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Hey! Why can't I find Dogfish Head? (or, How a beer gets from us to you)

In a perfect world, we'd package a batch of beer one day, and the next day it would appear on taps and shelves in all 27 states where our off-centered ales are sold.

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In a perfect world, we'd package a batch of beer one day, and the next day it would appear on taps and shelves in all 27 states where our off-centered ales are sold.

But if you've ever hunted for a highly sought-after beer from Dogfish Head or any other small, independent brewery, you know we don't live in that perfect world.

Take our fall seasonal, Punkin Ale. We release Punkin every year on Labor Day weekend. We're in coastal Delaware, and that's the unofficial end of summer around here, so that just feels right. Any earlier would give us that feeling you get when you start seeing Santa in September.

So if you come to our Milton brewery or Rehoboth Beach brewpub on Labor Day weekend, you'll find Punkin Ale on our taps and shelves. Easy-peasy.

The rest of our distribution footprint? Well, that's a little trickier.

Join Dogfish for grassroots bocce fundraiser in Chicago

Who says bocce can’t make the world a better place?

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Who says bocce can’t make the world a better place? What started with a few Chicago food-industry friends looking to get together and enjoy some downtime has turned into the Wicker Park Bocce Club, which has transformed an unused urban lot into two bocce courts.

To celebrate the transformation and support the club, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is bringing its Intergalactic Bocce Tournament to the Midwest for the first time. The tournament – similar to ones Dogfish holds on the East and West coasts – is expected to raise more than $1,000 for the club.

“Bocce is in our blood – or maybe I should say beer – here at Dogfish Head,” says Founder and President Sam Calagione. “What other sport can you play with a beer in your hand? We love the grassroots work Wicker Park Bocce Club is doing and jumped at the chance to show them some love.”

The Dogfish Inn: Let's spend the night together

Here at Dogfish Head, we have places to eat, places to drink and places to play. The missing link? A place to stay.

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Here at Dogfish Head, we have places to eat, places to drink and places to play. The missing link? A place to stay.

We're fixin' to change that. In late spring of 2014, the 16-room Dogfish Inn will open in downtown Lewes, Del., at what is now the Vesuvio Motel.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of craft beer fans from around the world make a pilgrimage to Dogfish Head’s coastal Delaware brewpub and brewery. For nearly a decade, we've helped host some of these folks at the Dogfish Head Brewmaster's Suite at the lovely Inn at Canal Square. Our migration a few boat-lengths down the canal will give us a bigger home base dedicated to exploring all of the off-centered opportunities in this beautiful part of the state.

Lions and dandies and beer, oh my!

Dandelions? Yup, that scourge of many a lawn doctors is entirely edible and a worthy bittering agent for ales.

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Dandelions? Yup, that scourge of many a lawn doctors is entirely edible and a worthy bittering agent for ales.

Lion Dandy, the latest brew in our year-long Province Ale Company project, is brewed with a French biere de garde yeast, floor-malted pale malts, brown sugar, French Strisselspalt hops and a load of dandelion greens. The recipe, passed down to Nicolo from his brewing mentor, Henri Hillion (of French origin, as the story goes), is for a traditional French country ale with the addition of fresh dandelion greens to assist the hops in adding bitterness to balance the malt sweetness.

Beer-centric brats now available at more than 50 Northeast grocery stores

When we started selling beer-infused brats this spring at our coastal Delaware brewery, visitors gobbled them up and asked for more.

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When we started selling beer-infused brats this spring at our coastal Delaware brewery, visitors gobbled them up and asked for more.

Light bulb! Let's get these brats in stores, we thought. And here we are.

Our four brats – Spicy Espresso, Greek Feta, Heirloom Italian and the classic Bratwurst – are now available at more than 50 Northeast retailers, including Kings Food Markets, Balducci's, Food Bazaar and Murphys Markets.

Explore ancient brewing history in San Diego

Science + beer = an amazingly off-centered field trip for adults.

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Science + beer = an amazingly off-centered field trip for adults.

Through the summer of 2014, Dogfish Head is sponsoring BEERology at the San Diego Museum of Man. BEERology explores the strange and interesting ways ancient Egyptians, Sumerians, Chinese and others perfected the craft of brewing.

Since 1999, Dogfish Head has followed their lead by working closely with Dr. Patrick McGovern, one of the world's leading experts in ancient beverages. With his help, we've unearthed ancient recipes from the Near East to the Far East, from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, and from Africa to South America.

Punkin party!

In the fall of 1994, Dogfish Head was just a twinkle in the eye of an ambitious homebrewer named Sam Calagione.

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In the fall of 1994, Dogfish Head was just a twinkle in the eye of an ambitious homebrewer named Sam Calagione. Sam caught wind of a local cooking contest at Punkin Chunkin, at the time a tiny and raucous pumpkin-tossing contest for a handful of southern Delaware good ol' boys, and now a huge and raucus pumpkin-tossing contest with its own TV show.

Sam showed up with a full-bodied brown ale brewed with pumpkin meat and spices and entered alongside all the pies and cupcakes.

"The judges were all, 'Pumpkin in beer?'," says Sam. "And we were all 'Yup!', and they were all 'We love it. First place!' "

A legend was born, and we've been brewing Punkin every fall since.

Limber up ... the Dogfish Dash is right around the corner

You've been training for the Dogfish Dash, right? We hope so, because the last Sunday in September is right around the corner.

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You've been training for the Dogfish Dash, right? We hope so, because the last Sunday in September is right around the corner. This year's Dash sold out in minutes, and we're looking forward to hosting 1,850 runners at our ...

It's a meaty month for Province Ale Co.

Is it a sandwich or is it a beer?

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Is it a sandwich or is it a beer? Stewed Beer, this month's installment in the year-long Province Ale Company project, was brewed with pale and wheat malts, English hops, English yeast, crushed mustard seed and … lean beef.

Yup, beef was added to the kettle during the boil. Stewed Beer is malty, it's hoppy, and it's got a tinge of something unique. This isn't your everyday, average beer.

This month's dish is a bit different, too: tacos de lengua. That's braised beef tongue with pickled cabbage, avocado, tomatoes and cilantro gastrique. Come and get it!

This strange brew will be tapped this Saturday at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach. And don't worry if you missed last month's beer. We held back a keg so members and newcomers can catch up and join the run of antique ales.

Brewing is a man's world, right? Not so fast ...

They're friends now, but Alison Schrader remembers years ago when she and a visiting brewer got off on the wrong foot.

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They're friends now, but Alison Schrader remembers years ago when she and a visiting brewer got off on the wrong foot.

"We were chatting in the brewhouse," says Alison, Dogfish Head's one-woman distilling team, "and as we were wrapping things up, he says, 'Alright, sweetie.' I raised my eyebrows and shot him this look that said, 'Did you really just call me that?' His demeanor changed pretty quickly."

Run-ins like that are rare these days, Alison says, and although men still outnumber women on the production side of most breweries, more and more women are staking a claim in brewhouses, distilleries and laboratories.

"The gender bias from the '70s and '80s doesn't exist anymore," says Dogfish Head Quality Control Manager Rebecca Newman. "There are more women in brewing school than previous years, and women are coming from other fields like biotech and manufacturing and bringing some really incredible favors to the party."

 
 
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