Dogfish Head Alehouse

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Dogfish Head AlehouseDogfish Head Alehouse
BA SCORE
95
world-class

90 Ratings
Ratings: 90
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: n/a
Taps: 16
Bottles: 30
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

800 W Diamond Ave
Gaithersburg, Maryland, 20878-1413
United States
phone: (301) 963-4847

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Reviews by dexterk1:
Photo of dexterk1
4.28/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My fiancee and I stopped after moving to the area. The overall atmosphere is pretty good. More of a restaurant layout and felt comfortable. Food was good as well. They seem to have pretty good specials for different days of the week.
The main event for us was the beer. They have a good selection of beers that vary depending on the day. They also have a few that are brewery/alehouse only. Server seems knowledgeable. Quality of beer was great! Seasonal beers were very good and you can taste any beer you wanted to see if you wanted a pint.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JamieDuncan
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Blown away, we took my cousin there for his birthday to get some quality beers. That was of course the easy part and expected. What was unexpected was the food. The Jambalaya was top shelf which was very surprising. My favorite dish and this was as good as it gets. The waiter was very attentive and we talked a lot of beer which is always good. Outstanding and a place that I will attend whenever possible.

Photo of srletend
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Great selection of Dogfish Head (obviously), but no 120 minute IPA... Food ok, but nothing special.

Photo of Seanem44
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Great atmosphere in this two story building. Rustic look with nice Dogfish Head posters hung all over. A bit plain, but in a good way. Not cluttered like some places.

Quality is excellent. Both in beer and food. The food compliments the beer wonderfully. Try the crab dip!

Selection is good. For me I consider it great, and I love DFH beer. The Chicory Stout was out, which I was disappointed about. Can't fault them though. A good beer goes quick.

The food was really good as well. My parents enjoyed it which is a compliment as my Mom can be hard to please.

Value was great as well. Not to high priced, and there were both cheap and expensive beer choices.

My only knock is on the service which was a little slow. Really it was our server. She wasn't bad, just not fast or attentive.

I will be going back to this place for sure!

Photo of gfiumara
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

In my experience, restaurants with good beer have bad food, and restaurants with bad beer have great food. DFH has both good beer and good food. I do feel that the DFH beers are a bit overpriced (some 8oz pours can be $10.50), but I bet a lot of that has to do with the location. I've seen people drinking Miller bottles, so I guess they serve that too. Be sure to snag their $10 off $29 coupon to make your stay a bit more reasonable. Also be warned that because this place is so popular, it can take a while to be seated during dinner and be a little loud. Reservations aren't allowed unless you have 8 or more people.

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

The dogfish head alehouse is a cool place to go and grab a few beers and some food. The menu is somewhat similar to the brewpub in rehoboth, but the prices are much higher due to the area. They usually have about a dozen dogfish head beers on tap, with around 8-10 bottles available. The beer selection is solid, the food is very good with a nice selection of offerings. They even had an entire page of gluten-free options, along with an extensive kids menu. Worth a stop, just a bit pricey. Try to go during their happy hour if you can (6 days a week).

Photo of hAle2theWort
4.28/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I think very highly of and recommend the Dogfish Head Alehouse chain. Food has always been delicious, beer is always outstanding. I have been MANY times to the Gaithersburg, MD and Chantilly, VA locations and have never left disappointed. Clearly the beer quality and selection has been the primary reason for any visit. The surprising part has always been the food which has been a tasty delight on each visit. The downside… the beer is not cheap. So bring some extra funds and imbibe!

Photo of Cyhops
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Excellent food and a very good selection, especially of Dogfish Head...obviously. Bartenders were excellent, very friendly and had good food suggestions. Handled the rush well as well as a broken glass and other drama.
A definite return for both the food and the beer.

Photo of HoppySailor
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Drove 30 miles over with the wife and a two year old screamer. The three of us loved it and had a pleasant experience. The tin cup of crayons captured my son's attention and he never engaged in his normal restaurant craziness.

