The Hungry Wanderers

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Dogfish Head Alehouse

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on January 23, 2010

This past week, as you already know, the Husband was in Northern Virginia for work.  Lucky for us, I had a need to travel to the area as well! Thursday night, we decided to head out to Dogfish Head Alehouse in Falls Church, Virginia with the Husband’s brother and sister-in-law.  For those of you familiar with the Dogfish Head beers, the brewery is located in Delaware while there are three alehouses in the Northern Virginia/DC/Maryland area.  I was looking forward to heading to this location and to catching up with the Husband’s family 🙂

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When the Husband and I arrived, we realized that he had forgotten his camera so we apologize for the iPhone photos!

IMG_0206 Dogfish Head has lots and lots of brews to choose from, colorfully presented on a chalkboard upon entering the restaurant.

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Also found in their large menu with many, many food options too!

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As shown below, they have a handful of brews on draft…

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Including some limited release drafts.  The Aprihop used to be a spring ale, but this location has decided to offer it year round.  They also offer their beers in bottle form.

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If you can’t decide, get a sampler!

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Which is what we did 🙂 Each of us (there’s one hidden behind the water glass) ordered a sampler!

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From left to right, we had…  Shelter Pale Ale, 60 Minute IPA, 90 Minute IPA, Indian Brown, Raison d’Etre, and Aprihop.

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I normally do not like Pale Ales and IPAs, but really liked these three (so for those of you who love IPAs, keep that in mind as you may like them slightly less).  The Indian Brown, however, was my favorite, especially while eating. Yum!

Once we were settled with our beers, we made our orders.  The Husband ordered a plate of hand cut chips and we all eagerly ate it up.

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For his entree, the Husband ordered the Alehouse Bratwurst.  It included twin wood grilled bratwursts on pretzel bread with beer seasoned banana pepper sauerkraut.  As a side, it came with chili and fried tortilla chips.  The Husband was quite impressed with the brats and pretzel bread, but thought the tortilla chips and chili an odd side.  He, however, enjoyed the whole plate.

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Our sister-in-law ordered the Portobello Gorgonzola Burger.  The Husband thought that meant she was having a portobella mushroom AS a burger but she knew it was going to be ON her burger. 🙂  The Husband’s brother went with the Rustic Burger, a class half-pound burger.  They both clearly enjoyed their entrees as they were gone before we left.

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For my entree, the Steak Bomb Sandwich was speaking to me.  It included lean steak on wood grilled French bread with chipotle mayo, caramelized onions, wood fired red peppers and melted pepperjack.  Holy cow!! This was SO very good.  I’m not usually a big raver for sandwiches but a few bites in, I literally proclaimed to the table that I loved this sandwich.  It was spicy, cheesy, meaty, and oh so very good! Seriously.

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Our meals and beers were tasty and the service was great.  When we were done eating and drinking, we were definitely not done catching up and our waiter brought us more water even after we had paid our bills.  They didn’t rush us out or make us feel unwanted and we really appreciated it.

Oh, the Husband and I did visit this restaurant way back in July of last summer but it never made it to the blog.  We both ordered the Alehouse Macaroni and Cheese.  It included gouda, pepperjack and parmesan as well as applewood smoked bacon, wood fired red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, summer squash and zuchini.  We had the option to add chicken or steak.  The Husband added steak and I stuck with veggies.  From what the Husband remembers, I wasn’t a fan, but he was.  So if you like mac and cheese, try it for yourself and see what you think!

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Dogfish Head Alehouse
6220 Leesburg Pike (Seven Corners)
Falls Church, VA 22044
703-534-3342





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