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Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
320 Rehoboth Ave
phone: (302) 226-2739
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
DC (for a New Year’s with strangers), the long way around. Hard time on the highway lite for shore points south. If it’s traficcy now, then it must be absurd during the warm weather months. Screw that, I would just set up in the spring and not leave ‘til the fall. Long overdue for a trip down Rehob way. Dear Sam, I’m a-comin’ to collect my case of Festina Lente…
A goddamn mob scene, but we circumvented the ½ hour wait on a table by scoring 2 seats at the bar, a long “L” shaped deal, light slat wood topped with a black wood base & foot space, and seating for 21 just now. My seat at the bar puts me nose to nose with my mortal enemy, Randall, the dirty bong enamel animal. I hate you, Randall, and the door you’ve opened for asshole bar owners to screw with other people’s beers. I hate you, Randall. Right alongside, a long wood tap box on center with nondescript handles on all but 2, and some stray singles further down with a hand pump in between. Seems there are more taps sunken below at the end of the bar with a weighty glassware rack hanging above.
Barback is a black counter over green cupboards below. Glass front cupboard on one end with DFH boozings; Jin, Vodka & Rum. Shorty tiered booze piece melding into a logo’d up window with booze lining the sill, and another green themed tiered piece further down with 750’s displayed and some glassware. Shelved 4 & 6 packs above, and growlers and shirts atop. An ‘off centered spirits’ board over the cupboard, a flat screen over the center window, and another one on the end. DFH wood fish pieces about 3’ long, green with beers printed on them in white, hang by chains from the rafters above the bar.
Open room with beige wide slat wood walls all around. Large “think global, eat & drink local” board on the far wall, along with framed prints & b/w pics, and a logo mirror. Slat wood floors, and rafter ceilings with ducts blended, strung white lighting lined & spinny fans hiding the A-framedness above. A suspended canoe above just because and another in the front corner off the wall. Drop lanterns over the bar, and track & sunken spots about. See thru service kitchen to the rear, and peeks in on the brew room behind glass at the end of the bar. A dozen tables adjacent to the bar from the windows back to the small platform stage at the foot of the stairs to the distillery, and a ½ dozen booths on the far wall.
Sampler is 5 for $5, totally the way to go before committing to off center who knows what. Currently, 20something beers up; 7 full time year rounders (60 & 90 Minute IPA’s, Raison D’etre, Indian Brown Ale, Chicory Stout, Shelter Pale Ale, Lawnmower Light), 7 limited releases (Midas Touch, Palo Santo Marron, Burton Baton, Chateau Jiahu, Pangea, Olde School Barleywine, World Wide Stout), and 7 off centered offerings (Snowblower Ale, Poppaskull, Johnny Rawton Pils, Pain Relievaz Porter, My Antonia, DFH Ale, Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew). And the cask 75 Minute IPA, which kicked not long after opening.
Chose 5 for my sampler; the Chateau Jiahu (a big damn beer at 10%, you get the honey all right), Snowblower Ale (spicy Belgian Pale Ale, 7%, real fuckin’ good, especially as it warms), Poppaskull (strong Belgian golden, 9.5%, another big beer), Pain Relievaz Porter (impy porter 7.5%, with shiraz grape juice), My Antonia (hoppy ass pils, 7.5%, doesn’t suck), and then had a shorty of the Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew (9% impy stout, roasty & burnt in a good way). The Snowblower Ale, Pain Relievaz Porter & Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew were the best of what I had, although the bottles of the Indian Brown we took to go were so goddamn fresh, I’ve never had ‘em so good.
Soup of the day is the 90 Minute IPA beef stew, a bowl, the approximation of twice as good as a cup. And the marinated tuna steak on grilled black bread with tomato ginger salsa, served with baby straw fries. The sandwich was really good, I gone woofed it down. She had the smoked chicken quesadilla gone veggie. No chicky, no bacon. She loved that quesadilla, citing “It was delicious”. I sampled and must say, that there jack cheese lends some pleasant heat.
Now explorin’ some, up the corner stairs to where the upstairs is. A dozen and a half mix & match tables, a single booth and a pair of hightops. Distillery views of what am I looking at exactly on the far end, and slight gaming to the rear (2 pool tables, darts, 2 pinball machines (one of which is Batman Dark Knight, I could just sit here all day and look at the picture of Maggie Gyllenhaal except I’m out of beer just now), and a video game hybrid (rolling Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr. into a single machine seems counterproductive).