The atmosphere was a little truck stop/sports bar for my taste, but speaking of taste, I soon had a reason to forget the lack of ambiance.

They had a good, but limited selection of my favorite DFH offerings and I overwhelmed myself with slightly overpriced selections. They had their current taps listed online, so we knew what to expect and I really appreciated that info being current and accurate.

The staff was friendly and attentive, although a little slow at times.

I was disappointed to find out that three days after my visit they tapped a 120 minute- especially since I asked while I was there and even sent my server to inquire as to when they would tap their next 120. They told me they didn't have any idea and that they didn't have any. 72 hours later folks were lapping up my 120 while I read about it on Facebook.

I dropped a slick hundred in there for two adults and a toddler. My son refused their food but we loved it. I can't stop thinking about it and I look forward to going back soon.

Photo of chodinheaven
4.28/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in there with my girlfriend on a Saturday night. They had college football going and it seemed like a fun environment to drink great beer and watch some football. It seemed a little small, but I didn't get a chance to check out the upstairs. They had a small outside section for seating and decent amount of tables in the dining room and a few high tops in the bar area. We started with cajun egg rolls that were absolutely delicious and paired it with a black and tan, made with their chicory stout and 90 minute. They had plenty of beers on tap, several of which rotate. I had the Palo Santo with a tasty steak sandwich, both of which were of very good quality. Hard to think that anything DFH does would be bad quality, so you really can't go too wrong here. Beers were a little pricey, but that's to be expected. Selection is never an issue here, as they have everything from normal (but quality) barfood like burgers and sandwiches to full entrees of various seafoods and dishes. Basically something for every one. Same with the beer and cocktail menu of course. Overall, this is not as cool as the brewpub in Rehobeth, but its an acceptable second. Especially because it is closer to me, so I'll be there more for sure. Dissapointed that they don't sell bottles of the spirits and beers, so if that's what your looking for, you'll have to go to Rehoboth. Really enjoyed the experience though.

Photo of Lantern
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Stopped here TWICE on my way to and from Gettysburg this past week. EXTREMELY luckily, my first stop came just as 120 had arrived!!!! Obviously, I had a couple.

Anyway, the bartender was a pretty cool guy. He seemed knowledgeable about the brews and knew the job. The place got busy, but he stayed right on it.

I had a salad with Ahi Tuna, cooked medium rare. OUTSTANDING! Really great selection of food, making the decision a tough one.

The second visit, I had more 120, 'cause you can't always get it. Actually, hardly ever. Sipped on those a while, had the Alehouse Chili, (which was awesome), and just enjoyed myself. Same bartender + one that looked like Jason Bateman. He was cool too. Great experience again.

The atmosphere here is cool, the place is super easy to find (even for an out-of-towner), and my GOD... THE BEER!

Photo of Bismarkumd
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

I really want to give this place a perfect score but can't bring myself to do it. I love this place. My family goes once a week. We have our own waitress. It's become one of the primer restaurants in Gaithersburg. I remember when the place used to be Pat and Mikes, and have seen the location change into a half dozen other restaurants since. Dogfish has shown that it will stay around. It's always crowded on weekends. I recommend going mid week. They do not do call a head seating or reserve tables.

The beer is always amazing. They don't brew on site but usually have a very good selection. This is the focus of my review. unfortunately Montgomery County controls all the distribution of alcohol in the county. When The restaurant needs more beer, they have to order it through the county. This means that on busy weekends, they will run out of beers. I was in on fathers day and they ran out of 60 minute, 90 minute, and a number of others. It's very disappointing when you head in and can't get one of their traditional beers. They also tend to get small shipments of their seasonal stuff. I only got Hellhound once, and have never had a 120 Minute from there.

Other than that the food is awesome. I've had nearly half the dishes on the menu and loved almost every one of them. One word of advice, don't get the chicken shrimp club. just not worth it. The Jambalaya is one of my favorite dishes but it is very expensive. $17 is very steep for poor mans food. Burgers are well priced.

