A Sneak Peek at Dogfish Head's New Specialty Tours

Stroll while sipping craft spirits and esoteric brews.


Dogfish Head recently added new tours to its Milton brewery’s lineup. After a sneak peek last week, I can attest that they give visitors different vantage points than the usual trip around the hop heads’ mecca.

The Dogfish Head Distilling Behind-the-Scenes Tour, led by the knowledgeable Lars Ryan, took us to the little-known specialty area of the brewery. With the help of Kentucky-made stills named Candy, Trixie and Dave, Dogfish Head is expanding its off-centered empire with craft spirits.

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The tour included sips of select products, including Roasted Peanut Vodka made with malted barley, peanuts, vanilla bean and honey. I was prepared to dislike it but enjoyed it so much that I’d try it again. The same is true of Sonic Archeology, a Prohibition-style bottled cocktail that includes Dogfish Head whiskey, rum and brandy with honey, lemon and pomegranate juice.

The tour is $15 per person and includes a Dogfish Head tasting glass.

Steampunk Treehouse//Photo by Pam George

The Dogfish Head Randall Jr. Exploration of Flavor Tour provides a brief company history, plus tours of the cold-storage area and brewhouse. Our tour guide, Kim Koot, was well-informed and engaging.

We learned about Randall the Enamel Animal, the “organoleptic hop transducer module” that makes infused ales. We each received a mini-version, called the Randall Jr., to which we could add such ingredients as limes, coconut, hops, fruit and even sour gummy worms to our choice of three beers. (Tip: Don’t be shy about the quantity. I wish I’d added more strawberries, peppercorns and herbs.)

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While the brew steeped, we toured the Steampunk Treehouse, which stood at the annual Burning Man event in northwest Nevada before Dogfish Head purchased it for just $1.

The $30 tour includes beer samples and a Randall Jr. to take home.

Both tours are restricted to adults 21 and older. You must wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Book online at dogfishheadbrewery.ticketleap.com.

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