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Dogfish Head Alehouse

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

68 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:
68
Ratings:
96
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
6.89%
 
 
Taps:
16
Bottles/Cans:
30
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 96
Reviews by therica:
Photo of therica
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Wow I love the opportunity to get here, occasionally, an hour's drive.

Decent food, for starters. You could have a child's birthday dinner here if you wanted. I love the calimari appetizers and the veggie pizza and ... the list goes on. My daughter wasn't impressed on one occasion with her dinner but overall the meals are above-average.

Service-- fantastic. Plus, servers are beer-savvy. In fact, as part of their training they have an entire day of hands-on education on DFH beers. What a pity they get paid for it ;-)

Beers-- DFH on tap, need I say more? The only downside is not the place's fault, it's the N*zi-esque Montg Co law which forbids dispensing growlers. In fact, this establishment has to buy its kegs from Montg Co which in turn buys it from DFH in Delaware! What a political SCAM! This is called the traditional "Three-Tier Distribution" system. Rep John Boehner (R-OH) is all for it, especially since he gets nice contributions from the folks at AnhBushInBev et al. Watch the dvd "Beer Wars" the next time you wish you coulda gotten a growler of Palo Santo or Bitches Brew, or even an 8oz rather than a 5oz serving restricted by Montg Co Law.

I even got an android app for my cellphone that shows the hourly update photos of this place's current on-tap beer board! Search for "Ale Boards" if you're interested.

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More User Reviews:
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%

Photo of RedBane
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Seanem44
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Great atmosphere in this two story building. Rustic look with nice Dogfish Head posters hung all over. A bit plain, but in a good way. Not cluttered like some places.

Quality is excellent. Both in beer and food. The food compliments the beer wonderfully. Try the crab dip!

Selection is good. For me I consider it great, and I love DFH beer. The Chicory Stout was out, which I was disappointed about. Can't fault them though. A good beer goes quick.

The food was really good as well. My parents enjoyed it which is a compliment as my Mom can be hard to please.

Value was great as well. Not to high priced, and there were both cheap and expensive beer choices.

My only knock is on the service which was a little slow. Really it was our server. She wasn't bad, just not fast or attentive.

I will be going back to this place for sure!

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