Photo of bum732
4.15/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been here a number of times, really a great place. Coming off hours is the best time to arrive as you'll avoid the usual happy hour crowds. The bar area is fairly small and crowded, but the bar is pretty large and the bartenders are pretty good about getting your order. List of beers on the chaulkboard on tap, all DFH of course. They always have exclusive draft beers like their 75 min. on tap, which is great. I've noticed that the other alehouses (Falls Church and the other) get the more exclusive beers first (Black and Red, Hellhound). Atmosphere is solid, very diverse crowd, but perhaps a more older slant, probably due to rich locals or people working in that area.

Food is very good, i've had a burger there a couple times and some other entree, been fantastic every time. Fairly diverse menu, but focusing mostly on upscale pub food. Fairly cheap too, if i remember correctly. I've been there on a Fri. night and there was a band playing in the front part of the place, not bad if you're sitting in the bar, but the tables up front (where we were at) get blasted by the sound.

They also have an outdoor patio area which is great in the summer. Parking usually not a problem, but if there is an event, it can be. All in all, a great place to go, great food and great beer.

Photo of greenmonstah
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited in October after spending time in the capitol. Great selection of beers, of course. Variety is one of DFH's strongest characteristics, and it was definitely on display. Food was fine, had a burger that was average. Bit of a wait for our table, but the party was large so I can't blame them. We waited at the bar and had a beer, which was wonderful. The biggest beers I had that night were the Palo Santo Marron ( not a big fan.) and the Pangaea (yum!). In addition, I had a full flight of samplers of the more "run-of-the-mill" DFH beers, including the Indian Brown and the Chicory Stout (both great!)

Photo of therica
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Wow I love the opportunity to get here, occasionally, an hour's drive.

Decent food, for starters. You could have a child's birthday dinner here if you wanted. I love the calimari appetizers and the veggie pizza and ... the list goes on. My daughter wasn't impressed on one occasion with her dinner but overall the meals are above-average.

Service-- fantastic. Plus, servers are beer-savvy. In fact, as part of their training they have an entire day of hands-on education on DFH beers. What a pity they get paid for it ;-)

Beers-- DFH on tap, need I say more? The only downside is not the place's fault, it's the N*zi-esque Montg Co law which forbids dispensing growlers. In fact, this establishment has to buy its kegs from Montg Co which in turn buys it from DFH in Delaware! What a political SCAM! This is called the traditional "Three-Tier Distribution" system. Rep John Boehner (R-OH) is all for it, especially since he gets nice contributions from the folks at AnhBushInBev et al. Watch the dvd "Beer Wars" the next time you wish you coulda gotten a growler of Palo Santo or Bitches Brew, or even an 8oz rather than a 5oz serving restricted by Montg Co Law.

I even got an android app for my cellphone that shows the hourly update photos of this place's current on-tap beer board! Search for "Ale Boards" if you're interested.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a bit further from the Falls Church location. This place has a younger and hipper crowd though which I really like. But this place is much smaller. That being said, the menu is really nice. They have something for everyone - tons of appetizers, probably 8-10 salad options, pizzas, pastas, burgers, sandwiches, etc. Everything was delicious and VERY generously sized. It's basically all standard American fare. I usually order the Alehouse BBQ burger with grilled asparagus instead of fries (though they are good!). I've had BBQ wings (very good), pizza (very good too), and chicken sandwich (not too shabby). The DFH classics are always available such as 60 minute, 75 minute, 90 minute, midas touch, lawnmower man, etc. I'd recommend going during happy hour for $1 or $2 off beers plus appetizer specials. Monday I think is the burger special and Weds/Thurs is the pizza special. Check on their website before trekking over. I personally like eating at the bar area to people watch and watch tv off their flat screens. I particularly enjoy their DFH ale on draft which arent available in bottles anywhere. Can't go wrong with Immort, Burton Baton, 90 minute, 120 minute, and WWW! However go easy since they price their beers way above what they retail for at Whole Foods or Total Wine.

