Restore the King

Delaware's Gambrinus Statue

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Delawareonline Covers the King

By on September 12, 2017

Thanks to reporters Ryan Cormier and Jerry Habraken and The News Journal for providing exceptional coverage of the Restore the King campaign.

Click here to view the story and video at Delawareonline. 

Look for additional coverage on Restore the King in the forthcoming November edition of Out & About Magazine.

Delaware: A Brew Story Tickets on Sale

By on August 23, 2017

Get all dolled up in your glad rags on Saturday, September 2 and join us at Alapocas Run State Park’s Blue Ball Barn for Delaware: A Brew Story, a look back at the Roaring Twenties! From 5 to 10 p.m., our temporary “juice joint” will serve up tastings from Delaware breweries, jazz music, the history of Prohibition and booze in Delaware presented by John Medkeff, food trucks, raffles and much more. This event will be the bee’s knees—line up some dead soldiers, just don’t get zozzled! Last call is at 9:45 p.m. Must be 21 or older to attend; photo ID required. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit destateparks.com/BrewStory.

Food will be available for purchase from WildWich and Nyam Caribean.  Multiple raffle baskets will be up for grabs that include brewery merch, gift certificates, tour & tasting vouchers, and more.  The proceeds from ticket sales and raffles will benefit the “Restore the King” initiative, the Friends of Wilmington Parks, and Wilmington State Park’s School Programs Scholarship Fund.

This event is 21+ ONLY. Photo ID required to enter.

 Participating breweries include:
16 Mile Brewing Company
3rd Wave Brewing Company
Argilla Brewing Company
Bellefonte Brewing Company
Big Oyster Brewery
Blue Earl Brewing Company
Brick Works Brewings and Eats
Crooked Hammock Brewery
Dew Point Brewing Company
Dogfish Head Brewing Company
Liquid Alchemy
Midnight Oil Brewing Company
Mispillion River Brewing
Owls Brew
Revelation Craft Brewing Company
Stitch House Brewing

Wilmington Beer Fest to Benefit Restore the King

By on June 14, 2017

WILMINGTON, DE, June 14, 2017 – Today, Wilmington’s Chelsea Tavern and Ernest & Scott Taproom unveiled plans for the inaugural Wilmington Downtown Brew-Fest, which will take place along the 800 block of Market Street on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from noon until 7:30 p.m. The festival will feature over 100 local craft beers, food trucks, vendors, and live music.

A percentage of the event’s proceeds will be donated to the Friends of Delaware’s Gambrinus Statue’s Restore the King campaign.

Further details will be announced in the coming days. In the meantime, pre-sale tickets can be purchased here

Charitable Group Obtains Tax-Exempt Status, Advances Plans For Statue Restoration

By on February 7, 2017

WILMINGTON, DE, Feb. 7, 2017 – The Friends of Delaware’s Gambrinus Statue, Inc. has been recognized as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service, a key milestone in the newly-formed group’s effort to restore Delaware’s 135-year-old King Gambrinus statue.

From 1882 until 1962, this icon of Delaware industry stood atop a second story perch of the Diamond State Brewery, formerly at Fifth and Adams streets in Wilmington. The king was removed prior to demolition of the brewery in 1962 to make way for the interstate through the city. The statue was then relocated to the old King’s Inn restaurant on Naamans Road in suburban Wilmington, where it remained for nearly a decade. The 11-foot tall, zinc statue was dropped and shattered in 1978. Gambrinus’ remaining pieces have been in storage for almost 39 years awaiting restoration.

The Friends group has received estimates of approximately $100,000 to complete the statue’s restoration. Plans call for Gambrinus to be donated to the Delaware History Museum for permanent public display.

To learn more about this exciting project, please visit www.RestoreTheKing.com.

 

Discount available to Delaware: A Brew Story event

By on August 17, 2016

For a limited time, receive a $5 discount per ticket when you enter code RestoreTheKing when purchasing tickets online for the “Delaware: A Brew Story” event taking place at Blue Ball Barn at Alapocas State Park in Wilmington, DE, Saturday, September 3, 2016.

Join us for a fun evening celebrating the past and present of brewing in Delaware. Enjoy samples of Delaware craft beverages, gourmet food trucks, live music, beer history presentations, and an appearance by the First State’s 134-year-old king of beer, Gambrinus.

If you purchase a VIP ticket, you will receive a complementary pint glass featuring the Restore the King and Delaware: A Brew Story logos.

Tickets are available here.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Friends of Delaware’s Gambrinus Statue’s effort to restore the king.

Gambrinus Featured on WHYY TV-12

By on June 5, 2016

Watch WHYY TV-12’s special program Dela-Where Else?, featuring a spot on the history and future of Delaware’s Gambrinus statue.

Event to benefit Restore the King

By on June 1, 2016

Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 3, 2016, as the second annual “Delaware: A Brew Story” event returns to historic Blue Ball Barn at Alapocas State Park in Wilmington, DE.

Join us for a fun evening celebrating the past and present of brewing in Delaware. Enjoy beer samples from many of Delaware’s breweries, gourmet food trucks, live music, beer history presentations, and an appearance by the First State’s 134-year-old king of beer, Gambrinus.

Last year’s event sold out, so watch this website and Blue Ball Barn at Alapocas State Park’s Facebook page for details and ticket information in the coming weeks. Don’t miss out.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Friends of Delaware’s Gambrinus Statue’s effort to restore the king.

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