Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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The story of Dogfish Head began in June of 1995 when we opened Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, the first state's first brewpub opened in the resort beach community of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The plan was to bring original beer, original food, and original music to the area.

Not only was Dogfish Head Delaware’s first brewpub, it was the smallest commercial brewery in America. Our very first batch, Shelter Pale Ale, was brewed on a system which essentially was three little kegs with propane burners underneath. Brewing 12–gallon batches of beer for a whole restaurant proved to be more than a full time job. When the doors to the pub first opened, we brewed three times a day, five days a week! The one benefit to brewing on such a small system was the ability to try out a myriad of different recipes. We quickly got bored brewing the same things over and over – that’s when we started adding all sorts of weird ingredients and getting kind of crazy with the beers!

The beer wasn't the brewpub’s only draw. The pub's menu centered on a wood-burning grill. We soon became known as the place to enjoy fresh grilled seafood, burgers, pizzas and sandwiches. The wood–burning grill imparts a unique flavor to everything on the menu, whether it's a hearty sandwich, a delicate piece of fish or our signature pizza dough.

With the popularity of the pub growing, it was quickly apparent that the 12–gallon brewery would not keep up with demand. We built a new brewery and underwent a thirty-fold expansion of the brew house!

The reputation of Dogfish Head ales quickly grew beyond Delaware's borders. Calls from Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and beyond poured in, as thirsty restaurant patrons demanded their favorite beach beer at home. We began bottling our Shelter Pale Ale in 1996 and just 1 year later we expanded again – this time we separated the packaging operation from the restaurant, and kept on brewing! By 1999, we were up to five year–round bottled brands in about a dozen states.

We outgrew our distributing brewery in a couple years and in the summer of 2002; we moved our entire production brewery up the road to Milton, Delaware into a 100,000 square foot converted cannery. Around the same time (just to keep thing interesting), we built a distillery on the second floor of our Rehoboth Beach brewpub, so we could make vodka, rum and gin.
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Reviews: 5

  • Jul 21, 2010
    Ronnie (3)Rank: Beer Novice
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    What can I say, this is the mack daddy of brew houses. They are in the lead with inivation and beer. Raison..Saffron..Apricot
    there is no ingredient they cant whip into a delicious beverage. Um um GOOD
  • May 9, 2010
    gmendlik (1)Rank: Beer Novice
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    I love just about all their beers. They are very creative and each of their beers are very distinctive and different. My favorite is their 90 min IPA.
  • Mar 30, 2010
    Elfugo (2)Rank: Beer NoviceGroup: Barley Wine
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    By far my favorite brewery. That staff loves what they do which naturaly make the place great. I only wish they released the 120 more often.
  • Mar 29, 2009
    Blakepoto (107)Rank: Beer ExplorerGroup: IPA Lovers
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    The food at the restaurant was delicious. The beer availability was pretty extensive considering the switch from the winter season to spring. Quality food quality beer. Dogfish is making a great brand name for itself.
  • Mar 16, 2009
    ABanerjee (29)Rank: Beer AficionadoGroup: Blueberry Lovers
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    Dogfish head - a great brewery in the US. Their 60, 90, 120 minute IPA are the classic ones that I remember drinking.

    However, they have a wide range of other beers including Aprihops - which adds a nice hoppy spring beer, or their Pumpkin Ale which is just in time for Halloween. These guys have a great lineup and most of these beers tend to be available along the east coast.

    The beers that you don't recognize on this list - well they should be recommended to your local distributor so stores around your area can start getting all these beers! Cheers!