Dogfish Head's beer and spirit festival is just three weeks away.

Dogfish Head’s beer and spirit festival coming May 5-7

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Culture

Dogfish Head's beer and spirit festival is just three weeks away.

Dogfish Head’s beer and spirit festival is just three weeks away.

Craft beer lovers will have a field day – well, field weekend – as Dogfish Head hosts its annual beer festival May 5-7 in Sussex County. 

The event, dubbed the “Weekend of Compelling Ales” will feature the local brewery’s unique ales and spirits along with delectable food pairings.

The weekend will start with a kick-off party, a walking and tasting experience and brunch.

It will also feature the debut of the Summer’s Cauldron, a new Limoncello-style gin, which was created in a partnership with New Hampshire’s Fabrizia Spirits.

The newly-released unfiltered gin is 46% ABV and distilled with Sicilian lemons from Fabrizia’s own lemon grove in Italy, along with juniper, lemon drop hops, lavender, and pink and Timur peppercorns.

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Cocktail expert and television personality Mia Mastroianni, who appears on the reality show Bar Rescue, will be mixing up some new cocktail recipes for attendees to try. 

Here’s the schedule of events:

Kick-off party at Rehoboth Restaurants

The weekend starts at 7p.m. Friday May 5 with an all-you-can-eat meal and drink menu at Brewings & Eats and Chesapeake & Maine.

Brewings & Eats will have a slider bar, build-your-own-pasta bowl and pub fare options. Chesapeake & Maine will be the place to be for seafood lovers, with dishes like seafood paella and raw bar offerings.

Both restaurants will have plenty of dessert options served in the courtyard between the two restaurants, which are located at 316 & 320 Rehoboth Avenue in Rehoboth.

Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased here.

Walking & Tasting Experience at Milton Tasting Room & Kitchen

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, attendees can have a unique self-guided walking and tasting experience.

Guests can explore the Dogfish Head’s Milton Brewery & Distillery, which includes 12 unique stations where they will be greeted with sample pours of beers, spirits or cocktails and some quick bites paired with them. 

Tickets are $65 and can be bought here.

Each patron is guaranteed 12 rare beer and spirit samples with 12 food samples, a souvenir glass and a tasting card.

The event takes place at 6 Cannery Village Center in Milton.

Designated driver tickets are $35 and can be purchased here. The DD tickets include 12 food pairings, the glass, and 12 non-alcoholic beverages. 

Once registered, patrons will be given a designated time slot for the walk-and-taste experience. 

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Brunch at Dogfish Head’s Chesapeake & Maine

The weekend will wrap-up with a brunch on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chesapeake & Maine. 

The full menu has yet to be finalized, but will include cocktails and beernosas. 

Those interested must make reservations by calling (302) 226-3600.

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