Kicking off their third season as a beer garden and corn hole mecca at Wilmington’s Riverfront, Constitution Yards opened on Friday. The day wasn’t ideal for outdoor fun – with rain in the afternoon followed by wintery temps. But craft brew fans made the best of it, bringing family and friends to the outdoor eatery to have some fun and see what’s new this year.
One of the first noticeable changes is what’s missing. The owners decided to scrap two of the larger sand pits in favor for additional decking to make it easier for guests, especially in the evening, to navigate the area. And they’ve doubled up on the attractive low voltage string lighting.
There’s more to do at the Yards this year: Chippo — think golf meets cornhole — and glow-in-the-dark badminton have been added to the activities lineup. Jenga, Wiffle ball and the traditional and cornhole games are still there.
And there are new bites and beverages, including new craft brews and homemade sausages from Delaware Burger Battle winner Billy Rawstrom of Maiale Deli and Salumeria. The 10 or so draft beers include flavors from Dogfish Head, Victory, Flying Dog, Yards and other brewers. About two dozen specialty, craft and traditional canned brews round out the hops offerings.
For the first time, and starting next month, the 30,000 square foot seasonal beer garden will offer live music. But Constitution Yards General Manager Tim Lux says the music will limited to early evenings and weekend afternoons, a measure Lux hopes will placate fears of neighbors who are worried about noise from the area. A complete lineup and schedule will be available on the Constitution Yards Facebook page.
Photography by Carolyn Meade