Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is not one to typically take the conventional approach — be it with their hopping equipment or moon dust-infused beers. You can now add a 600-mile boat journey to the list of off-centered achievements of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Founder and President Sam Calagione. The nautical adventure is to celebrate the opening of the Dogfish Inn and raise money and awareness for The Nature Conservancy.
Sam and his teenage son Sammy will set off in a 19-foot Boston Whaler on June 23 from The Dogfish Inn in picturesque Lewes, Del. They plan to pull in to Dogfish Head, Maine – the place where Sam spent summers as a kid and where the brewery got its name – on July 1.
“When Dogfish Head was just starting out in 1997, I rowed the first six-pack sold out of state across Delaware Bay to New Jersey,” says Calagione. “This trip I’m taking with Sammy is like the varsity version of that JV trip, and I’m excited to show him and anyone who follows our adventure that a company can do well while doing good.”
The journey will begin at the just-opened Dogfish Inn, a first for the craft beer and hospitality industries. Dogfish Head calls it a “home base for beer geeks and beach lovers reflecting Dogfish Head’s offbeat approach to style, quality and craft.” This new motel experience embraces modern style and convenience while celebrating an analog era of family vacations, big cars and endless summers.
The Dogfish Inn’s home in coastal Delaware ensures not only a beautiful summer tourist season, but also shoulder seasons with great weather and warmer water temperatures than destinations to the north. On Oct. 1, for example, when the average temperature in Martha’s Vineyard is 58 and the water temperature is 62, the air in Delaware is 66 and the water is 68, making the Dogfish Inn the perfect launch pad to explore the natural goodness of Delaware.
For all the details, chart a course over to the Dogfish Head blog.