Photo of mountsnow1010
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great place - I go all the time. Relatively quiet atmosphere upstairs, a bit louder downstairs and usually pretty hectic in the bar. The separation makes it nice however. TVs downstairs (none upstairs that I have noticed). Pretty high "quality" establishment. Service is great - everyone is very nice and I've never had an order messed up. Service is not oppressively attentive, either.
Great beer selection - of course. All of the common DFH brews with several of the harder to get beers on tap, and several others in bottles. Food is good, not excellent, but relatively cheap and pretty good value. Beers are not obscenely expensive either; cheap, given the area. Especially during happy hour. If you're in Gaithersburg, this is a great place to go.

Photo of krisandajt
4.45/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I stopped in here for a bite to eat and a good brew while visiting the area for work. Despite the 1 1/2 hour drive for 14 miles (yea...traffic), it was well worth the trip!

For a Wednesday, this place was absolutely packed! I dropped my friend off at the door to put our names in for a table while I found a parking spot (there were plenty in the back). I make the short walk back and find out we're looking at a 45 minute wait. Not a big deal to me, more time to enjoy a beer at the bar. We make our way through the crowd of people and manage to find a corner at the bar to lean against. We order up some brews, we both went with a 75-minute IPA (great choice, btw). The selection of DFH brews was pretty good, they had most of the brews I'm familiar with on tap and a few others in bottles. I'd like to give them a 5.0 for selection, but I didn't see either WWS or the 120 minute on tap. We're standing around, chewing the fat for maybe 20 minutes when our pager goes off. Nice, time to eat.

The hostess walks us back to our seats and my friend orders up another beer. I, unfortunately, am driving so I'm nursing my 75-minute. Despite the crowd, our waitress makes her way back a few minutes later with the beer and we place our order. I decided on the Reuben and a glass of water. We got our food a short time later (at this point we are very impressed with the speed of the service), and man did I get me a sandwich! It had to be damn close to three inches thick and it came with a big mess o' fries. It was filling, but it was so good I had no problem taking it down.

Price for our meals and my friends beer was very reasonable, only came to $25. The beer itself was a bit pricier than I expected, while we were at the bar our two pints of 75-minute cost $15. As a big fan of DFH brew, I can easily justify the cost.

This is a great place to stop and eat, especially for those who are fans of DFH. I've got family about 30 miles from this location, and they may be closer to the other locations...not sure, I'd have to look. Still, I can guarantee that I will be stopping here again in the future. Cheers!

Photo of MBPChead
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I will say this in all truth that this review is a bit biased since dogfish head is probably my favorite brewery. However, that does not change the fact that my experience with the restaurant was quite wonderful overall. I came in a few months ago with a friend for dinner and were seated at a window side booth. My first impression of the establishment is that it wharf/harbor side rats den except neater and cleaner. Dark and moody in appearance but also warm and welcoming with a very friendly and welcoming help staff. Service was very good overall and the bar offers roughly between 10-15 different DFH(dogfish head) brews on tap. For an appetizer we ordered the "Fries, Rings, and Chips" and for $6 they don't skimp you out I was more than satisfied until my main dish arrived. For dinner I ordered jambalaya since I love the stuff to death, but at $17 you hesitate just a little. Now, if you like spicy and love jambalaya DON'T for seventeen dollars their jambalaya was worth every penny and more some of the best I've EVER Had. So if your in the area and enjoy great food and unique and different beers than DFH will not disappoint.

Photo of slander
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is probably a mistake. I'm still at least 2 hours out of Cumberland and have already stopped twice. I'm experiencing some Sunday slowdown action, but when am I ever going to be in this corner of Maryland again with time on my hands, right? Yeah, I know, I thought the same thing, and you're right of course, voice of reasonableness, I can always count on you (although you do tend to side with beer more often than not). And yes, I will demand to see Sam immediately upon my arrival (like he hangs here or something). I know it's a fruitless effort, but I still wanna put a Festina shakedown on him...

