Monday, July 21, 2014

Checking Out The Dogfish Inn


After making our way through four days of Firefly, we hopped in the car as soon as we saw Jack Johnson finish his set and, rather than head north on Route 1 towards home, we took it south to Lewes so we could wake up bright and early the next day to see Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione and his son Sammy off on their 10-day, 5-stop boat trip aboard the S.S. Dogfish. Each stop included a beer dinner raising $10,000 for The Nature Conservancy. 
Sam's goal for the journey was to not only raise awareness of the beauty of coastal Delaware (which we are already quite familiar with, right?!) but to tell folks about the important work of 
The Nature Conservancy. Along the way Sam also wanted to share how easy it is to get to the Dogfish Inn, the brewpub and the brewery. Boy are we thankful for how easy it is!

After seeing the S.S. Dogfish on its way we made our way back to
 for the ribbon cutting of the much anticipated Dogfish Inn, which officially opened over 4th of July weekend. 

Here's Dogfish Head's VP Mariah Calagione, Off-Centered Innkeeper Andrew Greeley and Dogfish Head's Chief Operator Officer Nick Benz doing the honors!

From the moment we step into the Inn it is quite apparent that Dogfish is taking on the hotel industry a little differently than most might be used to. The first introduction to the Inn is the simply and perfectly designed lobby. It's welcoming, fun and exactly what we would expect from Dogfish. We could totally see hanging on the couch in front of the fire with a book from the Inn's Vusuvio Library, an ode to what was once the Vesuvio Motel, stocked by City Lights Books.
While you're wandering around the lobby area, you can pick up some Dogfish goodies to take back to your friends, family, yourself (of course!) and even your fellow pooch, who you know will be awaiting your arrival back at the homestead! 
Don't forget about Fido!
Pick up some Dog Bark! and a Frisbee!
Try the Chicory Coffee, a locally-roasted 
blend of Colombian coffee,
chicory 
and dark malted brewers barley.
Items from the Dogfish/Woolrich collaboration are  available in the lobby, along with Dogfish soap and shampoo (we use this and love it!), and the Dogfish Apolis Market Bags (which you'll also find in the rooms). 

Now let's head to the rooms! 

Upon entering we quickly notice several of the Inn's partners featured throughout each of the 16 rooms, which we love. Our eye is first drawn to the inclusion of the latest collaboration with Woolrich, who Dogfish originally worked with a few years back on the wallpaper when they redesigned the tasting room. Most recently Dogfish and the outdoor gear manufacturer collaborated on not only a line of womens, mens and home gear, they also worked together on Pennsylvania Tuxedo, a spruce-infused Pale Ale (did you get a chance to try it?! So good!) The Woolrich + DFH blanket is featured in all of the rooms, perfect to keep you toasty on cool nights down at the beach! 

Other partners you'll find include the rooms are One Man Gathers Studio who framed Steve Rogers' Lightship Overfalls paintings. The paintings are showcased in each room of the Inn, with frames made from wood salvaged from an 1840's barn in Warren County, NJ. You can see one of the pictures in the picture to right (hung above the table).

The detail of every room is simple, clean, yet extremely clever. The Douglas Collection desks are perfect for writing home about your latest adventures in Lewes!

This is our kind of Mini Bar - Duke's JerkyBrooklyn Brine Dogfish Hop Pickles and Kettle Chips!
We totally dig this Jermaine Rogers Primus print in one of the rooms!
The Inn offers two room types: a room with two double beds and a room with a king size bed. Great options for a getaway with your honey or your fellow craft beer drinking cohorts! You're easily within walking distance of Lewes' restaurants, bars, pubs, liquor stores, galleries and so much more! 


As cool as the traditional rooms are, you have to see the SWEET! As soon as we walked in we pretty much wanted to call in sick and forget about heading back to our day jobs and just spend all day here!
Heading into the SWEET!
The sitting area is a great common room.
Digging the kitchen area of the Sweet!
We loved the simplicity of the bedrooms - there are two of them in the Sweet. Sweet!
You have to love the fun details in the loo! 
We love the randomness of the wood burning pieces by Brian Kolakowski in the stairway up to the SWEET! Which one is your favorite?