Also, an exterior store out front from where one would buy stuff, and a small outside seating area parkinglotside. Service was pleasant, they know their deal. Decent tunes, chill house, good food. Beer was fresh but then, there’s no good reason it wouldn’t be. I’d play here again if down this way. When at the beach…
07-08-2011 22:19:27 |
More by slander
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
This is a terrific place to visit if you find yiourself in the beach town of Rehobeth. What can be said about the beer, its one of the top breweries on the planet. Food was excellent as well, we sat up stairs, service was very quick and friendly. They also have music here. We saw a smokin show by NRBQ, catch them if you can, lots of good music and alot of fun. Anyway back to the review. Great beer, pleasant room, they allways attract a large and fun loving crowd, great food, ton of fun athmosphere. This is a must hit if you're anywhere close!
05-14-2004 16:06:48 |
More by Billolick
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats is the ONLY reason that I trek down to (s)lower Delaware to go camping. The restaurant is like an old crab shack. Very relaxed, very cool. There's a long bar to chill at, a medium sized dining room, an outside patio and an upstairs for weekend nights. They book EXCELLENT bands and always have good beers on tap. This is the kind of place that you could hang out at all day long, except that most of the beers are pretty potent. I usually go for both lunch and dinner, two days in a row, because the food is so good. The wood oven pizza is great, and the last time I was there I had an appetizer of green mussels (from New Zealand?) that were great. Take some brew back to camp to enjoy around the campfire and you're set. A really great little restaurant!
07-18-2002 18:20:24 |
More by NeroFiddled
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
Second trip for the wife and myself to the Dogfish Head brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
This place seems to be perennially packed, regardless of seasons, times, days and hours. Always. Incredibly. Packed. We go in the off-season and it's still packed, can't imagine how it would be in the middle of summer! Maybe during the week is better?
The inside is fairly normal, like a big warehouse with no divisions. When you're at the door, you can see the whole place. Bar right there, dining room right there, kitchen right behind. It's like a gigantic Montana log cabin marooned by the beach in Delaware. Cozy and woody, but could benefit from an expansion or dividing the bar and the dining room.
I like that it is a comfy place, even when you are -as we were- seated in a cramped table right behind a three-people-deep busy bar. But, don't go on a Saturday night or whenever there's live music. It gets way loud and crazy.
Service was incredibly efficient in the dining room, hence my high rating. Despite the crowds, our waitress managed to always be attentive, nice and knowledgeable.
The beer selection is of course the star here, with all the Dogfish beers you can imagine and then some. Palo Santo, Midas Touch, Old School; and 60, 90, Raison d'Etre... the works. I only wish they had World Wide Stout on tap.
Also a nice selection of aged brews, like an '07 Olde School for $16, or a Raison d'Extra '06 for $18.
They had some brewpub-only beers on tap: Odd-Umm (which the wife said tasted like a vodka-tonic, but I thought its sweetness was yummy); Quartier Rouge (my favorite, a perfect Belgium, balanced sweetness); Bed Burglar (the wife said it tasted like Killian's Red); Shark Beer (weird but OK, too dry); Oktoberfest (too bready and gamey, didn't like) and My Antonia (flat-out bad, tasted like glue).
The best of the exclusives were DFH Ale and 75 Minute IPA on cask.
The only food we tried was the Chesapeake Pizza, with crab and asparagus, absolutely delicious!! I have noticed a change in the food menu- they now try to emphasize local ingredients as much as possible.
Prices are high, no question about it. Pizza is $13, feeds one. Pints are $5.50. Tastings are $2 and $1. Empty growlers are $6 and $18 for a refill of premium brews like DFH Ale or 90 Minute. Merchandise is nuts, like $27 for a flimsy t-shirt.
These are New York prices in an already-expensive beach town!
But I assume most of us only visit the brewpub once or twice a year, so it is worth splurging and enjoying. Love Dogfish!!!
11-09-2010 15:16:34 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Seeing as I currently live on the East Coast, I've been meaning for some time to make the short drive (relatively speaking) from Baltimore out to Milton and Rehoboth Beach.
After partaking of the enjoyable brewery tour in Milton, I braved the horrors of weekend traffic in Rehoboth Beach to stop by the original home of Dogfish Head. Just as a warning for those who are unaware, Rehoboth Beach is itself a very popular tourist destination, and apparently quite a few people are convinced that the brewpub needs to be part of their tourist experience. I stopped by around 2:30 on a Saturday afternoon and the place was flat out packed. There was a 20 to 30 minute wait for a table when I arrived, and when I left nearly an hour later (now around 4:00) there was still a 20 to 30 minute wait.
