Sam Calagione

Sam Calagione

Founder & President, Dogfish Head

When Sam Calagione opened Dogfish Head in 1995, it was the smallest commercial brewery in America, making 10 gallons of beer at a time. Today Dogfish Head is among the fastest growing breweries in the country. Dogfish Head is the first American craft brewery to focus on culinary-inspired beer recipes outside traditional beer styles and it has done so since the day it opened with the motto “Off-centered ales for off-centered people.” Recipes like Namaste (orange peel, orange flesh and lemongrass), Chicory Stout (chicory, licorice and organic Mexican Coffee) and Midas Touch (saffron, wildflower honey and white muscat grapes) have won accolades and awards in the beer, wine and foodie worlds. Dogfish Head has grown into a 200-person company with a restaurant/brewery/distillery in Rehoboth Beach, a beer-themed hotel on the harbor in Lewes and a production brewery in Milton, Delaware, selling beer in 31 states. Calagione served as chairman of the board for the Brewers Association in 2012 and 2013 and was is a five-time finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award in the Outstanding Wine Beer & Spirits Professional category. Fast Company named him one of The 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2011. He is the author of “Brewing up a Business” and “Extreme Brewing,” and co-authored “He Said Beer, She Said Wine.”


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