The firepit is the perfect spot to enjoy the brews you picked up at the Brewery or the Brewpub.

Spend the day at the beach? No worries? Rinse off in the outdoor shower before heading up to your room. Cause let's face it, one of the best parts of being at the beach is the outdoor shower! Just make sure you keep your skives on! 

Take Time Magazine's advice and add their top summer beer trend to your to-do list: stay at Delaware's own craft beer motel, The Dogfish Inn. The rooms are cozy, the folks are great and you won't be banished to your room. Unless you're drinking bad beer while listening to bad music! 

Our favorite time down at the beach is the off-season - I know, we're weird like that! We can't wait to book a weekend down at the Dogfish Inn exploring Lewes. With all the time we've spent at the Delaware beaches over the years, Lewes is one area we haven't had much of an opportunity to visit. We're excited for a pretty darn good excuse for that to change! 


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Win Tickets to the American Beer Classic in Washington, DC!

Who's up for a little road trip to DC next weekend for the American Beer Classic happening next Saturday, July 12th at RFK Stadium?! And maybe our latest giveaway...keep reading... 




The folks behind Firefly, Red Frog Events, have shared the details of the Beer Classic with us, and it sounds like a pretty darn good way to spend a Saturday afternoon in DC!

Here's what to expect:
60 breweries with roughly 135 different brews to sample
Access to RFK Stadium
A chance to chat with (and donate to) their partner, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Discounted prices on tickets are available until next Thursday, July 10th (to purchase, click here: http://bit.ly/1mbZt9Z) or...you can win a pair right here!

Here's how you can win: Red Frog is partnered with St. Jude's for the American Beer Classic. For a chance to win a pair of tickets, direct message us on either Facebook or Twitter or email us at delawarehopscene@gmail.com with your answer to the following question:

Who is the spokesperson for St. Jude's?

A winner will be drawn, at random, on Tuesday, June 8th, at 5pm.

Good luck! 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

#ACBWinDE

As if any of us really need an excuse to celebrate, it's American Craft Beer week starting today! Here's a brief run-down of what's going on around the state all week long. Check it out!



Monday, May 12th:
- Dogfish Head Celebrates American Craft Beer Week: Folks at the brewery will be wearing gear from their favorite brewery, and they're encouraging you to as well! Plus, American Beauty will be on sale in the tasting room shop and on tap at the tasting room bar.
- Stewart's Brewing is celebrating ACBW with their Hoppy Hour every day this week from 3pm til 6pm
- Fordham & Dominion Brewing are celebrating ACBW with a Tasting Beer Class at the brewery from 5pm til 7pm
- Kid Shelleen's is kicking of ACBW with the tapping of Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-Down

Tuesday, May 13th:
- Dogfish is all about collaborations today for ACBW. They'll have Rhizing Bines and Saison du Buff on sale in the brewery's tasting room shop and on tap the tasting room bar.
- There's a Delaware Brewers Guild Tap Takeover at 33 West in celebration of ACBW
- Fordham & Dominion Brewing ACBW Crafting Homebrew Recipes Class at the brewery
- Tyler's is featuring New Belgium Brewing tonight with their Summer Helles and a special keg of Lips of Faith Gruit. Plus, buy a pint, keep the glass.

Wednesday, May 14th: 
- Members of the Delaware Brewers Guild are invited to Dogfish Head brewery tours, plus with any book purchased from the tasting room shop, you'll receive a free curved pint glass.

Thursday, May 15th:
- Dogfish is hosting the MidAtlantic Wine & Food Festival Brewery Luncheon, plus Happy Hour Vintage & Vinyl to celebrate ACBW
- Good Libations Tour ACBW Kick Off Party at Restaurant 55 with Fordham & Dominion Brewing, Mispillion River Brewing and Harvest Ridge Winery

Friday, May 16th:
- Dogfish is all about the Red, White and Blue at the Brewery for ACBW. Sport your red, white & blue while sipping on Red & White and Black & Blue - both will be on tap and for sale in the tasting room and the shop, and Randall is coming for Happy Hour - Namaste through strawberries, blueberries and a secret ingredient.
- Fordham & Dominion Brewing Celebrates ACBW with Craft Beer 101 at the brewery
- Stewart's Celebrates ACBW with a Prix Fixe Brewer's Menu both today and tomorrow, Saturday, May 17th


