Industrial park setting amid farmland. Tap room itself is in a small section of the brewery that dominates the surrounding area. Hostess was pleasant, but the bartenders were less attentive. Decent selection of about 14 taps but was hoping for more experimental styles that we could not find anywhere else. The freshness of the brews was rewarding, though. The attached food truck, with an enticing wood fired aroma, offered a good selection of inexpensive choices, including chili and a tasty grilled cheese sandwich. Nice side trip if you are not pressed for time.
Nice tour of the facility that focuses on the history and recipes rather than the Brewing process. Tour is followed (or preceded) by 4 samples, which is more than generous. Grill wagon serves up some tasty brats as a nice accompianment. Typical taproom vibe, gift shop rotates bottles. Always something new here.
Ganz toller Service. Wir haben Vormittags sls einzige Besucher zu zweit eine 1 1/2 Stunden Führung bekommen! Toller Tadting Room mit aktuellen Testbieren. Vor der Brauerei klasse Foodtruck mit hausgemachten Bierwürsten. Dogfish Head ist für mich die innovativste US Brauerei. Hinfahren!
The negatives first. Most of the tour guides seems to be heavily hit by ADHD. Especially after a long night the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach that was a bit annoying. The same guys tend the bar and do everything else public facing here, so it got a bit on my nerves. The only exception was the guy in the food cart, who was so slow I bet he was hungover just as us. But the tour was nice anyway, it’s an impressive facility, the tour guides, yes we had two, they switched during the tour due to some unforeseen circumstances, were knowledgable and friendly, and were happy to cheer with us in the bar afterwards. A bit slow and unorganized service. But we had a blast anyway. Nice chowder and sausages served outside, lots of good beers on tap, same as at the brewpub actually, and lots of merchandise in the store. A must if you’re in the area, even though the brewpub should be your number one priority.
Situé au milieu de nul part. Le retail shop est l’endroit idéal pour faire le plein de Dogfish, tous les brassins du moment y sont ainsi que la panoplies d’articles dérivés. C’est aussi possible de faire la visite de la brasserie.
Located pretty much in the middle of nowhere between a bunch of crops field. Location is actually pretty cool with a bunch of boccie ball files, food truck, and some metal tree. Free samples plus great tour makes for fantastic experience. Shop was also very well stocked with a great selection of beers and growlers. I would drop by again if I am in the area.
Free tours that run most days from 11am to 5pm. Starting at 4:30 - 6:30 they have a happy hour, half priced brats. The tour was amazing, a well run operation with a knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Everyone that arrives gets four free samples of anything they have available that day. Can also purchase single beers or get your growler filled. Bocce ball and corn hole in the front yard. The tours fill up quickly so arrive early and be prepared to wait on a busy weekend.
A bunch of my friends in the DC area had been wanting to head out to DFH for some time now. We arrived and were enamored by the size of the place. This is the largest brewery I have visited, though I’ve driven past the AB plant down in Williamsburg VA numerous times.
For such a large brewery, the tasting room that serves customers pints and growler fills were woefully small. Everyone was packed in and the attempts at getting a few of my samples was nerve racking. I’ve been to breweries a fraction of the size that have bigger tasting rooms. My one major problem (one we encountered at their brewpub as well) is that if you’re already well versed with DFH beers, there’s not a whole lot to surprise you. If you’ve already been on brewery tours, nothing will surprise you. Don’t expect to be able to sample *anything* out of a fermenter - that’s only for smaller breweries to wow you (that could be DE law that prevents them, so I won’t hold it against them). The problem is just that I’m familiar with either being provided samples along the trip, or at the very least in a tasting room that allows for ease in acquiring those beers. Here they jut throw everyone in the same room, so you have people who want to buy growlers and pints surrounded by people who aren’t paying a penny for a few small samples.
Without anything new to pull you in, you end up with a selection that is half available at the common grocery store in many states and isn’t all that interesting. The only thing that would entice me to return would be their Thursday night events where they break out vintage ales.
For being such an "off-centered" brewery, I was hoping for a bit more of that instead of such a bland cookie-cutter experience. I still enjoy most DFH beers, but I have to say that this trip had me pulling back the curtain and instead of seeing something "hip", I found an ironic hipster. Others might have a better experience. I was just hoping for something a bit more unique than their year-round and a few seasonals available. It was all free, and the prices for most things in the store are pretty reasonable, so there’s that at least.
jdb288 (85) Robbinsville, New Jersey | November 7, 2013
The beer tasting is free (or with tour, i suppose), so you can’t really argue with the value. Quite fun to walk through the brewery and see what they are working on at the moment. If you are in delware, stop on by.