I stopped in at Costa Ventosa Vineyard and Winery also home of Half Ass Jack Brewery. We were in Bethany Beach, Delaware on vacation and nearby. My family tried the wines. I enjoyed the Stupid Stick Nut Brown Ale. My son had a flight of all the beers and enjoyed most of them – especially the IPAs.
While we were visiting they were celebrating their 1st anniversary. A good time was had by all.
I stopped in at Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Wow. I enjoyed visiting the original brewpub of this now dominant craft brewery. Since Dogfish Head also has a brewpub in my hometown of Gaithersburg, Maryland I tend to consider this my home brewery and go to brand. I sat on the outdoor patio with my family for lunch. We all had great meals. My fish tacos were delicious. With 120 Minute IPA on tap how could I resist? And as always it did not disappoint. Absolutely delicious. This is very strong – clocking in at over 15 ABV, so beware! I also purchased a four-pack to take home and at $36 that’s not an insignificant decision. But I can assure you it will be well worth every $9 bottle. I also gave a try to the Palo Ahumado which was a delicious brown ale with notes of vanilla and coconut. My wife even enjoyed a few sips which is very rare. And, before we left for home we purchased t-shirts and other swag to memorialize the visit. Hope to return here again one of these days.
I stopped in at the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware for a tour. Dogfish Head has become quite a nationwide craft beer player. Their brewery is a reflection of that. It’s really large. The tour was fun and informative. We saw the entire production and bottling process. One of the beers that stood out to me was the Palo Santo Marron which is brewed in wooden palo santo wood vessels from Paraguay. The story behind the wood is something you’d have to visit the brewery to find out for yourself. At the end of the tour the samples were plentiful and, of course, I tried the Palo Santo Marron which is a smooth dark beer with complex character. I also tried the world wide stout, burton baton and 90 minute IPA. I was so overjoyed that I bought four-packs of each to bring home. I broke them into sets of one each and gave one set to each of three good friends. I’ve made it through my set with the exception of the world wide stout which I’m aging for that perfect moment. Cheers!