Saturday, May 17th:
- Fordham & Dominion Brewing Celebrates ACBW with a Picnic at the Brewery
- Dogfish Head ACBW Tasting at Total Wine Claymont
- Fordham & Dominion Brewing Celebrates ACBW with Pinups and Airplanes at the Air Mobility Command Museum

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hop Heaven - AHopEclipseNow! Beer Dinner at the Dogfish Head Brewpub


We like the simple things in life (in no particular order) - sunshine, the beach, palm trees, family, friends, live music, good food, beer and those glorious hops. We're definitely hopheads - we’ve yet to meet a beer that was too hoppy for us! So when we got to attend Dogfish Head's AHopEclipseNow! Beer Dinner a month ago, we were in hop heaven!




Before we headed upstairs for the dinner, Sam invited everyone outside for a little show. And that's when we got a chance to see little hop mobile in action! We weren’t quick enough to grab a video (it may have been the pre-dinner brew we decided to have!), so you have to check out Sam and his buddy Ken Marino is this hysterical video to see how cool this car really is!

Now, back to the dinner! How can things go wrong when the first beer you're welcomed with is this year's release (with new, awesome bottle art!) of Aprihop? It was a gorgeous night down at the beach, and this beer was perfection for such a warmer wintery night. The Dogfish Head crew paired Aprihop with the Welcome Chartcuterie Platter of Serrano Ham, Soppresatta, Lardo & Apricots, Beemster XO, Cabot Clothbound Cheddar and Buttermilk Blue. In addition to all of those goodies, on the tables were sharing plates of Esplette Popcorn, Smoked Marcona Almonds and Mixed Nuts. We loved that this was how the night was starting out!

After the Welcome Reception was over, we got to hear from Sam, who welcomed us to what was going to be a very cool night, giving us the lowdown on what to expect, before turning it over to the Chef, who walked us through what we were going to be indulging in, making us even more hungry than we already were!

Things were a bit different with this beer dinner, and in a very fun way. We've done several beer dinners at the Dogfish Head Brewpub over the years and most of them have followed the traditional beer dinner format - several amazing courses paired with several amazing brews. But AHopEclipseNow! switched that up - attendees decided what beers they thought paired best with each small plate within each course. Everyone was given smaller pours of 6 different beers:

· 60 Minute
· Constellation Funk
· 75 Minute on Cask
· Indian Brown Ale
· Burton Baton
· 120 Minute


And now, the fun began. The beers came pretty quickly which rocked so we could kick off the pairings and start tackling our ideas of what paired best together. Plus, for each of the "danger caps" we could request another smaller pour of a few beers, and with the redcap, we got a full pour of the beer of our choice. Fun stuff, right?

Okay, now moving back onto the dinner. It was broken down into three courses, 1st Course, 2nd Course and Desserts. Check it out...


1st Course:

• Korean BBQ Wings & Kimchee – we loved how this paired with 60 Minute and Constellation Funk. The subtle heat of the wings was so good with both of the brews. The Asians flavors really pulled together with the 60 Minute.
• Braised Bacon & Black Truffle Egg Salad – the smokiness of the bacon went well with Indian Brown; and the nuttiness of the black truffle rocked and rolled with the Burton Baton.
• Crab Salad and Watermelon with Chili Threads – this salad was delicate and amazing, so we wanted to go with a beer that wouldn’t overpower the flavors. Our favorite beer with this course was the Constellation Funk. Want to make a similar salad? Check out this Dogfish Dish recipe!

2nd Course:• DFH Spicy Espresso Sausage and Chili Mustard – the spiciness from the sausage and the chili mustard complimented all of the beers, in our opinion, which was kind of fun.
• Lamb Chops and Parmesan Frites – the 120 was the clear winner with this course, but we also like how the lamb and parmesan frites paired with the 75 Minute and Indian Brown
• Venison Stew – Indian Brown was one of our favorite pairings for this course. It really seemed to pull out the flavors of the stew. 75 Minute was another brew that we thought worked well with this part of the 2nd course.

