Tuesday 20 August 2013

Henlopen City Oyster House!

Rehoboth Beach Trip: Part 3 

 Photos of Henlopen City Oyster House, Rehoboth Beach
This photo of Henlopen City Oyster House is courtesy of TripAdvisor

We found Henlopen City Oyster House while doing a little pre-voyage research on Tripadvisor, it was ranked #2 best restaurant in Rehoboth and the word "oyster" in the name convinced us we had to go. We knew we were in for some good oysters and other seafood but we didn't expect to find a carefully selected list of locally brewed beers and excellent imported bottles; most notably a local favorite here in Montreal, Dieu du Ciel. It seems that Delawareans take a lot of pride in the craftbeer that is being produced right in their backyards, seeing as Dogfish Head helped to put them on the North American beer map. 

Beers on draft

Beer Selection on Display

As I do at any new place I go to, I like to order a sample of beers on draft, in this case the list was a total of 8 so it was a manageable feat. From those samplers I chose my favorite one, the Ruinten by Stone Brewing Co., brewed for the 10 year anniversary of their Stone Ruination IPA. Honestly I didn't want that glass of beer to end, the taste was everything I could ask for in a Double IPA. It's no wonder, they add 5 pounds of hops to each barrel to up those hoppy floral flavors through the roof. The beer went down very smooth (a little too smooth...) for a beer with an alcohol content of 10.8% ABV. I don't know a whole lot about beer and food pairings but let me note that oysters and shrimp go amazingly well with IPAs and Saisons; the floral notes compliment the fresh salty flavors from the sea - the marriage of the two is a sensory overload!  

Oyster Sampler Plate
I'll have one of each please?
Ruinten by Stone Brewing Co
Goose Island Beer Co., Sophie, Saison

Now we enjoyed ourselves so much at Henlopen that we went back the day after before the supper rush to ensure we got a seat, we weren't taking any chances as it was our last night in Rehoboth. We ordered a plate of crab cakes and a seafood bouillabaisse with a glass of Bear Republics Racer 5 IPA followed by a bottle of Evolution's Fall Migration Series, Belgian Ale. Again, I don't know if it was because both our meal and beer were equally amazing but the union of the two made for a memorable experience. 

Evolution Craft Lot No3 IPA
Bear Republic Brewing Co., Racer 5, IPA

This is one of those places I wish I could go back to again and again, but the long drive might have to postpone our third visit until a later date. So if you ever think about driving down to Rehoboth please do not miss out on Henlopen City Oyster House, you will not regret it!

Evolution Craft Migration Series Fall 2012
Limited release Belgian Ale, lucky us!

Thank you all for taking part in our beer adventures! This marks the final post in our Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, series. Thanks again and check back in soon!


- Adri

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