Dogfish Head Brewery

When your boyfriend is obsessed (a term I don’t use lightly) with beer, you learn to love it. This time last year we were about to head down to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware  for a mini-vacation and to visit the Dogfish Head Brewery & their brew pub. Allow me to reminisce for a second while I’m stuck in gloomy, rainy Philly…

If you ever have a chance, I would definitely recommend paying a visit here, beer fanatic or not. The brew pub is in downtown Rehoboth Beach and is super accessible to the beach-goer. The production brewery is further inland in Milton, DE but fear not; it’s not too far of a drive.

Dog cuteness in Rehoboth Beach

The big brewery is really something to see. Out of all the breweries I’ve toured, this one is top-notch. The people working there really love their jobs and there’s so much to see because Dogfish Head such an innovative craft brewery. The tasting room is simply awesome. After the tour, you can congregate there with your friends, sip on different beers while looking around the gift shop.

Back at the brewpub, you can see and tour where it all started. The founder and owner, Sam Calgione first started Dogfish Head with the small brewpub and only opened the full production brewery after they outgrew the original space. Not only can you enjoy older beers on reserve here, but you can also sample new experimental beers that are being tested out on customers for the first time! Get a growler full of one of these newbies and brag to your friends back home!

If you’re not into beer, they have a small distillery in the brewpub where they make a few different spirits including Peanut Butter vodka. Yes. Seriously. If you have the stomach for it, try the PB Tini which is made with peanut butter and chocolate vodkas and their homemade cold chocolate mix. I quickly learned that I don’t have any sort of stomach for it  and could only drink maybe a third of it before I felt like I was going down.

So. much. beer.

Inside the brewery. Excellent photography.

Hops growing at the brewpub

If you’re interested in checking it out for yourself, you can book a free tour of the production brewery here. Make them well in advance because this IS the ultimate craft beer destination and these tours fillll uppppp. And be sure to see the smaller operation at the brewpub which you can tour sans reservation.

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Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

I’m kinda embarrassed to say that my boyfriend, Andrew knows his way around the kitchen better than I do. Whenever we cook together, the end result is almost always better than anything I could make by myself. And whenever he cooks without me…well, you get the idea.

We had long been wanting to make Guinness cupcakes but we replaced the Guinness with Andrew’s homebrewed Chocolate Milk Stout. We borrowed from a few different recipes, but Smitten Kitchen’s “Chocolate Whiskey and Beer Cupcakes” is the best and easiest to follow. We looked up a few frosting and glaze recipes but ultimately we created our own concoction for that using amounts of ingredients that we never bothered to write down (oops!) We even used some of the homebrewed stout for the glaze, too!

Cupcake Recipe

  • 1 cup stout
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (Dutch-pressed)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup sour cream

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 24 cupcake cups with liners. In a large saucepan, bring 1 cup stout and 1 cup butter to a simmer over medium heat. Add in cocoa powder and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Turn off heat and cool slightly.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Using an electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream in a separate bowl. Add chocolate stout mixture to egg mixture and beat until combined. Next, add flour mixture and beat on slow speed. Fold in batter until it is entirely combined.

Fill cupcake liners 2/3 of the way. Bake for 22 minutes and let the cupcakes cool on a drying rack.

Stout Cream Cheese Glaze:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • Milk
  • Chocolate milk stout