Brewery Frequently Asked Questions

Dogfish Head? Where did that come from?
Believe it or not, our namesake is a place - a place that’s very near and dear to our founder and president Sam Calagione’s heart ... Dogfish Head, Maine! 

Do you have food at the brewery?
We’re so excited to answer that question - yes! Not just any food ... beer-centric food. Our Tasting Room & Kitchen serves up delectable treats that pair perfectly with our off-centered ales. Click here to learn more!

Do you do growler / crowler fills at the brewery?
We would love to send you home with some of our beer! We’ve got growlers/crowlers for sale that we can fill up on-site, but we aren't currently filling outside growlers due to health/safety concerns. 

I want to take a tour of the brewery - Can I? Can I?
We normally offer a slew of tour options, but we won't be running tours for the time-being to ensure the health and safety of our guests & co-workers! Stay tuned for updates!


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Beer Frequently Asked Questions

I have allergies ... can I still drink Dogfish Head beer?

We often get questions about allergies, special diets and more in relation to our beers. We can’t always answer specifics, but we can give you some of our most talked about allergies…

Our beers that DO contain wheat as a recipe ingredient….

Campfire Amplifier
Costumes & Karaoke
Festina Pêche
American Beauty Hazy Ripple IPA
Liquid Truth Serum
SeaQuench Ale
Slightly Mighty

The following beers contain ingredients you may wish to know…

Campfire Amplifier: Lactose, Cocoa, Vanilla, Marshmallows
Costumes & Karaoke: Lactose, Oats
American Beauty Hazy Ripple IPA: Spelt, Oats
Punkin Ale: Pumpkin
SeaQuench Ale: Salt, Lime juice, Black Limes
Slightly Mighty: Oats
SuperEIGHT: Quinoa, Salt, Prickly Pear, Mango, kiwi, Boysenberry, Blackberry, Raspberry, Elderberry

We also have beers containing dextrose, a corn derived sugar…

120 Minute IPA
World Wide Stout

I see you have an “Ageable Ales” series—what in the world? When it comes to aging beer, it's all about will power and preference! Certain beers will always age slightly better than others. There are people who can’t wait 5 minutes to drink the beer and there are others who wait 5 years. We have a selection of beers just dying for you hold on to them - 120 Minute, Fruitfull Fort, and World Wide Stout. Their higher ABV allows them to stand the test of time. There’s no rule that says you have to hold on to ‘em, but we like to think it’s a fun little experiment. Follow us here for a few more tips about hanging on to these brews.

I’m gluten free—whatcha got?
We used to proudly answer, “Tweason’ale!” Unfortunately, this one isn’t on the release calendar and we’re not exactly sure just when we’ll be bringing it back. So for now, we’ve got nothin’. 

Is there a "best by" freshness date on your packages?
We do not have a ‘best by’ date on our bottles, but we DO have a 'bottled on' date on each and every bottle of Dogfish Head Beer. As a guide, we recommend enjoying our lower ABV (alcohol by volume) beers (5-9%) within 3-6 months of bottling. The higher ABV beers (10+%) are ideal for aging, if you enjoy the mellowing characteristics aging can lend a high ABV beer.

Exporting-- do you do it?!
So you’re looking for some DFH. Well, unfortunately, at this time we do not export any of our beer. We know it’s hard to hear, it’s hard to say! Our demand is so far in front of our supply that right now we need all the beer we are brewing for the U.S. market. Some day … we hope.

Can you please, please, please ship me beer?
Ship beer you say? Unfortunately, due to federal law we cannot ship to individuals, however, there are some online distributors that carry our products - (, and countless others. We are not affiliated with them and it does vary state by state (not sure about country), but you may be able to find what you’re looking for. Good luck with your search and keep drinking the good stuff!

I can’t get Dogfish in (insert your state here)…any plans to change that?
You can currently find our beer in all 50 states!! Check out the Fish Finder at (you can search for our beers by zip code) to bring up all retailers in your area. Boom, instant access to DFH!

When is (insert favorite beer) going to be released? I need it, seriously.
We’ve got a handy lil' release calendar just waiting to fill you in. It’s difficult for us to dial in exact dates, but the release calendar will at least you know the month - it’s a start!

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Store Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t see any beer in your online store—what gives?
Sadly, due to federal laws we’re not allowed—bummer, we know.

I want to return/exchange merchandise I ordered from you—help!
No worries, we can certainly make that happen! Just fill out the return/exchange form, pack it up, send it back, and we’ll take it from there. Don’t have a copy of the return/exchange form? Shoot us an email at A couple things to keep in mind though - all products must be returned in their original condition: unworn, unwashed and with a copy of the invoice and reason for return included within 30 days.

