Iron Hill Brewery Rehoboth

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There are 16 Iron Hill Brewery locations within the Mid-Atlantic area and one brand new one in South Carolina. They do not distribute and are more of an in house brewpub chain. Their buildings always have an amazing aesthetic to them inside and out.

The food is amazing! We just got a few different appetizers to share and they were the perfect little small plates to satisfy our appetite and wash down with some clean craft brews. They have two flight choices you can order so of course, I got one and JR got the other so we could try all eight.

About Iron Hill Brewery Rehoboth

Iron Hill’s motto is to have beer brewed ten feet from your table so no beer could be as local as them. The freshest craft beer and food made from scratch. They have been brewing for over 20 years now and have won several awards at the Great American Beer Festival.

When I worked for my first local brewing company, 3rd Wave Brewing, our head brewer there started out at Iron Hill in one of their Pennsylvania locations. He stayed with 3rd Wave for five years and then was offered the head brewer position at this new location in Rehoboth. I am sure he feels a little more relaxed in this atmosphere because he does not need to worry about distribution and just brew beer in the house for all the guests who come into eat and have great local brews.

The Atmosphere of Iron Hill Brewery Rehoboth

This particular location is right on the highway before all the popular shopping outlets. They have a beautiful brew room with glass all around it located behind the bar. The seating is situated pretty perfectly so almost every seat you can see them brew. There is a beautiful large patio for outside seating as well!iron-hill-brewhouse

The kitchen is completely open so you can see the chefs preparing meals which is always nice to see and smell. We enjoyed some amazing Nashville Hot chicken sliders and crispy Brussels, my mouth is watering as I type this! If we could have tried more we would of but it was a long day of eating and drinking since it was JR’s birthday! We will just have to try out some of their other locations.

iron-hill-muralThey also had some cool artwork which seemed very vintage and I did not understand the theme. Apparently, they have this one artist that paints all their murals for their brewpubs. I very much like how they try to keep their food, beer, and art very local.

Iron Hill Brewery Rehoboth Signature Brews

Their Iron Hill Light Lager and White Iron Wit are two brews they are known for which I have had in the past. They are very clean tasting and easy to drink with almost any type of food. The two flights they had to try were called “Hop It” flight and “Koastal Crush” flight. JR, of course, got the “Hop It” flight and I the “Koastal Crush” flight. We tried each of them especially since a lot of them seemed to be seasonal or one time brews.

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Our Favorites

I am a Kolsch fan myself so I was most excited about the Koastal Crush. JR liked the Juicy IPA and the Hopicana IPA. For those who like a light variety of every style, this brewery is the one to try out if you are in the Pennsylvania or Delaware area!

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is on tap literally everywhere you go.  Every bar seems to always carry one of their mainstream beers plus one of their many seasonals or specialties they make!

This is JR’s favorite brewery and we have lots of great friends who work or have worked for the company.  Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is on the top of both our lists to see if you are a true craft beer lover!

About Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

One of the oldest craft breweries in Delaware that makes the eastern shore of Delaware a huge tourism magnet is Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.  It was one of the two breweries to open in 1995 in Delaware but has soared the highest and is the most recognizable names from Delaware.

Dogfish Head’s original brewery location started back in 1995 on Rehoboth Avenue.  Originated as the smallest commercial brewery brewing only two or three 10 gallon batches a day!

original-dogfish-headBy the mid-2000’s they got so big that they built their now 200 barrel brewhouse in Milton, Delaware.  Their original brewpub just had a recent transformation into an amazingly large building where the original one was.

Their original brewery/brewpub was just torn down in 2017.  I was lucky enough to find a painting of the original brewpub before they tore it down as a gift for JR.

The Atmosphere of Dogfish Head

We have drank their beer for a long time now and it is JR’s favorite local brewery ever!  He has visited the brewery many times but I honestly had not so we decided to go one rainy Saturday.

