With all the talk about prospects for a “double-dip” in the stock market, which already plunged almost 20 percent from highs this spring, there is an interesting consensus that the problems lie more in Washington now than in the core structure of the global economy.
All beer-haters should stop reading this review right now and go back to whichever evil dimension you came from. Dogfish Head, a brewery based out of Delaware, excels in making unusual beers that have become incredibly popular and fly off the shelves like they are going out of style up and down the East Coast. Naturally, the company decided that capitalizing on their (relatively) newfound fame by pairing their delicious beers with delicious food would be a good idea, and so the Dogfish Head Alehouse, located in Falls Church, Fairfax and Gaithersburg, Md., was created, providing the people with good old-fashioned American cuisine that isn’t boring or incredibly processed like many other chain restaurants.
First things first, get a beer. Don’t like beer? Then ask yourself why you’re setting foot in a restaurant that is named after a brewery. Dogfish Head has over a dozen different beers on tap, some of which will change with the seasons. The 90-minute IPA is a heavy and hoppy beer that is the exact opposite of what most people drink during the brutal summer. However, it’s delicious and is 9% ABV, so I couldn’t say no. Other awesome beers include pretty much everything on the menu, but more specifically the Raison D’etre, brewed with raisins and beet sugar, and the Midas Touch, a beer based off of recipes developed in the Middle East several thousand years ago. Although you will be tempted to order every beer on the menu, that would be irresponsible, so pick some up in a pack at a later date if you’re that desperate.
Each food item is paired with a beer, but the food is perfectly good on its own, which is good news for the numerous amount of young children that were there. The spicy fried calamari, although not that spicy, are perfectly breaded and served with banana peppers to give it an extra zing. If it is freezing outside and you are on the edge of starvation, nothing can beat the three cheese crab dip, made with roasted garlic, cheddar, marscapone, and herbed cream cheese. You don’t have to be starving to enjoy it, but it will definitely fill you up and can even act as a meal by itself.
For the record, the meals are big. Not big enough to make you famous for winning an eating contest or big enough to sustain you for several days, but big nonetheless. Though the taste matches the size, so have no fear of eating something terrible just to have calories in your system.
The jambalaya is a masterful work of creamy, spicy goodness. Filled with shrimp, andouille sausage, chicken, peppers, and red onions and served on your choice of rice or pasta, it can and probably will transport you to an idyllic version of New Orleans. However, stay far away if you hate spices, as this thing packs a punch. The bacon and cheddar burger is a half pound monster made simply of meat, bacon and cheddar cheese. It cuts through the chit-chat and gets straight to the point, and by point I mean filling you up with meaty deliciousness.
Although the food was great, and the beers were better, I couldn’t help but be a little put-off by the number of loud (but not overly obnoxious) children and the TVs on all sides of where I was sitting. A sports bar is a sports bar, and a family restaurant is a family restaurant, but should the twain meet? No.
But when the food and beer are as quality as they are at Dogfish Head, you will put up with pretty much anything.
Dogfish Head Alehouse
6220 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church
Monday – Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – Midnight
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.