Dogfish Head Alehouse
Taps: 15 / Bottles: 20
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 29 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by gixxerman:
4.58/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I have been here about 10 times and it never disappoints! Be sure to try the Randall, or at least inquire as to what they are pulling through it. Yesterday I had the Punkin through cinnamon stix and vanilla beans. I wasn't sure the Punkin could be improved, but it was damn tasty, the vanilla and cinnamon really added some complexity to this already well crafted offering.
The beer speaks for itself. Standard Dogfish offerings, with the limited runs mixed in. Maybe not exotic as Rehoboth, but always good beer. The food is also right on. I have yet to be disappointed, and I have tried most of the menu.
They have some swag for purchase in a small giftshop, and they seem to give a lot of it away as well. I guess I just hit it on the right nights or something, but I have scored a t-shirt, beer coosy, pint glass, and some kind of dogfish puzzle thing.
The staff is always OUTSTANDING. No matter how busy or hectic they are, they are always hustling and attentive, service with a smile.
TVs usually have the local DC sports, or national game on.
I will be back, and you should stop in, worth the trip.
10-20-2011 01:48:42 | More by gixxerman
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4.11/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This is like my local cheers bar. Love the vintage nights and special release parties. This place fills up when special events happen but the staff stays on their game. The food here is to die for. Bottles are available for take home. My only gripe would be the pricing is a bit high, but hey what are ya gonna do?
11-13-2013 16:14:26 | More by Thrashsquatch
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
I love coming here (and the original in Rehoboth DE). I have had a wide variety of their menu and the food never disappoints. Burgers, sandwiches (both hot and cold), appetizers, desserts, they all are delicious. Then you get the bonus of having a wide variety of the Dogfish Head beer line available (to include some offerings that are difficult to find or only available in their Alehouses) and it makes it just that much better. The service sometimes suffers a little when they are really busy, but not horribly. Just a little bit longer of a wait on getting drinks and food. All in all, I keep coming back.
10-08-2013 20:31:11 | More by delta490
4.73/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
Atmosphere: It’s located in a strip mall, in its own stand alone building (there is a soccer store located in this building too, but it’s predominately Dogfish Head’s building). Inside, the place is decorated in the typical Dogfish Head style, a cross between beach hut/boathouse, with corrugated tin and maritime accompaniments. The Dogfish Head logo of the shark is everywhere! During happy hour and weekend evenings, it can get very crowded and very loud, but lunchtimes are great times to get in here for some killer food and beer!
Quality and Service: All of the staff are excellent, from the hosts/hostesses, to the servers, to the bartenders, they’re all friendly and professional. The bartenders are always willing to pour tasters of beers that you’ve not tried and the servers are always prompt with their service. Never had a bad experience here.
Selection: The beers, Dogfish Head of course, are always stellar, and they always have a great selection of Dogfish Head beers on tap, usually about 10-15 beers, as well as some vintage bottles available for purchase. They even fill sell and fill growlers! Each beer is poured into a glass appropriate to the style of beer: pints or snifters.
Food: The Ale House serves KILLER pub food. Their fish tacos are outstanding, the flatbread pizzas are excellent, the burgers are fantastic, the fish and chips are solid, the pulled pork sandwich rocks, and their jambalaya pasta is killer!
Overall: This, and its sister location in Falls Church, is one of my favorite brewpubs in the Northern Virginia area. (This location might edge out the Falls Church location because it’s around the corner from a Total Wine!) It serves some of my favorite beer, some really killer bar food and the staff are extremely cool and friendly. The only negative is that there aren’t more of these places in the area. They need about 50 more, and at least one in my back yard!
06-13-2013 22:01:02 | More by Jeffreysan
4.73/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
What more do I need to say other than ... they've got Dogfish Head beer on tap! Lots of Dogfish Head beer!
I really appreciated the friendly & helpful staff at this place. Being a beer geek the beer selection was epic. The staff was knowledgeable and made some great suggestions. If you go you should try some of the blend recommendations they have.
They also have some great swag. T-shirts, glasses, hats, openers, etc. I got a nice camo DFH Alehouse cap.
It's a can't miss for any beer lover if you are in the area.
10-19-2012 20:40:28 | More by MarshallMan
4.83/5 rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I really enjoyed the Dogfish Head Ale House in Fairfax, VA. After walking 2.7 miles to get there I was expecting some pretty good stuff and I was not disappointed. Awesome beer selection from the Dogfish Head collection of brews, great service, good food, and a nice atmosphere made the experience all worth the long walk from the hotel. I really enjoyed the hushpuppies but that is just me. The local folks were very nice and had a good knowledge of the Dogfish Head beer selections if I had any questions. Thanks again and I will be back!
06-06-2012 03:50:35 | More by beerenjoyer1
4.55/5 rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is my favorite local place.
Atmosphere is good, slightly noisy at times, but generally fine.
Quality of beer is outstanding.
Service is very good. They know their stuff, and they try hard.
Selection is very good too, though I'd love a tap of "Guest Beer that Inspires Us". On their blog DH sometimes visit other breweries and talk about other brewers, so I figure sharing the love once in a while could be a good thing, and might bring increased distribution elsewhere from time to time in response.
Food good too :)
Overall I'd happily come here for a beer and a bite to eat any time, as it is good value too.
05-03-2012 18:03:12 | More by BritCvS
Dogfish Head Alehouse in Fairfax, VA
93 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.