While driving there you feel like you are driving to the middle of nowhere surrounded by farmland.  Dogfish Head brewery turns into its own little village.  Where once you are finished your day there you might think about buying one of those cute little townhomes that are walking distance to the brewery with a craft beer related view every day!

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When pulling up you will see many large outdoor fermenters as tall as condominiums by the beach.  You will also see the infamous Steampunk Treehouse which you can read about it more here.

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Don’t worry about food either because you will see their Lunchbox shaped food truck where the menu changes daily.  They specialize in Dogfish Head craft beer-infused foods and their “Sausage of the Day” which always goes well with beer!

They have tours available every day.  There are multiple tours you can take but you definitely want to try out the free one where you get to try tasters of some of there beers 30 minutes before the tour begins!  They take you through the main brewing area and a nice walk to their very large warehouse where they bottle and can; which is pretty amazing!

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Once you are done the tour you can go back and buy a few pints and enjoy the community sized tasting room or shop at their little store full of Dogfish swag!

Dogfish Head Signature Brews

The beers you can see just about anywhere on the shore are their 60 Minute IPA, 90 Minute Double IPA, Namaste White, and SeaQuench Session Sour.  A lot of these beers are available in cans and in a lot of package stores.  There are so many more beer styles though!

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Dogfish Head Brewery Eats

If you are in the Rehoboth area you can dine at their Chesapeake and Maine or their Brewing & Eats Brewpub.  Both are amazing with different menus and unique atmospheres.  They are located right next to each other on Rehoboth Beach Avenue.

Chesapeake and Maine’s concept was built on the owner, Sam Calaigione, younger years by growing up on the Chesapeake and spending his summers in Maine.  This restaurant is a seafood-inspired restaurant from both shores and Dogfish Head inspired cocktails.  The building itself reminds you of being on a ship and in an open seafood market all at the same time.

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Growing up on the Chesapeake myself I am a huge seafood lover so I often like to partake in their seafood specials.  I hope to one day be okay spending money on their amazing seafood tower filled with cold, crisp fresh shellfish of all kinds!

Brewing & Eats is Dogfish Head’s brewpub is right next door and newly built in 2017.  The building is two stories with a very open floor plan and a big stage for local music acts and entertainment!  Their burgers are fantastic and you can try almost any beer they have at the brewery in Milton.

Their newly made Dogfish Head Distillery is also in the same location as the brewery.  At the time of our visit, they were still building it so we could not tour it.  All their spirits are available in stores and their restaurant locations.  Their Compelling Gin is probably our favorite and has been around a long time.  I foresee a lot more styles coming through!

They also have the Dogfish Inn in Lewes, Delaware.  16 room Inn right in the downtown of the oldest town in Delaware.  Small and cozy but walking distance from many gourmet restaurants and boutique shops.  Just minutes from the Lewes Cape May Ferry for those traveling to or from New Jersey shore.

Each room has a mini fridge with a Dogfish Growler to keep filling up with great local craft beer!  Every room has a coastal beach look with Dogfish artwork and unique pieces of furniture.  There is a little courtyard with a fireplace and an area to play cornhole games!  Oh yeah, and it’s dog-friendly!  There is a small one-time flat fee for having your dogs stay with you but it’s worth it when there are so many places to take them for walks.

Our Favorites

Dogfish always has a lot of new styles and one-off’s that constantly come out.  We are lucky to live close enough to the source and be able to try them often before they hit nationally.

Traci’s Favorite:  Favorite year-round style is Seaquench Session Sour.  Favorite one-off was Beer Thousand which was a beer made to celebrate the spirit of Indie Rock Greats.  Beer Thousand was brewed with 10 grains, 10 hop varieties and was 10% ABV!

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JR’s Favorite:  Favorite year round is 60 Minute IPA.  Favorite seasonal or rarity is 75 Minute IPA which is a special cask-conditioned ale that they brew for winter time.  This beer is a blend of 60 Minute and 90 Minute IPA,

Anyone who has been to this amazing brewery please share your experience below!  What has been your favorite Dogfish Head beer?

