United States > Maryland > Gaithersburg
mnoud (28) Martinsburg, West Virginia | January 11, 2012| Updated January 18, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Some friends and I were in Rockville for other reasons and decided to stop at the Dogfish Head Alehouse on the way home. It was fairly crowded being about 9PM on a Saturday night. Wait for a table was 25 minutes, and they give you a buzzer if you choose to wait so you can wander. We chose to go in and stand at the bar and have at least one beer. Two stools at the bar opened in front of us in short order and we took them. Then shortly after the two stools next to us opened up so all of could have a seat. Bartender was very friendly. We intended to eat but were not famished so we decided to order 4 separate appetizers and just share. The appetizers were all quite large and tasty, and none of us left hungry. I give them high marks for selection; even though itís only Dogfish Head beer (obviously) they do have a great selection of their line on tap and the others are available in bottles. And there are things on tap that you donít see (or I havent seen) bottled like Olde Shool (a 15% barleywine) (later note: apparently they do bottle Olde School) and a Black & Tan. The menus suggest what beer will go best with each item on the menu, a nice touch. I intend to go back.
Block (29) Indianapolis, Indiana | September 6, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Nice place. Great selection of Dogfish Head beers on tap as well as one of the few places to get Alehouse 75. Good food and nice environment. Seems to be more of a family place than a drinking establishment. If you want to learn about the beers more in depth I would try sitting at the bar for sure.
strongpieman (122) Mount Airy, Maryland | August 28, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Great place, only drawback is that I would love a few more choices... Maybe just more seasonals in lieu of all of the real eclectic specialty brews and do something about the acoustics... Can be too loud to talk. Excellent food... Never disappointed in many visits. Value is decent, probably good for the area. Dogfish beer is consistently good and they have alehouse 75 on tap typically which is a favorite. Service is always good as well. Well done.
quysuong (5) Maryland | May 17, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 16/20
Dogfish beers are good but but little pricey
Robert209 (9) Maryland | May 4, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
food was great and well for the beer itís DFH !
JDBaker11058 (41) Maryland | May 2, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Ambiance : The place looks very much like a Chiliís or TGIF, albeit with a strictly DFH decor. Food: The food is sort of your standard chain fare along those lines, and some of it is just average (chili). However, there is a wide menu and some of the stuff I hadnít seen elsewhere, or was better done than Iíve seen in other places. The portions are HUGE. I ordered the brat on pretzel bread, and it came with two (plus a small cup of chili and chips). The nacho plate was as big as a newborn baby. But youíre reading this for the beer review, not the food. Selection: Plenty of DFH staples on tap, including the Lawnmower Light, which I havenít seen widely available elsewhere. Also had a bunch of seasonals on tap and rarities in the bottle. Service: The service was excellent and QUICK; the food and beers came right away. The waitress was friendly but not annoying, and extremely knowledgeable. She indicated the servers are required to taste all the beers, and are encouraged to become familiar with their characteristics, so as to better inform the customer. Value: Some of the rarities were pretty expensive ($9-11 for a glass, $20+ for a bottle), but overall it was very reasonable. Overall: First visit, suitably impressed, will certainly return!
tjwatts (1) , | February 13, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Dogfish Head creates some of the tastiest and most adventurous beers on the market today. The Alehouse has a great selection of these beers, including all of their seasonal varieties and some of their hard-to-find offerings. My personal favorite is the India Brown Ale, a compilation of IPA and Brown Ale styles that is just wonderful.
The food is typical bar fare, and is pretty average. I recommend the calimari appetizer and the Alehouse Burger, although these are a little on the expensive side, as I marked down in my review. Next trip I have to try the Dogfish Trio.
The Gaithersburg location is a little lacking in the ambiance area as the bar is a tad small and the upstairs dining area is nothing to write home about. Bring some friends though and you hardly even notice your surroundings though.
Overall great selection of Dogfish Head ales and some decent food means a good dining experience in my book.
shawnr33 (10) Detroit, Michigan | May 28, 2010
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Most standard dogfish head beers on tap although they have been out of the 60 minute my last 2 visits. Food is good and portion size will fill you up. Draft prices tend to be high but if you stick with their ipaís and stouts they are probably on par.
krampus (9) | January 9, 2010
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
kinda thought iíd find some nice draft only scratch beers or sumfing. still kinda cool if your close and have a DD
grawk (1) Glen Rock, Pennsylvania | September 16, 2009
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
I like the Alehouse, tho the prices are pretty high. I mostly go there when I have to work in Gíburg. The crab soup is awesome, and itís great to get the limited beers.
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