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Dogfish Head Alehouse

Not Rated.
Dogfish Head AlehouseDogfish Head Alehouse

29 Reviews
Reviews: 29
Visits: 47
Avg: 4.25
pDev: n/a
Taps: 15
Bottles: 20
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

13041 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy
Fairfax, Virginia, 22033-2001
United States
phone: (703) 961-1140

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Place added by: guild337 on 08-21-2009

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Reviews: 29 | Visits: 47
Reviews by smanders:
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3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

We were anticipating the opening of this place for at least 6 months so when they held a "soft opening" on a Tuesday, we were pretty stoked. Same top-quality beers, same ultra-friendly waitstaff, and same pub food (wings, nachos, etc.) that you'll find at any DFH Alehouse, AND it's right around the corner from Total Wine. After enjoying a tasty beverage at the pub, there's no problem picking some up for the house.

The taps usually serve the following:
60 Minute
75 Minute - Personal favorite
90 Minute
Indian Brown Ale
Chicory Stout
Midas Touch
Black and Tan
Palo Santo Maron

...with seasonals thrown in when applicable. For example, the DFH Punkin' is out now and definitely worth a sample. Oh, and don't forget to ask what's in the Vintage Beer Cooler. Cellared selections for the true "beer snob."

Overall this is the place that would be welcome in any neighborhood. Thanks DFH for choosing ours!

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More User Reviews:
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Boone757
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of hoppy91
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Plakerio
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of wilhelm_phoenix
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of derryd
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Laulau
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Thrashsquatch
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
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?

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of delta490
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

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Photo of MarshallMan
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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Photo of BritCvS
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Dogfish Head Alehouse in Fairfax, VA
93 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.