Our Delaware Trip Part II-Dogfish Head 11/11/11

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Our Delaware Trip Part II-Dogfish Head 11/11/11

Postby redshorts47 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 2:01 pm

Day I Friday 11/11/11

We rolled into Rehoboth Beach a little after 5 and checked into our hotel right on schedule. We stayed at Crosswinds Motel which is separated by Dogfish Head by one restaurant that I didn't even bother to recognize. Literally it was about a 50 ft walk from our motel to the bar counter. :D We settled into our room and wasted no time heading over. I couldn't believe we were actually at Dogfish Head and walking inside and seeing the board of everything they have on tap felt like a dream, 22 different beers. I have found my Oasis!!!! :D We put our name on the list to be seated to get some dinner and chilled at the bar in the mean time. Can't remember what I ordered first, was it the 90 minute or the Pumkin, not sure but by the end of the night we would try them all, not a pint of each of course, that would have put you in the clinic. Over dinner we all had a sampler, and tasted all of them. As to be expected there was a lot of great beers here and also some that I would never care to try again. For the bad list no one liked the Black and Red or the lawnmower at all. Some of the top favorites was of course the 60 and 90 minute IPA, as well as their Punkin, Burton Baton, and the [naughty word] Brew(rhymes with Itches) :wink: . The rest fell in the good catagory such as the DNA, Faithful.......there was just too many beers on tap to keep them all sorted out.....did I just say there was too many beers on tap.... :shock: Running down the list of beers on tap there was

90 Minute IPA
60 Minute IPA
Raison D'Etre
Indian Brown Ale
Midas Touch
Palo Santo Marron
Shelter Pale Ale
Lawnmower
Punkin Ale
Chicory Stout
Pangaea
My Antonia
Burton Baton
Olde School Immort Ale
Count Chocula
Black & Red
D.N.A.
Faithful Ale
[naughty word] Brew (0nce again, Rhymes with Itches) :wink:
Hellhound on My Ale
75 Minute IPA (On Cask)

Did I mention that it was hard to keep all these beers straight and figure out which ones you liked and disliked.....Count Chocula, Hellhound, Midas Touch, Olde School was also really good as well as the Chicory Stout, 75 Minute IPA........Houston..We have a problem!!!!!! :D :toast: We paced ouselves pretty good and after our samplers and dinner we stuck to our old favorites, the 90 minute and Punkin and our new favorite Burton Baton. We left Dogfish Head a little after 9 and I had the smart idea of wanting to walk the mile down to the ocean and jump in. Did I say smart idea! :roll: Grabbed a towel out of my hotel room and headed due east until we hit the ocean. I was the only one that jumped in and then we all walked back to Dogfish Head for some live music and some more brews. A great first night at Dogfish Head and we all just completed our first Views and Brews State!!! :D

Day 2 Saturday 11/12/11

Woke up feeling great!!! How did that happen? We checked in with the front desk and asked where a good place to grab breakfast was and the women directed us towards the boardwalk and go to Robin Hood Diner. Breakfast was good and after that we headed back down to the beach, this time I stayed on the sand but it was alread in the 60's and nothing but sun. Walked over 5 miles on the beach thanks to our iPhone 4s app, mapmyrun :D On the way back to grab lunch at Dogfish Head we stopped in many of the shops on the main drag just enjoying our time here at Rehoboth Beach.
Back at Dogfish Head we sat up stairs and shared a delicous pizza and some fried pickles over a beer and then headed back down to the beach to explore more on the Boardwalk. I would not to have wanted to be the one nailing all these boards together, the boardwalk extends for a mile and is seriously wide. Pretty busy for this time of year but we were told this is a ghost town compared to what it is like during the summer. Note to self, don't visit here during the summer. after awhile of walking around we headed back to the motel room and shower up to head out to dinner. This time we decided to skip out on Dogfish Head for food and try another place out, however me and one of my friends did go down after our showers to grab some pre-dinner drinks at Dogfish! We couldn't help our selves! :D
Our friends had found this Amazing Restaurant a several blocks away called the Henlopen City Oyster House! This is by far the best place for dinner that I have ever gone to and had the most Amazing dinner of my life their!!!! The place very nicely done with a floor to ceiling, wall to wall glass front. Very spiffy in side and we all went over to the standing bar area and had a beer. I was surprised they didn't have any of the Dogfish Head beer but we all had the West Coast IPA they had on tap. We also had an Oyster Shooter to celebrate such a great trip which consisted of a double shot glass filled with beer, an oyster, along with cocktail and horseradish sauce! Very good!!! About this time we got our table and had them bring us out their Oysters and Clams Casino. I had some seafood dish that consister of a plate full of steamers and two of THE Biggest King Crab legs that I will probably ever see. My wife and one of my friends each had the Lobster Mac & Cheese that was to die for and my other friend had the best dish of the night which was the Fried Scallops served with Bourbon Sweet Mashed Poatoes!!!! I highly reccomend everyone to go to this place when they are down here despite the very expensive cost of it. Not sure what the bill was since our friends picked up the tab :D but we left the tip which was $60 for the four of us. :shock: But it was Soooooooo worth it!!!!
After our most Amazing dinner ever we all headed back over to Dogfish Head and had a couple more beers and some live music. The beer was great but the live music wasn't nearly as good or entertaining as it was the night before. We settled in pretty early because of the drive home the next day.

Day 3 Sunday 11/13/11
We got up and headed back down to the beach. Once again the weather was perfect and we stoped in at a coffee shop we had found the day before tucked in an alley for some coffee, hot chocolate and a croissant. We spent the entire morning walking the beach and savoring our last day here. We must have walked a good 8 miles that day. My wife also went on a long run earlier that morning on the boardwalk before I even woke up. She has way more energy then I do!!! Anyway, the day was perfect and we wish it didn't have to end. We decided since it was just about noon we would grab a quick lunch and one last beer at Dogfish before we had to head out. didn't want to say goodbye but all things have to come to an end. We picked up some souveniers on the way out and made the long trip home. It wouldn't have been bad if we didn't get stuck in traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike for over 3 hours. We finally made it back to our place at 9 pm that night after leaving Dogfish head at 1pm for the 5.5 hour drive back home. Uggggg!!!! Hoping to go back again around this time next year. Had an outstanding time down there!!!! :D :toast:
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Re: Our Delaware Trip Part II-Dogfish Head 11/11/11

Postby Laurie » Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:13 pm

Sounds like every part of the weekend was fun except for that 3 hr tie up in Jersey (I recommend driving around NJ if you can - it is worth it!). Sure wish we could have joined you. It is really fun to be able to explore just for the sake of exploring, both on the beer menu and along some territory that requires some physical exertion, but not to much.

I could not tell you all the beers we had when at Dogfish either, but some of them were a bit to outrageous for my tastes, others are just awesome! The 60 minute there tasted so fresh - it was just perfect!

Thanks for sharing so thoughtfully about such a great weekend!
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Re: Our Delaware Trip Part II-Dogfish Head 11/11/11

Postby redshorts47 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:36 pm

Laurie-I wish you two could have joined us for this trip too. Like you said, the entire trip was perfect except for the holdup in Jersey. I told a friend we would make a return trip there next year so hopefully you two can join us on that trip. There was definitely a few beers at Dogfish that were too far out there to enjoy such as that Black and Red. My friend had gotten a pint of it and after letting all of us try it including a couple guys we had met at the bar we had the bartender dump it out. The 60 & 90 minute was so good as you said and that's what we pretty much stuck too. Can't wait to go back! :D
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