Dogfish Head Brewery is based in Milton, Delaware founded by Sam Calagione, and is America’s 12th largest craft brewery. The brewery was featured prominently in the documentary Beer Wars. Sam’s unique approach to brewing led to the creation of Brew Masters, a weekly show that ran on Discovery Channel in 2010 and revolved around the creation and production of unique beers inspired from imaginations around the world. Dogfish was named Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional at the James Beard Awards in 2017.
Dogfish Head officially began in June of 1995 when Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats opened —the first state’s first brewpub— in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware…because breweries were illegal in the state. Calagione successfully lobbied legislators to change the laws just weeks before the planned grand opening. Not only was Dogfish Head Delaware’s first brewpub, it was the smallest commercial brewery in America. Dogfish Head quickly expanded, first bottling its beer in 1996 before opening a second brewery in Milton, Delaware, the next year. Since then Dogfish Head has opened a distillery in Rehoboth Beach; the Dogfish Inn hotel in Lewes, Delaware; and Dogfish Head Alehouses in Gaithersburg, MD; Falls Church, VA, and Fairfax, VA.
In 2019, Boston Beer Company, makers of Sam Adams, Angry Orchard, Truly and Twisted Tea, merged with Dogfish Head in a $300 million deal. Due to the complicated brewing recipes (only one Dogfish Head beer can even be brewed in a Sam Adams brewery), Dogfish Head continued to only be brewed in its Delaware breweries as it has since 1995.
In addition to the brewery, Dogfish Head also operates a micro distillery at the Rehoboth Beach brewpub with products such as Roasted Peanut Vodka, Barrel Honey Rum and Let’s Get Lost, a whiskey that won gold in the 2020 L.A. Spirits Awards in the category American Single Malt. The distillery is very small; Dogfish Head spirits are distributed only in Delaware and a handful of other states.
Epitomizing the soul of Dogfish Head since 1995, Brewings & Eats originated as the smallest commercial brewery in the United States and the beginning of the Dogfish Head story. Brewing only two or three 10 gallon batches a day on a glorified homebrew system, Dogfish founder Sam Calagione had the flexibility to indulge his off-centered whims, wandering into the brewpub’s kitchen to grab handfuls of raisins, a cup of maple syrup and even a scoop (or two) of roasted chicory.
It wasn’t long before Sam’s ever-hungry imagination lead him to experimenting with small batch vodkas, gins and rums, and in 2002 he began honing recipes and building a loyal cadre of spirit drinkers among guests. Serving up a menu of wood-grilled dishes and live music on the weekends, Brewings & Eats became known as the home of Original Beer, Original Spirits, Original Food and Original Music.
After over two decades in Rehoboth, we opened the new Brewings & Eats right next door to our original space with the same commitment to world-class food, beer, spirits and music. Our scratch-made brewpub menu features original pub fare like our Crab Corn Chowder, Seafood Tacos, House Baked Pretzel Bites and wood-grilled Indulgence Burger, alongside a selection of wood-fired pizzas from our stone hearth oven, sandwiches and tacos, soups and salads, and entrees! Phew! Stop by for a selection of off-centered ales including cask beers and Brewpub Exclusives only available at Brewings & Eats, as well as creative cocktails. We can fill up your Crowler or growler to-go!
Throughout the pub, you’ll find artwork celebrating the creative, rebellious connection of three American art forms: punk rock, hip-hop, and craft brewing. Our state-of-the-art stage hosts regional and national acts all year-round, strengthening our sentiment that the enjoyment of a beautiful beer while listening to original music at the same time is an exponentially awesome experience.
Off-centered ales for off-centered people