It's may be called the Weekend of Compelling Ales & Spirits now, but it's still oh-so compelling.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Good news, craft beer fans. The Weekend of Compelling Ales & Whatnot is back ... only this time it's sporting a slightly more 'spirited' name. It's now the Weekend of Compelling Ales & Spirts (#WOCAAS) and you better believe it's STILL straight up compelling! This year we're comin’ atcha with a slew of new beers and VIP offerings, so get ready for a jam-packed weekend of off-centered libations and luscious food! 

With the main event happening at our Milton brewery on March 21, 2020, you'll find those obscurities and rarities you’ve come to know and love, as well as a boatload of more goodies ... including two new VIP sessions to get your #beergeekery on! From World Wide Stout aged in Utopias Barrels (yes, seriously) to Beer for Breakfast: Farmer's Platter, this might just be our most compelling year yet.

Not only will your palate explore a myriad of concoctions, you’ll have the chance to taste your way through the Weekend of Compelling Ales & Spirits with beer-centric inspired food pairings prepared by our talented culinary team at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats. Want a look at our brewery and distillery operations? You got it! We'll be offering tours throughout the day, with Dogfish Head co-workers on hand and ready to hang out with you!

When: March 21, 2020, 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. (VIP ticket holders gain access at 2 p.m.)

Where: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

We're selling 600 General Admission and Designated Driver tickets, 100 VIP tickets, and 16 Super VIP packages, first-come first-served, so act fast! Tickets on sale now!

The Beer & Spirits

 - All in Oats - Oat-centric IPA brewed  with malted oats, heirloom oat groats, naked oats and flaked oats all mashed in oat milk.  Hopped generously with Citra, Amarillo and Mosaic, 6.3% ABV
 - Vibrant P'Ocean - Sour ale brewed with elderflower, elderberry, lemon slices and Belgian fleur de sel that's then blended with a two-year aged foeder beer from Brouwerij Rodenbach of Rosealare, Belgium, 4.7%
 - Macaron Rose Framboise - Sour ale brewed with puréed raspberries, toasted almonds, lemon zest, rosewater, milk sugar and Madagascar vanilla beans, 8% ABV
 - World Wide Stout aged in Utopias Barrels - Our bold Imperial Stout aged in Sam Adams Utopias barrels, 18% ABV
 - CUPRICious & CanTANKARDous - Mule-esque sour ale brewed with ginger juice, lime juice, lactose, lime peel and kaffir lime leaf, 7% ABV
 - Beer for Breakfast: Farmer's Platter - Imperial stout brewed with scrapple, maple syrup, oatmeal, milk sugar, brown sugar, applewood smoked malt and cold-press Rise Up Roasters coffee aged in maple bourbon and rye whiskey barrels, 13% ABV
 - Honey Dip Trip - Open-fermented Belgian-style Trippel brewed with Anson Mills Abruzzi rye, Himalayan peppercorns, orange peel, coriander and Organic African forest honey and aged in Dogfish Head Distilling Honey Rum barrels, 10% ABV
 - Showy Prose - Cocktail-inspired sour ale brewed with citrus juices and milk sugars, blended with an Amaro-esque infusion of citrus peels, botanicals, herbs and spices then aged in Dogfish Head Distilling Co. Alternate Takes Whiskey Barrels, 7% ABV
 - Knuckles, Bats & Homemade Tats - Collaboration with The Veil. Barrel-aged, mixed-culture sour ale aged on red, white & black currants and hibiscus, 6% ABV
 - Rye Barrel-Aged 120 Minute IPA - Imperial IPA aged in Sagamore Spirits Rye Whiskey barrels then assertively dryhopped with a blend of Pacific Northwest hops, 18% ABV
 - Shadow & Substance - Barrel-aged dark sour ale with cherries, Mission figs and Costa Rican cascara for notes of dark fruit, tobacco and coffee, 7% ABV
 - Much Malarky - Dry rye Irish-ish stout brewed with coriander, mustard seed and black pepper, 5.5% ABV
 - The Final Date - Northern European Rye Pilsner brewed with floor malted Pilsner malt and malted rye hopped with German Noble hops, 4.7% ABV
 - Strawberry Honeyberry Vodka Lemonade - more details to come
 - Straight Whiskey Sour Cocktail - more details to come
 - Alternate Takes 2: Whiskey Finished in Palo Santo Marron Barrels - A savory sipper that’s balanced by flavors of caramel, smoke, green tea, white chocolate and dark wood.

