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Dogfish Head Alehouse

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Dogfish Head AlehouseDogfish Head Alehouse
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

41 Ratings
Ratings: 41
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.27%
Taps: 15
Bottles: 20
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ 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 by smanders:
Photo of smanders
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%

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!

smanders, Oct 10, 2009
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4.11/5  rDev -2.8%

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?

Thrashsquatch, Nov 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

avisong, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of delta490
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

delta490, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of Jeffreysan
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%

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!

Jeffreysan, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of MarshallMan
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

MarshallMan, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%

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!

beerenjoyer1, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of BritCvS
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%

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.
Enjoy.

BritCvS, May 03, 2012
Photo of Chaney
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

"Come to this place on a Saturday night and see if you get a table" - Me

I go to this place a good bit and it's always packed every time I go!

Atmosphere: Located in a strip mall (with a killer Total Wine!) just inside the Fairfax line. Inside, the typical rustic, garbage can-esque DFH decor is all about. The bar and restaurant area is MUCH more spacious than the Falls Church one which is a good thing.

Quality and Service: The beer pretty much speaks for itself, and the food ain't half bad either. I've always had good service here and never really remember having a bad experience of having to wait too long for anything.

Selection: The always have about 10-15 of their brews on tap and BIG note about this place: THEY FILL GROWLERS! Hell, they even fill ones of their high octane stuff like WW Stout (even though it's very pricey).

Food: I've had just about everything on the menu know, and I have to say that of all the food items, my wife and I tend to gravitate towards the wood-fired pizzas. Also, they have the best crab dip in town.... seriously!

Value: The beer is expensive, no doubt, but a lot of love, blood, sweat, tears, money, and waiting around went into that gourmet liquid. I'll willing to swing it for those quality suds! The food prices are typical of most quality bar fare.... only much better.

I highly recommend this place.... and just about any place that has Dogfish in the title.

Chaney, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of gixxerman
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

gixxerman, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of agomega
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

I was able to make it to the Dogfish Head Alehouse twice last month on business travel. On the first trip a friend and I had to kill several hours here since our flight was pretty late at night. This place is very bright and clean. It is basically half bar half restaurant with the bar taking up the central area of the alehouse. It gets a little loud around 7 or 8 since the place is so open, but hey its a bar. The entire staff seemed very friendly and there is a lot of joking around and even a little horseplay which is entertaining. The beer selection is pretty good with almost all of the standard Dogfish Head beers on tap. I was extremely fond of their Black and Tan which mixed 90 minute with Chicory Stout. In talking with the bartender it sounds like they occasionally get some of the more rare releases on tap such as Burton Baton, 120 Minute, WWS, etc. I wasn't that lucky on either of my trips and their prices for bottles of the more rare beers were a little exorbitant for my pocketbook. The food is as good as the beer and I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people in the area go there for the food with no thought for the beer. I had one of their wood fired pizzas on the first trip and a spicy plate of Jambalaya on my second trip and both were excellent.

The Dogfish Head Alehouse is highly recommended if you are in the area.

agomega, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of Tripphop
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%

This is my local watering hole. The place is great, I love the staff, they are always friendly and know me by name. The food is top notch and some of the best in town. The tap list struggles due to lame ABC laws that send the Dogfish beer to other bars, but they do well nonetheless. (equal distrobution) My only complaint is the pricing, it is not cheap eats or drinks, I try to only go during happy hour, unless I need that fix after work. The atmosphere is open and comfy, it's a great place to hang out, but be prepared do drop some cash.

Tripphop, May 16, 2011
Photo of engagechad
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

My wife and I went to this alehouse when we went to Ikea.. Guys.. it's a good trade off. "Honey can we go to Ikea???" "uh.. sure.. can we stop by the alehouse?" - score.

Parking lot was kind of weird but whatever. Walked in and it was decorated like an applebees and felt like an applebees. People were waiting and I was given a pager. It didn't really feel brewpubby, it just kind of felt like an american style grill/bar (applebees, ruby tuesday, outback, etc..)

There is a cool gift shop right in the front and they sell beer there, but there is a Total wine behind the place so why waste your money..

We were seated and were given service right away from a guy named "T". This guy loved his job and really wanted us to be happy. He gave me a sample of the WWS and brought me a pint of the 75 minute IPA.

Food was great, goood burger and awesome fries, but to be honest it was a little pricey for beers. I think it was something like $6 for one beer, and I understand that you get what you pay for most of time with craft beer but I thought that there would be a deal or something because we were kind of getting it straight from the source.. oh well..

It was a great experience and the service was spot on.

engagechad, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of Bentgrass
3.43/5  rDev -18.9%

Very much a chain feel, not awful - not really a brew pub either.
The staff was friendly but they did have kind of a smugness about them - you know that kind of everything on the menu is 'really good' and any beer you order is 'oh yeah that's a good one', kind of annoying to get a semi-condesending nod from a 22 year old psychology major. Food was decent but nothing at all to rave about - pretty standard stuff. Yes the beers were great, had the India brown ale, chicory stout, 90IPA and the palo santo. Don't think you can find that kind of selection anywhere in western ffx cnty. The only reason to go is for the beer, but that is the only reason I went there. A bit over-hyped, worth going to every now and then, can't imagine being a regular...maybe the bar area is much more fun.

Bentgrass, Mar 06, 2011
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Dogfish Head Alehouse in Fairfax, VA
93 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.