Desserts:
(yes, that is supposed to be plural)
• Ancho and Belgian Chocolate Truffles – here’s another course that we loved pretty much every brew we had throughout the evening. The spicy flavor from the ancho was a great compliment to the rich Belgian chocolate. Oh how we love chocolate and beer!
• Chocolate and Bacon Cheesecake – although we may love chocolate and bacon even more! We’ve had this cheesecake with World Wide Stout, pairing it with Indian Brown, Burton, 75 Minute and 120 Minute were pretty much out of this world too!
• Carrot and Orange Cookies – for some reason we didn’t expect the 120 to pair so well with these cookies, but they did! This was another dessert treat that we also liked with Indian Brown, Constellation Funk and Burton Baton!

All night long we had such a good time basically playing with our food, trying to figure out what we thought paired best with what foods. We’re thinking we might have to try a little something like this at home with friends!

Feel like you missed out on the Brewpub Beer Dinners? You’re in luck – there’s one more for the season next Sunday, April 27th with a Small Batch Beer Dinner theme! It’s way too easy to get tickets too – all you have to do is click here!

And now we're off to daydream about hops, hops, and more hops! Cheers! 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Craft Beer + Chocolate + Your Sweetheart = Our Kind of Valentine's Day

Whether you celebrate this day of love or not, it's always good to know where to go (and we suppose where not to go!) to include a little craft beer into your Valentine's Day celebration. 

We're going to keep a running list of who's doing what on this day that Cupid tends to be quite busy! 





Abbott's Grill, Milford and Laurel is offering an a'la carte menu

Chelsea Tavern is offering a Sweetheart Package 4 Course Pre-Fixe Meal


Ernest & Scott  is doing a 3-course pre-fixe menu



The Pig & Fish has Southern Tier Chokolat on tap

Argilla Brewing is offering a Valentine's Day 4-course meal with a flight of small batch brews

3rd Wave is tapping Kohana Chocolate Cherry Stout

Two Stones Pub Newark will be accepting reservations for Valentine's Day

Two Stones Pub Naamans will be accepting call ahead seating for Valentine's Day

Two Stones Pub Kennett will be accepting a limited number of reservations for Valentine's Day

Stewart's Brewing Company is releasing Monkey Love, their Stumblin' Monk fermented with raspberries, and Chocolate and Vanilla Stout today 

Iron Hill Brewery Newark released Love Potion #9, their chocolate-coconut stout, yesterday. Hopefully they'll still have some on tap today!

The Pickled Pig Pub will be offering Valentine's Day Dinner Specials 






Monday, December 30, 2013

New Year's Eve Fun Around The State


Hard to believe another New Year's Eve is upon us! Not sure what you're doing yet? Here's a quick run down of who's offering what tomorrow night!



