On tap for this year's craft beer festival will be more than 50 local, regional and national craft breweries, live music on two stages, local gourmet food, vendors and colonial re-enactors showing how beer was brewed.

History and hops come together once again for the fifth annual Historic Odessa Brewfest Saturday, Sept. 8 from 12-6 p.m.

Although VIP tickets are sold out, general admission tickets for 2-6 p.m. are still available for the craft beer festival presented by the Historic Odessa Foundation and Cantwell’s Tavern at Historic Houses of Odessa, 202 Main St. (Route 299) in Odessa, just east of U.S. Route 13.

On tap for this year’s craft beer festival will be more than 50 local, regional and national craft breweries, live music on two stages, local gourmet food, colonial reenactors/beer brewers, as well as artisan vendors.

Delaware’s growing craft brewery scene will be well represented with 15 breweries participating, including, 3rd Wave, 16 Mile, Bellefonte, Big Oyster, Blue Earl, Brick Works, Crooked Hammock, Dogfish Head, Fordham & Dominion, Midnight Oil, Mispillion, Revelation, Stitch House, Twin Lakes and Volunteer Brewing.

Music, food and vendors

This year’s live musical line-up, presented on two stages, will feature perennial favorite, reggae evangelists Spokey Speaky, acoustic jazz and blues artist Bruce Anthony, versatile solo performer Tony Mowen, and new this year, modern country band A Different Breed.

Pairing fine craft beer with fine cuisine, attendees will have a choice of farm-fresh, local food provided by Cantwell's Tavern and the Roaming Raven Food Truck.

Vendors will include Delaware Growler, Guy & Lady Barrel Cigars, Jewelapalooza, Kinda Jerky Really Nutty (Beef Jerky), LulaRoe, Timber Fall Woodworking, UD Dairy, and the Alliance of Highway Safety. For a full list of vendors visit: https://www.odessabrewfest.com/vendors.

Brewing demonstrations

In addition to tasting some of the finest craft beers on the market, visitors will also have the opportunity to experience the colonial brewing process as beer historians and colonial brew masters Rich and Anna Wagner make beer on site, using historically accurate methods and materials with copper kettles, wooden barrels, hops and grains.

From their earliest days at the beginning of the 17th century, avid beer makers populated European settlements along both sides of the Delaware River. Making your own beer was as important a domestic craft as hearth cooking, tending a kitchen garden or spinning yarn. So it stands to reason that Historic Odessa (a once bustling colonial grain shipping port and vital Mid-Atlantic transportation hub of the 18th and early 19th centuries), should be the site of a craft beer festival in which today’s beer enthusiasts can step back more than 200 years to a pastoral setting befitting a celebration of grain, hops, fruits, herbs and time-honored brewing methods.

Ticket info

General admission tickets for 2-6 p.m. are $55. See the website www.odessabrewfest.com or call (302) 378-4119. Designated driver tickets are $15, only available at the gate the day of the event. Follow Odessa Brewfest news on Facebook at www.facebook.com/odessabrewfest.

The Historic Odessa Brewfest benefits the preservation, conservation and education efforts of the Historic Odessa Foundation, and its historic museum properties collectively known as the Historic Houses of Odessa – some of the best examples of Georgian architecture in Delaware, and the Mid-Atlantic region.

The presenting sponsor for the fifth annua Brewfest is Wilmington Trust. Event sponsors include Crouse Brothers, National HVAC Service, ATR Electrical Services, Patterson Schwartz, Charles Wallace Insurance, Nationwide, David A. Iobst, Certified Financial Planner; Town of Whitehall, Total Wine & More, and i.g Burton Smyrna.

Volunteers needed

Since not every brewery will be able to send a representative to pour beer, and help will be needed to keep the historic site clean, Historic Odessa Foundation and Cantwell’s Tavern are looking for volunteers for the day’s festivities.

For information on volunteering, call Cantwell’s at (302) 376-0600.