Merrell x Dogfish Head craft the ultimate trail runner

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

What happens when a love of the outdoors collides with a love of beer? You get one of the most refreshing and thoughtfully adventurous collaborations to ever hit the trail.

Together, with our friends at Merrell, we’re excited to announce the launch of a co-branded trail running shoe inspired by two of our shared passions – the outdoors and beer.

Available in a “SeaQuench” color scheme for both men and women, the design of the shoe is inspired by the most thirst-quenching beer we’ve ever set out to brew – SeaQuench Ale. Famous for its tart flavor and signature sea-foam green can, you’ll quickly see how the off-centered ingredients – including black limes and sea salt – were a driving force in the energetic design of the shoe.  

The limited-edition Merrell Agility Synthesis X Dogfish Head trail runner is now available in select retail stores and on

“Today’s beer drinker is seeking more from their alcoholic beverages than ever before. They’re looking for a beer that’s not only intensely flavorful, but that fits into their active lifestyles. Brewed with black limes, sour lime juice and sea salt, the thirst-slaying, citrusy-tart mashup that is SeaQuench Ale satisfies all those needs,” says Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione. “Partnering with Merrell, leaders in the active lifestyle footwear category, to release this sweet SeaQuench-themed shoe is a great reminder to folks everywhere that you can ‘have your beer and drink it too.’ Maintaining an active lifestyle is all about balance – go for a trail run, then reward yourself with a cold can of SeaQuench Ale.”

As two outdoor-loving brands, both Merrell and Dogfish believe wild spaces urgently need to be sustained and protected. So with that in mind, the cobranded shoes are made with a more sustainable choice wherever possible. They include reclaimed scrap rubber, BLOOM® algae foam instead of petroleum, recycled plastic, and more.

Alongside the launch of the Agility Synthesis X Dogfish shoe, Merrell will be donating $10,000 to The Conservation Alliance, whose mission is to engage businesses to fund and partner with organizations to protect wild places for their habitat and recreation values. Here at Dogfish, we continue to support the conservation of lands and waters through donations to the Delaware Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, led by our fundraising efforts at our annual Dogfish Dash.

“We’ve enjoyed building upon the shared beliefs of Merrell and Dogfish Head,” says Merrell president Sue Rechner. “We’re very proud that our partnership also provides support for The Conservation Alliance and reduces our impact through the use of recycled materials and sustainable processes.”