  • Iron Hill Brewery Newark and Wilmington Celebration Menu from until 10pm
  • New Year's Eve at Argilla Brewing with The Lower Case Blues, with their New Year's Eve menu starting at 5pm and the band's sets starting at 8pm
  • Moo Year's Eve at the Dogfish Head Brewpub. There are two seatings, one at 6pm and one at 8pm. During the 6pm seating Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione will be playing DJ! Stick around for The Bullbuckers going on at 10pm! (We've done NYE at DFH the last two years and it has been a blast! The Bullbuckers will keep you going well past midnight - they're awesome!) They'll open back up at Noon on New Year's Day, business as usual.
    • UPDATE: Both Moo Year's Eve seatings are sold out, but the downstairs will be available for seating for both lunch and dinner.
  • Two Stones Pub Newark, Naamans and Kennett Square each have a 6pm and a 9pm seating for their four course dinner, with beer pairings. Call for availability at each location.
  • Stewart's Brewing Co. is hosting a New Year's Eve Buffet Dinner, starting at 6pm, followed by the DJ Rich Countdown Party at 9pm. A little hungover New Year's Day? Stewart's is running their New Year's Day buffet from 11am until 3pm with $1 monks. 
  • 33 West Ale House is hosting a Masquearde Beer Dinner with Fordham and Old Dominion Breweries, starting at 7pm. 
    • UPDATE: They will be open until 3pm for lunch, then closed until 7pm to prepare for tonight's Beer Dinner. 
  • Mispillion River Brewing is hosting their 2013 Fuzzy Ball at the brewery, with live music from The Fuzzy Snakefoot, food, beer and friends, all happening from 8pm until 1am. There is no cover they'll also be releasing two new brews, Australian Summer and their Hefeweizen, POPO. 
  • 16 Mile Brewing will open at 12pm on New Year's Eve, and stay open until...? They're going to be open late tonight with beer specials, free food at 6pm (while it lasta) and the firepit will be all lit up. 
  • World Cafe Live at The Queen is having a New Year's Eve Party with Delaware's own Spinto Band (we'll be there!) 
  • Home Grown Cafe is hosting two local bands, Mad-Sweet Pangs and Mean Lady,  starting at 9pm. No cover. 
  • The tasting room at Fordham Brewing and Old Dominion Brewing will be open from 11am until 4pm.
  • Painted Stave will be open for bottles sales from 10am until 3pm
  • Ulysses American Gastropub is hosting a New Year's Eve dinner featuring tradition dishes to promote wealth, prosperity and abundance in the New Year. They'll have a few rare brews on tap, a DJ Dance Party from 9pm til close and a champagne toast at midnight. Give them a call for reservations. 
  • Arena's Milford will be open until 1am with various drink specials.
  • Abbott's Grill is having a Black & White Party, with a champagne toast at midnight and DJ Petch in the pub. 
  • The Pickled Pig Pub will have some great dinner specials going on from 5pm til 9pm tonight, with the last seating at 10pm. They'll also have limited reserve bottle and champagne specials (while they last)! Stop back for New Year's Day for The Hangover Cure with brunch style specials, Bloody Mary Randall, and mimosa and Bloody Mary Specials.  
  • If you're planning on heading to check out the Dogfish Head Tasting Room today, keep in mind the last tour will be at 3pm. 
  • Cromwell's Tavern has several New Year's Eve specials tonight as well. Check out the menu here: http://cromwellstavern.com/NewYearsMenu.pdf



We hope everyone has a wonderful, craft beer filled New Year's Eve. Be safe, have fun, and we'll see you in 2014! 


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Keeping It Local for the Holiday Season

It's hard to believe the holidays are well upon us already! Are you stumped on what to buy the craft beer lover in your life? Or need to drop a few subtle hints on what you'd like to receive this holiday season? Well, keep it local folks, and look no further than one of our local breweries to help you finish up your holiday shopping! 

We decided to suggest a few of our favorite items from the breweries around the state again this year. Check them out!  

16 Mile Brewing Company

16 Mile Hoodie, $35, available at the brewery
16 Mile Taphouse Growlers
Whether you're visiting the Tavern at 16 Mile Brewing Company in Georgetown, or the 16 Mile Taphouse, located on Main Street in Newark, here are two ways you can show your love for 16 Mile: the 16 Mile Brewing Company hoodie, which you can purchase down in Georgetown, or a 16 Mile Taphouse growler that you can fill right there on Main Street!  16 Mile has you covered whether your in Northern or Southern Delaware! 

3rd Wave Brewing Company 

Surfboard Unisex T-Shirt, $16
Winter Beanie
3rd Wave has some pretty cool surf-inspired gear for that craft beer lover on your holiday shopping list. Check out their Surfboard Unisex T-shirt rocking their slogan, "Good Friends Good Waves Great Beer" across the surfboard. Want to keep your noggin warm this winter? We're digging the beanies the brewery just got in. Can't make it down to Delmar before the holiday? No worries, just hop on their website and place your order! (Side note: you may need to contact the brewery about the beanie if you're looking for that. When we were on there on 12/12/13 it hadn't been added quite yet).  

Argilla Brewing Company


You have to love when a holiday gift for someone else turns into a little holiday bonus gift for yourself! When you purchase a $50 (or more) gift card from Argilla between now and December 31st, you'll receive a free $15 gift card for yourself, to be used between January 1st, 2014 and March 1st, 2014. Happy Holidays to everyone in this equation! 


Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales
DFH4Life Hoodie, $55
2013 Tap Handle, $40
Thinking about hopping on the DFH site to do some holiday shopping? They're trying to make it as easy as possible for you by suggesting several "Holiday Items." They even went one step further and broke it down to "Under $20," "Under $50," and "Damn! That's Luv!" For under $20 you can't go wrong with a Randall Jr. ($19.99). They're a blast to experiment with. Go a little crazier in the under $50 range with the 2013 Tap Handle which will ring up at $40. If you're feeling even more generous this year, how about the DFH4Life Hoodie for $55? And like we mentioned, no worried if you can't make it down to the Tasting Room in Milton or the kiosk at the Brewpub in Rehoboth; you can order all of these items from DFH's website!                                                                 
Randall Jr., $19.99
  
Fordham Brewing Company/Old Dominion Brewing Company
2014 Pinup Calendar, $10
Save $5 and purchase both for $45
Are you a fan of Dominion's Bomber Girls? Then you might want to check out the 2014 Pinup Calendar, featuring winners from several Dominion-hosted Pinup contests throughout 2013!

Speaking of 2014...did you know that you can already purchase your tickets for R2Hop2 (April 26th, 2014) and Cheesetoberfest (October 4th, 2014)? This is a great gift for a friend...or for yourself! Throw yourself into super rock start status when you buy that craft beer loving gift recipient tickets to both events! Bonus: you'll save $5 when you buy them together! 

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

King of the Hill, $25
Winter Wheat Wine Ale
Gift Package, $35
Iron Hill Brewery is helping make your holiday shopping as simple as possible with their Holiday Gift Menu! If you know someone who visits Iron Hill pretty regularly, you should sign them up for the King of the Hill Rewards Club Program. The $25 annual fee is a loyalty program that earns points for purchases and visits. There are all sorts of perks like a handmade mug, free birthday gift and invitations to exclusive events. Is the craft beer lover on your list already a member of the King of the Hill Club? No worries, why not check out one of Iron Hill's Gift Packages, with prices ranging from $35 - $65. 


The newest brewery in the state has a very unique gift to give this holiday season - a bit of an investment in the brewery by making a pledge in their indiegogo campaign! Pledge $25, and receive a Mispillion River Brewing t-shirt. Go for a $100 pledge, and you're getting a Mispillion River Brewing growler, t-shirt and hat! Have some really special on your list? A $500 pledge will get you a bar stool, always guaranteeing a spot at the bar. A $1,000 pledge? That will get one of the brewery fermenters dedicated to your gift recipient. Oh, and as if that isn't cool, the $1,000 pledge will also give them a chance to design and brew a beer recipe! Major cool points! 

Stewart's Brewing Company

You can't go wrong with purchasing the craft beer lover on your holiday list a Mug Club membership at Stewart's...unless of course you think they may already be one...then just pick them up a gift card and they can spend it on a night out at Stewart's, on a growler fill or two, and if they aren't already a member of the Mug Club, a great excuse to go ahead and finally join!  



Twin Lake's Brewing Company
Do you have a bike riding friend who loves great craft beer? Why not pick them up the Twin Lakes Cycling Jersey? After all, the whole point of riding those long distance rides is the reward of a craft beer at the end, isn't it?! Sometimes I personally like to put together a gift bag or basket and include several smaller similarly themed items. I could easily do that with the Twin Lakes' baseball hat and pint glass. I would throw in an IOU of either a tour of the brewery ($22 per person, held Wednesdays and Saturdays), a growler fill ($12 for a Greenville Pale Ale and $15 for their seasonal brews) - or better yet, BOTH! 


Know that you want to get the craft beer lover on your holiday list a craft beer related gift, just not sure what to get them? Many of the breweries in the state offer gift cards - you can't go wrong with that! Either way you're supporting one of our our fantastic local breweries and you're pretty much guaranteeing that you're going to be giving one of the coolest gift you friend, family member or significant other will get all holiday season long! Nice!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!