I just placed my order but forgot something, am I still able to add it?
We try to make this happen when we can. Unfortunately, there’s just no way to guarantee it. There are times when we’re inundated with a lot of these requests and we still have a relatively analog approach to our shipping. Best bet is to email and see if it’s a possibility. If it’s not, can we still be friends?

I just got my order and something is broken/missing/wrong—now what?
First of all - yikes! Sorry about that! Secondly, send us a little message at with your order number and a synopsis of what the dealio is. Cool?

Gift card shipping fee—are you for real?!
We know, we know. Unfortunately, we are passing on our UPS standard costs and we use UPS to ensure it makes it to you safely. If you’d like to take a chance, we can certainly send it to you through USPS, but if it gets lost, damaged or stolen, we cannot replace or refund it. If that’s what you would prefer, shoot us an email at

You’re out of my size and/or the item I want, when will you be getting it back in stock?
We do our very best to let you know when something is coming back, but we’re not perfect…yet.  If there is mention of an item retiring on the product page, sadly, it ain’t coming back.  If there’s no mention you can take comfort in knowing that it’s on order.  We may not be able to give an exact backorder date, but rest assured it’s in the works!

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Brewpub Frequently Asked Questions

My band and I want to play at the brewpub ... please!?
We're constantly looking for new bands to storm the stage.  Shoot us an email at and we'll get the conversation rolling!

Do you take reservations?
We don't take reservations but feel free to call (302) 226-2739 to add your name to the wait list, if there is one!

What hours are you open?
We’re open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.! The only time we shut her down is… Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Christmas Eve - close at 4PM, the Tuesday after Labor Day, Beer & Benevolence Day (TBD) and the evening of our annual holiday PARTAY (TBD) - close at 4PM.

I want to have a special event at DFH, is that possible?
Is that possible?  Pffffft—we’d love to be a part of your special moment!  We’ve got a great upstairs area just dying to show you everything it has to offer.  Shoot us an email at to get cracking.

What do you have on tap?
Funny you should ask—we happen to have a handy dandy list available.  Follow us here…

Can I purchase merchandise at the brewpub?
You betcha!  Most everything you see in our online store is available at our Off-Centered emPOURium (located between Brewings & Eats and Chesapeake & Maine).  Because we’ve only got so much room, quantities may be slightly more limited, but it’s there!  Oh yeah, did we mention you can also purchase beer & spirits (in the emPOURium or from the comfort of your table)?  We didn’t?  Well, you can.  Let’s get shopping!

Live music, what’s the deal with that?
It’s true, we have live music every Friday and Saturday night, year round.  And, even better, it’s free (unless otherwise noted).  You certainly don’t have to be 21 to enjoy the show, however, the bar is off limits—we mean it!  If you’re wondering what gigs are coming to town, we have a posting right up your alley…

Can I bring my stroller into the restaurant?
As much as we love when our little off-centered fans come to see us, we do have a strict no stroller policy within the restaurant. Due to safety reasons (both for our guests and co-workers), we need to ensure that all aisles and exits are clear at all times. Our team is happy to help you find a place outside to store your stroller during your visit, but unfortunately we cannot allow them inside the building.

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Company Frequently Asked Questions

Beer & Benevolence
Hey DFH, won’t you donate or sponsor our cause?

Thinking DFH would make the perfect donation or sponsor? Well, we just may be able to help out! Check out our Beer & Benevolence page for full details.. Once you submit your request, we’ll be one step closer to a magical partnership - cheers!

I want to work at Dogfish Head!

Oh boy, we’re happy to hear it! We’re constantly updating our job postings. We’d love it if you took a look at them - it could be the beginning of something beautiful.

I want to be a Brewmaster, what do I need to do?
Hmmm, where to start? The first place is a formal education. Typically we find people with either life science type or engineering degrees. Many of our new brewers not only have those types of degrees, but they’ve also completed a formal brew-centric education through the University of Davis, Siebel Institute of Technology or the American Brewers Guild. Another way is via a non-paid apprenticeship at a local brewery. A recently hired brewer worked at a small brewery, scrubbing kegs, packaging bottles, cleaning and eventually brewing. It isn’t that uncommon that very small breweries and pubs will offer these type of arrangements while they are in the growing stage and don’t need full time people. Most important piece of the journey - be patient and humble. It doesn’t happen for many overnight!

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