- Sunday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Monday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Tuesday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Wednesday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Thursday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
- Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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!
Definitely recommend the “Off-Centered Tour.” $20 gets you 4 samples throughout the tour + a sample glass + a flight afterwards. The tour itself is well done, very informative of not only the brewing process at Dogfish Head but also its history— which was super interesting! My only small critique is that the tour felt very scripted. We’ve been on other big name brewery tours that were a bit more interactive/personal than this one.
We are always looking forward to try the exclusive beers on tap that you can only get them at this location! The crew members are always so friendly, attentive and knowledgeable!
We highly recommended getting the beer crowlers, as they really know how to fill and seal them well! Our crowlers still taste great after a couple weeks, which did not happen for some crowlers we got from other microbrews.
The indoor dining area has plenty of tables but it will also get packed sometimes. Outdoor area is super cozy (when the weather is nice)!
Looking forward to our next visit already!
We came on a rainy Sunday afternoon to grab a few brews and try their spirits.
Everything we tried was delicious. The staff was super friendly and knowledgeable, guided us through the selection and were attentive and made we sure we never had an empty glass.
The beer selection is obviously the focus but they’ve put a lot of time into developing a great spirit selection as well. Using local ingredients and partnering with other local small businesses which I think speaks volumes about what Sam and Mariah have created with their team. No matter how big Dogfish has become they’ve stayed true to staying local and supporting local.
The parking is very big so plenty of room. They also have several different tours starting at $5 for the basic tour lasting about 25 min to the longer more immersive tour that lasts about an hour. They also have a distillery tour if you want to see how the spirits are made.
The tour will also take you into their Steampunk Tree House which is super cool and has an awesome history.
There’s also a huge gift shop that offers all kinds of apparel, swag and merch.
If you’re feeling hungry they have a small menu that has rotating soup, charcuterie board, pulled pork, pizza and a Bavarian pretzel among other snack options.
Great experience rain or shine.