Dogfish Head Alehouse

BA SCORE
93
outstanding

69 Reviews
Dogfish Head AlehouseDogfish Head Alehouse
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

800 W Diamond Ave
Gaithersburg, Maryland, 20878-1413
United States

(301) 963-4847 | map
dogfish.com

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Added by Todd on 10-08-2005

PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
98
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
6.89%
 
 
Taps:
16
Bottles/Cans:
30
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 98
Reviews by damndirtyape:
Photo of damndirtyape
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I used to live in the Gaithersburg area and the place that now holds this place has changed hands several times before Dogfish Head landed it. Right across from NIST it's a great hangout for the local scientists and those just wanting a good beer. I go there every time I'm in the area.

The main bar and some eating areas are downstairs, and upstairs is solely tables for the restaurant part of the alehouse. Cozy, clean, nothing special.
Of course the beer selection is only Dogfish Head, but they have a pretty good selection of tap and bottled beers.
I found the service to be very good. They tell you up front if the beer you've ordered is only on tap or if its only available in bottles. They always bring the right glass for the beer and do make helpful suggestions on pairing with food or personal tastes.
Food is good. Not "Wow!" but quite good. The beer shines out and the food goes nicely with it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of daliandragon
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

I live right down the road but only got there for the for the first time on Friday night. My sister flew in from Oakland so it seemed like a good time to try it out. The selection was solid but mostly familiar but we were impressed with the portion sizes on our apps, and the nacho and spinach artichoke quality was solid. It wasn't as crowded as I would have expected for Friday hour and I will definitely be back.

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Photo of StoutLover14
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Slatetank
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of bigred89
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

I like Dogfish Head. I said I like them, not love them so calm yourself as I explain my mediocre review of my first and likely only DFH Alehouse experience.

The place is decked with swag and DFH history/memorabilia all along the walls. Its a neat atmosphere looking at the DFH bottles and stuff of yesteryear. I sat at the bar, there was plenty of overflow seating all around.

We ordered a couple pints, an appetizer (reuben egg rolls - awesome) a burger and the cuban special. The food was tasty as expected and adequate in its portion/pricing.

Service I had mixed feelings about. There were 2 male bartenders and a female taking care of the (15 at most? sorry didnt count exactly how many) patrons at the bar. 1 bartender per 3-4 people seems excessive but at least they would give you plenty of attention...right? Nope. The female must have been in charge of keeping the chalk boards up to date with what was currently on tap. She did so several times during our ~45 minute visit. The one male bartender took care of our side of the bar while the other male paced back and forth on the other half. You can tell this place caters to the regulars and they go out of their way to do so. Our bartender extended greetings and lengthy jokes/stories without paying much attention to the fact that my friend was without a beer and asked him several times to try something different (though he didnt hear him or even stop to check in.)

The selection of food was decent, the selection of beer...well I guess it was average compared to most places. I think there were 10 things on tap and 10 or more bottles to pick from. However, everything on tap were staple or seasonal DFH selections, there wasnt anything special or unique except for them pouring you a black and tan of 90 minute and chickory stout - that was the "exclusive" beer they had which you can honestly do at home. I got what I thought was a fresh new offering - a fruited ipa. It didnt seem that fresh, the fruit was hardly noticeable and the base hoppy beer wasnt that hoppy. The menu described it as "intense" this was not by any means, let alone DFH standards. Maybe they poured me the wrong beer? Thats the only assumption I can make.

I was told by a few prople that this place wasnt worth checking out. I figured they were just being snobby about it. Nope, they were right. If you want to have a proper DFH experience, skip this place and go to the Rehoboth location.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.38/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I attended the New Years Eve pairing dinner and was so impressed. The food was amazing. The beers were full pours for all five courses, including 18% Fort. All this for $65 in the DC area and that's a hell of a deal.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
4.25/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of wmbiii
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of 46woody
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of ConradKenney
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of misternebbie
4.61/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of Capsfan90
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of jasonmmccormick
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Blown away, we took my cousin there for his birthday to get some quality beers. That was of course the easy part and expected. What was unexpected was the food. The Jambalaya was top shelf which was very surprising. My favorite dish and this was as good as it gets. The waiter was very attentive and we talked a lot of beer which is always good. Outstanding and a place that I will attend whenever possible.

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Photo of SicEmChris
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of oskinker
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of mattjcrawford
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of srletend
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Great selection of Dogfish Head (obviously), but no 120 minute IPA... Food ok, but nothing special.

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Photo of BigRizz62
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of reebtaerG
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of GuttaMane138
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Dougish
5/5  rDev +18.8%

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Dogfish Head Alehouse in Gaithersburg, MD
4.21 out of 5 based on 98 ratings.
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