Upon repeal in 1933, Bavarian-Luxberger, Delmarva, and Kruger took turns operating the old Bavarian brewery facility, before it shuttered for good in 1951. The operators of the old Stoeckle brewery, the Diamond State Brewery Company, fared better, but only slightly so. They also fell victim to larger, better-funded national and regional breweries, and closed in 1954, after 18 years in business. It would be more than 40 years before Wilmington had a brewery it could again call its own, when the short-lived Rockford Brewing Company opened its doors in 1995. With the opening of Stitch House Brewing Company, beer is back again on Wilmington’s scenic “main street”. Stitch House is proud to be located in the heart of one of the America’s oldest brewing cities, and part of a great tradition that extends from Wilmington’s first European settlers to its resourceful.
Quakers to its 19 th century lager barons. The same high-quality Wilmington-brewed beer associated with names like Shipley, Sheward, Krauch, Hartmann, Fehrenbach, Stoeckle, and Eisenmenger will once again be served on Market Street. Wilmington beer for Wilmingtonians and anyone else who enjoys a good pint of ale or lager.
-Source: Brewing In Delaware by John Medkeff Jr. (Arcadia Publishing)