Lewes, DE — Even as the Shore gets pummeled with a wintry mix of rain, snow and high winds well into the first week of spring, Crooked Hammock is looking forward to warmer weather with the second-year release of their spring seasonal. Hand of Buddha Cream Ale will be released on March 23 at 5 p.m., and will be available on draft and in six-packs of 12-ounce cans.

“We’re really excited for this one to come out,” owner Rich Garrahan said. “This beer sold out in ten days last year, which is incredibly fast for us at the pub.”

With an ABV of 5.6%, the brewery describes the upcoming release as the perfect beer to enjoy while warmer weather descends on the Mid-Atlantic Shore. Hand of Buddha is a traditional Cream Ale brewed with Buddha’s Hand fruit and Madagascar vanilla bean to provide vanilla undertones and an overall refreshing citrus flavor.

“Buddha’s Hand fruit is truly unique and from the first time I saw it, I knew we had to make it,” said Crooked Hammock brewer Jon Schorah. “It blends perfectly with the reviving cream ale style and fits our brand perfectly. We are all about sessionable beers that are unique, full of flavor and perfect for the beach.”

The release party for Hand of Buddha will be held at Crooked Hammock Brewery on Friday, March 23 at 5 p.m. Kegs will be tapped and 6-packs and cases will be for sale at the door.

Crooked Hammock encourages people to arrive early to ensure they get their hands on the cans, as tickets were not pre-sold for this release. The first 100 people to order a pint of the new release will receive a limited edition commemorative glass to take home. Hand of Buddha will be available on tap and in liquor stores throughout the state of Delaware in the weeks to follow.


Kristin Helf
Author: Kristin Helf

Kristin is a writer and picture-taker in Ocean City, Maryland. She likes puppies, pumpkin ales and watching movies for the Ocean City Film Festival in her spare time.

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