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Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats

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Based on:
117 Beers
127,656 Hads
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 207
Visits: 367
Avg: 4.23
pDev: n/a
Taps: 22
Bottles: 2
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

320 Rehoboth Ave
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, 19971-3108
United States
phone: (302) 226-2739

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Reviews: 207 | Visits: 367
Photo of Mertzy81
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Nicely pairs food with beers. They always have a great selection of beers. Check out their secret stash for awesome vintage beers. They have a stand right out front with great swag.

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Photo of ChefMacAttack
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Took the whole family here on a sunny, summer weekday for lunch. We arrived a few minutes before their noon opening and there was already a crowd of about 30 or 40 people waiting to get in. It was a surprising mix of young and old, singles and families, and I was relieved I wasn't the only one that had a couple kids in tow.

We were seated off to the side near the front window of the brewpub. The server arrived and she was very pleasant and helpful and did not seemed fazed at all by my two young children. I'm a 20+ year vet of the restaurant business and I know a lot of people are divided on dining with children. I personally try to avoid it at all costs, because I like to actually relax and enjoy my meal, as do those around me. However, we were on a family vacation and this was Dad's day.

My kids seemed happy with the choices on the kid's menu and my daughter was thrilled to upgrade to her own "special drink" (Dogfish Beach/Root Beer) just like Daddy. The kids were digging it which eased my anxiety and let me relax so I could enjoy some of the fine liquid offerings.

I'll start with the food. As someone who can be overly critical of menu offerings, I'll keep it as brief as possible. The food was good, but not great. The menu selections were interesting, and certainly elevated beyond your normal bar food offerings. I appreciated some of the creativity of their culinary team, like the Spent Grain Pretzels and Duck Poutine. Some of the other dishes fell flat, most notably, the Chicken and Waffle Sandwich. The waffles substituting the bread were limp. The chicken, which had a decent breading was dry under it's crust. It seemed like it could have benefited from some serious brining. The dipping sauce was a Sriracha Maple Syrup, but it felt lacking in both the Sriracha and the Maple departments. I loved the idea but the execution was off. My recommendation would be to stick with the appetizer portion of their menu, and share some snacks with your table while you enjoy the wonderful selection of beers.

And now, the beers... I was so happy that I had arrived on this day. They had just tapped 120 Minute a few days before and the Brewpub Exclusives were ones that I had heard of in the Dogfish lore. Notably, they were serving Choc Lobster and Beer for Breakfast. They allow you to order four samples in each beer flight in any combination of beers that they have on tap. I started out with Choc Lobster and Beer for Breakfast, coupled with 75 Minute Cask and upon the server's recommendation, Palo Ahumado. Each beer was unique and delicious in it's own right. I won't go into detail on each one, but whether you love or hate the results, you have to admire Dogfish' ingenuity and spirit of experimentation. I followed it up with another flight, repeating the Palo Ahumado and Choc Lobster (they were that good) and paired them with Palo Santo Maron and some 120 for dessert.

Well done, Dogfish. They've managed to create a comfortable vibe for everyone with good service, decent food, and outstanding beverages. I hope to make it back there soon.

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Photo of nickontherun525
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

I went here after going on a tour at their Milton facility, so it was a bit of a Dogfish head day. Knowing already how much I love their beer, I figured it would be enjoyable to have a good meal from their brewpub. Honestly, I could just go on and on about how fantastic the food alone was. My girlfriend ordered something particularly amazing, which was their meatloaf sandwich that utilized their chicory stout for the gravy. It just so happened I ordered the same beer to go with my burger, and the combination with both meals was outstanding. I can say though, despite how much I love that brew, there wasn't much going on with beer menu. Some rarities, but nothing particularly chase that you would feel the NEED to come here. Still fantastic food, solid selection of year round favorites and minor rarities, and friendly unintrusive service. I honestly know I will go back for the food alone.

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Photo of Barracudas
5/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

There is an incredible vibe in this place, what with the obviously good beer. The food was good, and one can try some of the beers that are served exclusive only in this brewpub. Highly recommended!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited for lunch after a sunny day stroll on the boardwalk. Our party of 8 was quickly seated (it was so crowded, I think we just lucked out) and service was great for a mobbed pub. I had a randalled Namaste; forgot the additions, but it was pleasant, the normal Namaste wit with a light fruit flavor, slightly spicy. It went well with my crab cakes which were great. The food was slightly upscale pub fare, but nicely prepared and presented. Everyone was happy with their food with the only complaint was that the falafel was a bit dry and uninteresting. The burgers were big and well received. Namaste was the big hit for most people, although a few had the PAM pale lager which got good reviews. Overall a great experience, food, beer and atmosphere, especially for a busy, crowded summer day. I'm on the opposite coast, but I'd come back here in a heartbeat. My only disappointment was that most of the beer on the menu was the same as bottled and available at home. I somehow missed the PAM on the menu, which would have been a new one for me. On the other hand, I totally enjoyed my randalled Namaste so all was well. We filled two growlers to take home.

