt, no matter what the plight, But I still miss the fire we used to hold. Your passion so bright, your deep and vast heart, I couldn’t contain it, held you at bay, Beauty external: least of your grand parts, Your true treasure neglected, thrown away. Regrets for this fool are not something new; I never thought my greatest would be you.

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1. Musikarmageddon 2011 winners, Deadbeatz, Inc., rocked out the final set at the Arden Shady Grove Music Fest on June 12.

1. The crowd at Art is Social enjoyed an evening fit for a Howard Pyle painting on June 8. Photo by Alessandra Nicole

Photo by Joe del Tufo

2. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals made it an unforgettable night at World Cafe Live at the Queen on June 17. Photo by Joe del Tufo 3. Jessica Latshaw and Shane Palkovitz of The Paper Janes take a quick breather at Arden Shady Grove Music Fest. Photo by Joe del Tufo

2. Powered by his peeps at Pizza By Elizabeths, Rob Traynor gives it a shot during the Delaware Restaurant Association Bocce Ball Tournament at Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton last month. Photo by Jim Miller 3. John Gope Keomanikhoth of Ubon Thai Cuisine goes for a score at the Delaware Restaurant Association Bocce Ball Tournament. Photo by Jim Miller

4. The new Light exhibit Longwood Gardens promises to be an illuminating experience. Photo by Joe del Tufo 5. Willie Nelson performed his unique brand of country music at The Grand on June 17. Photo by Joe del Tufo

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CHALLENGE OUTFRONT

PARTICIPANTS

ONE-MONTH PROGRESS REPORT

Noelle Kwiatkowski (L), with Plexus Coach Traci Laberge.

CHALLENGED, THEY’RE RESPONDING Pounds and inches disappear as participants raise money for Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware By Bob Yearick

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he pounds and inches are disappearing as 20 Wilmington area business and community leaders continue the three-month Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware Weight Loss Challenge. A collaboration among the Metro Wilmington Boys and Girls Clubs, Plexus Fitness and Out & About Magazine, the challenge is aimed at furthering the mission of the Boys and Girls Clubs: enabling young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The event has been so successful that the fund-raising goal has been doubled, according to Chris Barton, member of the Weight Loss Challenge committee. “We set our initial goal at $5,000, but due to the overwhelming response we have increased it to $10,000,” Barton says. Participants have thrown themselves into the challenge with gusto, according to Sean Marcisin of Plexus Fitness. He reports that the 11 participants who weighed in by mid-June had lost an average of almost seven pounds and four inches from their waist, hips, arms and thighs. Noelle Kwiatkowski, a paralegal at M&T Bank, says the challenge has basically changed her lifestyle. “I’m making healthier eating decisions, cutting carbs,” she says. “I’ve worked out sporadically before, but now I’m working out five days a week. “This is a great idea for everyone. We benefit and it benefits a great organization.” Scott Ciabattoni, another committee member, lost 16 pounds in the first month. “I can easily see this being an annual event as long as we’re able to maintain partnerships with companies like Plexus Fitness and Out & About Magazine,,” he says. “Without their help, we wouldn’t be able to do what we’re doing.” Anyone wishing to sponsor one or more of the participants may go to activegiving.com or contact Ciabattoni at scottchab@ gmail.com. .OAAN.

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MATT URBAN

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BRIAN KENDLE

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KATHY JONES

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GREG LEVITHAN

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TOMMY ABEL

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STAN YAU

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JIM MILLER

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MARK ROGERS

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NOELLE KWIATKOWSKI 20

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SCOTT CIABATTONI

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LESLIE WALLACE

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SHAWNA SNEATH

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MARIE GRAHAM

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rom his wood-paneled office at State Line Liquors Street in Elkton to its much larger current location along Elkton in Elkton, Md., Robert Murray talks about America’s Road. new obsession with craft beers, the shifting in Robert, along with siblings John Murray, Marcella Lockwood, industry standards, and the astronomical rise of and Joanie Mackenzie, as well as longtime employee Rick Ostrand, quality choices in the marketplace. He traces the purchased the store in 1995. growth of microbrews to Samuel Adams, back in the The siblings virtually grew up in the store; Robert worked there ‘90s. “It was like a gateway beer for a lot of people,” Murray says throughout his high school years at Salesianum School, and during with a laugh. breaks from college. “It’s crazy how Joanie would get dropped popular craft beer has off immediately in front gotten. Every pale ale of the store by the Padua from every brewery Academy school bus so tastes different. And she could spend a few that’s what’s so cool hours after school tidying about it.” up and sweeping out the And that helps front entrance. explain why the Murray Today, Robert is State family’s venerable Line’s beer guru. John liquor store is more Murray and Ostrand— popular than ever. who has worked there State Line Liquors, more than 30 years—are located just past the the resident wine experts. Maryland border where Joanie and Marcella Venerable State Line Liquors continues to keep Newark and Elkton handle accounting, pace with consumer tastes by stocking abut, has grown with reception and many other the industry since its duties. a staggering 2,500 varieties of craft days as Murray’s Liquor “It has its advantages and Groceries during and disadvantages,” and imported beer the post-Prohibition Robert says of working 1930s. As consumer so closely with family tastes have shifted— members. “We’re a ‘say By Matt Amis photos by Tim Hawk from liquor to wine to what you’re thinking’ kind craft beer—so has State of family, which can ruffle Line. The store today feathers sometimes.” offers a staggering 2,500 But the straightvarieties of craft and shooting philosophy imported beer, regular is something of an tasting groups, and advantage for customers. friendly expertise by Honest appraisals and the keg-full. Thanks in recommendations from part to Murray’s own the floor staff are a passion for suds, State huge part of State Line’s Line has become an reputation and popularity. East Coast Shangri La “You can go into any for beer fanatics. store and buy a bottle of “I like the fact that wine,” Robert says. “We the customer is treated go to seminars. We go like a friend here,” says to tastings, tastings and customer Mike Reckner more tastings. Customers of Newark. “And I like to know they can come discover a new favorite in and get our honest drink while I’m at it.” opinion.” Ostrand and It’s connections John Murray travel to like this that have helped State Line build a loyal and passionate Napa Valley, the Pacific Northwest and the French countryside following, starting with the days when founders and siblings to hone their oenophile chops. Walter and May Murray shared storefront space with a butcher State Line is also deeply entwined in Newark and University of shop. Walter and May navigated the business through the Great Delaware lore. Until 2003, Delaware was among several states that Depression by selling groceries and candy in addition to liquor. In enforced Blue Laws banning the sale of alcohol on Sundays. State 1963, a second generation of Murrays—Roberts' parents, Jack and Line, with its proximity to UD’s campus and massive selection Ethel—took over, and eventually moved the business from Bridge of beer, was a veritable life-saving outpost for students craving a

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UP CLOSE

Robert Murray, Ethel (Mom), John Murray, Marcella Lockwood-Murray and Joan Murray at State Line Liquors.

Sunday drink. During spring commencement celebrations in May, parents and alumni flooded the store for a nostalgic visit. “That relationship always has been there,” says Bruce Logan, who worked at State Line while enrolled at UD during the late ‘70s. “But the selection and the sheer size and expertise of the place just continued to grow.” Logan, a banker who lives in Newark, today counts himself among State Line’s devoted regulars, and he still pitches in to work the taps during the store’s beer tastings, held an average of two times a month. Over the years, State Line has become more active in the community. For several years, Robert’s “Big Ones” tasting party in February showcased beers with a 10 percent or higher alcohol content. A bit later, the distributor put a philanthropic twist to the event, and “Big Ones for Breast Cancer” became a major benefit for breast cancer research and awareness. For the region’s growing hoards of craft beer fanatics, State Line is paradise. Customer comments on ratebeer.com rave about the store’s offerings. “One of the best beer stores I have ever been to. Selection is unparalleled,” one wrote. “This may be the single greatest beer store I’ve ever stepped foot in. They had nearly everything on my list,” wrote another.

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There are occasional negative comments about the store’s rough-around-the-edges ambiance, to which Robert rolls his eyes and says, “You don’t need ambiance for great beer.” Most customers seem to value substance over style: State Line is among the top 20 liquor stores in the nation, according to the site’s users. Says Logan: “They were one of the first places [in the area] to bring in Anchor Steam or Sierra Nevada. They’ve always been ahead of the game with those niche products.” As it stands, Murray’s niche products are taking over his store. “The beer is out of control,” he laughs. Soon, he hopes to knock down some walls and expand State Line’s beer tasting area. It’s just another step in the store’s natural evolution as it adapts to the growing demands of craft beer nuts everywhere. “When I was in college, I was slugging down Buds,” Robert says. “And I could keep slugging them. Now consumers are looking for quality.” Robert has joined their ranks and developed into one of the region’s most expert beer connoisseurs. State Line customers wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Sipping and

SHARING Cooperation makes craft beer in Delaware a community affair By Pam George

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n 1996, when the partners of Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant opened their first location, there weren’t many brewers in Delaware. A year earlier, Sam Calagione had opened Dogfish Head Brewing & Eats in Rehoboth Beach; Stewart’s Brewing Co. in Bear also opened in ‘95. “We really didn’t know each other, and we were really deep into our own issues,” says Mark Edelson, a partner and director of operations for Iron Hill. “I don’t recall that we did much sharing other than seeing each other at festivals.” Calagione was busy trying to get restaurants to carry Dogfish Head, by many in downtown Rehoboth turned him away. Why should they sell another restaurant’s product? My, how things have changed. Today, Dogfish Head, whose brewery and bottling operations are under expansion, is available in restaurants throughout the state, and its esoteric beers are celebrated nationwide. Last year, state brewers formed the Delaware Brewers Guild to bring craft brewers together to exchange ideas and support the industry. The guild’s first festival, Brews by the Bay, was held June 30 in Lewes. ►

