Road Trip to Dogfish Head: Where the beer and the antelope play

Dogfish Head

Upon a recommendation from a beer friend, I began reading “Brewing Up Business,” by Sam Calagione, Founder and President of Dogfish Head.  Within the first few chapters I was inspired.  I decided to take an impromptu road trip down to Milton, DE to take a tour then check out their brewpub in Rehoboth Beach. I have been trying to get down there for years, yet life always gets in the way.

I have been trying to get down there for years, yet life always gets in the way. If you have read the “about” section of this website, you will quickly realize my love for all things Dogfish Head. It was the first beer I ever liked.  Their creativity never ceases to amaze and inspire me.  If you have never been to Dogfish Head, you should probably go.

AlchySeltzer & Co.

AlchySeltzer at Dogfish Head

I love that everything has a name like the Tunnel of Love packaging machine and Sofa King Hoppy, a hopping device created to ensure constant hopping of beer.  Furthermore, I got a sneak peek at the new Dogfish Head beer sixty-one.  It is the classic 60-minute IPA brewed with Syrah grape must.  I snagged this pic through a chain link fence. I don’t feel bad posting this because it has now officially leaked by Dogfish.

Sofa King Hoppy: The Continual Hopper

Sofa King Hoppy: The Continual Hopper

Tunnel of Love: A Packaging Machine

Tunnel of Love: Putting bottles into boxes

Nicholas Cage: Paper Recycling Bin

Nicholas Cage: Paper Recycling

Coming soon to a store near you

Sixty-one: Coming soon to a store near you

After the tour, we went over to Rehoboth Beach, DE to the Dogfish Head brewpub.  Now I claim AlchySeltzer is the definitive pairing of beer and food.  I may have met my match.  All of the spent barley that the brewery uses goes directly to a farm to be used as feed for cows.  These cows are then used for beef at the brewpub.  The cows are literally infused with beer.  Now that is some serious cooking with beer.   We obviously had to try their burger. It was delicious. Also ingested were the Antelope Sliders (hence the title), fried pickles, and sirloin & blue cheese soup.

Then of course there were the tasters.  The best part of the brewpub is you can try beers that are not released yet.  They use the brewpub to try out new brews and gage the reaction of patrons.  Beers we tasted were:

  • The new Ancient Ale: Nordicthern Europe. Brewed with a bunch of things I have never heard of, yet tasted fantastic!
    Nordicthern Europe

    Nordicthern Europe


  • Ghost of Shinobe 5.8% ABV: A Black IPA flavored with Simcoe, Amarillo, Palisade, and HBC 342 hops and pure Japanese Yuzu juice…complex blend of dark fruit, chocolate, and pungent hop flavors.
  • Meet your Mate 5.8% ABV: Created by the Tasting Room team in Milton as part of the Co-Worker Small Batch Brewing program.  The recipe consisted of classic English Malts to shape a Pale Ale or Extra Special Bitter styled ale with the additions of brown sugar, Agave syrup, and Yerba Mate.
  • Province Wild Sage Ale 5.5% ABV: This recipe called for the use of pale malts, 25% malted rye in the mash, baking powder, candied aged hops, and wild grown sage that had been hand-picked and dried.
  • Audible Ale 7% ABV: An American Brown Ale with Syrah grape juice and cranberries.  Tart fruit, nuts, and milk chocolate dominate the profile coupled with faint notes of earthy spicy American hop varieties.
  • Crown-Breaker Artisan Ale 5% ABV: Brewed for the 10th Extreme Beer Festival this is a hybrid of a Rouchbier and a Gose.  DogFish Head, the Alstrom Bros, and the Beer Advocate Community chose 10 ingredients.  They even went down to the beach to fetch a pail of salt water, which was the inspiration for the name.  Watch how it was made here.
  • Palo Santo Marron 12% ABV: Brown ale aged in handmade wooden brewing vessels made from the wood of a Paraguayan Palo Santo tree.
  • Olde School 15% ABV: The world’s strongest barely wine fermented with dates and figs.
  • Namaste 5% ABV: A Belgian-style White made with dried organic orange slices, fresh cut lemongrass and a bit of coriander.
  • Rhizing Bines 8% ABV: The combination 2 brewers, Dogfish and Sierra Nevada; 2 hop varietals, Bravo and Hop #644; and 2 unique hopping processes, Continuous and Torpedo.
  • Aprihop 7% ABV: An IPA brewed with apricot.
  • Raison D’Entre 8% ABV: A deep, mahogany ale brewed with beet sugar, green raisins, and Belgian-style yeast.
    Round 1

    Round 1

    Round 2

    Round 2

    All in all, it was a very successful evening for the team.  Our favorites were the Olde School, Nordicthern Europe, and Ghost of Shinobi.  Look for upcoming recipe for some IPA Pickles!


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One Comment on “Road Trip to Dogfish Head: Where the beer and the antelope play”

  1. John Doherty
    May 4, 2013 at 5:31 am #

    Samantha it was nice talking to you tonight at Barnabys!
    John (I had Victory jacket on)

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