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Weekend of Compelling Ales and Whatnot


The 2016 Weekend of Compelling Ales & Whatnot (#WOCAAW) is straight up compelling!  And, it’s comin’ atcha with a slew of new offerings.

For starters, we’re taking this party down to one fun-filled day at our Milton brewery on March 19, 2016. We’ll still be featuring those off-centered ales and rarities you’ve come to know and love, as well as boatloads of more goodies … including our brand new Beer Geekery Salon sessions!

You’ll also find amazing beer-centric inspired foods, brewery and distillery tours, and Dogfish co-workers just dying to hang with you for the day! 

When: March 19, 2016, 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Where: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

We're selling 550 General Admission tickets, 150 VIP tickets, and 14 Super VIP packages, first-come first-served, so act fast! Tickets go on sale January 15 at 6:00 p.m.  

What you can expect with your ticket?

General Admission - $65

  • Ceramic Event Coaster
  • Event Tasting Glass
  • Event Tasting Journal
  • 14+ rare and/or exclusive beer samples
  • 10+ food pairings

VIP - $175

  • All the bells and whistles of General Admission plus …
  • 1 hour early admission into the event (2:00pm)
  • Event t-shirt
  • Limited release beer (TBD) in 32oz. event growler
  • Special behind-the-scenes tours (sign-ups will happen in a follow up email)
  • Access to one Beer Geekery Salon of your choosing - first come first serve (sign-ups with happen in a follow up email)

Super VIP All-INNclusive Package

Single King Room Price - $899

  • Two-night stay
  • 2 VIP Tickets (cannot add additional tickets)

Double Queen Room Price - $899

  • Two-night stay
  • 2 VIP Tickets with an option to add additional tickets needed (up to 2)

Sweet Price - $1699

  • Two-night stay
  • 4 VIP Tickets with an option to add one additional ticket, if needed

What’s included with Super VIP:

  • Breakfast Saturday Morning with Dogfish Head founder & president Sam Calagione
  • Shuttle ride to and from the event
  • Bells and Whistles of the VIP event experience
  • First Choice of two complimentary Beer Geekery Salons (sign-ups will happen in a follow up email)

Designated Driver - $35

  • Access to all food options during the event
  • Special refreshment station

The Beer Geekery Salons (available only for VIP & Super VIP ticket holders)

Pairing to Compliment, Pairing to Contrast - Cheese Edition
Always wondered what makes the perfect beer and food pairing? Well, Chef Kevin is here to walk you through the process of pairing cheeses that complement or contrast a beer for the best sensory outcome. This salon will include 3 beer samples with two cheese pairings each.   
Lead by Chef, Kevin Downing 

Vintage Vertical Tastings – Tapping into Sam’s Stash
We will be tapping into Sam’s private stash to sample one of his favorite ageable ales, World Wide Stout. We will discuss what styles of beer are desirable to age, best storage methods and how flavors change over time.
Lead by Assistant Brewmaster, Mark Safarik 

From Grain to Glass: A Sensory Tour Through 60 Minute IPA
Our classic American IPA, 60 Minute IPA, is a harmonious blend of barley, hops, yeast and water. By tasting their way through this beer, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the fermentation process. Attendees will sample unfermented wort, fully fermented (but unfiltered and uncarbonated) beer, and finished product while hearing about the different biological and chemical reactions occurring throughout fermentation.
Lead by Off-centered Microbiologist, Dr. Aimee Garlit 

Off-Flavors aren’t Off-centered: Sensory Experience
While Dogfish prides itself on creating some off-the-wall beers, our recipes are designed with specific flavors in mind. We use carefully controlled fermentation techniques, followed by rigorous quality testing to ensure that only the best-tasting beer makes it to market.  This sensory experience will educate participants on some of the most common undesirable attributes in beer and their causes. Participants will smell and taste doctored beer samples and learn what causes these specific flaws, as well as how we avoid them.
Lead by Off-centered Microbiologist, Dr. Aimee Garlit 

Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats happenings

Friday – Mind-blowing line-up of beers (TBD)
Saturday – Mind-blowing line-up of beer with live music beginning at 10 p.m. (TBD)
Sunday – Post-WOCAAW Brunch (menu TBD) 

How do I get in on this? 

IMPORTANT: The ticket holder’s ID must match the name on the ticket. If they do not match, entrance will be denied. Tickets are non-refundable, but can be transferred to another name.

Also note:

  • Please wear closed-toed shoes if you plan on taking a tour.
  • The Tasting Room will be closed to the public.

Looking for other places to crash? Start here:

  • Rehoboth and Dewey Chamber of Commerce
  • Rehoboth Beach Main Street
  • Lewes Chamber of Commerce

For more information about WOCAAW, contact ashley@dogfish.com.