Restoration Brew Worx hosts grand opening in Delaware

Anthony Dominic, Crave

A few weeks after quietly opening its doors to the public, Delaware's second microbrewery, Restoration Brew Worx, hosts its grand opening today. The 70-seater Sandusky Street brewpub opens at 4 p.m., with food service starting at 5 and the new house porter being tapped at 6:30.

Restoration is the brainchild of five tight-knit partners, with Frank Barickman leading brewery operations. If you ever had Columbus Brewing Co.'s Big Frank Belgian IPA-this is that Frank. Barickman is a longtime homebrewer and grand master and exam director for the national Beer Judge Certification Program.

"I'm a big hop-forward person, but we're also very devoted to drinkability," Barickman says. "We want to make beer that you're going to enjoy, going to want more than one of and keep coming back for."

Restoration's opening lineup includes Simple, a sessionable English mild; Back-Breaker, a dry German ale; Delicious, a tart Belgian wheat; Judgement, a citrusy American-style IPA; and Big Bag of Judgement, a bold Belgian-style IPA with tropical fruit notes. Barickman plans to add a saison, imperial IPA and house root beer to the lineup in coming months. Eventually, he also hopes to distribute a limited number of kegs locally.

"The flavors are going to keep changing with the seasons," he says of the beer. "I also don't want to have 20 different beers. I want seven to 10 to remain fresh and rotate regularly."

House beer is heavily incorporated into Restoration's food menu. Highlights include house-made burgers, a deconstructed BLT salad, house pretzels with ale cheese and chicken and waffles with dark beer-infused maple syrup.

Restoration is open 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Barickman says lunch hours may be added later this summer.