It's a standalone place with no identifying features that I can see save the in-the-know dogfish logo. Dining side/bar side, duh (as in "I'll be on the bar side", you must be new here). "Z'ish"shaped wood bar with a foot rail seating a dozen plus. Barback on 2 walls is cooler below counter housing glassware, wine, sample racks, and booze lining below the logo'd mirrored back panels. A long shelf run above all the way around, holding singles & 750's, DFH vodka & rum, 4 pack holders, glassware & logo pieces, lined with St Patrick's Day green garland. The tap list with ABV's is chalkboarded horizontally above the bar and along the barback vertically. Flatscreens mounted behind the bar for the viewing.

Wood slat walls over darker lowers, drop ceilings and spots throughout. A large DogFishHead mural to the rear on the dining side & silly Sam type print pieces, I know you know of what I speak. A handful of bar tables out over the floor here, and 2 dozen booths & tables on the dining side encroaching upon the bar side of things. Upstairs holds a large seating area with a forward baby space for privacy, and 2 dozen or so tables & booths to both sides of a center stairwell which just wouldn't be shit without the canoe a-dangling above. Seems the kitchen is upstairs, too (an architectural FAIL if ever there was one). Shirts lining the railways and a little shwag stand out front the stairs & reception area. And I can see seating pens outside on both sides of the building, it must get Summertime mad here.

A dozen+ beers on tap (60, 75 & 90 Minute IPA's, Shelter Pale Ale, Olde School Barleywine, Indian Brown Ale, Red & White, Black & Blue, ApriHop, Raison D'Etre, Midas Touch, Palo Santo, World Wide Stout). The Fort had also been up but kicked and in the absence of the Chicory Stout, they were shamelessly dealing black & tans with Guinness. I'm thinking it's just bad form and that they should go get some Chicory from somewhere else or make more, like now! Either that or they should make the black & tan with the World Wide Stout. Or maybe they should not. No, they definitely should not. Forget I said anything; just make more Chicory Stout, will you? And bottles, too (120 Minute IPA, Burton Baton, Raison D'extra, World Wide Stout, Fort, Pangaea, Palo Santo Marron, Theobroma, Chateau Jiahu). Looking around, I can see some of them being dranked so they're moving.

I'm drinking the Brown. I love the Brown. If you don't love the Brown, you're an asshole. How can you not love the Brown? (Dear DFH, yes, I hearby offer my consent for you to use that on a T shirt). The 2 guys next to me are playing the sampler game. I have a doctorate in sampler, I don't know if I'd mentioned that before. Licensed and board certified, but with no intention of practicing today until the 'tender offered up a sample of the newly released ApriHop, and then asked if I wanted to try anything else (Um, the Red & White, Black & Blue and Palo Santo Marron hat trick, please).

I'm looking at the menu where food lives wishing I hadn't eaten at the last place, 'cause I've got to tell you, the blackened chicken sandwich of crazy sounds like slander. Much like adding bacon to something, "blackening something up" makes it exponentially better, it's a known fact. Okay, I may ever so slightly be dwelling on the blackened chicken sandwich now, true. It totally sounds like a "me" kind of sandwich, damn you stupid food at the last place, damn you! I'm getting a little mad about it, like Hulk smash mad, but you know, like just on the inside. I am struggling to control it, though. Probably won't have another incident, per say.

Beer is clean & fresh and the selection did not disappoint. Food looked good, apparently they blacken things. Neat, clean, comfortable place with a good crowd here this afternoon, people coming to sample the wares. The 'tends' are fun & personable and can talk very intelligently about the beer they sling. Yeah, I could hang here.

Photo of WorldWideStout
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I've been to the alehouse more times than I'd care to admit.

They only have Dogfish Head beers (and Miller and Heineken for the non-believers) but you knew that coming in. Since Dogfish Head beers are friggin' awesome, and they have such a huge variety of styles, I rate the selection quite high. Where else can you get World Wide Stout, 120 IPA, and Fort on draft at the same time?

They pretty much always have the 60 and 90 minute IPAs, Raison d'Etre, Indian Brown, and Shelter Pale Ale on tap. Midas Touch, Palo Santo, and Lawnmower Light often make appearances, and they recently made three year-old bottles of WWS, Immort Ale, and Raison d'Extra available. Their limited releases are pretty pricy, often 9 or 10, but getting a snifter of the 90 minute for under 5 bucks during happy hour is great.

