Some may be mourning the loss of the old Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, but many are buzzing about the new spot, which opened its doors on Friday, May 19. “It’s the end of one era for our original brewpub and the beginning of a new one,” says Sam Calagione, recent recipient of the James Beard Foundation Award for 2017 Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional.
Located next door to the original brewpub, the 6,300 square foot establishment is an oasis for off-centered beers and spirits, food and musical expression. Designed by DIGSAU Architects, the new pub will share a similar look and feel with the brewery in Milton. “We’ve learned from working with Dogfish Head for the past nine years that the company has its own special culture and loyal fan base, so we set out to design a space to provide the background of the unique Dogfish experience,” says Chris McAdams, project designer at DIGSAU.
The menu highlights original pub fare such as crab corn chowder, seafood tacos and the indulgence burger piled high with 90 Minute IPA white cheddar ale sauce. The wood oven pizzas are crafted with housemade dough.
Courtesy of Dogfish Head
The draft tower features 24 taps pouring Dogfish Head beers. Guests can also enjoy Brewpub Exclusives, cask-conditioned beers and scratch-made spirits from Dogfish Head Distilling Co.
“Off-centered food, beers, spirits and music have always shared the central stage at our Rehoboth brewpub, however, our music stage itself has only become world class now that we have built our whole facility around it,” says Calagione. Equipped with a premium sound and lighting system and professional soundboard, the elevated 220 square foot, state-of-the-art stage will host national and regional musical performances. Bands booked to play on the new stage are Richard Lloyd, a founding member of Television, an American punk rock band. Other notable bands confirmed to play the stage include: Guided By Voices, Ron Gallo, Michaela Anne, BJ Barham of the band American Aquarium, Los Straightjackets, Marshall Crenshaw and Steve Gunn.
The original Brewings & Eats will remain open all summer for visitors to purchase Dogfish Head merchandise and to fill crowlers and growlers.
Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats
320 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach
Hours: Lunch and dinner is served daily from 11 a.m.–11 pm.; brunch is served on Sunday from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.