After we departed Flyingdog last week, we swung over to Dogfish Head brew pub for some chow and a couple more craft brews. We hit the Gaithersburg location.
Here's what the guys from Dogfish Head have to say over at their site...
Here you'll find many of the favorite features that folks have enjoyed at the original Rehoboth, Delaware Brewpub for more than ten years; comfortable, casual surroundings and service, tasty and unique wood grilled food and, of course, the craft-brewed Dogfish ales! Don't forget to check out our newest Alehouse in Falls Church, Virginia.
When you visit, first check our beer chalkboard, it'll tell you what we have on tap. We usually have a great selection of the year-round beers, and we get all of the seasonal and special release beers - you can certainly quench your thirst for Dogfish here! And keep in mind - any choice you make travels only two hours from the brew vats in Milton, Delaware to our beer taps in Gaithersburg.
We split a plate of extra crispy, hot all drum, buffalo wings. (They left 2 wings under the pile of drums, but I guess you can't win them all...) I also decided to get a sampler and took some notes via twitter on each of the samples. Here's what I twittered:
- 60 Min IPA: great session IPA, citrusy hop finish... 5:59 PM
- 90 Min IPA: decadent, velvety, rich malty and hoppy... sip this puppy, 9 % ABV 6:04 PM
- Indian Brown Ale: Brown Ale meets IPA... Awesome hybrid, something for the hop head and malt head alike... 6:12 PM
- Shelter Pale Ale: OK, peanut finish... Good with some pan-Asian food or maybe PB&J? 5:56 PM
- Chicory Stout: coffee & licorice... Don't love it but well built none the less... 6:17 PM
From your left to your right, Chicory Stout, Shelter Pale Ale, 60 Min IP, 90 Min IPA, Indian Brown Ale, Shelter Pale Ale, and one cool dude... (note: cool dude is way in the background...)
I had a really good bacon cheeseburger and rounded the night off with a pint of 60 minute IPA, all good. Jesse had a Lawnmower Light, which he said was a, "...great beer for a hot day of mowing lawns, go figure..." He paired that with a portabella mushroom burger, which he thought was pretty good as well.
Regarding the local DC/Baltimore area brewpub scene... So far, Dogfish Head and Rock Bottom in Bethesda are my favorite area brew pubs... Du Claws is pretty good too, but I was not overly impressed with Capital City or Gordon Biersch. In fairness to Capital City and Gordon Biersch, we hit those places after walking across DC in the cold rain. I was just underwhelmed by their customer service.
We really enjoyed Dogfish Head Alhouse and may try to squeeze in a trip to see the "the brew vats in Milton, Delaware" before we leave the area if time permits. Stay tuned!