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Arched ceilings with baroque engravings soar above walls decorated with inlaid bricks and the decorative tops of beer barrels. Parting the air between tables, an iron-wrought tower’s rungs cradle weathered kegs. The barrels on display at Ernest & Scott Taproom reflect the founders’ passion for American craft beer, and are emblazoned with images of hops and the restaurant’s logo: a griffin extending its paw to high-five the inventor of hops.
Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione curates the restaurant’s extensive American craft-beer list—a combination of standard national brews, rare local crafts, and cask-conditioned libations—which suits food pairings as well as the definition and standards of the Beer Judge Certification Program. This list features names such as Evolution Craft Brewing and Twin Lakes Brewery while keeping the brewers’ high-school nicknames a closely guarded secret. Ernest & Scott’s culinary crew invites guests to sop up drinks with a pub menu focused on regional fare and recipes. Plates tower with arrangements of Atlantic flounder and seabass, crab, and scallops, as well as brisket, short ribs, and Amish chicken.