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The spirit of collaboration in the state’s craft brewery sector has become as strong as some of Dogfish Head’s full-bodied beers. “I’m so happy that we now have a Delaware Brewers Guild,” Calagione says. “Even more so, that every brewer in the state is a member. I think we are the only state in the nation that has that distinction.” In general, the craft brewing community is “super altruistic,” he says. Edelson would agree. “It’s one of the things that attracted us to this industry.” And in the Greater Philadelphia area, there are now a lot of potential mentors. This is the home of Victory Brewing Co., Yards Brewing Co., Philadelphia Brewing Co., and Sly Fox Beer. In Georgetown, there’s 16 Mile Brewing Co., while Dogfish Head is based in Milton. Twin Lakes Brewing Co. CEO Samuel Hobbs visited Flying Fish Brewing Co. in Cherry Hill, N.J., before opening his Greenville operation in 2006. “There’s a wonderful camaraderie in this community when it comes to technical issues, whether it concerns the propagation of yeast or the actual brewing process,” Hobbs says. Twin Lakes, in turn, now helps others. When Argilla Brewing Co. @ Pietro’s Pizza opened in March, Twin Lakes head brewer Rob Pfeiffer popped into the Newark restaurant to say hello. Owned by Steve Powell, whose father started Pietro’s in 1978, Argilla is a small-batch brewery. “We think we’re a small brewery compared to Dogfish Head and Fordham; Steve is a micro-micro brewery, but he’s making a good product and people love it,” Hobbs says. Small batches allow Powell to experiment. In addition to house beers like Argilla Amber and Rye Stout, he can make one-to-five-gallon batches of novel beer. A recent concoction featured orange blossoms and roasted habanera. But because Argilla's brewery is so small, it's a challenge to find ingredients at a good price, especially since there has been a shortage of good hops. Certain strains are on endangered lists. Bigger brewers get preferential treatment, leaving small operations like Argilla and home brewers in the dust. To help Powell get a good price on grain, Twin Lakes incorporated Argilla’s order in its own. Hobbs hopes guild members will come together more often to buy in bulk. “Cooperative buying is the ultimate goal,” he says. Twin Lakes also shared its tent at the Brews by the Bay event with Argilla. The J  | O&A

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older brewery is paying it forward, having participated in beer festivals sponsored by Iron Hill in Media. More often, brewers share their experience. “There are so many new hop varieties out there, and we love to talk about our experiences using them,” Edelson says. “Unusual ingredients or processes, such as spices and barrel-aging, tend to dominate the conversation.” The brewers often field questions from newbies and potential entrepreneurs. Calagione, who wrote the book Brewing Up a Business, averages two to three inquiries a week. Most ask: “Please give me one piece of advice as I open my own brewery.” Calagione gives two: Don’t start too big by biting off more than you can chew, and make sure you have enough operating capital to run a year without profits. Hobbs often gets asked how long it took Twin Lakes to turn a profit. Unlike brewpubs, Twin Lakes can’t fall back on food. Nor can it brew small batches for restaurant customers to taste test. So the brewery kept it small. “We came out with two beers, but it was difficult to get one tap handle in a restaurant, let alone two,” he says. “We backtracked and focused on one brand.” Now there are seven beers, including Greenville Pale Ale, which recently became available in cans. Restaurants and customers are increasingly enjoying the fruits of local breweries’ labors. Craft beer, however, is still only five percent of beer sold, Edelson notes. While Hobbs wonders if Delaware has the numbers to make the state as much of a craft brewery mecca as Philadelphia, there are encouraging signs. Argilla has already had customers from as far away as upstate New York stop by just to try the beer. And Powell says, “It’s funny when people want to take pictures of me in the brew house.” The Delaware Brewery Guild hopes to bring even more people through the state. And what about more brewers? Is Delaware a good place to “brew up a business”? “I’m wearing flip-flops, shorts and a T-shirt at my desk,” says Calagione, whose operation is a few miles from the coast. “I hope that answers your question.” Powell is certainly enjoying his new venture, which started primarily as a business plan to marry artisan pizza with craft beer. “I was always thinking I would do one thing and then another thing,” he says. “But this is what I’ve become passionate about.” No doubt he will want to share that passion with others.

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elaware restaurants are doing their part to support the region’s craft beer movement. Go to most independent eateries, such as Stanley’s Tavern or Corner Bistro, both in Brandywine Hundred, or Agave in Lewes, and you’ll find one or more local beers. One Rehoboth Beach restaurateur, however, is helping boost craft beer in another respect. Matt Haley, who owns a string of coastal restaurants, is also the owner of Highwater Management, a consulting and management company. Highwater is currently running food operations at Tröegs Craft Brewery’s new tasting room in Hershey, Pa. Parents of the brewery’s owners have long been customers of Haley’s restaurants. While visiting a client in Harrisburg, Haley stopped by the new tasting room in Hershey and visited with John and Chris Trogner. “They knew how to make a quality experience with beer, but they weren’t food guys,” Haley says. “They do what they do well, and we wanted to raise the bar with the food.” Although the food service is a quickcasual approach—you order at the counter and pick up the item when your number is called—this is hardly Panera Bread. Items include ahi tuna tacos, an open-faced fried chicken-skin sandwich, and popcorn with brown butter, rosemary, and salt. There are some distinctly Pennsylvania Dutchinspired selections. Consider a grilled cheese sandwich made with Amish cheddar cheese—and brie and Colby cheese—and Lebanon bologna on sourdough. Of course, Tröegs’ beers are highlighted. Take bratwurst braised in Dreamweaver Wheat and salmon cured in Troegnator Double Bock. Haley is impressed with the approachable attitude at Tröegs. “They are a great community; they get along well and have a great respect for their craft,” he says. “It’s a very nice environment to be in.”

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Stewart’s: Delaware Brewpub Pioneers The Bear establishment got things rolling in 1995

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l Stewart and his wife, Heather, know exactly how to bring that local feel to their brewpub, and they should: they've been doing it longer than anyone in Delaware. For 17 years, Stewart's Brewing Company, at 219 Governors Place in Bear, has provided great tasting craft beer to customers new and old. Al had worked as a bartender in college and did some catering soon after. Throw in his constant drafting of plans for his own bar, and a brewpub seemed to be an inevitable part of his future. His brother agreed to be his business partner, and the two opened their brewpub in 1995, just when brewpubs became legal in Delaware. (Al has since bought out his brother). The Stewarts started with four beers and have been developing new ones ever since, bringing the current number to 41 recipes. With five house beers always on tap and 36 seasonal beers, many of them award winners, no one walks away disappointed. This diversity keeps customers interested, with many making it their goal to try them all, which means the sampler is one of the most popular orders. “There's a thirst for good beer that keeps growing, and it’s at a fever pitch right now,” says Al. Stewart’s will celebrate its anniversary the week of July 23 with seven days of live music, trivia, and promotions. For details, visit their website— stewartsbrewingcompany.com—and check out the ad in this issue. — Dillon McLaughlin XX

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Local Summer Beers Worth Trying It’s American Beer Month, and what better way to get into the patriotic spirit of partying than popping open a bottle or can of locally brewed beers this July Fourth (and onwards)? We asked eight local experts to pick their favorite summer beer from the First State. Here’s what they said…

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16 Mile Blues' Golden Ale “This local beer is light and bright but showing incredible layers of flavor. It has a crisp, clean finish that complements any style of food! A perfect beer for the season and my summertime favorite.” — Chip Owens, Hockessin Liquors Old Dominion Beach House “Big things are brewing in Dover! Old Dominion and Fordham Brewing Company are coming out with great craft beer. They offer a large range of brews as well some seasonals such as this one. I highly recommend their brewery tour, which for $5 gives you the tour, five sample beers, and a pint glass.” — Jeff Kreston, Kreston Wine & Spirits Dogfish Head Festina Peche “This is not your ordinary fruity beer. Festina Peche has structure and elegance that you don’t usually find in a fruit beer. Bright peach and hop aroma on the nose, light hops and spice on the palate that balance out that dry, tart, peach finish. Great for summer sipping and BBQs.” — Ed Mulvihill, Peco’s Liquors 16 Mile Responders Ale “It’s a nice, crisp, Blonde session ale that is easy to drink under the warm sun whether it be the back yard or surf fishing out on the Sussex coast, all summer long. Nicely balanced with English barley, a splash of wheat, and mild bittering makes it a great summertime brew.” — Ryan Kennedy, Premier Wine & Spirits Old Dominion Gigi’s Farmhouse Ale “My favorite summer time Delaware beer this year is Gigi from Old Dominion. Gone from the draft list but still in bottles on the shelf, it's a great Belgian style Farmhouse Ale. A little sweet with some spice from the Bravo and Cascade hops." — Michael Stiglitz, Two Stones Pub Fordham Wisteria Wheat “My favorite local summer beer is definitely Fordham's Wisteria Wheat. I'm a huge wheat beer fan as it is, and this unfiltered beauty is perfect on a hot summer day. Easy drinking and the ideal adult beverage for a day on the beach.” — Chris DiNuzzo, Ulysses American Gastropub Twin Lakes Pale Ale “In Delaware, nothing compares to the refreshing taste of an ice cold Twin Lakes Pale Ale. Their beer is canned for freshness, offering protection from the elements, ensuring a crisp, slightly hoppy, and well-balanced local brew. Just how it should be.” —Jared Card, The Wine & Spirit Co. of Greenville Dogfish Head Positive Contact "This collab style bender from Dogfish Head and Dan the Automator (Gorillaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School) has quickly become a summer favorite. This cross between beer and cider made with wood-pressed Fuji apple did not strike my fancy at first sip. But as the beer opens up, the wheat, pepper, and cilantro flavors emerge from this Belgian-inspired, slightly sour cider-ale." —Ryan Starr, World Cafe Live at The Queen .OAAN.

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I'm not one for fruit in my beer, but this one crosses the barrier with perfection. It's light, refreshing, and not too sweet. There's a heavy kick of ginger followed by an after taste of tart red grapefruit. It's the perfect ginger beer for grown-ups. — Shawna Sneath, Art Director 16 . Up Close

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I’m typically an IPA and Stout girl, but was recently introduced to sour beers, and after getting past the initial shock, I really enjoy them. They are not for everyone, since they are in fact sour. If you’re new to this game, a good place to start is Rodenbach. Its medium body and tartness make it great for summer sipping. — Marie Graham, Drirector of Sales

Named after the elephant that killed this Kenyan brewery’s founder (!), Tusker is a smooth, aromatic lager that’s built for summer drinking. It’s mild, it’s thirst-quenching, and it carries a faint, caramelmalty sweetness that keeps you coming back for another quaff. — Matt Amis, Contributing Writer

Fruli is probably not in my top 10 favorites, but it’s definitely worth trying. It’s brewed in the tradition of Belgian White, post fermentation, then they add 30 percent pure strawberry juice (no syrups or concentrates). It's like a liquid strawberry cheesecake, and complements most creamy, chocolaty desserts brilliantly. — J. Burke Morrison, Contriubuting Writer

As its name implies, a hop-forward ale that is my go-to for Phillies games, artisan pizza and Asian food. It’s not wimpy at 6.8ABV, but it’s also not gonna kick your arse after two. It’s citrusy and fragrant, but finishes dry. They also make a deep copper Rastafa Rye Ale from rye malt. — Robert Lhulier, O&A Food Writer

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Here are a few picks from us!

