This past summer, I checked off visiting yet another one of my favorite breweries off my beer bucket list when I traveled to the east coast to check out Dogfish Head Brewery.
Located in charming downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, the brewpub has been open since 1995 and is worth a trip to the tiny state alone.
The first thing I noticed upon arrival was the unique location for the brewpub. It sits just yards away from the Atlantic Ocean crashing into the sand and boardwalk. The area is filled with beach-themed shops, art galleries, restaurants, bars, hotels, and of course, the brewpub.
At first I was disappointed I wasn’t going to get a chance to head to Milton to check out the actual brewery, but I was consoled by two things: First, the massive tap list. Second, the brewpub also has small experimental brewery onsite so it was a chance to sample things I wouldn’t have had the chance.
The brewpub is a reflection to the entire area – casual, warm, and despite being a brewery, it is family-friendly. Unlike many other breweries I visited, I noticed a lack of fellow “beer geeks” and more of a community feel with a variety of age groups and types of people.
The extensive menu is filled with their beer as an ingredient, like the 60 Minute IPA truffle mustard that’s served with Fried Pickles, Rosemary Parmesan Fries and sandwiches. Not only do they use their own beer, but there’s a clear passion for using local ingredients and products from nearby farms. Even the cattle are fed brewing barley from the brewery in Milton.
The Woodgrilled Wings came with a Palo Santo Marroon BBQ sauce and were smoky and juicy, and the beer really came through in the sauce giving it a slight sweet taste.
I’m a sucker for ordering fish and chips at a brewery, but when I saw that the fish used was actual Dogfish, it was beyond a must. The 60 Minute IPA Battered Fish & Chips uses actual thick Atlantic dogfish and is served with fresh cut fries and remoulade.
Although rough to choose between the variety of woodgrilled pizzas, all with dough containing Dogfish beer, I opted for the Alpine Idyll. It consists of white truffle oil, sautéed mushrooms, prosciutto, Firefly Farms fresh goat cheese, arugula, and a tangy balsamic reduction drizzle.
Even desserts were filled with the beer like the Chicory Stout Bacon Chocolate Cheesecake and a warm brown topped with Raison D’Etre ice cream. A simple classic like cookies and milk are even done with a Dogfish twist with triple chocolate chip cookies topped with a Palo Santo Marron whipped cream.
Check out Dogfish Head Restaurant for more information.