Restore the King

Delaware's Gambrinus Statue

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Downtown Brew Fest to Benefit Restore the King

By on June 19, 2019

WILMINGTON, DE, June 18, 2019 – For the third consecutive year, Wilmington’s Downtown Brew Fest returns to the 800 block of North Market Street on Saturday, August 10 from noon until 7:00 p.m. Downtown Brew Fest has become one of Wilmington’s premier summer events. The event is not only a good time, but event proceeds benefit Restore the King, the campaign to renovate Delaware’s King Gambrinus statue.

A $40 general admission ticket (with entry at 1:00 p.m.) includes samples from among more than 100 beers, representing more than 50 breweries. In addition, live music will be provided by three local acts and two DJs. Food will be available for purchase on site from two food trucks and 11 area restaurants.

A VIP admission is $55 and includes all of the benefits of a general admission ticket, plus early event entry at noon, special brews, beer-friendly finger foods served in the VIP area, and free LYFT incentives. VIP tickets are limited.

Purchase your event tickets online. General admission pre-sale tickets are available for just $30 when purchased online by July 10.

The event will also feature the third annual Market Street Home Brew Competition with generous prizes for the winners. Home brew participants are encouraged to contact Joe Van Horn at Chelsea Tavern for contest details at (302) 482-3333.

King Gambrinus Day Challenge Met

By on June 18, 2019

You did it! Because of your generous support, the King Gambrinus Day Challenge has been met!

Thanks to everyone who donated to this campaign. You met the match and helped turn an anonymous $5,000 donation into $10,000!

While this fund-raising goal has been satisfied, much hard work remains to Restore the King.

We look forward to sharing exciting news about the King Gambrinus statue project in the weeks and months ahead. In the meantime, it’s never too late to donate to help save this important Delaware icon.

Final Days of the King Gambrinus Day Challenge

By on April 10, 2019

On April 11, 2018, King Gambrinus Day, Restore The King received a fund-raising challenge from a donor who wished to remain anonymous. The individual pledged to donate $5,000 to the campaign provided Restore The King could obtain $5,000 in matching funds by the next King Gambrinus Day, April 2019. That day is now here.

We could really use your help now. At present, the Friends of Gambrinus have raised $3,731.67 or 75% of the targeted goal. We are just a bit over $1,200 short of the goal. Help us turn $5,000 into $10,000.

If you have value our campaign and would like to help us restore Delaware’s king of beer to his rightful throne, making him available for all of the public to enjoy, now is the time to contribute. We simply cannot keep this campaign moving forward and renovate this historic Delaware icon without your support. Yes, every dollar truly does help us inch towards our $5,000 goal, no matter if it’s $1 or $100.

Won’t you please contribute by placing a secure donation?

The Friends of Gambrinus is a non-profit organization and your donation may be tax deductible.

Brew Bus History Tour To Benefit Restore The King

By on March 12, 2019

Purchase your tickets now for First State Brew Tours’ unique history tastings and tours of a modern day meadery and brewery, and guided walking tours of historic meadery and brewery locations. Proceeds from the event benefit Restore The King.

Visit First State Brew Tours’ website to purchase tickets for this event.

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.

Second Annual Downtown Brew-Fest to Benefit Restore the King

By on July 18, 2018

WILMINGTON, DE, July 18, 2018 – For the second consecutive year, Wilmington’s Downtown Brew-Fest returns to the 800 block of North Market Street on Saturday, August 11 from noon until 7:30 p.m. Last year’s inaugural Brew-Fest was an unqualified success. Not only was a good time had by attendees, but the event raised money for Restore the King, the campaign to renovate Delaware’s King Gambrinus statue.

A Brew-Fest admission ticket includes beer samples from among more than 100 beers, representing more than 50 breweries. In addition, live music will be provided by three local acts and two DJs. Food will be available for purchase on site from two food trucks and 11 area restaurants.

VIP admission includes early event entry, special brews and beer-friendly finger foods served in the VIP area, and free LYFT incentives.

The event will also feature a homebrew competition. Participants are encouraged to contact Briana Gordon at Chelsea Tavern for details at (302) 482-3333.

Proceeds from Downtown Brew-Fest will again benefit Restore the King.

Tickets can be purchased online at VIP admission (12:00-7:30 entry) is $55 and general admission (1:30-7:30 entry) is $40.

King Gambrinus Day Challenge Is On! Donate Now.

By on May 15, 2018

















May 15, 2018 — The Friends of Delaware’s Gambrinus Statue (FDGS) offers its gratitude to those who have provided encouragement and kind words of support over the last year for the Restore the King campaign, our effort to save Delaware’s Gambrinus statue. To those who have already contributed, we extend our sincerest thanks. To those who have not yet done so, now is the perfect chance to demonstrate your interest in saving this significant Delaware cultural artifact.

This year on April 11, King Gambrinus Day, FDGS received a generous donation from an anonymous source. The donor pledged $5,000 to the campaign, provided we match their donation with an additional $5,000 before April 11, 2019. The King Gambrinus Day Challenge is officially on!

We have catalogued the Gambrinus statue’s more than 60 pieces, which remain in safe storage. FDGS will use a portion of the King Gambrinus Day Challenge funds to obtain a 3D laser scan of a similar existing statue. This will help us procure the most accurate bids possible from restoration experts and eventually allow for precise recasting of our statue’s missing and damaged parts.

Won’t you help keep the Restore the King project moving rapidly forward with a donation now? We can only meet the King Gambrinus Day Challenge with your financial assistance. Every little bit of support gets us closer to meeting our goal. Click here to help save King Gambrinus.

FDGS is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (EIN# 81-4606921). All or part of your gift to our Restore the King campaign may be tax deductible as a charitable contribution. Please check with your tax advisor.

Thanks for your consideration.


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.

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


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.