This Portland, Maine Brewery's interpretation of a Belgian wheat beer, it's spiced with coriander and orange peel. It's crisp and refreshing in summer. — Pam George, Contributing Writer

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I love big, bold, hoppy beers—but they can be tough to sustain late into a summer evening. That’s where 21st Amendment’s Bitter American comes in. This beer packs all the hop flavor and aroma of the finest IPA’s and pale ales, yet clocks in at a very session-able 4.4% ABV.

From Chicago, this English-inspired ale remains drinkable even on the hottest day of July. It’s as if the brew’s hops and four malts got together one day and drafted a long-lasting agreement, resulting in a well balanced session beer for your summer enjoyment.

— Allan McKinley, Contributing Writer

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I’ve yet to go wrong with a selection from Southern Tier, but to date this is my favorite. I like the caramel malt flavor and the clean finish. It’s an American Pale Ale I enjoy year around, which is not something I can say for many APAs.

This beer doesn't only sport artwork from one of my favorite illustrators on the label, but it also pleases the palate. It has a great hoppy bite, a crisp citrus flavor (I think it has grapefruit in mix) and one can easily turn into three.

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BEER How do Netherlanders avoid getting hangovers? By staying drunk, of course!

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FROM BASEMENT After honing his skills in his basement for many years, Rob Pfeiffer is now 'living the dream, baby' By Allan McKinley ob Pfeiffer pauses in mid-sentence and quickly looks over at the kegging machine in the packaging garage at Twin Lakes Brewing Co. in Greenville. The steam-powered system has suddenly stopped pumping the long-awaited Caesar Rodney Golden Ale into the many kegs that are due to be picked up by the distributor in less than an hour. Pfeiffer reaches for a broomstick with a socket wrench taped to the end and, as with an old TV that isn’t quite working right, knocks on the machine a few times. After a few whacks the kegging line roars back to life. “Just living the dream, baby,” Pfeiffer says with a smile. And to the thousands of homebrewers out there, Pfeiffer is doing exactly that. Pfeiffer is the head brewer for Twin Lakes. He joined the company in 2006 as an assistant brewer and became the head brewer three years ago. Pfeiffer’s path to professional brewing took a long detour before he landed at Twin Lakes. He discovered his love of the fermentation arts as an organic chemistry student at Northland Environmental College in www.OutAndAboutNow.com

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But he’s quick to point out that brewing in a commercial setting is easier than homebrewing in many ways. “I think sometimes making beer at home is actually a lot harder,” Pfeiffer says. “You have to go into the basement, dig up your mash tun, drag out all your gear. You’re doing it all by hand, nothing is automated.” He also tips his hat to the legions of homebrewers out there who are doing their part to advance the craft, and are as knowledgeable about beer as many professional brewers. “I get hammered by homebrewers,” Pfeiffer admits with a laugh. “They ask a lot of questions, and give me a lot of great feedback on the beer.” The most frequent question Pfeiffer fields from homebrewers is “Can I have a job at the brewery?” While he understands and appreciates the enthusiasm he sees out in the beer world, he preaches patience to those who wish to make the jump from basement to brewery. “Everybody wants to get into brewing,” he claims. “But really, you’ve got to pay your dues. And it might mean maybe not doing any actual brewing for a while.” Some of these dues include the less glamorous aspects of brewing, such as volunteering to work the canning line at night and working the tasting room. But he insists that staying persistent and patient will eventually pay dividends for determined brewers. Pfeiffer still finds time to dabble in the occasional homebrew – he has been experimenting with a few un-hopped beers featuring herbs like rosemary and sage. But, he says, “It’s not a hobby anymore, it’s a profession.” Then he smiles and adds, “It’s great to go to a bar, and everybody looks over and says, ‘hey, that’s the guy that makes the beer.’”

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July is National Bier Month!

IT'S MY Bierogative By J. Burke Morrison

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In honor of this momentous event, I was going to try to answer the age-old question: “What is my favorite bier?” The answer, of course, is: “Whatever bier I’m drinking at the moment.” I use that one a lot. After all, my primary vocation is bier sales and I find that answer very effective in keeping me out of trouble with my suppliers and maintaining a certain level of credibility with consumers who often encounter me peddling different biers in different venues at different times. A related question is “What is the best bier?” But answering that would be an exercise in futility. There are simply too many pitfalls, and frankly, I believe trying to answer that question in any meaningful manner carries with it a level of arrogance that exceeds even my pomposity. Seriously, who am I to tell you what the best bier in the world is? So, after much debate and soul searching, I came up with this for Bier Month: Eight Great Biers You’ve (Probably) Never Heard of and Are generally Hard to Find But Are Often in My Fridge That Other People Say Are “The Best” A possible subtitle: Eight Biers to try if you think you don’t like bier. 1)Rodenbach (Belgium) Micael Jackson (The Bier Hunter, not the Pop singer) described Rodenbach as “The most refreshing bier in the world.” A sour Flemish Ale from Belgium, this bier bears little resemblance to the beverage we generally think of when we hear the word “bier.” In a nutshell, the makers of this style of bier do everything wrong in the brewing process, from exposing the wort to oxygen to “infecting” the bier with acetic-acid-yielding bacteria. Curiously, though, it seems that if you actually do all the wrong things in just the right way, the result is a very special beverage worthy of its reputation and pedigree (Styles: Rodenbach Classic, Grand Cru and Vintage). 2)Erie Railbender (Pennsylvania) GABF Gold Medal Winner, 2010 Scotch Bier Category. One of the bigger criticisms of awards festivals is the somewhat arbitrary nature of such endeavors, especially when it comes to the highest quality brews. But no one can say this little brewery’s awards are flukes. The Gold Medal at the GABF in 2010 was preceded by a Gold Medal at the 2009 GABF and a Bronze Medal in 2008. This multi-award-winning brew is quite strong in alcohol but eminently smooth, with a bready maltiness that will delight the pallet. And, oh yeah, this gem of an unknown brewery won another medal from the GABF for its Derailed Cherry. ►

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3) Moretti LaRossa (Italy) World Bier Cup Gold Medal Winner, 2008, in the DoppelBock Category. The most significant aspect to this award is that the brewer achieved it in a category that is dominated by the Germans, the originator of the style. Moretti LaRossa is a bold bier, relatively high in alcohol and extremely malty with a body that will stand up to the braised meats and stews. (Honorable Mention: Birra Moretti, Silver Medal winner in the world Bier Cup, 2008, in the European Style Lager category). 4) Abita Purple Haze (Louisiana) Atlantic City Brew Fest, 2010, People’s Choice Award. New Orleans’ Hometown Brewery (despite its actual location in Abita Springs, just outside the Big Easy), Abita Purple Haze was joined by its sister brands, Abita Amber and Turbodog, and swept the people’s choice awards in AC in 2010. This Brewery also receives the highest accolades from my wife, Kerrie “I’m no Cicerone” Morrison, who, after extensive research, has yet to find an Abita product she doesn’t love. 5 ) Weihenstephaner Vitus (Germany) World Bier Awards, 2011.

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A product of the World’s Oldest Brewery, Weihenstephaner Vitus is a WeizenBock (Wheat Bock). The amazing thing about this bier is not that it was declared Best Bier in the World. Rather, some of its closest competition came from other Weihenstephaner Biers, including the HefeWeisse and Original Lager. Note: This must be a pretty special brewery if I’m willing to type its cumbersome and unpronounceable name repeatedly. 6) Heavy Seas Marzen GABF Medal Winner To be perfectly honest, I had to double-check the following statement: Heavy Seas Marzen (formerly called MarzHon) has medaled at the GABF in the Marzen category every year since 2006! What makes this statistic even more astounding (aside from the fact J  | O&A

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that it’s almost inconceivable that anyone can be that consistent) is that this is not some curious, poorly-participated-in category. Marzen biers are essentially the common style of most Oktoberfest biers and one of the most competitive categories at the GABF. 7) Steenbrugge Tripel (Belgium) World Bier Cup, Bronze Medal, 2012 Now, admittedly, a bier that receives a Bronze Medal ain’t, by definition, the best. However, it has the distinction of being the best in the Abbey Trippel category that you’re likely to find. The Gold Medal winner, Westmalle, is perhaps the most iconic of the Belgian Trappist biers, but is available almost exclusively in Belgium with very limited distribution in the U. S. And the Silver Medal winner, The Batone Brewery in Royal Oak, Mich., is a small local brewery with similarly limited distribution. By default, SteenBrugge wins as the most readily available medal-winning Belgian Tripel. 8) Saranac Black Forrest (New York) GABF Bronze Medal, 2009 in the Dark Lager Category The Black Forrest has won innumerable awards from Australia, Europe, Denver, and elsewhere in the U. S. Look for these and countless other great biers from around the country and the world during Wilmington Bier Week, July 14-21. Check wilmingtonbeerweek.com for details of events throughout the City. Other biery events in July include: July 3—Burke-and-Stock 18 Bier and Music Fest at Twin Lakes Brewery

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Wilmington and Craft Beer: A Perfect Pair

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t’s amazing how far the craft beer movement has come in such a short time. It used to be a restaurant’s wine list that caught the diner’s eye, even earned the establishment praise from aficionados such as Wine Spectator or Zagat’s. Now, a restaurant’s beer list is earning that same attention. It’s no longer a matter of whether a venue offers craft beer, that’s a given. It’s how robust that list is. With that as a measuring stick, the 15 restaurants participating in the second annual Wilmington Beer Week (July 14-21) are well positioned. Establishments such as Washington Street Ale House, Chelsea Tavern, and Ernest & Scott have earned regional reputations for their beer selections. And when you complement good beer with creative cuisine, you have an appetizing endeavor. And that is the mission of Wilmington Beer Week: delivering a rewarding experience by pairing quality beer with well-prepared cuisine. In other words, Wilmington Beer Week is no keg party (though last year’s Firkin Friday at Washington Street Ale House was close).

