Dogfish Head makes Top 10 list of U.S. brewery tours

Milton brewery named No. 2 tour experience
April 9, 2018

According to the third annual USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton has been named a top winner in the national contest for Best Brewery Tour. After four weeks of daily online voting, the publication announced that fans voted Dogfish Head as the No. 2 brewery tour in the country.

The USA Today site states, “The first-come, first-served free tours of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery offer a laid-back journey through the working brewhouse, cellars and bottling line for a chance to watch the magic happen. For beer lovers, grain-to-glass tours go into normally off-limits parts of the facilities, including cold storage, the grain-handling room and the barrel-aging room.”

Guests know they’re in for an exploration of goodness when they arrive at Dogfish Head and see the Steampunk Treehouse, outdoor fermenters, food truck and bocce courts. Led by knowledgeable, experienced guides, brewery tours last about an hour and include a behind-the-scenes look at the production brewery and Dogfish Head Distilling Co.

With a lineup of rotating taps, visitors will find the freshest off-centered ales in all the land available for tastings, full pours, and crowler and growler fills.

Tour guests can imbibe one of the Tasting Room exclusives crafted on the R&D brewing system, or reach for a pint from Rack AeriAle, a specialized barrel-aged, nitrogen draft system. It was created by Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione in collaboration with AC Beverage, and there’s only one other such system in the United States.

Visitors can also swing by the Dogfish Merch Shop to pick up beer, gear and whatnot. From T-shirts to tap handles, and hats to stickers, all sorts of off-centered items are available for purchase.

The full list of Best Brewery Tour winners includes:

  1. New Belgium Brewing Company
  2. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
  3. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
  4. Samuel Adams Brewery and Tap Room
  5. Tröegs Independent Brewing
  6. Great Lakes Brewing Company
  7. Allagash Brewing Company
  8. Port City Brewing
  9. Dovetail Brewery
  10. Founders Brewing Co.

Nominees were chosen by a panel of relevant experts which includes a combination of editors from USA TODAY, editors from and expert contributors. For more information about Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, tours and tastings, go to