The inspiration for a local craft brewery came from two places: close family ties and a home brew beer kit.
Nearly one year after opening its doors, Dew Point Brewing Co. has become a popular Yorklyn destination offering tasty stouts, ales and lagers, and the microbrewery is now offering a few more reasons to draw patrons to that revitalized industrial village.
Dew Point’s origins stem from a family’s shared love for beer and science.
In 2008, while attending college at the University of South Carolina, Alexa Hoffman’s interest in craft brewing landed her a home brew kit for Christmas. With the help of her father John, a chemist, and brother Cody they embarked on a family project that unknowingly would spur a family business.
Eager to learn more about beer making, Cody lucked out with his first job at Triumph Brewing in New Hope, PA. He later landed a job at Twin Lakes Brewing Company in Greenville and eventually attended brewing school in England, all the while soaking up as much beer knowledge as possible.
Inspired by his family’s newly found passion for craft brew, father John Hoffman realized he had all the working parts of a business model to start up a local business. Cody would brew the beer, John’s wife Georgiana would manage the business, and Alexa could oversee the brewery’s special events.
John’s nephew, Nick Matarese, owner of a creative firm in Wilmington, would market the brewery, helping provide a cool logo, menu designs and videos for their website.
Then began the search for a location to call home. Fortunately the Hoffmans only needed to look past their front yard.
In October 2013, John came across a dilapidated building in the Garrett Snuff Mill complex, built in 1901. John instantly felt right at home since his family has lived in Yorklyn for the past 30+ years. John sought the help of his brother Fran, a custom carpenter by trade, to bring the place to life.
Dew Point’s doors welcomed its first customers in August, and the establishment quickly instantly became a local favorite.
“We are really overwhelmed and excited by the reaction of our customers and the community,” said owner John Hoffman. “It’s been amazing to see our customer base continue to grow and so many regularly stopping by.”
They opened with five of their own micro brews on tap and now offer 10 or more, and they still brew everything on premise. After nine months in business they know the fan favorites: Hopworts Express – a west coast American style IPA, and Nit Wit – a Belgian wit beer, and those are always on tap.
Owner John Hoffman credits his son’s recipes for the many tasty offerings. “Most of Cody’s beers are influenced by European brewing styles, which are a little less hoppy. It opens up the craft beer to a larger base, and the customers really love it.”
Live music is also a new offering at the brewery. Typically every Saturday night, and sometimes on Friday nights, local musicians perform. Visitors can plan ahead by visiting their Facebook page.
Brew fans can stop by Wednesday – Sunday to enjoy a cold pint, sample a flight in the tasting room or pick up a growler to go. The tasting room doubles as a small tavern to enjoy the company of friends, or watch the games on TV.
Micro breweries in Delaware are not issued restaurant licenses. So Dew Point will continue to rely on food trucks (typically on Fridays) for that side of the business. Customers can also bring their own food. “We brew beer – we’re not food people,” Hoffman quipped.
If the weather’s nice, visitors are welcome to hang outside, play a round of corn hole or mini golf, or grab a bite to eat from the food trucks frequenting the establishment during the weekends. The outdoor area boasts plenty of space for parties, get togethers or simply kicking back, enjoying the charming Yorklyn surroundings.
Upcoming Dew Point Brewing Company Events:
Yorklyn Day – Sunday, June 4th 11am – 5pm: Brewery is open 11am- 8pm. Wandering Chef Food Truck will be on-site serving up delicious creations. Dew Point staff is hosting a disc golf lesson and demo.
Can You Dew It! 5K Summer Series & Happy Hour – Thursday, June 15th 6:30pm: 1000ft of elevation changes throughout 3.1 miles! “Do not do this series if you are afraid of hills… or if a beer at the finish is unappealing to you!” says Dew Point. In Dew Point fashion, a beer and food truck sandwich awaits every runner at the finish line.