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"Wilmington Beer Week is like celebrating Chelsea Tavern's birthday all week long,” said Chelsea’s general manager Joe Van Horn. “We love beer, we sell beer, and we drink beer all year long, but Beer Week gives us the chance to share our love with a larger, captive audience. The Delaware craft scene just keeps getting bigger and better, and we're happy to be part of it!" Thirty special events will take place during the eight days of Wilmington Beer Week, including beer dinners with celebrity brewers, tap takeovers, and back-of-the-house BBQs. Festivities will open on Saturday, July 14, with Delaware Beer Night, a tribute to the state’s highly-respected craft brewing industry. At 8 p.m., a Citywide Toast will be held at all 15 venues. (For a complete list of special events, see page 45 or visit wilmingtonbeerweek.com) Throughout the week participating chefs will be offering their Perfect Pairs, personal suggestions for a craft beer matched with a sandwich or appetizer. Prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner will also be offered at many establishments and a Citywide Happy Hour will be offered each day at all 15 venues from 5-7 p.m.

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At Bethany Blues, the smokers are so large that architects designed the Lewes location’s kitchen around them. Although not a barbecue restaurant per se, Ulysses has a smoker, thanks to the ingenuity of McNeice and friends, who built it. “Bertha” holds eight trays of food. Space-challenged restaurants like Whiskey Beach can use a “smoker box,” which is also ideal for the home chef. Both the big and the little versions rely on wood or wood chips. At Eppy’s, a stack of hickory logs sits by the back door. Bethany Blues also uses hickory. At Ulysses, Bertha might consume cherry. You can smoke just about anything. Workers at Bethany Blues have popped tripe in the smoker for their own consumption. Venison has also taken a turn. The restaurant makes its own bacon. “We go through 100 pounds of pork belly in a week,” Roberts says. Durham’s and Whiskey BBQ offer turkey. At Eppy’s, you can get smoked kielbasa and pastrami (smoked corned beef ). No matter the meat and no matter how long it cooks, you’ll likely see pink. “It’s the color of smoke,” Oybkhan says. A red ring is known as the “smoke ring.” It’s perfectly fine to eat. When the meat is done, the staff at Eppy’s wraps it whole and keeps it ready in a warmer. Pork is pulled and brisket is sliced to order so juices stay intact. “You’re getting the moistest meat,” Oybkhan maintains. THERE’S THE RUB The barbecue process is more than stoking a fire and closing the door on the meat. Oybkhan and Durham rub spices over whatever they’re smoking. McNeice favors a rub that’s mostly chili powder and paprika. He also slathers the meat with mustard. “I think it’s the most important step.” Sauces, he says, are integral. For the most part, a true barbecue joint will only serve sauces on the side. “The meat is the treat,” Oybkhan says, quoting Eppy’s slogan. Durham’s offers both a sweet and a spicy version. Eppy’s sweet sauce is made with bourbon. Real bourbon? “Absolutely,” Oybkhan says. Eppy’s also offers a Carolinastyle sauce, made with vinegar. Bethany Blues’ award-winning sauces, which are for sale, include a smoky sauce, a spicy sauce and a papaya grilling sauce. Honey-mustard, designed for kids, is new to the mix. J  | O&A

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ON THE SIDE Like burgers and fries, barbecue pairs with some expected sides. Mac ‘n cheese is a staple. Oybkhan uses Swiss cheese, parmesan and sharp white cheddar. His béchamel sauce gives the dish a creamy casserole texture, and he bakes it instead of stirring it on the stove. “I didn’t want that sloppy yellow stuff,” he says. Bethany Blues jazzes up its baked beans with its own barbecue sauce and bacon. Beans, mac ‘n cheese and cole slaw are the preferred sides at Durham’s. Occasionally, Durham offers collards. You can always find them at Eppy’s, where Oybkhan simmers them for three hours with vinegar, red pepper, hot sauce, and onion and garlic powders. When it’s sweltering out, customers lean toward the more refreshing potato salad and macaroni salad, Durham says. No matter the time of year, few can turn down the cold broccoli salad at Where Pigs Fly. (Perhaps it’s the bacon and not the broccoli that gets the attention.) SOMETHING TO DRINK? Between pulling the meat from the bone and licking the sauce off your fingers, you’ll need to take a swig every now and then. Sweet iced tea is the Southern beverage of choice when it comes to barbecue. Durham prefers unsweetened iced tea, while husband Ron, the co-owner, opts for a Coke. Eppy’s also serves birch beer and raspberry tea. Those who like a stronger libation, Oybkhan says, can choose beer. McNeice recommends Harvest Ale by 16 Mile Brewing Co. in Georgetown. It it’s spicy, try Dogfish Head’s 60 Minute [IPA]. Good bourbon and good barbecue go together like margaritas and Mexican food. Aged in charred oak barrels, bourbon complements smoked meats. Bethany Blues offers more than 100 kinds, making it one of the largest bourbon accounts in the state, Roberts says. Because barbecue stations are becoming popular at weddings, you might also be nibbling “Q” with some Veuve Clicquot. . Weddings have become catering events for Eppy’s. “We come out with our pulled pork, brisket, baked beans—all the trimmings,” Oybkhan says. Eppy’s will also provide a whole pig. Admittedly, it’s hard to imagine a gaggle of bridesmaids gathered around a pig. Don’t they say, “Ewww”? “No,” Oybkhan replies. He pauses, summons strength from deep inside his belly, then bellows: “You go, ‘Suh-weet!’”

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Regional barbecue styles vary almost as much as regional accents. It’s a specialty of the South and portions of the Midwest, and both the sauce and the meat it’s applied to change, depending on geography. But one thing remains constant throughout the country: the mouth-watering flavor.

ST. LOUIS is lesser known for traditional BBQ, but is famous for its spare ribs. The meat is typically grilled instead of being cooked over indirect heat, and the sauce is thick, tangy, and sweet. Maull’s, the original, contains anchovies and pepper pulp.

TEXAS BBQ is synonymous with beef brisket. The meat is dryrubbed first and then smoked, often with mesquite wood, which produces a strong smokey flavor. Texans prefer a traditional tomatobased barbecue sauce, which is added to the meat after smoking.

ALABAMA “White sauce” is a truly regional variety of BBQ. Most folks outside of North Alabama haven’t even heard of it, but every BBQ establishment in the area offers a thick mayonnaise and vinegar topping for their meats.

CAROLINAS Although parts of the Carolinas may differ on some aspects of their barbecue, there’s one thing they have in common: it’s always pork! It’s usually pulled, and often cooked in a pit for a minimum of 16-18 hours at a very low temperature. Traditional Carolina BBQ sauce is thin and vinegar based, but varies slightly depending on the region. Ketchup is often added to the western—or Lexington-style—sauce. The southern part of South Carolina keeps in the tradition of a vinegar base, but will often add mustard to the mix. The other difference is that in the east they use the whole hog, while in the west they cook only the pork shoulder.

KANSAS CITY Kansans will barbecue just about anything! In most cases, though, the meat of choice is dry-rubbed first and sauced later. Kansas City’s distinct sauce is thick tomato—and—molasses-based. It’s used liberally on barbecue dishes after cooking so it sits on the meat’s surface.

MEMPHIS Tennesseans love pork too, and hickory smoke their ribs and shoulders low and slow. The meat is usually dry-rubbed, and, in fact, many folks prefer their BBQ with only spices and no sauce. If sauce is added, it’s thin, tangy, and tomato-based. It’s served on the side rather than being added directly to the meat.

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In the last two years there have been half a dozen openings of beer-centric eateries in the First State, and about the same number of breweries in the last five. For true beer lovers the mushrooming of establishments that offer craft and foreign beers is like hitting the jackpot. Even chefs are excited. Beer has always been a food-friendly beverage and on the whole an inexpensive one. More finely crafted brews now mean that top toques have an opportunity to be creative and unbutton their collar. Chicken wings in a variety other than the traditional Buffalo hot sauce, blue cheese and celery is a great way to start a beer and food revolution. Adding different salumi, (Italian-style preserved meats) to traditional pizzas, varying the cheeses and house-pickling vegetables are other recent and welcome changes to this staid brew pub menu entry. Even Belgium’s national dish, moules frites—or steamed mussels with French fries—has gotten some updating. Today you can stroll into a Delaware gastro-pub or nano-brewery and order the dish with a Thai flair (curry and cilantro) or Portuguese edge (chorizo and tomato). But there is one thing all these dishes have in common: their flavors are not timid, thus making them ideal candidates for pairing with an effervescent, cleansing beverage—like beer. When you look at the ingredients in beer—malted barley or wheat, yeast, hops and water—it’s no wonder classic bar snacks like pizza, pretzels and even corn-based foods like empanadas and tamales are faves among beer drinkers; they taste similar. The combined sum of ingredients yields a flavor profile not unlike that of wine. Hops, for example, provide both a tropical fruit sensation reminiscent of mango, grapefruit or pineapple. Alternately, the bitterness of hops works as a great foil to food rich in fat, the way a wine with tannins does. It’s those subtleties in small production breweries today that attract a more refined palate in search of exciting new flavors. Even the lowly beer can has gotten a make-over. Hipsters may not realize that their can of PBR tastes better today than it did in 1976, but beer in a can is back with a bullet. It used to be only for mass produced, poor quality beer. Modern beer cans, however, are coated inside so that the beer never touches the metal. They’re cheaper than bottles, they weigh less, they’re air tight and they provide an impenetrable barrier to light—the enemy of beer. The Beer Dinner is also a sign of the times. In a tip of the hat to wine, multicourse meals are challenging diners to try different varieties and styles of beers, paired with a thoughtful menu of beer-friendly foods. I love wine, but sitting down to a beer dinner is an entirely different experience. It immediately becomes an informal, fun and community experience. There’s no pretension—no waxing poetic about the beer’s complexity, at least not at the beer dinners I’ve been to. Talk is almost never about the beer, and you’re more likely to make friends since everyone’s guard is down. You take a few gulps, lick the foam off your upper lip and announce, “That was good! Got any more?” Robert Lhulier is the executive chef at the University & Whist Club and author of the food blog forkncork.blogspot.com

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t’s not likely there will ever be a Hard Rock Café in Old New Castle, but there’s a little something from New Castle for sale in almost every Hard Rock Café around the world: guitar picks. What’s more, those same picks are favored by Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Kiss, AC/DC, The Who, Cheap Trick, and many others who aren’t quite as large in the music world. The picks are manufactured at Wilmington Fibre Specialty Co. in a former 19th-century knitting mill located at the south edge of town. The company has been in business since 1920, and in its heyday, it employed some 300 people, roughly one-tenth of New Castle’s population. Wilmington Fibre is no longer a manufacturing powerhouse. Some of the original buildings have been torn down, and the payroll now numbers in the 30s. Gaskets, washers, bushings and insulators are still made there, but the new star that keeps the business rocking is that inexpensive, thin, triangular piece of plastic with the rounded edges—the guitar pick. Wilmington Fibre got into guitar picks in 1992, as brothers Scott and Jeff Morris were about to become the fourth generation of their family to run the business. The thriving enterprise came perilously close to never getting started. Wilmington Fibre was one of about 40 companies to receive a form letter from D’Addario Strings of Farmingdale, N.Y., one of the nation’s leading guitar string manufacturers, which was looking for a pick manufacturer to replace its supplier at that time. One of the company’s third-generation leaders read the letter, then pitched it. Scott Morris retrieved the letter from the trash can and contacted D’Addario. A new product line—and a long-lasting business relationship—were born.

