Sam Calagione is the founder and president of Dogfish Head, as well as the brainchild behind all the wacky things that happen there. When 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 with 180 employees, a restaurant/brewery/distillery in Rehoboth Beach, and a production brewery in Milton, Delaware. Dogfish Head has focused on brewing stronger, more exotic beers since the day it opened—as their motto “off-centered ales for off-centered people” attests to.
Calagione currently serves as chairman of the board of directors for the Brewers Association and was a finalist in 2011 and 2012 for a James Beard Foundation Award in the outstanding wine and spirits professional category. Fast Company named Calagione one of The 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2011. He is the author of Brewing up a Business and Extreme Brewing. He also co-authored He Said Beer, She Said Wine.