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Big Oyster Brewery

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Big Oyster Brewery

Big Oyster brewery has been in production for a while in one of their restaurant locations in Rehoboth, Delaware. I have been attracted to their beers for a while because their theme and craft beer selection has been marketed very well without having a full production.

big-oyster-barThey are owned and operated under Fins Family restaurants which have amazing seafood if you are ever in the Rehoboth, Bethany or even Berlin, Maryland location. They finally opened up their new brewery in Lewes, Delaware and I know the brewers are happy to have a much bigger space to work.

They have 16 beers on tap with a full bar and full kitchen. The bar is small but if you can get a spot its worth it to look through the glass at the very large fermenters. They also shuck oysters right there at the bar for those really into oysters, Lewes Delaware is the place for that experience.

We each got flights as usual. JR’s consisted of all IPA’s and mine was a big-oyster-flightsmixture of sours and farmhouse ales. JR had a New England IPA in his flight and I actually liked it! The whole New England fad has really gotten out of hand in my opinion and I haven’t found one I liked until this one which was called “Everything’s Vine” and was brewed with Sauvignon Blanc grape juice! The head brewer is a friend of mine and he makes some of the most creative beers using other ingredients other than just plain hops and fruit. This brewery is a definite stop!

My favorite: Noir et Bleu Belgian Tripel

JR’s favorite: Boing! Lactose IPA

3rd Wave Brewing Co.

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My absolute favorite brewery on the eastern shore!  They create my favorite styles of Belgians and Wheats.  Their beer is always consistent and clean tasting.

I guess I am mostly partial to this brewery due to their beach theme since I grew up by the beach.  Talk about a niche brewery that sticks to their theme!

About 3rd Wave Brewing Co.

This brewery started in 2012 and the building used to be owned by Evolution Brewing, which was the first and only brewery on the shore.

3rd Wave Brewing is a woman-owned brewery and the only one in the tri-state area.  Two friends who met each other in Ocean City, Maryland twenty some years ago who shared a passion for the beach, surfing, and good beer!

They purchased the brewery from Evolution brewing with their original 10 barrel brewhouse and bottling equipment.  Some like to call them the little sister of EVO because both breweries have looked out for one another which is what the brewing community should be all about!

The Atmosphere of 3rd Wave Brewing

There is a strong presence of surfing life inside the tap room.  Everything is beachy with great beautiful surfboards displayed everywhere!  There is always a surfing video playing along with other sports.

3rd-wave-millThey have a full tasting bar with 14 beers on tap to try. Have a flight or a pint and I am sure you will one find one or two you like.

They have an outside area with corn hole boards to play and various food trucks make an appearance on the weekends. You can bring your own food or have some delivered, but if you forgot or don’t want to order any food there are plenty of Goldfish crackers to snack on!

It is a dog-friendly brewery and gives tours on Saturdays. Delmar, DE isn’t the most attractive destination but 3rd Wave Brewing has made it a town to visit.

3rd Wave’s Signature Brews

Home of the SandStorm Belgian Tripel which is my personal go-to favorite beer! It is an American style Belgian Tripel and is the most smooth tasting and tricky beer I have ever come across. Drinking at 9% alcohol but does not go down boozy at all!

SandStorm is their #1 year-round seller but they also have a very popular seasonal called SunSet Peach Wheat which is made with 200 pounds of fresh peaches and is super refreshing!

Another year-round seller is their Shorebreak Pale Ale.  Single hopped American Pale Ale that is light and session-able.  It pairs great with seafood and can be drunk on the beach or boat all day!

If you are too far from this 3rd Wave and your mouth is watering for the SandStorm Belgian Tripel you can actually try them through the Craft Beer Club which they joined last year.  They wanted people from everywhere to be able to try their beer because it can be hard to get distribution in a lot of states.

Our Favorites sandstorm-belgian-tripel

Traci’s Favorite: SandStorm Belgian Tripel

J.R.’s Favorite: SandStorm Belgian Tripel

Whooooo, this must be why we are best friends!

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