Frances Leatch die cuts guitar picks at Wilmington Fibre. She has worked there for 50 years.

The business grew rapidly, and 10 years ago Scott and Jeff created a subsidiary called PickWorld to give that part of Wilmington Fibre a higher profile. “We can make a bag of a hundred, or a thousand, or we could make you a million,” says Scott Morris, who handles the sales and manufacturing end of the business. “If Starbucks or the Hard Rock Café needs a huge quantity in two weeks, we can do it.” Although guitar picks can be made from a variety of materials, PickWorld has settled on three: celluloid, preferred by professionals for offering a feel and sound that resembles tortoise shell; Delrin, a DuPont Co. plastic favored for its durability and woody but warm sound; and PVC, inexpensive but absolutely great for promotional purposes. Although Morris estimates that 60 to 75 percent of PickWorld’s orders are from professional musicians, the promotional orders are often the largest. “We do a lot for ASI, the advertising specialty industry,” he says. “It could be an inexpensive product, they don’t care. They just want a pick. And it has to be a certain color, like the green for Starbucks.” In addition to a special color, the picks usually have an image on one side and a logo or business contact information on the other. The manufacturing process varies slightly depending on the material used, but it starts with special die-cutters punching through strips of celluloid, Delrin or PVC to produce a pick in the desired shape and thickness. After the edges are rounded and smoothed in cement-mixer-like bins filled with what Morris describes as “a proprietary mix of a lot of stuff,” it’s on to the imprinting. Customers send in their designs, which are stored in a computer database. A PickWorld technician places the picks on a template, adjusts the settings on an industrial-grade inkjet printer, hits the “print” key, and turns out up to 100 picks at a time. In addition to Starbucks, big-name clients include Hard Rock Café, Southwest Airlines, and Marvel Comics. Those aforementioned rock stars use picks from PickWorld not only on stage but also to promote their tours. When going on tour, Morris says, Kiss often orders a supply for each band member, with the show date and location printed on each pick. A cameraman with the band photographs the picks in use on stage ► The Last Valorians 47

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and they’re then sold as souvenirs on the band’s website, he says. PickWorld attracts clients from throughout the world. Recent orders have been sent to Japan, South Korea, Bangladesh, Italy, the Netherlands, and France, Morris says. “And we just got an order from Paul Weller, a well-known British rocker.” Packing the picks for shipment can be a tedious process, but PickWorld subcontracts much of that work to Chimes Delaware, which provides vocational services for people with cognitive disabilities. “They do unbelievable work. They pick up the order, drop it off when it’s complete. The quality is fantastic and they keep our prices in line,” Morris says. • $80 Weekdays (Mon – Thu, excludes holidays) • Play nine holes; Tee times 4pm – 5:30pm Custom-designed picks have become • Enjoy a 3-course special dinner At The Rail • $65 Weekday Twilight (after 2:00pm) a popular memento at all sorts of • $65 per person • $85 Weekends (Fri – Sun, includes holidays) special events—birthdays, bar mitzvahs, weddings, even funerals, Morris says. • $55 for members • $70 Weekend Twilight (after 2:00pm) “They’re good for weddings because they’re • $35 for dinner only • Ask about special Senior & Junior rates Gratuity not included. almost heart-shaped, but they often have to be a particular color, usually to match Flexible membership options available. To book your tee times, or for more the flowers.” information please call 302.994.6700 ext. 7436 As souvenirs, the picks are hardly pricy. “Put your pic on a pick,” the company’s website suggests—and the cost for 100, printed on one side only, is a mere $62, plus shipping. Larger volumes cut the unit price—1,000 cost $300, or 30 cents each. For an extra $15 per hundred, PickWorld will drill holes in the picks so they can be made into earrings or necklaces. Other accessories are available too, like the pick-lace, a guitar-shaped necklace that holds a spare pick, for $10 or $15. Morris, whose plastic business card features four punch-out guitar picks, Located on the grounds of Delaware Park Casino and Racetrack. never knows where his product will turn up. “When I’m out on the road, I’ll check 777 Delaware Park Blvd. | Wilmington, DE 19804 | whiteclaycreek.com to see which local bands are playing, and Just up the road, I-95 DE Exit 4B often see bands that we’ve made picks for,” he says. “In Nashville, in the airport, I came across some Grand Ol’ Opry picks weDP-15061 July Out & About Golf Print Ad 4.5x7.indd 1 6/11/12 made,” he says. “And I was just in Key West. I went into Sloppy Joe’s for a drink, and there were our Sloppy Joe’s picks on the counter. It’s really pretty exciting.” Buy 5 yards of mulch and get the 6th yard FREE!

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ingers blistered, sweat dripped, music blasted,Angela drumSheik sets ripped, and when the music stopped and the smoke cleared, the first three victors had been declared. Musikarmageddon, Wilmington’s own battle of the bands, kicked off last month at Kelly’s Logan House and resulted in three Thursdays of melodic match-ups. Each band had 45 minutes to perform its best set, followed by a vote from judges and fans, who decided the winner. On June 7, Echo Mission defeated the Whiskies, as both judges and fans voted for them. “To win the first round of the battle was awesome, definitely felt redeemed from the loss last year. It was great to have the room filled with family and friends,” said Echo Mission’s drummer Sean Dougherty. Echo Mission and the Whiskies have played together often in the last year, becoming good friends. “The Whiskies had a good set also. They’re always fun to watch,” said Dougherty. “Those guys are some real down-to-earth fellows. We support them and any other band we play with.” Echo Mission is working on new material, including an E.P. titled “Reflection,” expected to be release this month. The next battle—on June 14—was a lot tighter. With Schroeder facing the Philadelphiabased band Glim Dropper, fans picked Schroeder by big numbers. But the judges favored Glim Dropper. It was a similar situation on June 21, when longtime Musikarmageddon vets Galaxy 13 faced The Jolly What! Whereas Galaxy 13 won over the judges by a slight margin, The Jolly What! scored the win with a 2-to-1 advantage of the audience vote. The next battle—too late for this issue—took place on June 28, with The Honey Badgers going against The Hold-Up. On July 12, Mallory Square will battle Xtra Alltra, and on July 19 it’ll be The Last Valorians vs. Devolver. Sets start at 9 p.m., with winners advancing to compete in the August semi-finals against the winners of last month’s match-ups.

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C olonial C harm Its shops, restaurants and 300 years of history make Old New Castle a delight for both tourists and residents By Pam George

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n a whim, Michael Christopher Hemphill went to an open house in Old New Castle. The house, built in 1798, boasts river views, 13-foot ceilings, and hardwood floors. He wandered around the property for two hours. “I never thought I could leave Greenville,” says Hemphill, the owner of Michael Christopher Designs. “But I put a bid on it.” He wound up losing the property to someone else, but he couldn’t forget New Castle. He started looking at other properties, including a 1960s home with eight-foot ceilings. Determined to live there, he bought the house and totally overhauled it to the point you wouldn’t recognize it. Now a showpiece, “It has the best views until you get to Lewes,” he maintains. Darren Wright and his family also fell under Old New Castle’s spell. Wright, his wife, and his parents were looking for a historic home to purchase together when they stumbled on Lesley Manor, built in 1855. They were all unfamiliar with the area, but when the deal at one point fell through, his father said: “I don’t care about Lesley Manor. I just want to live in Old New Castle.” As it turned out they got their wish—and Lesley Manor, too. With a history that dates back to 1651, when the Dutch built Fort Casimir, Historic New Castle is a town that progress seemingly forgot. Once the state capital, it has escaped rampant development and touristy gimmicks. Nevertheless, many Delawareans have www.OutAndAboutNow.com

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never visited. “I lived in Delaware 10 or 12 years before I’d even heard of it,” Wright says. With a bevy of events scheduled this summer, it’s a great time to visit. But then, any time is a good time to step back in history. “Old New Castle has the charm thing down cold,” says chef Dan Butler, who’s been considering a project in town. LOCATION, LOCATION New Castle’s location on the Delaware River made it appealing even back in the 17th century. The Swedes nabbed Fort Casimir from the Dutch in 1654, renaming it Fort Trinity. The Dutch snatched it back in the next year, dubbing it New Amstel. In 1664, it was the Duke of York’s turn. He called it New Castle. And on Oct. 27, 1682, William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, landed here. New Castle was the capital of the Three Lower Counties of Pennsylvania, as Delaware was called. On June 15, 1775, in the courthouse that is still standing, the House of Assembly severed ties with both Pennsylvania and England. The occasion is celebrated as Separation Day. The festivities take place at the New Castle Court House Museum and Battery Park. newcastlecity.org During the Revolution, New Castle’s river location made it vulnerable to British invasion. So the capital moved to Dover in 1777. Initially hard times as a result of the railroad by passing 65

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the town eventually delivered a silver lining. Like Lewes, residents lacked the money or motivation to tear down existing structures and rebuild. Consequently, Old New Castle remained well preserved. It’s now attractive to both homeowners and tourists. “Once you get here, it’s like going back in time—it really is,” Hemphill says. FACE-TO-FACE WITH HISTORY Evidence of New Castle’s past is everywhere you look. “It’s this amazing historic town,” Wright says. “I walk more than I’ve ever walked in my life.” The town’s walkable feature makes it easy to tour, and you can see most of it in one day, says Mike Connelly, executive director of the New Castle Historical Society. He quickly amends, “It would be a busy day.” (For a weekend, pair it with Odessa and Delaware City.) A National Historic District since 1967, Historic New Castle is a stop on the recently launched Delaware History Trail. The courthouse is a state-run museum. The historical society owns the Amstel House, built in the 1730s; the Dutch House, built in the 17th century; and the hexagonal Old Library. The old structures appeal to Rick Coherd, lead investigator of Delmarva Historic Haunts. “The Amstel House has been known to be haunted for years,” he says. His team captured a little girl’s voice on their recording equipment. “It was very clear,” he says. Delmarva Historic Haunts will lead a ghost hunt to benefit the New Castle Historical Society on July 13, Aug. 11, Sept 22 and Oct. 19-20. newcastlehistory.org The Delaware Historical Society owns the Read House, built in 1801. (Original owner George Read Jr.’s father signed the Declaration of Independence.) As for the private homes, many are open during A Day in Old New Castle, a home and garden tour held each May. dionc.immanuelepiscopal.com Not all the historic attractions are buildings. The Velocipede Museum on Delaware Street showcases velocipedes, tricycles, boneshakers, and bicycles from the 1860s to the 1960s. thevelocipede.com