As for the brewpub, it has a very beach-like vibe, with wooden floors, a canoe attached to the ceiling, the expected DFH posters and paraphenalia on the walls, and several flat screen TV's turned to various sporting events over the bar. As you walk in from the street, you're immediately in the dining area, with a fairly long bar off to your right (holding around 20 seats I would imagine). The place is completely informal, with a very relaxed vibe and atmosphere (I just wish it wasn't so crowded).
Service was a bit slow the day I was there, but I attribute that to the mob scene in attendance this day. Otherwise, my server was very pleasant and friendly, and apologetic over my wait for food and beer (not that it was in any way her fault).
As for the beer selection, naturally there's nothing but DFH beers on tap, but I think they had between 16 and 18 different beers, including 5 "brewpub only" experimental selections. I was told that the brewpub is where Sam C. likes to test out some of his latest experiments, and if they're popular enough, they may eventually become part of the regular line-up (we were told during the tour that this is what happened with Namaste). I thought everything I tried was pretty decent, and especially enjoyed the experimental batch of 120 minute IPA (different hops than the regular 120 minute I was told). Also, while the brewpub menu mentions that you can order a taster platter of their core beers (pale ale, chicory stout, 60 minute, etc.), it appears you can get a sampler size of any of their other beers as well (prices vary, naturally).
The food I ordered was OK. I was intrigued by the antelope burger sliders, and so went with that. It consisted of three sliders and an order of fries. While tasty and filling, it was hardly anything memorable. For the most part, the brewpub appears to serve your standard pub grub in good size portions. While I don't get the impressoin that quality is outstanding, the prices were fair and, as alredy mentioned, the portions ample.
All things considered, I had a pretty nice time at the DFH brewpub, and wouldn't hesitate to stop by again if I happened to be in the area. However, unless you are a huge DFH fan, I wouldn't make a special trip to visit. Most of the beers there can be found fairly easily elsewhere, and there's nothing really pleasant about driving to Rehoboth Beach, driving around Rehoboth Beach, and then looking for parking in Rehoboth Beach. Pretty sure I won't be back.
10-08-2010 19:26:20 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
When driving down Rehoboth Aveneue it would be hard not to see this place. The place is very casual as plenty of families fill the tables, so don't be surprised to see a lot of little kids here. The bar was surprisingly empty, but it was lunch time. Several boats hang from the ceiling giving you that beach feeling.
What else can you say about the great beers from DFH. The had a nice selection of 60 Minute, 90 Minute, Chicory Stout, Indian Brown Ale, Raisin D'Etre, Palo Santo, Shelter Pale Ale, Immort Ale, and Midas on tap. They also have flavored Vodkas and Gin available for purchase too. The beers were incredibly fresh and at their best here.
This is the place to stop in Rehoboth. 'Nuff said.
09-04-2009 15:09:19 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
This was stop #257 on my quest to visit every quality independent brewpub/brewery in North America.
If you're trying to book a chain hotel within walking distance, it does not exist. I thought the Hampton Inn was within walking distance but the addresses in the area have been adjust for 911 and they are about 3 miles from here. The Holiday Inn Express appeared to be the closest chain that one could walk to.
I started out in a foul mood because I was planning to walk to and from my hotel. My expectations were restrained because of the reviews about the beers available.
I drove 2.5 hours out of my way to visit Dogfish and I had a wonderful visit. Yes, most of the beers here can be acquired anywhere DFH is sold.
60 Minute IPA
90 Minute IPA
Indian Brown Ale
Shelter Pale Ale
Puhkin Ale (Seasonal)
Midas Touch (Limited Release)
Palo Santo Marron (Limited Release)
They had 13 potential limited releases. Some I had never heard of like Theobrama, Olde School, and Fort.
They claim to always have a brewpub exclusive. In this case it was a 4.5% wet hop lager called Piston Honda. I had two of them and they were excellent.
I also had a Punkin, Chicory Stout, and a 4 oz sample each of Midas and Palo.
The vintages they had during my visit were:
2006 Raison - 12 oz for $20
2006 Immort - 12 oz for $20
2006 120 Minutes - 12 oz for $20
2004 World Wide Stout - 12 oz for $25
When I asked the bartender about these, a couple of local yocals sitting at the bar next to me got a kick out of how ridiculous it was that they were selling "old" beers for such a crazy price. I heard one of them say "you know the 06 120 Minute tastes just like the 2008 120 Minute." I should have spite him and pulled the trigger on it.