The food is quite tasty. I know people that don't really drink beer that just go there for the food in fact. All the burgers and pizzas are great, and some of the less traditional pubfare is tasty as well, like their complex alehouse mac 'n cheese and southwest cajun egg rolls.

The ambience isn't anything amazing or different, but it's nicely lit and feels cozy. All the waiters and bartenders are professional, considerate people.

Free live music Saturday nights. Family-friendly. Several TVs with sports on around the bar and on the first floor. This place is great -definitely check it out if you're in the area, and let me know so that I have an excuse to go too!

Photo of damndirtyape
4.28/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I used to live in the Gaithersburg area and the place that now holds this place has changed hands several times before Dogfish Head landed it. Right across from NIST it's a great hangout for the local scientists and those just wanting a good beer. I go there every time I'm in the area.

The main bar and some eating areas are downstairs, and upstairs is solely tables for the restaurant part of the alehouse. Cozy, clean, nothing special.
Of course the beer selection is only Dogfish Head, but they have a pretty good selection of tap and bottled beers.
I found the service to be very good. They tell you up front if the beer you've ordered is only on tap or if its only available in bottles. They always bring the right glass for the beer and do make helpful suggestions on pairing with food or personal tastes.
Food is good. Not "Wow!" but quite good. The beer shines out and the food goes nicely with it.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Quite a nice visit for a comfy and informal quality craft brew place, with good food, nice atmosphere, good service and DFH selection.

A rather forgettable stand-alone suburban building hosts on two floors the alehouse. Fortunately the interior is rather warm and accommodating, in contrast with the ugly exterior and location. Retro-outdoor decor and a friendly and well taken care of attitude make all the difference as soon as one crosses the door.

Food is rather rich, and oversized, pub-us fare, which is rather pleasing and well done. The local is very child-friendly, and accommodates all sorts of crowds, which speaks quite a bit in its favor.

Most important if one likes DFH or is into US craft beers, they host a rather nice draft selection of very fresh DFH offerings with a nice bottle selection including some minor DFH vintage oddities. Nothing to rave about but rather nice.

If anything, while the glassware is pretty standard and a bit too generic between shaker pint glasses and snifters for some of the more looked after brews, it lacks a broader subtlety, which would be greatly improved with some tulip glasses. Maybe more important the temperature of some of the vintage brews is typically way too cold, and require a long time before they are even close to adequate drinkability. Ironic for a place that is supposed to represent craft beer ingenuity and dedication.

Nevertheless the place works, service is nice, food is tasty, there are no uncomfortable pretenses, and the beer is all in all rather great, so there is little not to like, and much to recommend.

Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a cool place. It is a free standing building, two stories, very spacious inside. Decor is outdoors, there are canoes and other camping stuff up and around the bar. The wait staff was helpful and attentive. The selection of beer was limited to DFH, of course. There were about 10 beers on draft, which was cool, and about the same number in the bottle, a lot of duplicates. Beer was served in the appropriate glassware. My wife and I ordered an appetizer (egg rolls) and split the fish and chips. That was a good move. The portions at this restaurant are illogically huge. Really unreasonable for a single person. I really recommend ordering something and splitting it unless you are a body builder and need 10,000 calories a day. Food was good, beer was good, prices were OK, service was fine, atmosphere was fun. If you like DFH, you have to go. It was nice.

Photo of TCgoalie
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I checked this place out after a Disc Golf tournament in the area. I was starving, so the food selection was important. I was happy to see a good deal of quality food, but of course, I was there for the beer.
The selection was pretty good drawing excitement with the brews not available in my home state. Each beer tasted fresh and the service was average.
Despite getting one of our orders wrong, the service was good. The atmosphere was more like a restaurant than a pub, but the quality of beer helped make up for this. I would recommend if you are in the area.

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Dogfish Head Alehouse in Gaithersburg, MD
95 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.