If you ever find yourself in the state of Delaware, you should make your way down to Rehoboth Beach to visit Dogfish Head Brewing & Eats. In my quest to visit all 50 states, I recently found myself in Delaware (my 49th state). Dogfish Head was a planned stop on our trip and I’m glad that it was. Originally I pictured the restaurant and brewpub to be a tiny shack on a small and somewhat isolated beach, similar to the beaches and towns I found up in Connecticut and Rhode Island. I was completely off on my vision, as Rehoboth Beach is quite the booming beach town. Plus Dogfish Head is multiple blocks from the beach. Though once we made it inside, I was not disappointed at all.
We arrived around 6pm one Saturday evening and found that there was only a fifteen minute wait for a table. Even though we weren’t too hungry at the time, we figured we better take the opportunity to sit down inside, or else we may miss the chance. Our table inside the cramped room was ready quickly. Before we could even think about eating anything we had many important decisions to make selecting what to drink. The tap list is constantly changing, in fact one of the choices from the freshly printed menu, 120 Minute IPA, was already dry.
For our first round of tasters we selected Hellhound On My Ale (Imperial IPA), Indian Brown Ale (American Brown), Sah’tea (Sahti), Theobroma (Chile), and Black & Red (Imperial Stout). All of these beers were good, though all quite different from the next. Hellhound was a delicious and hoppy replacement for 120 Minute, though I still would have liked to have had another try of 120. Indian Brown is available year-round but is a great example of the style. Sah’tea was very interesting, with an almost chai tea taste at times. Theobroma was the biggest surprise, with flavors of chocolate and chile packed into a lightly colored beer. Finally Black & Red was a high alcohol stout with lots of fruit and mint flavors mixed in.
While enjoying the tasty samples of beer, my wife and I decided to order a little food. We agreed to split the Revolutionist Pizza which is topped with roasted garlic olive oil, Cypress Grove Midnight Moon aged goat cheese, caramelized onions, green apple, and fresh thyme. The wood fired crust with bits of wheat, barley, and un-fermented ale was thin and crunchy. The toppings were a perfect complement to some of the outrageous beers that we were sampling. The flavors could easily go with any beer they have on tap.
Eventually we ordered another round of tasters. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo so I forget some of the samples we had, but I know that Chicory Stout, My Antonia, and Raison D’Etre. We may have also had Chateau Jiahu and Namaste, or maybe I’m getting confused since I bought a bottle of each of these from the production brewery for beach enjoyment later on our vacation. I also ordered a glass of the 75 Minute IPA on their cask system, a tasty blend of 60 and 90 Minute IPA’s. All of the beers were tasty, that’s for sure.
To wrap up the night, my wife and I split a piece of the Chicory Stout Bacon Chocolate Cheesecake. In theory this sounded like a tasty mix: beer, bacon, and chocolate. However, the desert fell a bit short. I think the bacon could have been a bit crisper, since find a big piece of chewy bacon in your desert is really strange. The flavors went together pretty well, but the texture was hard to adjust to. I’d try one of the other beer infused deserts if I were to make it to the restaurant again.
Overall we had a really great experience at this legendary establishment. I would highly recommend checking it out if you are ever in the neighborhood.