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WINDOW SHOPPING ON COBBLESTONE STREETS Many shops have a link to history or culture. Bridgewater Jewelers, a fifth-generation family business, has been in New Castle since 1883. The store, which once sold Victrola record players, is known for its fine gems, its repair service, engraving, and custom designs. bridgewaterjewelers.com Oak Knoll Books, founded in 1976 in the old Opera House, has more than 23,000 titles, primarily focused on books about, well, books—collecting, designing and binding. There are children's books, Delaware books, and fine press books, as well as books on libraries and literary criticism. In 1978, owner Bob Fleck added a publishing arm to the business. oakknoll.com Given the scenery, you wouldn’t expect to find a shop specializing in Native American jewelry and art. Yet Cactus Wren has done quite well. “We live here, and we simply love the town,” says owner Barbara Vellrath. “I’m a destination business, and I just found the perfect location.” cactuswrengallery.com You’ll find several shops in one spot at Penn’s Place. Built in 1682, the house where William Penn supposedly slept was once the William Penn Guest House. Owned by Esther Lovlie, it now offers artisans’ wares—as well as massage and acupuncture. You can also eat at Penn’s Place. The Trader Cove Coffee Shop in Penn’s Place offers coffee, breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a side of free Wi-Fi. pennsplace.net YE OLDE BITE You won’t go hungry in New Castle. Locals and tourists meet at Jessop’s Tavern. “It’s consistent, and it captures the best of New Castle—it really does,” says Gary Wirt, who’s lived in New Castle for more than 30 years. The restaurant pays homage to the town’s Swedish, English, and Dutch roots with a menu that mixes a smorgasbord of cheese and fruit, served with Swedish crackers; “Dutch” pot roast; fish and chips; and chowder inspired by the 13 original Colonies. Jessop’s also has a modern streak: There are 14 beers on tap and a collection of Belgian beers. jessops-tavern.com Equally quaint is Shoppes of the 3 Crowns, a tea room on Delaware Street. facebook. com/pages/Shoppes-of-the-3-Crowns-Tea-Shop

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Nora Lee’s French Quarter Bistro, which opened in April 2011, takes a decidedly different approach. The New Orleans-inspired eatery offers jambalaya, crawfish bisque, gumbo, and a variety of blackened items, including fries, chicken salad, tuna, and steak. Owner Mary Tedesco listened to residents and added a bar. “We’ve had such good response from locals,” she says. “But we also have a lot of tourists.” Patrons of her former Ridley Park, Pa., location also seek her out. Tedesco particularly likes the view from the kitchen window. “I can see sailboats on the river,” she says. This is the place to come for live music. noraleescafe.com Another newcomer, Caroline’s, is the work of longtime residents Gene and Caroline Dempsey, who formerly owned Lauren Lynch Antiques. The restaurant serves breakfast, beginning at 8 a.m., Tuesday-Saturday. Lunch is served Tuesday-Thursday and on Saturday; and dinner is only at 6 p.m. on Fridays. The menu for dinner is set each week, and people sit where there’s a space. “It’s European-style,” says Gene Dempsey. (The couple also has a house in Italy.) facebook.com/carolinesgoodfood.com. Of course, every town has its pizza place. But not every town can say theirs has been a landmark for more than 25 years, which is this case with Porto-Fino’s Pizza & Restaurant. Family owned and operated, the restaurant’s award-winning pizza continues to attract loyal followers as well as Italian pie lovers around the area. In addition to offering subs, steaks, burgers, and pasta, the restaurant prides itself as being “home of the original Greek salad.” porto-finopizza.com The once-shuttered Arsenal, a restaurant for decades, is undergoing a spruce-up by the state, which owns it. Dan Butler is interested in leasing the space for both a tavern and a banquet facility. “The real appeal is for the event space—showers, rehearsals, corporate events, and especially weddings,” he says. “So much character! It will absolutely appeal to a specific wedding party. Truly unique experience: cobblestones, The Green. It's quaint, historic but beautiful.” SETTING THE SCENE The Green, a public space from the 17th century, and Battery Park are popular gathering spaces for events. On Aug. 26, for instance, the town will host more than 100 antiques dealers in the park for the New Castle Antiques show. Hemphill each morning rides his bike along the park’s river path. “I feel like I’m in Nantucket,” he says. He is one of several residents and business owners who would like to see additional recreational and cultural opportunities. The group has formed the Historic New Castle Alliance, which is modeled after the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Program. A committee is investigating a pier for recreational boaters, who could dock and enjoy the sights, shops, and restaurants. Old families have met the plan with some resistance. “The things people cherish about the town are well guarded with a certain vehemence,” notes Wirt, the longtime resident, who lives in the house that Hemphill originally wanted. “I’ve watched how much things haven’t changed.” And that can be a plus in many respects. Small town life still thrives here. “You take the dog for a 15-minute walk and it takes two-and-a-half hours,” Wright says. “People invite you in for a cocktail; you stay for an hour. You walk around and see someone else.” According to Hemphill: “It’s not Trolley Square. It’s not the Riverfront. Old New Castle has its own identity, and that’s what is so wonderful about it.”

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Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

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A Lasting Legacy thru Jan 5, 2013 Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library 5105 Kennett Pike • 800.448.3883 Oasis in Space Planetarium Show thru Jul 8 • DE Museum of Natural History 4840 Kennett Pike • 302.658.9111

Red, White & Zoo! • Brandywine Zoo 1001 N. Park Drive • 302.571.7747

THURSDAY, JULY 19 TH Candlelight Comedy Club

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Elizabeth Knecht

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 11TH Summer Salon Series

Gable Music Ventures and Second & LOMA present The Ladybug Music Festival

Sunset Jazz Series

Out & About’s Musikarmageddon The Last Valorians vs. Devolver

12pm every Wed thru Aug 15 The Grand Opera House 818 North Market Street • 800.37.GRAND

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Wednesdays on the Water Wine Cruise

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Rebirth Brass Band

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Chelsea Tavern • 821 North Market Street

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Out & About’s Musikarmageddon Mallory Square vs. Xtra Alltra

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Dead: The Musical thru July 28 Opera Studios • 4 S. Poplar Street

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Spark Summer Music Series Kickoff • World Cafe Live at the Queen

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Bye Bye Birdie thru Aug 25

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Film Bros. Movie Co-Op • 205 N. Market St.

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The Romantics

The Grand Opera House 818 N. Market Street • 800.37.GRAND

Tubman-Garrett Park 80 Rosa Parks Drive • 302.547.9526

Delaware Center for Horticulture 1810 N. DuPont Street • 302.658.6262

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SATURDAY, JULY 28TH

Delaware Center for Horticulture 1810 N. DuPont Street • 302.658.6262

Kaleidscope of Color

Blue Ball Barn 1914 West Park Drive • 302.577.1164

The Queen’s Summer Bash - The Hyde, Ever/After & The Shawn Hobby Band • World Cafe Live at the Queen

Revolution, I Love You

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500 N. Market Street • 302.994.1400

Spin for Jim

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All-You-Can-Eat-Crab Cruise on the Riverboat Queen

Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival

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Under the Stars Rooftop Movie Series

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Rockwood Park • 610 Shipley Road

ShopRite • 501 South Walnut Street

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SAT, JULY 14 - SAT, JULY 21

TUESDAY, JULY 17, 8PM

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 5PM

Delaware Shakespeare Fest: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Wilmington Beer Week

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MARKET STREET: Home Sweet Home Moving to Wilmington’s downtown appeals to all kinds of folks By Larry Nagengast Photo by Matt Urban

Above: Sandeep and Anu Nagpal in their 200 block apartment above Zaikka Indian Grill, which they own.

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estaurant owners Anu and Sandeep Nagpal are living like Wilmingtonians of generations past, in a secondstory apartment above their business in the 200 block of Market Street. Lolita Combs doesn’t own a business, but she also likes the idea of walking downstairs to work. Reversing a common practice in Delaware, Krystal Spencer commutes to work in Newark, but she’s happy to call Market Street home. And so is Alicia Olivant Fisher, a biomedical researcher at the A.I. du Pont Children’s Hospital north of Wilmington. Danny “Ace” Valentine, owner of the Dimensions & Co. by Ace clothing boutique, doesn’t live on top of his business. Having a place a couple of blocks away, within easy walking distance, is good enough for him. The Nagpals, Combs, Spencer, Olivant Fisher and Valentine have moved to put themselves on the cutting edge of a new Wilmington trend: living in the heart of downtown. The reasons for their moves differ and so do some of their perceptions of their neighborhood, but there is some growing statistical evidence that Market Street, once a prime business address, is gaining cachet as a place to live.