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Photo of larryi86
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Vibe is pretty standard for a brew pub, lots of cool DFH swag on the walls, wait staff is friendly, bartenders seemed pretty knowledgeable. Beer is pretty standard for DFH, most of the beers are year around offering, but they did have a few beers that aren't widely available/draft only. Food was good, ordered a pizza, was a little small, but well made. Prices on beer are great, would like to revisit during the fall or winter when there are less people.

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Photo of glass_house
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Couldn't spend a vacation in Delaware without stopping here, and I'm very glad we did. The service was excellent. Pretty busy for a Wednesday night, but we only waited 15 minutes for a table, and our food was out within 15 minutes of ordering. Our server was attentive and accomodating. I had fish tacos and the wife had crab cakes--both above average. A minor annoyance that my first choice on the "rarities stash" beer list board was actually gone, but it wasn't a problem to find a suitable second choice. Will definitely make my way back here sooner or later.

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Photo of Budlum
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Great food, great vibe, quality DFH brews, and reasonable prices. The selection is about all one could expect given DFH's popularity and variety of beers. The cask 75 minute IPA served at 55F was fantastic with a burger. A must visit.

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Photo of timmos1
2.4/5  rDev -43.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 1.5 | food: 4

Really? There is nothing special about getting the same beers here you can get everywhere else. Isn't the point to brew beers on site that you can't get anywhere else? On the visit, there was only one beer and it was a black ipa, hardly unique. If the goal is to serve food with dogfish beer, well I guess they did it. It is billed as a place to get unique dogfish brews, when there are none. For unique beer, visit the main brewery. Very disappointing here.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

A great place for drinking dogfish head. Service is decent, food is o.k(nothing special) and the vibe is down to earth. You can get a lot of interesting DFH brews that are only available at the pub. Prices are amazing.

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Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

They need to bottle Blood Moon ASAP. For real. It's only my second beer with smoked flavor in it, but I guess I'm a huge fan of that style, because the two smoked beers I've had were exceptional (though this one's technically not a Rauchbier). The food was very good and they have more beer options and more vintage options here than at the brewery. It's also located in a neat town right near the beach. I'm very upset I forgot to try the 75 Minute Cask, I hear that it's a totally different and preferable beast compared with the bottle version, but I guess that's what happens after 120 Minute IPA and 2 flights, one of which was all 10%+ abv. beers. Oh well. I hope to come back some day and find my car in less than 45 minutes. How I wish the brewery and brewpub were closer...

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Photo of poppollutesminds
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Cheap food that is actually awesome pub fare made from spent grains! Pair that with experimental flights and you have a winning combo. I even got to meet Sam and have a drink on him!

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Photo of therealJAYZ
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Visit this place several times each year when hit the beach. Last visit on Sept 1, 2015 service was less then expected. Maybe it was the end of the summer season, but still no excuse. Our service seemed to fit the mold of "off centered" but I found the wait between the empty glass of my first beer to time when she made her way back to the table for offering another round. Just one example of the table service. The crew at the carry out/t-shirt area seemed pre-occupied as well. I have updated my service score from a 4.0 to a 3.25

Good thing was the food was still killer, quality and selection above par for this type of eatery. I'll be back to follow up on the service.

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Photo of WOBrewstraveler
5/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of my favorite places on the planet. Great staff - from hostesses to managers and of course the bar staff. The exclusives are always interesting and unique, but the year-round selections ensure a good choice is always available. Food is good and has been getting better and better. Don't miss this place!

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Photo of thehardwoodsessions
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Not had the food besides great dessert. They offer a flight sampler deal that is awesome if taken advantage of. TRY EVERYTHING. Positive Contact is a personal favorite.

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Photo of ricknelson
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Get all your Dogfish Head brews at their pub on the main street in Rehoboth Beach. Offers great food and a fun atomsphere with plenty of shops and eateries nearby.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Been going here since early 1996, and it never fails to impress. Excellent vibe with a great look, feel and good good people. Music is always top notch. Very good ongoing selection of great DFH beers made special by the cask and one off beers that are always fun to try. Food is interesting and consistently excellent.
Business has grown, and the old pub feel is now a much busier restaurant like feel...at least on weekend nights and the summer crush. But on off hours and/or off season...the off centered clearly returns and its really a great personal beer experience you can share with the staff and others there to drink world class beer in a local pub setting. One of my favorites, and definitely one of the very best of the bigger craft beer company brew pubs.

