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Dogfish Head Brewery

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BEER AVG
3.89/5
Based on:
102 Beers
38,244 Reviews
Place Score: 96
Reviews: 17
Visits: 330
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Store ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @dogfishbeer

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Reviews: 17 | Visits: 330
Photo of 60acresbrewclub
5/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
5/5  rDev +11.4%

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! (625 characters)

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of jancona
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I love tasting some of the harder to find DFH beers here - like Glancing Blow, Firefly, etc. It's hilarious that the dining room is filled with families (me included) and beer-hungry parents fresh from the beach. This is a must visit if you are in Rehoboth. Expect a bit of a wait - but it's worth it. (301 characters)

Photo of Buck89
4.67/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Great visit. A free tour which includes four free tasters of anything on tap, which for me included the 120. Friendly staff and an amazing facility. I'm a bigger fan of DFH following my day here. (195 characters)

Photo of bigeyedfish89
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (730 characters)

Photo of amano_h
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
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.) (1,217 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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. (359 characters)

Photo of JohnParadee
4.49/5  rDev 0%
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! (1,074 characters)

Photo of Jessicamae9923
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This place is extremely welcoming and friendly, the staff is knowledgeable, and the beer is nothing short of wondrous. The only drawback is there is no seats at the bar and no place to really hang out. They have a food truck but it isn't well advertised or in plain sight. I feel like it would be a great hangout spot if they gave the bar area a bit more comfort. (363 characters)

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (2,151 characters)

Photo of drtth
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The tour we took here was one of the most memorable we've been on for both my wife and myself. It was enjoyed so much that we've been there twice.

Good a good look at the brewing equipment and some of the original equipment used back in the day.

The tour guide was knowledgable and did a good job of answering question.

The samples of beers on tap were reasonable sized portions and those my wife did not enjoy I got to finish.

There was a nice selection of some of the standard offerings along with some of those seasonals that had recently been released. Prices were basically comparable with what would be found elsewhere in Delaware.

Good quality experience. (669 characters)

Photo of BranfordBound
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Went here in the summer of 2013, made a stop to the brewery then went to the brewpub in Rehoboth. The tour was cool, we weren't even sure we could get in without reservations but they let it slide and we went along (big thanks). Came back out and tried a slew of beers, they probably had about 6 on tap. Tried 'em all (and got the warning about the beast that is Palo Santo) and they were all fresh and delicious. Didn't care for the Theobroma, though. Walked away with a case of Festine Peche and a poster of its artwork, which is awesome and the best thing I've ever seen. The brewpub was great, too (separate rating). Now all I need is to go inside the treehouse. (666 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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. (335 characters)

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

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. (511 characters)

Photo of DarkLordPsycho
3.46/5  rDev -22.9%
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. (667 characters)

Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, DE
96 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.