So what happens when you wear a Dogfish Head jacket featured in a photo used in a story about PoPville? For me, I got to go to beer heaven. Now, I’ve gone on record in the past as saying I’m a Dogfish Head fanatic. Aprihop (RIP) was the beer at my wedding reception. And of course, I wear a Dogfish Head jacket for Christ’s sake… Anyway back to beer heaven. Long story short, after seeing my photo in the paper the fine folks from Dogfish Head asked if I’d like to visit the brewery (Milton, DE), the Inn (Lewes, DE) and their new restaurant, Chesapeake & Maine (Rehoboth, DE). Hell yes I would. Hell fucking yes I would. And I did last weekend. My wife and I drove to the brewery in Milton first about 2.5 hours from DC.
I had been once back in 2010 and man oh man have things changed. It’s gotten much bigger… If you go, while the tasters are fun, you have to go on a tour. It lasts about an hour and even if you’re not a fanatic it’s incredibly interesting. Well shit, I don’t know, I am a fanatic, so I’m just guessing that if you’re not a fanatic you’ll like it too because our tour guide was freaking awesome:
This is Duane “not the rock” Johnson (though he was gigantic) schooling us on the history of Dogfish Head and it’s origins. But make no mistake, this dude knew his beer (and some good stories). And if you are a fanatic you’ll get giddy over all the inner workings and gadgets:
This is just the freaking bottling plant.
Anyway the tour ends with some tasters, but you can buy full pints and they have a food truck as well as games that are very beer friendly (bocce, cornhole etc.)
On to the Inn. I don’t really remember how long it took to drive from Milton to the Inn in Lewes because I was pretty drunk at that point (fear not my wife was the designated driver!!)
How to describe the Inn? It’s kinda like an old 50s motel was completely renovated and filled with a very cool combination of beer, beach, and concert memorabilia.
But perhaps the coolest part of the Inn is that it’s filled with fellow craft beer fanatics and the owner and founder of Dogfish Head Brewery, Sam Calagione, comes for a fireside chat every week. More on that in a minute – but first we head to Chesapeake & Maine in Rehoboth for dinner. While I was lucky enough to have a designated driver, the Inn also offers an all inclusive package with a van that shuttles you around to the different spots. For those who’ve been to the Dogfish Head brew pub in Rehoboth you’ll be blown away by their new restaurant next door. The previous restaurant next door to the brewpub (not owned by Dogfish at the time) was a dingy, dark spot. The new space is freaking beautiful:
Courtesy Chesapeake & Maine
Courtesy Chesapeake & Maine
Courtesy Chesapeake & Maine
And the food wasn’t so bad either:
But one of the biggest standouts for me was actually the cocktail list (surprise, surprise):
The Bierre-Hatten was just ridiculously delicious.
OK back to the Inn and I’m seriously feeling no pain at this point. Time to sit around the campfire and ask Dogfish Head’s owner (in yellow t-shirt at back) any question you’d like. To say that this guy is down to earth is an understatement. And people asked him questions about everything, one lady was getting married and ask for advice on writing the save the date. The best part was that it all felt so genuine. Nothing was forced among the banter between guests and superstar brewery owner. That was the coolest part. Well no, actually, after the chat he asked if my wife and I would like to head back to his house for a beer on his porch? And of course his wife and friends were also the most genuine kind people you could hope to meet. Now of course, I was hammered but my wife insists that I am remembering correctly.
If you’re interested in a similar pilgrimage you can get all the details from their website here.
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You are cordially invited to the Embassy of Austria for a thrilling evening with Mozart. What a better way to spend Christmas and Hannukah! Our full orchestra and lead singers, some of whom sing at the Met, will appeal to teens as they begin their journey to the classics! We expect to be sold out soon…..
Get your tickets now!
Under the Gracious Patronage of H.E. Petra Schneebauer, Ambassador of Austria
Julien Benichou, Conductor
Kevin Short as Figaro
Manna K. Jones as Susanna
Stephen Powell as Count Almaviva
Laquita Mitchell as Contessa
Anna Kelly as Cherubino
Maggie Polglaze as Barbarina
John Gibney as Bartolo
Leah Heater as Marcellina
Christopher Jon Hartung as Antonio & Don Curzio
Narration provided by Robin Phillips
Embassy of Austria
3524 International Court NW
Washington, DC 20008
Doors Open/Cocktails 6:30 pm
Performance including Intermission 7:15 pm
Wine Reception with Heavy Hors d’oeuvres 9:15 to 10:30 pm
Box Seats $250
Orchestra Reserved $150
Seniors (over 65 years old) Unreserved $80 [sold out]
Students with ID $50
Come solve a crime that took place in Takoma Park 130 years ago!
HouseMouse Books and Vintage is excited to announce the debut of Escape the Bookshop II, our new limited-run escape room experience. Escape the Bookshop II is a unique group puzzle game that is based on a real crime that took place in Takoma Park around 130 years ago. It is designed and created by HouseMouse to be played in our atmospheric little bookshop. This is not your typical corporate escape room and makes for a memorable evening out with friends or family!
Bookings are now open for game dates in January through April 2024. The game generally takes place Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM but special arrangements can be made upon request. It is designed to be played by a group of 3 to 6 people (ages 16+) and lasts for one hour. No prior escape room experience is needed to enjoy the game.
Join us at Spirits & Spice DC Store as we embark on a spirited journey with the co-owner of the Mount Pleasant Club Whiskey.
Brace yourselves for an unforgettable whiskey-tasting experience where we’ll not only indulge in the smoothness of