Consider this: • In the 200 block of Market, where Baltimore-based Streuver Brothers struggled for more than a decade to develop what was previously called the Ships Tavern District, the LOMA neighborhood is thriving. All 86 studio and one- and twobedroom apartments are rented, lead investor

Mike Schwartz says. • To the north, the Buccini/Pollin Group, redeveloper of much of the downtown and Riverfront areas, is building its residential presence with 25 second- and third-floor units in the 800 block and 21 more at 421 Market, across from the Queen Theater. That’s on top of the 280 units in the Residences at Rodney Square high rise at Ninth and Market. Most of the units in the 800 block are occupied, leasing began recently at 421 Market, and the Residences at Rodney Square have a 95 percent occupancy rate, says Sarah Lamb, BPG’s director of design and marketing. • Preservation Initiatives, another developer with a heavy stake in downtown revitalization, recently completed 10 apartments in the 400 block of Market. By mid-June, four units had been rented, including one to the owner of a street-level business, and property manager Linday McCoy expected most of the units to be rented by the end of the month. The reasons for living downtown are as varied as the people living there. Anu and Sandeep Nagpal moved to Wilmington in May 2011 and opened their Zaikka Indian Grill in the 200 block of Market three months later. In the tradition of the city’s merchants in the

late 19th and early 20th centuries, they rented an apartment over their business. “The business is like a little baby to us,” Anu Nagpal says. “It’s important that we live nearby.” The Nagpals came to Wilmington from Denver. Comparing the two, Nagpal says, “This is a quiet downtown.” Sure, with a couple of bars and four venues offering live music, it can get a little noisy on Friday and Saturday nights, “But noise could be anywhere,” she says. “Other than that, I don’t see any minuses.” But Nagpal sees plenty of positives in her neighborhood. It’s easy to walk for essentials (although she usually drives to the ShopRite on South Market Street, across the Christina, for groceries), for entertainment or to Tubman Garrett Park on the riverfront. “There are lots of good restaurants too,” she says, adding “We can’t eat Indian all the time.” And, she notes, “A lot of people seem to think downtown Wilmington is not safe. I don’t see any reason people should be asking the question.” Adds Schwartz, referring to LOMA, “This is the safest area in all of Wilmington. Period.” Lolita Combs, who lives upstairs from her job at Bloomsberry Flowers, made a move that was short in distance but huge in environmental change. “At Third and Washington, there was nothing going on, just the street and houses. Here, if I go out, I can do anything,” she says. Combs is a big fan of Extreme Pizza, with its live music and open mic nights. “You can go into businesses here, and people remember you,” she says. “And the neighbors are so open, they are willing to get to know you.” As convenient as it seems to live and work on the same block, that’s not the attraction for all Market Street denizens. Alicia Olivant Fisher left a single-family home on a wooded cul de sac in Chadds Ford to move into the LOMA district in January. “I wanted to live somewhere urban,” she says. She drives to work in the suburbs, but could take a bus if necessary. But she likes coming home to a neighborhood where “there’s stuff to do right outside your door.” In particular, she cites the music venues and theaters, stops on the monthly Art Loop, restaurants on the riverfront and a quick walk to the train whenever she wants to visit friends in Washington, D.C. “It’s awesome. All kinds of things are happening here,” she says. Krystal Spencer, a newcomer to Delaware, found her first postcollege job in Newark but decided to live in Wilmington instead. LOMA, she says, “is cool. It’s close to the riverfront and all the bars.” As urban areas go, she is finding Wilmington a little quieter than she had expected but, with a fulltime job, she appreciates living in a community where the population mix is more diverse than a college town. Danny “Ace” Valentine, who grew up on the city’s East Side and had his shop at 29th and Market before moving into LOMA, wants Wilmington to have a downtown that’s as bustling as other cities. “Fashion and art revitalize the community,” he says, pointing to Charlotte, N.C., Northern Liberties in Philadelphia, U Street in Washington, D.C., and Alexandria, Va., as examples. “I came here with the energy to breathe life into the neighborhood,” says Valentine, 34, noting that it takes much more than one person to produce lasting change. Some of his new neighbors may already be getting the message. “I can see this being my place for a long time,” says Spencer. “It’s exciting to be part of a neighborhood as it’s building up.”

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atie Reynolds’ spontaneous decision to shoot “Wilmington Skyline at Sunset” paid off. From the more than 100 photos submitted to Riverfront Wilmington’s panel of judges, and after the final round of voting, her photo was chosen as the favorite in the magazine’s 2012 Wilmington Riverfront Photo Contest. The winning shot happened one evening when Reynolds was walking her dog at the Riverfront. The colors of the sky, the buildings, and surrounding shrubbery caught her attention and she snapped a quick picture. She forgot about it until a few days later when she was talking with her aunt, who suggested she enter the photo in the contest. Though she’s only been serious about photography for two years, she has always had an interest in it. She finds it fun and

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rewarding, especially since she is primarily self-taught. Reynolds, who lives in Wilmington, never leaves the house without her Canon 5D Mark II, along with a number of lenses, including the 70-200mm f/2.8, 16-35mm f/2.8, and 85mm f/1.2. In order to achieve the vivid color in her photos, she uses High Dynamic Range imaging. Prints of Reynolds’ work can be purchased from her website: katiereynoldsphotography.smugmug. com. Last year, she was featured in an exhibit presented by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. This year she has two exhibits with the DNREC. One is at Killens Pond until the end of September, and the other will be at the Biden Center at Cape Henlopen State Park this month.

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JULY Riverfront Events

Pirate Sail on the Kalmar Nyckel July 1, 4, 7, 8, 14, 15. Sail times vary. Join the captain and a crew of salty pirates for a festive experience on the high seas aboard the Tall Ship of Delaware! Dravo Plaza. 429-7447; kalmarnyckel.org Go Fly A Kite July 3 (1-2:30pm) Join the Delaware Nature Society and harness the power of the wind with a do-it-yourself kite. All supplies included. Delaware Nature Society Member/ Non-Member: $7/$12 riverfrontwilm.com Christina River Cruise on the Kalmar Nyckel July 4, 6, 7 ,8, 13,15. 6pm but cruise times can vary. Sail aboard the Kalmar Nyckel, the Tall Ship of Delaware. Up to 49 souls can experience this three or one and a halfhour sail aboard this 17th Century Dutch pinnace that brought the first permanent European settlers to the Delaware Valley. No sailing skills are required, but while underway, you may participate in the operation of the vessel and help hoist and trim sails, as many hands make light work. Dravo Plaza 429-7447; kalmarnyckel.org

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INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION July 4, 4:00-9:45pm Festivities include: 4th of July Fireworks show, Grand Finale Concert of Patriotic and seasonal Musical Selections by the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, family activities and games as well as a host of food vendors. Ride the River Taxi for only $1 from 2-5pm and The Delaware Children’s Museum and DEEC will offer special programming. Tubman-Garrett Park Shipyard Summer Concert Series July 5, 7pm Free concert series under the colored cranes at Dravo Plaza. Concert attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy entertainment. Newark Community Band performs Dravo Plaza 425-4890, ext. 109; riverfrontwilm.com Crab Cruise on the Riverfront Queen July 5, 6 7pm Enjoy all the crabs you can eat as you cruise the Christina River. Reservations are required and space is limited, so purchase your tickets online now to reserve your spot. $44 adults; $14 children 10 and under Riverfront Queen is docked at the Public Dock behind Iron Hill Brewery Wilmingtonriverboat.com Mimi’s 5K Run & Family Walk July 7, 7:30am Registration at Harry’s Seafood Grill. Delawarehopsice.org/support-calendar Blue Rocks vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans July 7, 6pm Frawley Stadium bluerocks.com Blue Rocks vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans July 8, 1:30pm Frawley Stadium bluerocks.com

Dancing Dragonflies Camp July 9-13, 9am-noon Explore the world of insects. Look closely at an insect’s body to find how they are similar and different from ours. Create your own insect to take home. Search in the air and the water to discover where insects live, what they eat, and how they find food. Located at Public Docks behind Iron Hill Brewery riverfrontwilm.com Eco-Adventures July 9-13, 8:30am-3pm Explore the wild lands around DEEC and beyond, discovering nature in this unique Wilmington neighborhood. Go on a scavenger hunt and hide your own cache for geocaching and letterboxing activities. Take part in a kite-flying contest. Use marsh materials to build your own boat and compete in the DEEC America’s Cup. Canoe on the Christina River to end the week. DuPont Environmental Education Center riverfrontwilm.com Blue Rocks vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans July 9, 7pm Frawley Stadium Bluerocks.com Wednesdays on the Water Wine Cruise July 11, 5:30, 6:30 or 7:30pm Enjoy a wine tasting on the river, every Wednesday in June, July and August. Board at the Dravo Dock for a one-hour cruise with hand selected wines from Veritas Wine + Spirits. $15, must be 21 or older Dravo Plaza riverfrontwilm.com Blue Rocks vs. Potomac Nationals July 11, 7pm Frawley Stadium Bluerocks.com

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Wednesdays on the Water Wine Cruise July 11, 18, 25 5:30, 6:30 or 7:30pm Enjoy a wine tasting on the river, every Wednesday in June, July and August. Board at the Dravo Dock for a one-hour cruise with hand selected wines from Veritas Wine + Spirits. $15, must be 21 or older Dravo Plaza riverfrontwilm.com Blue Rocks vs. Potomac Nationals July 11, 7pm Frawley Stadium Bluerocks.com Slippery Fish July 12, 10-11:30am Find mummichogs, pumpkin seeds, bluegills, and more in a tidal pond. Look at these fish up close, count their fins, and touch their scales. Listen to a fish tale and eat a slippery snack. DuPont Environmental Education Center riverfrontwilm.com Blue Rocks vs. Potomac Nationals July 12, 7pm Frawley Stadium Bluerocks.com Shipyard Summer Concert Series July 12, 7pm Free concert series under the colored cranes at Dravo Plaza. Concert attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy entertainment. Larry Tucker Band performs Dravo Plaza 425-4890, ext. 109; riverfrontwilm.com

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Parents Night Out! July 13, 6:30-8:30pm Set mom and dad loose to have dinner along Wilmington’s Riverfront while you stay at DEEC and have all the fun with games, a scavenger hunt and an evening hike. Dinner provided. Parents receive a coupon for Timothy’s Riverfront Grill. DuPont Environmental Center riverfrontwilm.com

camera and take perfect photos like the pros! Explore the city, river and marsh by land and boat to take fantastic photographs of wildlife, flowers, architecture and historic relics. Meet local expert photographers, create a portfolio and photography exhibition for others to see and enjoy. Bring your own camera or use ours. DuPont Environmental Education Center riverfrontwilm.com

Blue Rocks vs. Potomac Nationals July 13, 7pm Frawley Stadium Bluerocks.com

Letterboxing July 18, 1-2:30pm Letterboxing is a unique combination of a treasure hunt, navigation, artistic expression and outdoor exploration. Learn more about this international activity while making your own personal stamp and letterboxing log. Then, try your navigation skills to find a series of letterboxes hidden at DEEC. DuPont Environmental Education Center riverfrontwilm.com

Life Without Limits 5K July 14, 7:30am Benefit for United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware Dravo Plaza 764-2400; races2run.com Digital Nature Photography July 14, 9-11am Say cheese! Learn the ins and outs of digital nature photography. Take a close-up of a dragonfly, shoot blooms, butterflies and blue gills. Experiment with unique perspective. DuPont Environmental Center riverfrontwilm.com Blue Rocks vs. Potomac Nationals July 14, 6pm Frawley Stadium Bluerocks.com Nature Photography Camp July 16-20, 8:30am-3pm Capture beauty through the lens of a digital

