Brewery Frequently Asked Questions

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

Do you have food at the brewery?
We’re so excited to answer that question - yes! Not just any food, beer centric food. Our food truck serves up delectable treats in what looks like a ginormous lunchbox, perfect for Paul Bunyan himself. It’s open Monday-Saturday from 11am-6:30pm and Sunday from 12pm-6:30pm.

Do you do growler fills at the brewery?
Funny thing, we do! We’ve got growlers for sale or you can bring your own. One rule, it has to be a growler (with the government warning) - no buckets, milk jugs, coffee containers, or other weird vessels. While we’re here, we’ve got some tips for all things growlers. Check it out…

I want to take a tour of the brewery - Can I? Can I?
Are you kidding? We hope you’re already on the way! We offer tours of our Milton Brewery Monday-Sunday, year round. Tours are free, and now, NO RESERVATIONS NEEDED. Click here for all the deets and we’ll see you soon!

 

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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….

Raison D’Etre
Palo Santo Marron
Red & White
Black & Blue
Pangaea
Fort
Festina Peche
Namaste-(raw wheat and wheat)
Saison Du Buff
Bitches Brew
Kvasir
Noble Rot
Positive Contact
Ta Henket
Liquid Truth Serum
SeaQuench
Alternate Takes 2,4,5,6
Beer to Drink Music To 2017

The following beers contain ingredients you may wish to know…

American Beauty – Almonds & Oats
Birra Etrusca- Hazelnut flour
Chicory Stout- Oats
Indian Brown Ale-Corn
Sah’tea-Rye flakes
Theobroma-Corn
Positive Contact- Oats
Liquid Truth Serum - Oats
Beer for Breakfast - Scrapple/meat, Oats, Lactose
Lupu-luau - Coconut
Pennsylvania Tuxedo - Rye
Puddin’ Wine - Hazelnuts

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

Burton Baton
120 Minute
World Wide Stout
Black & Blue
Olde School Barleywine
Fort
Hellhound On My Ale
Red & White
Flesh and Blood
Pennsylvania Tuxedo

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, Immort Ale, Olde School Barleywine 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 - (www.halftimebeverage.com), (www.bruisin-ales.com), 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?
In 2017 we will be distributing in 30 states (plus Washington D.C.). At this time we don’t plan on adding any new markets any time soon. This helps us to supply the markets we are currently in. We know, it’s a bummer! If you will be traveling anytime soon, check out the Fish Finder at www.dogfish.com (you can search for our beers by zip code), bringing up all retailers in the 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 orders@dogfish.com. 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 orders@dogfish.com 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 orders@dogfish.com with your order number and a synopsis of what the dealio is. Cool?

Gift card shipping—are you for real?!
We know, we know. Unfortunately, it is our flat rate shipping fee of $9.99 through UPS as 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 orders@dogfish.com.

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 musicbooking@dogfish.com and we'll get the conversation rolling!

Do you take reservations?
We’re thrilled to hear you’re thinking of dining with us, but no our Rehoboth brewpub does not take any reservations as we operate on a first come first served basis. But, grab a brew at the bar, chat with old friends, and you’ll be chowing down before you know it!

What hours are you open?
We’re open 24 /7 … just not in a row. Get it? Get it? But seriously, we’re open 7 days a week from 12pm to 1am. 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 BrewpubEvents@dogfish.com 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 kiosk (just outside the entrance).  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 (at the kiosk or from the comfort of your table)?  We didn’t?  Well, you can.  Let’s get shopping!

I know you do growler fills, but does it have to be a DFH growler?
Get outta here, of course not!  We’ll take anything.  Well, we shouldn’t say anything.  It has to at least be a growler that has the government warning—no buckets, milk jugs, coffee containers, or other weird vessels.  While we’re here, we’ve got some tips for all things growlers. Check it out…

Do you offer tours of the brewpub?
Weird answer, kinda.  They’re not organized, meaning there’s no set schedule, but ask your server or grab a manager and we’ll do our best to show you the ins and outs of this well oiled operation.

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…

 

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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!

Careers/Internships
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 brewery’s 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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