Continuing my Maryland Brewpub Summer Tour 2011…
Part 6: Dogfish Head Alehouse, Gaithersburg, Maryland
When Visited: July 31, 2011
Occasion: We were invited to dinner by friends and when they suggested the Dogfish Head Alehouse, we readily accepted. I know that the DFH Alehouse isn’t technically a brewpub since they do not brew on premises, but I include it on my summer tour because its a great spot for freshly brewed Dogfish Head beer. After all, the beer only has to travel two hours from the brewery in Milton to the beer taps in Gaithersburg.
Beers Sampled: I ordered the sampler, which came with 5 beers:
- Shelter Pale Ale, a classic American Pale Ale (5.0%)
- 60 Minute IPA, a powerful East Coast IPA according to Dogfish Head, I love this excellent session IPA (6.0%)
- 90 Minute IPA, my favorite Imperial IPA (9.0%)
- Indian Brown Ale, this complex brew is a cross between a Scotch Ale, an IPA, and an American Brown (7.2%)
- Raison D’Etre, a mahogany ale brewed with beet sugar, green raisins, and Belgian yeast (8.0%)
Best Beer: 90 Minute IPA is one of my favorite beers from any brewery.
I was most impressed with: The quality of the beers. As you work your way through a Dogfish Head sampler, it’s easy to see why Dogfish Head and considered one of the best craft breweries in America.