Dogfish Head Brewery

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3.83/5
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124,423 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 315
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.56
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[ Brewery, Bar, Store ]

6 Cannery Vlg
Milton, Delaware, 19968-1308
United States
phone: (302) 684-1000

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Ratings: 315 | Reviews: 30
Photo of fgarcia1687
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Best brewery in the world.

Photo of DarkLordPsycho
3.46/5  rDev -24.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.25 | selection: 4.25

Good selection of beer, tour is longer now since they take you outside to the bottling/packing warehouse. Employees in the bar area seems a little snooty. For example, even though I was trying to get service they seemed to ignore me and continue conversations with each other. When we were finally served and the person I was with had enough beer, they promptly came over to us said said sharing is not allowed and dumped the beer. The sample sizes were not that big but the guy told me something about Delaware law. It seemed odd, since Fordham / Old Dominion down the line were really laid back with bigger sample sizes and had an awesome family vibe, but whatever.

Photo of JohnParadee
4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

I love DFH brews and greatly respect/appreciate what Sam & Co. have done for the industry. So call me biased. But the brewery here is state of the art, and DFH has reinvested substantial dollars to "do it right" in every facet of the operation. Quality control is paramount, and the new bottling facility is a marvel of modern engineering. Truly the gold standard for the industry. Take the tour, if you get the chance...it's well done, and a true education.

As for the tasting room, I'm sure there are very good reasons why they cannot offer much more than the standard lineup here (as opposed to the brewpub in Rehoboth, where you can sample all of the experimental brews). In this regard, the brewery is more of the mass production factory, while the brewpub is the mad scientist's laboratory. But this is still a good spot to catch all of the special releases (WWS, DFH 120, Beer Thousand, Raison D'Extra). My recommendation is that you visit BOTH the brewery (in Milton) and the brewpub (in Rehoboth). They are both great spots, for different reasons. Enjoy!

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Fun tour (paid if I recall) with lots of yummy beers to sample (for free if I recall).

Also, you can play bocce ball and cornhole outside while you drink and wait for your tour.

WORD OF ADVICE: Don't expect to arrive and go on your tour right away. A lot of people visit here, and you may need to put your name on the list and wait for the next tour with room in it for you and your party.

Photo of MorbidClown
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

The perfect beer for watching the Sunday game. great flavor, nice aroma, and an awesome after taste.

Photo of NinjaJesus
5/5  rDev +9.6%

You like beer? You must visit.

Photo of Gajo74
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Arguably the best brewery in America, particularly in terms of the creative and innovative methods in which they brew their products. They offer tours inside the brewery that are very informative. The tour guides as well as other staff are very friendly and it seems like they are knowledgeable and passionate about beer. They also offer free tastings. Another feature I like is that they have a barbecue stand in which they sell food that is partly cooked with beer. I had a sausage on a bun that was delicious. Located in Milton, Delaware, a small little town with an any town USA feel to it. I will definitely visit again!

Photo of Pballa4lyfe
5/5  rDev +9.6%

They catered my wedding for a reason! They're the best!

Photo of Tim_Good
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

This is not your every day IPA. Head is decent size.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Located pretty much in the middle of nowhere between a bunch of crops field. Location is actually pretty cool with a bunch of bocce ball files, food truck, and some metal tree. Free samples plus great tour makes for fantastic experience. Shop was also very well stocked with a great selection of beers and growlers. I would drop by again if I am in the area.

Photo of Alaska1
5/5  rDev +9.6%

My heaven!

Photo of HunterSBeerson
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Love this brewery. They make exciting and interesting beers, that are always top notch.

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

Gets good marks for those wishing to try most of the DFH beers that otherwise easily available many places. Usual gift shop. Tasting area is large but largely nondescript. For people seeking to explore new beers or experimental beers...it is essentially boring...don't waste your time. Better chances at the Rehoboth brew pub. Despite well deserved reputation for the "off centered" and very high quality beers...there is a bit of the Stone "corporate" thing going on here. Guess we all have to grow up someday.

Photo of BryanFlaherty
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Excellent brewery tour.

Photo of MMarkMelly
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Fun Small Brewery. Traveled from Surfing Dewey/Skim Tourny While At a Bachelor Party Weekend.

Bartender Was a Riot.

Photo of JudeFox
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Fun, hip with great beer, and a strong sense of community - what else could you want from a brewery? Short answer: just more of it!

Photo of jmdrpi
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

great brewery tour, as you get to see the legendary palo santo tanks. staff is friendly, beer is tasty (although just the regular offerings). lots of unique merchandise if you want to pick some up.

I recommend you also drive down to the beach (in the off-season) to the brewpub to try some experimental beers and/or vintage stuff.

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.79/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Been to the DFH brewery several times, most recently for my wife and mine's 5th wedding anniversary and for the vinyl swap event in mid June. The thing that really stands out in the relaxed and laid back atmosphere. Underneath that however, is a staff that is extremely dedicated and knowledgeable in their craft. The tour is well worth your time, not only is it free, but you also get 4 samples at the completion. They have a nightly happy hour where the year round beers are 50% off, plus decent food at the food cart outside. The 25.3oz bottles are cheaper here than anywhere else as well(duh). Anytime I am passing through Delaware, I drop in, you should too.

Photo of amano_h
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I called in for the tour about three hours ahead of the 2.5hr drive down to Milton from NJ, and oh boy was I glad that I did.

DFH offers the usual brewery "perks"; free samples/samplers, an extensive gift shop, and a chance to be surrounded by beer geeks and lovers alike.

Perhaps we were lucky or maybe DFH is just that awesome, but my SO and I somehow ended up on a private tour with the one tour guide who was really knowledgeable on microbiology and the fermentation process, and even custom-tailored the tour to match our interests.

I can say without hesitation that this brewery tour was the first time in my life that made me glad to be a certified lab tech; kudos to the brewery for the extremely engaging and interesting insight to the behind-the-scenes of one of America's best IPAs--special mentions go to their amazingly creative staff and their awesome naming sense (I still chuckle about "Me So Hoppy" and "The Great Cornholio" at work)

Would definitely recommend beer geeks and novices alike to take the tour; even if you're not interested in the tour itself, there's plenty of other attractions around the brewery to keep you engaged (the treehouse, various beer art, beer-infused brats, and etc.)

Photo of bigeyedfish89
4.65/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I went here a few weeks ago, right before Memorial Day weekend. Before going, I looked up the tour times and got there right in time the 3 o'clock tour. We had an awesome tour guide, very knowledgable. The tour took about an hour and fifteen minutes, very in-depth and interesting. After the tour we got our (free) four beer samples from the probably 15 beers they had to choose. Food was available, we just didn't buy any.

Overall a great tour, highly recommend it! Free tour, free beer.

One suggestion: get there early, get your samples, then go on the tour. That way when you are finished you can drink more! We drank our samples after the tour and were feeling a little buzzed, so we didn't end up buying a pint from there.

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Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, DE
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