Argilla and Dogfish

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Argilla and Dogfish

Postby redshorts47 » Thu Nov 15, 2012 5:36 pm

During Veterans weekend we took a return trip to Delaware to revisit Dogfish but to also check out the newest brewpub Argilla. Leaving early in the evening on Friday and battling that parking lot known as the Garden State Parkway we finally arrived at our first destination of the trip....Argilla Brewing. There wasn't too many people there when we arrived and easily found a spot at the bar. We decided to order their ESB and their English IPA. Both very well done but the IPA was very tasty. Along with our beers we ordered up some dinner. I had the pizza burger and Siobhán ordered a pizza that we shared and then took half with us. All their food is scratch made and was extremely good. Talked to the guy Pete there and told him all about Views and Brews. He was amazed that we drove all that way just to stop at some brewpubs in Delaware. He gave us free Argilla t-shirts and had us meet the brewer. Very nice guy and he gave us a tour of their brewery. Great little setup they have. They have three small tanks adding up to 1.5 barrels and they experiment constantly due to being so small. I would consider there system as something a very serious advanced home brewer might have in their garage. We left very happy that we were able to check them out. Great beer and food. I just wish they were closer to us so we could visit them more often and see what they're up to. Well worth the stop, you won't be disappointed.

We rolled into Rehoboth just before midnight on Friday and went to Dogfish for a nightcap. Siobhan had her favorite 90 minute and I had one of their brewpub exclusives "I'll brew you if you brew me". This was a chocolate coffee porter which was excellent. I love a strong taste of coffee so it was perfect for me and had a nice smooth taste of cocoa mixed in.

The next morning Siobhán took a run on the boardwalk while I slept. We then went out for a walk on the beach and then went over to the brewery for a tour. Been on many brewery tours they tend to get to be pretty boring and more of the same. This was was actually very good. They told us a lot of the history and early stories of Dogfish Head and how it got started. We got to see how they use to and how they currently continuously hop their beer. We also got to check out the huge wooden Palo Santo tank. They had a small piece of of wood for everyone to hold which was incredibly heavy due to how dense it is. I guess it is the second most dense wood there is and they said it took 10 diamond edged blades to cut the wood to make the tank. We also finally got to see the "Tree House" out front which was really cool. After the tour we went back and had lunch at the brewpub and then took another walk on the beach and around town.

For dinner we decided to go back to the Henlopen City Oyster House which has an excellent selection of bottled microbrews and also have 8 on tap and 1 cask. While waiting for our table we went to the side bar area. I had the cask Smuttynose Pumpkin and Siobhan had the Sixpoint Bengali Tiger IPA on tap. Both beers were great as was to be expected since we love the Bengali out of the can and are also big fans of Smuttynose. We got our table in no time and ordered our food. We started off with the clams casino and we then shared the lobster Mac and cheese and the Fried Day Boat Scallops. The lobster Mac was great but the Scallop dish was extraordinary! The best thing I have ever had to eat before. The Fried Day Boat Scallops were served with bourbon mashed sweet potatoes along with spicy Brussel sprouts and a bacon Carmel sauce. If you go Rehoboth, you need to go here. We actually went back the next night and we both had the Scallops and I also had the Oyster Stew which was pretty amazing.

We did the same thing on Sunday with the exception of going to the brewery. Monday we walked on the beach and went back to Dogfish one last time for lunch and a beer before heading back to NY. It was an all around great trip filled with great beer, food, and views. A plan to go back next year and do the full tour of 5 is probably in the works. :D :toast:
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Re: Argilla and Dogfish

Postby Laurie » Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:45 am

Jealous, I am just soooooooo jealous!!! If you guys are going to make this an annual fall event, let us know. We'll be there!
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Re: Argilla and Dogfish

Postby Woolybear » Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:09 pm

Thanks for the report on Argilla :mrgreen: . I had been wondering about them.
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Re: Argilla and Dogfish

Postby redshorts47 » Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:32 pm

Laurie wrote:Jealous, I am just soooooooo jealous!!! If you guys are going to make this an annual fall event, let us know. We'll be there!


Clear your calendar for next Veteran's weekend then....Nov. 8 or 9-11th. It's a great time of year to go down there. We always stay at the Crisswinds Motel right next to Dogfish. Nice, inexpensive, clean place and the women there is super nice. She gave me several bars of soap that her friend makes using 60/90 minute IPA and their Punkin.

While at Henlopen City Oyster House I also had Rogue Double Chocolate Stout which was amazing tasty :D
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Re: Argilla and Dogfish

Postby Laurie » Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:32 am

It's on the calendar, though we are not off for Veteran's Day, we could make a Fri/Sat.
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Re: Argilla and Dogfish

Postby redshorts47 » Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:18 pm

Laurie wrote:It's on the calendar, though we are not off for Veteran's Day, we could make a Fri/Sat.


Siobhan and I have Saturday and Sunday off in common. I have that friday off, she doesn't, where she will have Monday off and I don't. So we will likely leave Saturday morning and hit the four in the North before making our way to Rehoboth, where we'll go to the Henlopen City Oyster House for Dinner and then spend the rest of the night at Dogfish. The next morning on Sunday walk on the beach and probably go to the brewery and then have lunch at the pub before heading back home. Can't wait
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Re: Argilla and Dogfish

Postby redshorts47 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:45 pm

Peter @ Argilla made some suggestions for some hikes while visiting their brewpub that are close by.

Brandywine Creek State Park
http://www.destateparks.com/park/brandywine-creek/index.asp

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Iron Hill County Park
http://www.recreationparks.net/DE/new-castle/iron-hill-county-park-newark-west
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Re: Argilla and Dogfish

Postby Tom » Thu Nov 22, 2012 8:57 am

redshorts47 wrote:Peter @ Argilla made some suggestions for some hikes while visiting their brewpub that are close by.

Brandywine Creek State Park
http://www.destateparks.com/park/brandywine-creek/index.asp

And

Iron Hill County Park
http://www.recreationparks.net/DE/new-castle/iron-hill-county-park-newark-west

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