Specialty Tasting Sessions (available only for VIP & Super VIP ticket holders)

Let's Get Wild!
Within the depths of our production facility lies our wild and funky playground where brewers create the bracingly sour beers in our 'Wooden ... it be nice!' wild ale program. Join us amongst the barrels as we de-mystify the techniques used to concoct these complex ales and discuss the details of a multi-year blending tradition known as the 'Solera' method. Guests will enjoy a sneak peek of a future 2020 'Wooden ... it be nice!' release - 'Solera No. 1' ... the first of its kind!
Led by Brewing Supervisor, Bill Marchi

Dogfish Head Distilling Co. R&D Tasting
It was a chilly day in Feb. 2017 when the distilling team found themselves with some idle time, so they decided to pull some Beer for Breakfast and Palo Santo Marron from the brewery, distill it, then age it into three distinct used barrel profiles: port, brandy, and bourbon barrels. We sort of forgot about it until last fall when we harvested the barrels, blended three threads together and collaborated with our friends at Rise Up Coffe Roasters to create 'Booze for Breakfast.' Join us on a R&D journey where we discuss whiskey production, our process and taste these unique, unleashed whiskeys, as well as 'Booze for Breakfast!' 
Led by Distillery Manager James Montero


Brewery Tours - We’ll be offering tours of our Milton brewery throughout the day on March 21. Tours will begin at 3 p.m. and happen every half hour until 6 p.m. If you know that you would like to go on a tour, visit the tasting room right away to sign up for a specific tour time. Space on the tours is limited and they will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Meet your tour guide at the host stand when you’re ready to go exploring!

Treehouse Tours - Ever wanted to see what it’s like inside our Steampunk Treehouse? Now’s your chance! We’ll be giving treehouse tours from 2 - 7 p.m.!

Let’s talk tickets

General Admission - $65

- WOCAAS 2020 Tasting Glass
- 16 rare and/or exclusive beer/spirit samples (3 oz.)
- 16 food pairings

VIP - $175

- Access to 2 VIP sessions led by our expert co-workers
- WOCAAS 2020 Tasting glass
- 16 3 oz. tastings of rare and exclusive beers
- 16 food pairings created by our culinary team at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats
- 1 hour early admission into the event (2:00pm)
- 15% off at our Rehoboth Brewings & Eats and Chesapeake & Maine (merchandise included!) all weekend - redeem by showing WOCAAS ticket

Designated Driver - $35

- Food samples only
- Access to sodas in Tasting Room and tent

Super VIP All-INNclusive Package

Single King & Double Queen - $799 (2 tickets)
SWEET! - $1,299 (4 tickets)
Super SWEET! - $1,299 (2 tickets)

- Two-night stay at the Dogfish Inn (Friday and Saturday)
- 2-4 VIP Tickets (see above VIP perks)
- Breakfast with Sam at the Inn on Saturday morning (10 a.m.)
- Shuttle service from the Inn to the brewery and back!

How do I get in on this?


General Admission (click here)

VIP (click here)

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.

Other Details

Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats happenings

  • 15% off all weekend for VIP ticket holders! All you have to do is show your TicketLeap ticket to the event.
  • Friday – Open for dinner with live music kicking off at 10 p.m. - no cover!
  • Saturday – Mind-blowing line-up of beer with live music beginning at 10 p.m. - no cover!
  • Sunday – Post-WOCAAS Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chesapeake & Maine happenings

  • 15% off all weekend for VIP ticket holders! All you have to do is show your TicketLeap ticket to the event.
  • Friday - All-Night Happy Hour from 4-10 p.m. with half-priced draft cocktails and draft beers, $1 oysters and food specials. Live music from Bruce Anthony from 5-8 p.m.
  • Saturday - Live music featuring George & Pat Bilenki Duo from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Sunday - Lobster Party Sunday - serving up 1.25 lb lobsters for just $12! It's the best deal in town!

Other housekeeping items

  • This is a 21+ event.
  • We LOVE dogs, but they can't come to WOCAAS.
  • Please wear closed-toed shoes if you plan on taking a tour.
  • The Tasting Room will be closed to the public.
  • This is a rain or shine (or snow) happening - so come prepared!

Looking for other places to crash? Start here:

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


Jolly Trolley will be using a pay-per-seat option ($10 each way) and it will be the responsibility of the guest to reserve their seat online prior to the event.

Pick-up times from Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in downtown Rehoboth Beach will be 1:15 p.m. (VIP pick-up), 2:20 p.m., and 3:25 p.m.
Returning trips from the brewery will be at 6 and 7:15 p.m.

NOTE: The Jolly Trolley Pay-Per-Seat Program online ticket sales will end on March 20th at 1:15 p.m. Tickets will still be available on-site at the same price, but seats will not be guaranteed without buying in advance.

For more information about WOCAAS, contact Sophia at