Firefly Music Festival has been on my bucket list
since its inception in 2012. This year I finally got the chance to attend and I am so happy I did. The festival itself was amazing, the lineup was phenomenal, and the beer was better than past festivals I’ve attended. One of the sponsors is Delaware’s own Dogfish Head Brewery and they have a pretty nice area within the festival, “The Brewery.” It’s covered offering protection from the ridiculously hot Delaware sun and offered a lot of seating within listening distance of the main stage.
Now for the beer. Dogfish Head brews a special “Firefly Ale” every year that is exclusive to the festival. This year’s was an English style pale ale. Not my typical cup of tea, but it was nevertheless refreshing in the heat and well balanced with a bit of citrus. I also sipped on their very fittingly named Beer to Drink Music To ’17 and loved the tropical flavors. At less than 7% it was perfect to sip on under the sun while I listened to The Shins. "The Brewery" also released a beer each day of the festival at 4:00p.m. This was a nice little touch to make the popup brewery feel like the real thing.
Budweiser is also a sponsor of Firefly so for the attendees that aren’t as into craft beer or want a cheap drink it’s there. My main issue with this is that they had “happy hour” deals while Dogfish Head’s Brewery did not. Still the beer prices weren’t outrageous like some festivals, but it would have been nice to have an opportunity for a deal just as macro beer drinkers did.
Overall, I enjoy Dogfish Head so I was a fan and all of the bartenders were knowledgeable about the beers and friendly. To me those are the most vital aspects. (If you have been to a festival you know that these are often volunteers and most of the time do not know anything about the product they are selling.) This was definitely a plus, but I of course was still hoping for other craft beer options so here’s to hoping Firefly continues to add craft breweries to their vendors and fingers crossed that happy hour spreads a bit as well. Regardless the festival overall was well run and my first visit to Delaware was a blast.