Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft BreweryDogfish Head Craft Brewery
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Dogfish Head Craft BreweryDogfish Head Craft Brewery
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Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

6 Cannery Vlg
Milton, Delaware, 19968-1308
United States

(302) 684-1000 | map
dogfish.com

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BA Score:
4.55/5
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
408
pDev:
12.75%
 
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Ratings: 408 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of jzeilinger
4.08/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Was able to finally visit the brewery for the first time this past weekend for the Record Store Day release. The brewery locations off premise has a completely different vibe to it since there's a restaurant and live music involved. The brewery tasting room is spacious and the bartenders are right on top of it. Brewery tours are available and the "swag shop" is well stocked. I have to hand it to DFH, they are masters of marketing and swag (if that's what your in to).

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Photo of GavinG83
4.64/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of djrn2
3.68/5  rDev -19.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of JTFinger
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Cheers101
4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Very cool site. Enjoyed the beers, the distillery, and the tour. A bit busy for my taste, but good for them! Will definately go back when in the area.

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Photo of BeerMan247
4.34/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has been cranking out classic American India Pale Ales for years now, and they have no plans on slowing down.

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Photo of luvabrew
4/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

More juicy and citrus than piney. Satisfying middle of the road IPA....good for this brewery and. It as high test as some of their’s.

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Photo of chiefz1
4.76/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of 123turtle
4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

For a really fun time you must visit their brewery in Milton De. I Was impressed by the tour of the facility and the knowledge of the tour guide. Tours given on the hour. After the tour you get to sample four brews of your choice at the bar. Also a food truck on the premises . Yearly event for us and we always bring guests.

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Photo of Ochs0314
4.12/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Bajdog
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Bork77
4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of CaptainHate
4.36/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

This is based on a tour I took along with my wife and college roomie and his wife when we were visiting them in Rehoboth. It's a large operation, obviously; probably a bit too much for some craft "purists". The guy conducting the tour was outstanding: a theater major in college who found a good paying gig while being entertaining. He must love beer because he answered every question insightfully. They were very generous with samples but the selection was pretty boring.

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Photo of jrfehon33
3.82/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Mothergoose03
4.11/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

My wife and I stopped here to take the brewery tour and to try some more beers that we didn't have at the Rehoboth Beach pub. The tour is fairly standard as far as what you see and the explanation of how beer is brewed, but the tour is unique because you get to drink 4 samplers of their beers at the end, the beer and tour being free. The pub has a decent vibe to it, and beer is ordered at the bar, so service was good.

There were 19 beers on tap, so after finishing the 4 that they gave us, we branched out on our own choices and had 4 more samplers, including one from 'Sam's Stash' the Higher Math @ 17% abv. All of the beers were very good, although I could not finish the Higher Math because it was just too sweet. Of the 8 beers that we had, the old reliable one, Indian Brown, was our favorite, followed by Flesh & Blood IPA, Midas Touch, and Burton Baton.

The food here is from a permanently-parked food truck just outside the rear door, and you order your food and pay out there. Sadly it was near the end of the day and they had run out of most things, so we had to choose from only a sausage sandwich or a veggie burger. Neither was worth saying anything much good about, but neither was bad. We had a nice tour and some free beer, so can't complain. This place is definitely worth the visit. Thanks for the free beers, Sam.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
3.63/5  rDev -20.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3

This trip to Delaware was pretty last minute and little preparation was done before visiting this brewery. In fact, if I had done more research I would have found out that there is a small brewery right where I was staying in Georgetown, D.E. Anyways, I digress. So, here is the deal with Dogfish Head. If you go in the front door and talk to someone you will find out that you can take a tour(they are big on tours) and have a tasting, or just go right ahead and do the tasting. I skipped the tour and went for the tasting. They give you and your guests a card per person. On the card there are four places for beer choices. You get to write down four beers that you want free samples of in a 5 ounce glass(just a guess). You go to the bar, or tasting area and wait. You will wait for a while. Once someone actually aknowledges your exsistence they will look down at your card and spot one of the beer names that have not been scratched off. They scratch off a name and go and get you one sample. They only get you one sample at a time. So, they come back with a small tasting glass full of your choice of beer. There was about 8 choices of beers and one was not a beer, but a soda. They had World Wide Stout(barrel aged vanilla), pumpkin ale, Sea Quench ale, Their imperial brown ale called Palo Santo Marron 12%, the 90 minute IPA, or the 120, two from barrels and a craft soda. The pumpkin ale was very light and not much flavor. The Sea Quench ale was light and tastey. The Palo Santo looked more like a stout, or maybe a porter and was pretty good. The World Wide Stout was pretty delicous. I have already had the IPA's. Here is the thing. We went in the side of the building, no one told us about the cards and we waited at the bar and the servers were super rude to us. As soon as I figured out about the cards we were treated a bit more fairly, but if you don't know about the cards you are looked as very strangely and responded to very rudely, vaguely and you just have to figure it out for yourself that you need go to the front of the place first. There are like 10 people behind the bar and if you don't have a card they don't know what to do. I wish they would have just told us to go over to the front and get a card. We waited for a while and no one mentioned the cards. Anyways, the service really could use some help, but it was nice to get free samples and then try some actual pints of things that we liked.
They have a gift shop with beer, t-shirts, coasters, other various types of merch. The gift shop kind of sucks because everything is over priced. There were no special deals because you went to the brewery. I guess the beer is more fresh, but I wasn't really into buying alot of stuff that is too pricey. They have a food truck outside and the food is actually pretty good. The prices on food are also very fair. So, the food truck was maybe the best thing about it, well, no, I mean the beer was, but it always disapponts me how oddly the service is at breweries. I guess I shouldn't expect good service though because it is a brewery and not a restaraunt. Although, these people do own a restaraunt in Rehoboth. Here is an odd thing, there was alot of babies in the brewery. Alrighty, enough rant for now I am done.

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Photo of dino112265
4.97/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great beer

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Photo of mynie
3.87/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Coming from the Midwest, and even after relocating to New England, I never thought of Delaware as a beachy, touristy type of place. Even driving through it, it seemed like a collection of absurdly large bridges and tiny, sad little skylines gleaming off in the distance. But now, having re-relocated to the Mid-Atlantic, it turns out that Delaware and the weird side of Maryland and the Philly side of Jersey are all essentially the same place, and they are touristy as hell.

The brewery in Milton is about a 15 drive from the brewpub and shop, which sit off the boardwalk in Rehoboth. The brewery is situation more like a regular, large craft production brewery, tucked away in a field adjacent to a really cute residential neighborhood. Milton is pretty quiet.

The brewery is one of the largest craft facilities I've ever been to. The taproom is huge and contains a special bar that's just for growlers. They don't serve food inside but there's usually a food truck out front, along with a patio area and a bags game.

We didn't do the tour, but we did have a few pints in the taproom. The selection was wide and pours were reasonably sized and priced. They also offered a handful of of vintage beers dating back about 4 years--nothing in particular caught my eye, but that's a nice touch.

You don't need me to describe Dogfish Head's beers to you, right?

The vibe was deeply Caucasian but that's just what you get sometimes. The music kind of sucked and the decor seemed like it was trying to hard to be goofy, but overall things were friendly and welcoming. It wasn't really enough unlike any number of other brewery experiences for me to recommend it too heavily, but if you're in the area it would be silly to not stop by.

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5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of cp45
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Honeyham7
4.23/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Photo of HurryItsJacob
4.77/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Comander_Shepard
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Nate139
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Michiganman2325
4.9/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, DE
Brewery rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 142,762 ratings