Restore the King

Delaware's Gambrinus Statue

2018 Recap / King Gambrinus Day Challenge Update

By on January 3, 2019

Happy 2019 to friends and supporters of King Gambrinus! At the start of the new year, we wanted to take the opportunity to update you on the steady progress our organization made during 2018 in our effort to restore Delaware’s historic icon of beer, the King Gambrinus statue.

In April, just in time to celebrate King Gambrinus Day, we received a generous pledge from an anonymous donor, who offered us $5,000 if we were able to match that amount in donations in the coming year. Thus far, we have met 59% of that goal. We hope that you’ll consider donating towards the cause here on our site to help us meet the remaining $2,000 needed before April 2019.

Over the summer and fall of 2018, the Friends of Delaware’s Gambrinus Statue (FDGS) received volunteer assistance from a museum professional to help us meticulously photograph and catalogue the existing statue pieces. This project will be of great value as we move forward in seeking consultation with restoration companies.

In the early fall, we also landed a more secure, temperature-controlled storage solution for the statue’s pieces. With the assistance of volunteers, we successfully moved nearly a ton of zinc parts to the new location without incident. While more costly, the new location will allow us to better control and preserve the statue while we continue to raise funds for restoration.

Throughout 2018, FDGS was also pleased to take part in several craft beverage events, a couple of which we were main benefactors. The ticket proceeds from the Wilmington Downtown Brew Fest in August benefited FDGS for the second year running. Though attendance was down because of the poor weather, the event was again expertly organized and well-run by Chelsea Tavern. For the third consecutive year, we partnered with the Friends of Wilmington Parks on the Delaware: A Brew Story event at Blue Ball Barn in Alapocas State Park. FDGS also proud to have participated in October’s Odessa Brewfest. Thanks to all of the organizers, volunteers, beverage companies, and vendors who assisted with those events. And, of course, thanks to those of you who donated to receive the always popular Gambrinus Goblets. We hope to participate in each of these and other events in 2019.

FDGS is anxious to share our plans for the year ahead, which we’ll do with you very shortly. In the meantime, we offer thanks for your continued support – financial and otherwise. We really won’t be able to save the most significant artifact from Delaware’s Golden Age of brewing without your assistance.

Won’t you please consider donating to help us meet our $5,000 matching fund goal by April? We’re more than half-way to meeting the King Gambrinus Day Challenge and can turn $5,000 into $10,000 with your help.

Thanks you for your consideration.