Restore the King

Delaware's Gambrinus Statue


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.