Dogfish Head Brewery

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Dogfish Head BreweryDogfish Head Brewery
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124,528 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 315
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: n/a
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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 NinjaJesus
5/5  rDev +9.6%

You like beer? You must visit.

Photo of BryanFlaherty
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Excellent brewery tour.

Photo of Pballa4lyfe
5/5  rDev +9.6%

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

Photo of k3lso
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

great place to visit , great vibe about the place , people really enjoy working there, very knowlegable about the product

Photo of djriker82
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Went on a tour, Kevin, our guide was phenomenal, if you tour Dog Fish Head ask for Kevin to be your guide.

Photo of fgarcia1687
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Best brewery in the world.

Photo of SithPagan
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

One of (if not the) best brewery in America. Got to love olde school and 120 IPA

Photo of Alaska1
5/5  rDev +9.6%

My heaven!

Photo of 60acresbrewclub
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

By far the best brewery experience I've ever been privy too. They are continously inovating and schooled me on tons of things. Everytime I've made the pilgrimage it has become bigger and more fun. They're not afraid to "invest" read (waste) a lot of money on something to create a beer that will probably never return the investment, simply so people can taste what people drank 100, 500, 1000, 2000, or more years ago. Also their brew pub always has tons of beers on draft that are only available there until they're gone. If I was only allowed to go to one brewery/brewpub this is the one I'd pick.

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 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 HunterSBeerson
5/5  rDev +9.6%

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

Photo of plinck
4.97/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great tour & tasting. Thanks Jamie for a job well done!

Photo of rsmugs77
4.89/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

my favorite brewery to tour

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 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 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 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.

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 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 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 Tim_Good
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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

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'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 ArsMoriendiOU818
4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I have a new respect and appreciation for Dogfish Head after visiting their brewery. I haven't tried a single Dogfish Head beer in over a year. However, when fresh, their brews are especially exceptional. I can also see how people like the 120 Minute now. A big boozy IPA like that should be consumed fresh. It's more malty than I like, unsurprising given the alcohol by volume, but it's really quite drinkable and delicious fresh. They do free tours and give you 4 free samples. The brewery looks almost like a college campus, there's a couple buildings, there were tents outside (there was some vinyl event going on), a food truck, people playing games including bocci ball outdoors. This is definitely the nicest, and biggest, brewery I've been to. The shop was also nice and they had some pretty sweet DFH merch. They also have great prices for growler fills and bottles.

So why 4 stars? They need to better organize their bar setup. Maybe hire another person or 2. The worker's don't seem to know how to use the register too well. I saw a couple of them standing by that thing for minutes at a time for single beer purchases and ask other's questions about how to do things. Not sure if they were new employee's or if their were new register's, but more importantly and much more frustrating was how long it took to get those 4 samples! It took over 1 and a half hours to drink about 16 oz's of beer. It should also be noted that some bartenders filled the sample cup halfway and other's to the brim. I don't like complaining about free things, it really is awesome of them to do so, but since it took 1.5 hours, we were unable to tour the tree house or do the self tour of the bottling line, as they were both closed by then. Half the people had already left by the time I ordered a 120 Minute IPA as well. The place was really jumpin' when we arrived. Also of note, the gift shop does not take Discover. They lost out on $60 because of that.

Either way, visiting the brewery left me with a very positive impression of Dogfish Head, and rekindled my interest in their beers. I have just 6 more words for you: Palo Santo Marron. Top notch beer.

Photo of Act25
4.37/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Creative. But big.
Service could be better.
Quality & Selection excel.

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Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, DE
100 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.