Brewsday: Dogfish Head Brewery

Oct 20, 2011

I first got interested in Dogfish Head Brewery and its owner Sam Calagione when I caught an episode of Brew Masters on the Discovery Channel.
Sam first got interested in the whole brew scene when he was working at a bar in New York City and decided to start home brewing.
After a ton of home brew experiments he decided to write up the Dogfish Head Brewery business plan and put his English degree to the test.
After a lot of hard work and creativity, Sam's idea became a reality and a pretty awesome reality at that.
He is still the brains behind all the crazy cool stuff that go on at Dogfish Head.
Side note: Their motto is "Off centered stuff for off centered people"

(Hence, this music video him and his buddy from the brewery made)

Sam is the guy that got me interested in the home brew scene. 
I picked up a copy of his book, Brewing Up a Business: Adventures in Entrepreneurship, and it is probably on of the greatest book on business I have read.

The truth is I have never tasted a Dogfish Head brew that I didn't love.
All of their beers are made with the freshest and coolest ingredients along with the coolest recipes. For example, Midas Touch is made with the exact recipe of the actual oldest-known fermented beverage in the world. It is an ancient Turkish recipe using the original ingredients from the 2,700 year old drinking vessels discovered in the tomb of King Midas.
The Dogfish brewers say it is a beer that falls somewhere between wine and mead.

Perhaps the coolest, most awesome idea for a beer ever is Dogfish Head's Pangea. 
Sam got the idea for the beer when he was looking through one of his kids books about the world and saw a picture of the super continent Pangea. 
He decided it would be cool to make a beer that had ingredients from each of the seven continents. 
Pangea is brewed with crystallized ginger from Australia, water from Antarctica, basmati rice from Asia, muscavado sugar from Africa, quinoa from South America, yeast from Europe, and maize from North America.
Some of the employees got together to make a video for the release of Pangea:

What I would give to work there . . .

We are also big fans of the Festina Peche, which Em & I used in some "man cakes" this summer.

We haven't had a chance to visit this brewery yet, but it's definitely next on our list!
The Dogfish Head website has a "Fish Finder" which allows you to search your area for specific brews.
Next time you get a chance to try a Dogfish Head beer, don't pass it up!


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