Posted on: April 11, 2024

Rule 911, proposed by the OABC Commissioner, is a regulatory change that would allow small breweries, such as Wilmington Brew Works, to distribute thier own products!

Delaware is one of less than 10 states to where independent brewers do not have the ability to Distribute our own product. Instead, Delaware law requires that a 3rd party wholesaler buy from breweries and sell to restaurants and retailers. All of our neighboring states have some sort of limited self-distribution. Adoption of Rule 911 will be a huge win for small and independent brewers in Delaware. We’ll be able to work closely with bars, restaurants and venues here in Wilmington to ensure they have fresh, locally made product, at reasonable prices. (No Middle-Man Markup!)

The proposed rule is currently in a comment period (through May 1, 2024). The Delaware Brewer’s Guild has put together an information page and template email at this link: RULE 911

Here’s our proposed email for you to copy and paste (and embellish) to send to (Note, these comments are entered into the public record.)

Dear Commissioner,

I am writing in strong support of the adoption of Rule 911, allowing limited self-distribution for small breweries in Delaware.

This rule change will allow Delaware breweries to effectively compete in the marketplace during an era of intense competition from out-of-state breweries. It will put Delaware breweries on a level playing field with out-of-state Breweries. Delaware is one of less than 10 states that currently don’t allow self-distribution. All of Delaware’s neighboring states allow it in some form.

The adoption of this rule will enable my local brewery, Wilmington Brew Works, and other Delaware Breweries to distribute product to my neighborhood restaurants, bars and liquor stores. This will allow for a more diverse selection, fresher product, and cost benefits for businesses and consumers alike. This is a win for Delaware small businesses and allows Delaware to continue to embrace it’s local culture.

Thank you for your consideration. Cheers!

We are looking forward to enjoying more Wilmington Brew Works Beer and Cider in locations all around Wilmington. Thank you so much for your support!


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