Delaware’s first brewery toasts slight but mighty First State at annual festival, featuring the return of Delaware-centric beer, 302 Lager.

MILTON, DEL. (FEB. 15, 2023) – Dogfish Head and 302 Horseshoe Crab are teaming up for the third consecutive year to host the Official 302 Day at Dogfish Head’s Milton Brewery, on Saturday, March 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Recognized as Southern Delaware Tourism’s “2022 Best Event,” 302 Day is a free admission event, featuring local libations and eats, lawn games, a Delaware spirit costume contest, live music, live band karaoke and the return of the brewery’s Delaware-centric beer, 302 Lager. 302 Horseshoe Crab will be having their annual sale and launching new co-branded merchandise with Dogfish Head for this year’s event.

“Keith and Karlin from 302 Horseshoe Crab have been instrumental in shaping not only our Delaware-centric 302 Lager but also the spirit of the event,” said Dogfish Head Founder & Brewer, Sam Calagione. “302 Day signals the start of spring and gets everyone excited for the sunny days ahead. I always look forward to celebrating with the local community that has long supported both of our brands.”

For the first time at 302 Day, Delaware State Parks will host a live auction, starting at 2 p.m., for a Low-Digit Surf Fishing Tag, with the number 95, commemorating the year that Dogfish Head was founded. Dogfish Head and Delaware State Parks are also teaming up to raffle off some great prizes, with proceeds being donated to Friends of Delaware State Parks, as part of Dogfish Head’s Beer & Benevolence Program.  

Originally released in 2023 to celebrate 302 Day, 302 Lager (5% ABV) is making a comeback for this year’s festivities. Ideated and crafted in collaboration with Keith Mosher and Karlin Maull, owners of 302 Horseshoe Crab, this crisp American Lager is brewed with thoughtfully sourced 2-row barley malt, heirloom variety corn and Sauvignon Blanc grape must. The label proudly showcases the iconic 302 Horseshoe Crab logo, representing Delaware’s state marine animal.

“The return of the 302 Lager is a big highlight for us,” said Mosher and Maull. “Last year, we helped Dogfish Head’s brewing team can the beer, but this year we had the opportunity to help brew it. Sometimes we forget about all the planning and energy that goes into brewing a beer. After being involved in the full process, we know it will make every sip of this year’s beer that much more enjoyable!”

302 Lager will be available on draft, for on-site consumption, and in 4pk/16oz cans to-go at Dogfish Head’s Milton Brewery and at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth, while supplies last. Priced at $15 per 4pk.


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Anne Neely
Author: Anne Neely

Born in Scotland, Anne developed a love for travel early on. Shortly after graduating from University in England, she moved to America where she was involved in running an Ocean City business. Anne has worked for for over five years and loves promoting Ocean City and the surrounding area that she now calls home.

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