Shipyard Summer Concert Series July 19, 7pm Free concert series under the colored cranes at Dravo Plaza. Concert attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy entertainment. Elizabeth Knecht performs Dravo Plaza 425-4890, ext. 109; riverfrontwilm.com Dragonflies and Damselflies July 20, 10am-3pm Join Odonate expert/ author Hal White and Naturalist Jim White for a day searching for dragonflies and damselflies. Survey the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge, the lower portions of the Christina, Red

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Clay and White Clay Rivers as well as ponds, puddles, ditches and other wetlands in the area. Learn how to find, identify and enjoy these fascinating animals. DuPont Environmental Education Center riverfrontwilm.com Sunday Breakfast Mission Motorcycle Parade Run July 22, 10am Rock bands, food, vendors to benefit Sunday Breakfast Mission. Chase Center riverfrontwilm.com The Pond and Beyond Camp July 23-27, 9am-noon Get your feet wet and discover the many residents of DEEC’s pond. Use nets to catch tadpoles, nymphs and fish. Read stories about your favorite aquatic creatures. Take home crafts to show your family. Delaware Nature Society Member/ Non-Member: $140/$195 DuPont Environmental Education Center riverfrontwilm.com Wilmington’s Wild Side July 23-27, 8:30am-3pm Spend the week as an ecologist! Go on mini-safaris each day to find, catch, and examine wild creatures. Use specialized gear to catch toads, fish, and other marsh residents. Set up aquariums and terrariums to observe your finds up close. Track mammals and waterfowl and then make a plaster cast of a track. Observe birds and study water quality as you cruise down the Christina River on the River Taxi. DuPont Environmental Education Center riverfrontwilm.com

Blue Rocks vs. Frederick Keys July 23, 7pm $1 Dog Night and Reggy appearance Frawley Stadium Bluerocks.com Blue Rocks vs. Frederick Keys July 24, 7pm Frawley Stadium Bluerocks.com Blue Rocks vs. Frederick Keys July 25, 7pm Bluerocks.com Blue Rocks vs. Frederick Keys July 26, 7pm Frawley Stadium Bluerocks.com Shipyard Summer Concert Series July 26, 7pm Free concert series under the colored cranes at Dravo Plaza. Concert attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy entertainment. Alfie Moss & Dexter Koonce perform Dravo Plaza 425-4890, ext. 109; riverfrontwilm.com Blue Rocks vs. Carolina Mudcats July 27, 7pm Frawley Stadium Bluerocks.com Blue Rocks vs. Carolina Mudcats July 28, 6pm Frawley Stadium Bluerocks.com

HJMC’s 6th Annual 5K Run for Our Kids’ Health July 28, 8am Benefits Henrietta Johnson Medical Center. $18 pre-entry; $22 day of event Dravo Plaza Hjmc.org 18th Annual Peoples’ Festival July 28, 12:00 pm Paying Tribute to Bob Marley since 1995! Live music, internation food, worldwide arts & crafts, Beer Garden, and much more! Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park peoplesfestival.com Blue Rocks vs. Carolina Mudcats July 29, 1:30pm Frawley Stadium Bluerocks.com Things With Wings July 30-Aug 3, 8:30am-3pm With an insect net, magnifying glass, and binoculars…discover, catch and observe wildlife in flight! As camp flies by, find brilliant butterflies, darting dragonflies and many other six-legged animals! Hone your birding skills to create a checklist of species found at DEEC. Read stories, make crafts, construct your very own butterfly house and go on a field trip with an entomologist to count butterflies. DuPont Environmental Education Center riverfrontwilm.com

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Good Taste:

Arts & Beer By Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald

For all you arts and beer lovers, here are two events to make your heart “hoppy” and your taste buds sing.

Grand Summer: Jazz & Brews The Grand tunes up the season with its new Sunset Jazz Series, featuring live & local musicians every Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. And what pairs better than small plates and happy hour specials from Chelsea Tavern—guaranteed quality suds, including Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada selections. The series host, local musician Shaun Dougherty, wants to bring more jazz-listening opportunities out into our streets. The doors and windows of the Grand’s Sarah Bernhardt Room will be open so that the music and merriment can waft onto Market Street. “I wanted to expand the live jazz options downtown in a fun, casual way to unwind right after the work day,” says Dougherty. The Harry Spencer Trio kicks off the month on July 11, and Dougherty’s own trio follows on July 18. “I’m excited to see all the bands, but [my friends] Harry Spencer and Shawn Q are especially great to see live,” he says. There’s no cover, but there is a two-drink minimum. Check out the full schedule, which continues through the summer, at TheGrandWilmington.org/Salon.

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Get Ready for Shakes-Beer! “I would give all my fame for a pot of ale.” —Shakespeare, King Henry V Every summer, the Delaware Shakespeare Festival (“DelShakes” to those in the know)—now led by Artistic Director David Stradley—entertains us with words of The Bard. In this, the festival’s 10th season, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be presented on the elegant grounds of Rockwood -- with bonuses. Not only is there music written by DSO Music Director David Amado and choreography from First State Ballet Theatre’s Alex Buckner, there’s also a partnership with the hip new kid in town, Ulysses Gastropub, that gives this festival a “hoppy” new twist. Check your programs nightly for Ulysses’ special offers on beer (and wine) flights at their spot on Marsh Road only a short drive away. Ulysses’ beer menu is constantly evolving, with more twists and surprises than a Shakes plot itself, so make them your go-to, night-ending pint…I mean point. (I’ve heard Ulysses also will host the cast’s closing night party; if you’re lucky, maybe you’ll catch a bit o’ the Bard there as well.) Says Stradley: “If you love Shakespeare, Rockwood is the perfect place to see this play: outdoors, under the stars, with magic woods surrounding you. If you don’t love Shakespeare, DSF is the perfect way to see this play. It’s a social event mixed with great theatre.” For details of the festival go to delshakes.org.

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Ninth Street Book Shop Has a New Home

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If you’ve been a downtown regular in the last 35 years, the name Ninth Street Book Shop is probably familiar. The store and its enthusiastic owners, Jack and Gemma Buckley, have been a constant presence in the 9th Street area since the business opened in 1977. Now, after 35 years, the Buckleys are moving Ninth Street Book Shop to 730 N. Market St.— the corner of 8th and Market. The new location, however, will not bring a name change. The shop’s customers voted and they want the name to stay the same. But that’s about the only thing that will remain the same at the new location. The new store is a bright, beautiful place with exposed brick and historic charm—just the thing to take the business to a new level of success. Add to that a new social media strategy and a soon-to-be-created website, and you have a recipe for continued success. Stop in to visit Jack and Gemma or find them at facebook.com/ninthstreetbookshop. They’ve got books for every reader’s taste and their customer service can’t be beat.

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IMAX Is Coming Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more interesting in Wilmington, on June 14 officials broke ground for the city’s first IMAX theater. Penn Cinema’s 15-screen, ultra-modern theater will be constructed on the Riverfront over the next five months. The first full-length feature on the IMAX screen will be the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall. Check out riverfrontwilm.com for updates and information. New Trees for Rodney Square It’s out with the old and in with the new in Rodney Square these days. After nearly four years of planning, the City of Wilmington has launched the first phase of a landscape improvement project for that downtown area. The project is a collaboration among the City of Wilmington, the Delaware Center for Horticulture, and the Delaware Department of Transportation, with financial support from a host of public and private sources. The multi-faceted project includes replacing the sickly trees surrounding the square; upgrading the sidewalk, curbs, and curb ramps around the park; installing new pedestrian crosswalks and decorative lighting fixtures; and mitigating storm water runoff, which introduces pollutants to the park’s soil. Phase One of the project, estimated to cost $1 million, will address the 10th Street and King Street boundaries of the park. Phase one is scheduled for completion in mid-November. For more information on what’s happening, go to thedch.org. Farmers Markets Return What better way to spend your lunch hour or a few minutes after work than at the farmers markets in Wilmington? Every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Downtown Farmers Market takes over Rodney Square with more than 40 vendors selling fruit, vegetables, flowers, lunch specials and much more. Check out www. downtownvisions.org for details. And if you can’t slip out at lunch, you can always head to the Cool Spring Farmers Market on Thursday evenings from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. The market is held in Cool Spring Park at 10th and Jackson streets and features vendors selling cured meats, cheese, eggs, fruits, vegetables, flowers and much more. The market also features live entertainment each week. Go to westendnh.org for more information and check out csfarmarket. tumblr.com for photos.

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t’s always humorous when people talk about how “quiet Wilmington is in the summer,” how “everyone is at the beach” on the weekends, how “there’s nothing to do.” No matter how often those phrases are heard, they never cease to amaze—because the fact is the summer is when Wilmington is alive with so much to do. July kicks off this year with the return of the city’s Independence Day celebration. This year, it’s titled “The Red, White and Blue July 4th Celebration” and will be held on Wednesday, July 4, at Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park and along the riverwalk. Restaurants along the Riverfront will offer specials, and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra will perform a 90-minute concert of patriotic and seasonal music. Bring lawn chairs and enjoy the festivities. Keep an eye onwilmingtonde.gov for more information. After the holiday, the fun continues in the city this summer. Looking for a new and fun thing to do with the family? How about an outdoor movie? Check out the Spielberg Under the Stars Rooftop Movie Series at the Christina Crossing ShopRite’s rooftop parking deck every Tuesday in July and August. The series starts with Jaws on July 10. Presented by CityFest and the Kenny Family Foundation, this is a movie series not to be missed. For more information, go to facebook.com/UnderTheStarsRooftopMovieSeries. Be sure to keep up on everything happening in the city by signing up for WRC’s Downtown News—our weekly email that keeps you up to date on what’s happening in Wilmington each week. For a detailed calendar of events, check out the INWilmington website: inwilmingtonde.com. See you around town!

Staff Picks Every month we feature a few of the staff’s favorite things that are happening in the city. Our favorites for July include (in no particular order): 1. Ninth Street Book Shop moved to Market Street. Now located at 730 N. Market Street, at the corner of 8th and Market, the new shop is gorgeous and worth the visit. 2. Looking for that best-kept-secret lunch spot in town? We love The Grill—in the basement of the Hotel du Pont, it’s the perfect place for a great meal in a quiet environment. 3. Two side-by-side sidewalk cafes have sprung up on Market Street just in time for the summer weather. Check out Orillas and Ernest & Scott Tap Room for lunch or dinner al fresco. 4. And keep an eye out for these exciting new developments: NOSO Boutique is moving to 316 Market St. and should be open soon; Pochi Chilean Wine Bar & Restaurant is coming to West Ninth Street this summer.

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