Thompson Island chefs concoct new styles of beer | Food

Two of Thompson Island Brewing’s chefs have collaborated with master brewer Jimmy Valm to create their own beer recipes.

“Good beer ideas come from all over the company,” said Matt Patton, COO of SoDel Concepts, owner of Thompson Island Brewing Company and 11 other coastal Delaware restaurants.

Chef Lou Ortiz crafted “Waiting for Summer,” a double guava IPA inspired by the way his family practiced hospitality: Guests visiting his home were often treated to guava toast as a snack. It started with the maltier base of the double IPA and pitted the bitterness against the sweetness of the guava.

Chef Joe Charles, meanwhile, was inspired by seasonal ingredients and created “Rogue Wave”, a Thai basil witbier – a smooth mouthfeel complemented with herbs and spices for a spring drink.

“Our chefs know rare ingredients that work perfectly when combined with beer,” explained Patton, who oversees the hotel company’s beer program. “These beers are unique and unlike anything we have brewed to date.”

Waiting for Summer is currently available in draft and cans. Rogue Wave will be released the first week of March. Visit for more information.

All SoDel Concepts locations are open with on-site and take-out catering. Visit for a list of restaurants.