Dogfish Head Brewery – Milton, DE – Est. June 1995

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ABV: 9% / 750ml bottle                  Style: Chile Beer / Ale

Color: Golden Honey/Haze

Taste: Sweet like honey, slight licorice, finishes with heat from chiles

Overall: Powerful, its good but you have to beer a serious beer drinker to thoroughly enjoy.  Not my fav, but good to sip on and figure out all the flavors you taste.  Drink it warm; sounds gross but it tastes better than being cold.

Theobroma (translated into ‘food of the gods’) is made with honey, cocoa, ancho chiles, and annato (basically licorice).  First pour results in a large foamy head, but then dissipates quickly. You definitely taste the heat from the chiles. I didn’t taste the cocoa at all, but it is classified as a “chile beer”.  I never knew there was a separate category for such.  This beer is based on chemical analysis of pottery fragments found in Honduras which revealed the earliest known alcoholic chocolate drink used by early civilizations to toast special occasions. This is one of their Ancient Ales series.

So began with Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, being the first brewpub in Delaware. What is it with these states?? It was also the smallest commercial brewery in America.  very first batch, Shelter Pale Ale, was brewed on a system which essentially was 3 little kegs with propane burners underneath. When the doors to the pub first opened, they brewed three times a day, five days a week!  By 1999, they were up to 5 year–round bottled brands in about a dozen states.

They’ve expanded 3 times , separated the packaging operation from the restaurant.  Moving in 2002 theentire production brewery up the road to Milton, Delaware into a 100,000 square foot converted cannery.  Around the same time built a distillery on the second floor of our Rehoboth Beach brewpub, so we could make vodka, rum and gin.  Unfortunately, you can only get those at the brewpub.  They have some really cool merchandise, one being beer soap, online and of course on site.

Another reason to visit, the Sam Calagione DFH founder & President is there a lot hanging out with the customers.  He seems to be a fun guy from what I saw of him, briefly, on Discovery Channels’ now canceled Brewmasters Series. 😦

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