In celebration of twenty-two years sharing off-centered ales, wood-fired food, handcrafted spirits and original music, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has announce the opening of the new Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats on Friday, May 19.
Epitomizing the soul of Dogfish since 1995, the pub originated as the smallest commercial brewery in the United States and the beginning of the Dogfish Head story. The new Brewings & Eats marks the celebration of an exciting journey for a local, family-owned company encompassing decades of tradition and collaboration from founders and owners Sam and Mariah Calagione.
“It’s the end of one era for our original brewpub and the beginning of a new one,” said Calagione, recent recipient of the James Beard Foundation Award for 2017 Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional. “After over two decades in Rehoboth, we’re heart warmed to be able to create a beautiful new dining space with a world-class stage for original bands playing original music, delicious eats, a killer brewing and distilling program with the same staff fans love and trust in a wonderful new environment.”
Located next door to the original brewpub, the 6,300 square foot epicenter for off-centered beers and spirits, thoughtfully crafted food and musical expression, has a vibrant interior design style featuring artwork celebrating the creative, rebellious connection of three American art forms: punk rock, hip hop and craft brewing.
Soaring walls with warm wood tones and cozy barrel booths with oversized fishbowl glass windows allow for tons of natural light to illuminate the space. Warm and spatial with high exposed ceilings, full length windows and a metal staircase leading to a mezzanine dining area overlooking the main room and stage, the new pub floor plan has seating for 180 guests. Designed by DIGSAU Architects, an award-winning Philadelphia based firm practicing contemporary architecture, 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,” said Chris McAdams, Project Designer at DIGSAU. “It’s a very raw, wooden, naturally finished space, built with a few special off-centered quirks, like the barrel booths and the nook by the bar – spaces where people can say ‘that’s my spot’.”
The menu at Brewings & Eats highlights original pub fare such as Crab Corn Chowder loaded with Maryland crabmeat and bacon, Seafood Tacos made with local seasonal seafood, Fish and Chips coated with Namaste beer batter, House Baked Pretzel Bites served with Palo Santo Marron mustard and 90 Minute IPA white cheddar ale sauce, and the Indulgence Burger piled high with 90 Minute IPA white cheddar ale sauce, Burton Baton bacon jam and a buttermilk fried onion ring.
The ever inventive Dogfish Head culinary team will also introduce newly inspired items like Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese and Rotisserie Chicken served with delicious off-centered sides, Wood-Grilled Grilled Cheese Sandwich stuffed with cheddar, gouda and provolone cheeses served with Palo Santo Marron onion jam paired with crispy hand-cut fries, and Wood Oven Pizzas crafted with house made dough.
A large, horseshoe style, walnut-top bar, with a tap tower constructed from repurposed metal from the Milton brewery, provides panorama views of the raised stage. The draft tower features twenty-four taps pouring fan-favorite Dogfish Head beers like 90 Minute IPA, SeaQuench Ale, 60 Minute IPA and Flesh & Blood IPA.
Guests will also enjoy Brewpub Exclusives, cask-conditioned beers and a highly focused and deliberate cocktail program spotlighting scratch-made spirits from Dogfish Head Distilling Co. An adjacent pizza counter bar offers close-up views of chefs baking cheesy, delicious pies in a custom stone hearth oven. Nearby, a lofty 8½ foot diamond-design, wood storage tower provides a home for wood planks used to fire the open-flame pizza oven and wood-grill.
“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,” said 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 strengthening the Dogfish Head sentiment that the enjoyment of a beautiful beer while listening to original music at the same time is an exponentially awesome experience.
Bands booked to play on the new stage are Richard Lloyd, a founding member of Television, an American punk rock band. Lloyd, a guitarist and session musician with Delaware roots, is also spotlighted in a mural at the new Brewings & Eats. 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 to-go. Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, located at 320 Rehoboth Ave., serves lunch and dinner daily from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. and brunch is served on Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Dogfish Head has proudly been focused on brewing beers with culinary ingredients outside the Reinheitsgebot since the day it opened as the smallest American craft brewery 22 years ago. Dogfish Head has grown into a top-20 craft brewery and has won numerous awards throughout the years including Wine Enthusiast’s 2015 Brewery of the Year and the James Beard Foundation Award for 2017 Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional. Dogfish Head is a 250+ coworker company based in Delaware with Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, an off-centered brewpub and distillery, Chesapeake & Maine, a geographically enamored seafood restaurant, Dogfish Inn, a beer-themed inn on the harbor and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, a production brewery and distillery featuring a tasting room and food truck. Dogfish Head currently sells beer in 34 states and Washington D.C. and will expand into additional states in 2017.