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3rd Wave Brewing Company



A passion for brewing and surfing led to this small but mighty craft brewery

Established in 2012, 3rd Wave Brewing Co. is a microbrewery in Delmar, Delaware, a city known as “The Little Town Too Big for One State.” Here, in an old IGA grocery store, in a space that was previously home to Evolution Brewing Company, 3rd Wave is proudly brewing a variety of year round, seasonal, barrel aged and sour beers to satisfy any craft beer enthusiast. The brewery is owned by friends Lori Clough and Suellen Vickers and it is actually the only all female owned and run independent craft brewery in the entire state.

Lori and Suellen have been friends since the early 1990’s when they met on the boardwalk of Ocean City, Maryland and enjoyed the beach, surfing, and hanging out with friends. They went on to pursue successful careers, Suellen as a pediatric orthodontist and Lori in the medical science field, during which she spent five years living in Ireland making gluten free food. When Lori returned to Delaware in 2000, she and Suellen began visiting the ever increasing local craft breweries and became very interested in the growing industry. They started homebrewing together and even took some classes at Xtreme Brewing in Laurel, Delaware, to expand their breadth of knowledge.

When a brewing space became available in 2012, Lori and Suellen took the leap and jumped at the chance to make their brewing dream a reality. 3rd Wave Brewing Co. was on its way!

The name, 3rd Wave, was selected because, in surfing terms, the third wave is the best wave to catch. The surfing theme extends to the beer names and the beachy vibe of the brewery’s tasting room in Delmar.

Lori and Suellen hired John Panasiewicz to be 3rd Wave’s Head Brewer. John is very knowledgeable about craft beers, having brewed with Iron Hill Brewery in the past. His efforts have resulted in several awards for 3rd Wave’s wide range of handcrafted brews.

Since 2012, Lori and Suellen have been proudly sharing their love of the beach and craft beer with locals and visitors to Delmar, Delaware. Their motto for 3rd Wave is fittingly, ‘Good Friends, Good Waves, and Great Beer!’ We hope you enjoy the selections. Cheers!

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