The bartender told me the two DFH ale houses in the DC area sell their main beers and do not do any of brewing on site.
I had the jumbo crab cake platter which was pretty good. It was $6 build your own pizza night and that seemed to be a major hit with the many people who where there when I arrived around 7:15 on a Thursday night in the offseason.
10-24-2008 12:58:56 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
We first came to Rehoboth last year to check this place out. While we have come to really enjoy the town, DFH is still a must stop for us.
There is a long 20-25 seat bar on the front right as you walk in with a good size dining area on the left. The place is nicely lit and in good shape but awfully loud even for lunch. Though the town was pretty empty, judging from the streets and sidewalks, DFH was packed by 1:00.
A great selection of DFH beers on tap, which always includes some pub-only selections. The Indian Brown is a favorite of ours and is even better on tap. Also, the 90 minutes is pumped through fresh hops on Mondays and Fridays. I'm not sure if it adds much to the hoppiness of this delicious beer but it's fun to watch. The wacky beers on tap (Theobroma and Surrender Monkey) were not for us, nor is the Midas Touch or Red and White but it's always fun to see what they are up to.
Service from our monosyllabic bartender was competent but no more. Sometimes he would ask if we wanted anything and sometimes we had to stop him and ask but we never had to wait long since we knew that from seeing him before.
The pizzas are really good!
All in all a worthy place to visit and see what's brewing. I only wish the service and food measured up to the beer.
03-22-2008 15:29:28 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I haven't been here in over six years. Last time, JVK was a near sapling. Now he's entering first grade. Well sheeeit.
Atmosphere: With Hurricane Irene and the school year looming, Rehoboth was emptier than usual. That got us a parking spot in the DFH lot late in the afternoon. We were seated upstairs, where the steps are labelled with hops. Downstairs has the bar and stage along with seating. Upstairs is more our pace. I like the bar. The upstairs overlooks the distillery.
Quality: The upstairs restrooms were generally clean. Kyle, our waiter, was friendly and then some. Food was good. All-in-all, high quality.
Service: As I mentioned, Kyle was friendly and, after the upstairs cleared out, we chatted extensively. He broke the evacuate OCMD news on us. I can't blame him for that one though.
Selection: Six or so regular offerings, another six seasonals as well as Limb & Life on tap and bottles of Life & Limb. I went through 75 minute (on cask), Limb & Life, and Palo Santo Marron. Ksak had Chateau Jiahu.
Food: Diverse menu. The tatertots had chicken fingers and pizza. Ksak had a portabello sandwich and I had the pizza with goat cheese, sauteed mushrooms, proscuitto and a balsamic reduction. Damn that pizza was good.
Always worth a visit, especially when the crowds are waning.
08-26-2011 02:14:01 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
This brewpub is pretty damn good, but not mind-blowing. Located not too far from the Atlantic ocean in rehoboth beach deleware, this place does not dissapoint. The interior is quite rustic, and lodge looking with a long well-worn wooden bar, and many wooden tables. There is also a game room upstairs, and I have to give them mad props for the very clean restrooms. The quality of the beers and the food we had were both good. Soilid stuff. The service was pretty fast, attentive and kind. The selection was pretty good with the following on tap: Forte, 120min ipa, 90 min ipa, 60 min ipa, shelter pale ale, olde school bw, immort ale, raison d'etre, indian brown ale, and chicory stout. We each had a forte first, bad decision as it kind of wrecked my palate. Oh well, i'm very familiar with all of this breweries beers. I opted for a one-two punch of 60min and 90min whilst Erica went for a sampler (which consists of lawnmower light, chicory stout, raison d'etre, indian brown, and shelter pale) and a pint of the indian brown. The food here was pretty good, but a bit pricey as well, we got a $10 + pizza with asparagus, fresh basil, and roasted portabello mushrooms. It was VERY tasty, but also VERY small. Still, not bad considering the touristy, beachside location of this establishment. All, in all it was a good experience, but I would not make the trip down to rehoboth again just to go here. I'm not a big fan of the beach, and the state of Deleware is pretty beer impaired as well, excluding DFH of course. However, if I wanted to try a special one-off beer (ala forte) or attend some crazy beer festival or randall-fest here I would not hesitate to take the 3+ hour journey again...
02-14-2005 21:30:56 |
More by francisweizen
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