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Dogfish Head Alehouse

Dogfish Head AlehouseDogfish Head Alehouse

Taps: 16 / Bottles: 30
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

68 Ratings
Ratings: 68
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 7.8%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @dogfishbeer

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(Place added by: Todd on 10-08-2005)
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Reviews by therica:
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therica

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

03-08-2011 21:42:19 | More by therica
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gfiumara

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

04-11-2014 14:51:19 | More by gfiumara
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-13-2014 13:17:27 | More by ZEB89
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Ghizmo

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-12-2014 22:40:02 | More by Ghizmo
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jaltland

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-14-2014 20:40:02 | More by jaltland
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March_of_99

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-12-2013 15:42:38 | More by March_of_99
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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).

10-27-2013 01:47:48 | More by stephenjmoore
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hAle2theWort

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

10-23-2013 21:04:35 | More by hAle2theWort
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Cyhops

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

08-17-2013 21:15:26 | More by Cyhops
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HoppySailor

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

05-31-2013 00:55:14 | More by HoppySailor
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Dogfish Head Alehouse in Gaithersburg, MD
94 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.