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Photo of bmjivi221
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

It's a great local craft beer like pub, but also could be a great meet up with friends. You will need to get there early to get a seat. My husband and I stood around for a half an hour on a early November evening, hoping to get dinner, but still wasn't dissatisfied by the tap list instead. We decided to make the most of it, and grab a couple beers, walk out on the empty early winter deck and enjoy a Java cigar over our brews. The Bitch's Brew on tap is a must. We had previously had it in bottle several times, but it made it all the better to have it fresh. Also the only place to get Dogfish Head Vodka. Don't pass up on this. Slightly pricey for a 750ml, but well worth the quality. We made our 750ml Peanut Butter Vodka last for a whole year, as a treat!
A must!

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Photo of kellyej
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

DFH's flagship bar is a must stop for anyone in the Rehoboth area. I went there over the summer and had the Kvasir and Aprinaut on tap. They have a great selection of beers that are limited distro and even some that have been aged. They have a well-stocked stand connected to the bar where you can pick up some beer/t-shirts/etc to take home. The DFH brewery is only about a 30 minute drive from the bar so making a day out of the two of them is totally possible.

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Photo of BeerThursdays
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Always love heading down to DFH, save for the summer months. Gets supper crowded.

The place has looked almost the same for the last 6+ years that I've been going there, and I really like that about the place. Beach themed craft beer bar that has blown up everywhere but here.

Beer quality is top notch. Can't beat DFH on that front. They have a ton available now with the expanded tap list, and always have a few hidden gems somewhere laying around.

Service is always good to great. When it's busy, it's a little tough, but they do their best. It's always awesome off season when there are mostly locals hanging around.

Beer selection is awesome for a brew pub. I would love to see them have guest taps or more vintage stuff, but that's not going to happen here. DFH serves DFH beer, fresh and well made. Nothing wrong with that.

Food is always good, no complaints.

We head down to DFH from up north as often as we can. Wish they would open a spot in Wilmington or Newark, but I can't see that happening any time soon.

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Photo of Necowboy
4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 2

Love all the experimental beers that you will never get anywhere else. Most staff are friendly but surprisingly not all beer savvy! Still tastes are allowed to decide from a superb mix on tap. The one and only sad thing at this Mecca for beer lovers is the food, constantly disappointing and I go there nearly every other week. I know the beer is the draw but for the flagship of the Sam Calagione empire, shocking.

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Photo of Hop-o-saurus
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Ok so this is my favorite brewery hands down. First off, the atmosphere is really really great and friendly. Sam is known to eat there and talk to his fans whenever he gets a chance. It is a small place but its got enough room to have a big table with your friends. They really lack a smoking section, you have to stand out front to smoke.

All the beers are at their perfect respective temperatures. They offer bombers of cellared beer and they even offer aged beer on tap. They have recently starting distilling and I haven't had a chance to try it though. 5/5!!

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Photo of Jodi215
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We came to Rehoboth Beach just to visit this brew pub. The atmosphere is a beer beach casual which is acceptable and what I imagined it would be. Although it was a little worn down and sticky feeling. Tables, booths and floors could use a good steam cleaning. Quality for food and beer was outstanding but atmosphere really brought it down. Selection was excellent and then some. They had many beers on draft that are available in bottle less than once a year, ie; 120 min IPA. Service was friendly and fast. I had the short rib sloppy joe and it was excellent, the fries were ok. The guys had pizzas and said they were very good. One was the Lone country. Prices were a little high. One thing I hated was the pickle they gave me with my dinner. Yuck!

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Photo of GregA135
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

This place is AWESOME! Dogfish head beers PLUS Dogfish Head beer that they only brew at the restaurant! They have beer there that will never hit beer shelves...Food was great! Besides the Dogfish Head beer they also have Dogfish Head Liquor, bought a bottle of rum and it taste great! Next to the restaurant they have a small gift shop where you can purchase glassware, liquor, growlers, bottle openers, shirts, etc...


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Photo of paresis
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A visit is in order each summer on vacation - thanks to the rents retiring to coastal delaware. Food is excellent, have gotten to try different beers on tap that haven't yet made it to bottle plus whats on Randall! Cool to see the history of one of the most successful craft breweries! Nice little shop too.

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Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, DE
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