Sam Calagione Says No To AB InBev
At the end of July, Brewbound, one of the most influential craft beer portals in the US, announced that the industry giant, AB InBev reached out to Dogfish Head to start some conversations about a possible deal in the future.
“They reached out to us and wanted to talk about some of their recent craft deals and arranging something similar,” said Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head for Brewbound.
But unlike many other craft brewers, Sam didn’t even talk to the executives of the global enterprise. He informed them that he was not interested in the meeting and invited them to participate in a regular visit day in his brewery.
The CEO and founder of Dogfish Head explained that he don’t intend to change the family status of his business in the coming years with some strong statements: “The BA definition of an indie craft brewery is too important to me,” he said. “We are a family-controlled company, but we have other stakeholders. We are always going to come from a pure place and I feel an obligation to keep Dogfish Head a family-owned company that prioritizes our passion for beer over a passion for making money.”
The AB InBev interest at Dogfish Head is comprehensive, since the brewery is showing growth of over 10% annually over the past 17 years. The craft brewery also has a craft distillery, a hotel and a brewpub in Delaware.
The brewery now produces more than 250,000 barrels (about 30 million litres) of beer and has as its flagship 60 Minute IPA, which represents almost half of its sales in volume, followed closely by 90-Minute IPA and its version of the Belgian Witbier, Namaste. After a large investment made about two years ago, the brewery still has spare capacity to double its production but it rather grow in a more organized way despite the existing market potential.
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Don’t miss your connection! These drafts are currently on tap but they won’t last long!
Cask: Big Boss Bad Penny Brown With Chinook Hops
Cider: Doc’s Framboise Raspberry Apple Cider
Cider: Original Sin Dry Cider
Mead: Redstone Nectar Of The Hops Dry-Hopped Mead
Nitro: Atwater Vanilla Java Porter
Nitro: North Coast Old #38 Stout
Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
Bell’s Amber Ale
Big Boss Prometheus Unbound Red Wine Barrel-Aged American Wild Ale
Bruery Hottenroth Berlinerweisse
Chimay Dorée Belgian Pale Ale
Coronado Mermaid Red Ale
Coronado Orange Avenue Wheat
Deep River Mango Tango Foxtrot IPA
Deep River Oxbow Session IPA
Fuller’s London Porter
Fuller’s London Pride Pale Ale
Heavy Seas Red Sky at Morning Saison
Humboldt Red Nectar Red Ale
Oskar Blues Pinner Session IPA
Piraat Belgian Strong Ale
Ska Buster Nut Brown Ale
Southampton Burton IPA
Triangle Brewing Co. Habañero Pale Ale
Wild Beer Co. Wild Sour Blend 2015
These beers are scheduled for landing very soon. They’ll be on our itinerary shortly.
Cask: Deep River Backcountry Black IPA With Scorpion Peppers
Cask: Red Brick Double Dry-Hopped Hoplanta IPA
Cider: Ace Pineapple Cider
Cider: Naked Blackberry Cider
Mead: Redstone Nectar Of The Hops Dry-Hopped Mead
Nitro: Rivertowne Cascadian Devil ESB
Nitro: Founders Rubaeus Raspberry Ale Nitro
Bombshell Orange Raspberry Wheat
Broomtail Rappe Stout
Bruery Gypsy Tart Flanders Red Ale
Deep River Ryedin’ Dirty Rye Pale Ale
Evil Twin Calypso Single Hop Imperial India Pale American Wheat Lager
Goose Island Autumn Amber Ale
Great Lakes Sharpshooter Session Wheat IPA
Humboldt Nectar IPA
Off Color Fierce Berlinerweisse
Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale
New Cans & Bottles
Allagash Hugh Malone Belgian-Style IPA
Anderson Valley Pinchy Jeek Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Boulevard Heavy Lifting IPA cans
Cascade Blackcap Raspberry
Deep River Mango Tango Foxtrot IPA cans
Knee Deep Hoparillo Triple IPA bottles back in stock!
Left Hand Oktoberfest
Service Brewing Co. SBC1 Strong Ale with Blueberries, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla Bean & Honey
Wines by the Glass
Chardonnay- Queen of Hearts (Santa Barbara County, California) 2013
Pinot Grigio- Emerald Bay (California) 2013
Riesling- Sun Garden (Germany) 2012
Tempranillo/Verdejo Rosé- Val de Los Frailes (Spain) 2014
Viognier- Le Versant (Pays d’Oc, France) 2014
Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Merlot- Château Anniche (Côtes de Bordeaux, France) 2014
Grenache/Syrah- Le Pigeonnier (Côtes de Rhône, France) 2013
Malbec- San Huberto Reserva (Argentina) 2011
Merlot- Chateau Julien (Monterey County, California) 2012
Pinot Noir- Louis Changarnier (Pays d’oc, France) 2013
Inside the Connoisseur’s Cabinet
Brooklyn Wild Streak: Wild ale aged in bourbon barrels. 10% ABV
Cascade Kriek: Blended sour red ales aged in oak barrels with cherries for up to 14 months. 2014 vintage. 8.5% ABV
Cascade Sang Rouge: Blended sour red ales aged in oak wine barrels and oak foundres for up to three years. 2013 vintage. 8.4% ABV
Cascade Strawberry: Blended wheat & blonde ales aged in oak barrels with wild strawberries & vanilla beans for up to 12 months. 2014 vintage. 7.56%