Ambiance : The place looks very much like a Chili’s 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 hadn’t seen elsewhere, or was better done than I’ve 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 you’re reading this for the beer review, not the food. Selection: Plenty of DFH staples on tap, including the Lawnmower Light, which I haven’t 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!
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.
mnoud (28) Martinsburg, West Virginia | January 11, 2012| Updated January 18, 2012
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 it’s 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 don’t 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.
Great selection of beers from probably one of the best breweries on the east coast if not the entire country. Obviously, they only carry their house brews, which can be quite experimental. Come prepared for the beer to take center stage. Yet, the food here is some of the best I’ve ever eaten at an alehouse, and overall in the alehouse genre Dogfish Brewing leads the way with a top notch experience.