Sam Calagione Named 2017 Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional at James Beard Awards

02 May 2017

imageFrom Dogfish Head:

Milton, Del., May 2, 2017 – The prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards, often referred to as the Oscars of the culinary world, named Sam Calagione, CEO and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, the 2017 Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional award.  Calagione has received seven consecutive nominations for this award and Dogfish’s new restaurant,Chesapeake & Maine, was also nominated as a semi-finalist for 2017 Outstanding Bar Program.  Nominees and guests gathered at an exclusive celebration dinner for the James Beard awards ceremony at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on May 1, 2017.

It’s a tremendous honor to receive this nod from our peers as we celebrate our 22nd year in business at Dogfish Head,” says Calagione.  “I celebrate this award with my wife and business partner, Mariah, and our 200-plus co-workers who work hard to make our off-centered brewery tick. We’re also humbled and excited that James Beard recognized our innovative, culinary inspired bar program as it combines our love for our two favorite maritime regions into one delicious restaurant concept.”

In 1995, Dogfish Head began as the smallest commercial brewery in America and is now one of the fastest growing breweries in the country distributing off-centered brews to 34 states + D.C., operating a production facility in Milton, a brewpub and seafood-centric restaurant in Rehoboth Beach and a beer-themed inn in Lewes.  The first American craft brewer focused on culinary inspired ingredients, Calagione’s innovative style has earned him a reputation as one of the industry’s most adventurous entrepreneurs and brewers.

Calagione is the author of Brewing Up A Business, Extreme Brewing, Off-Centered Leadership and coauthored He Said Beer, She Said Wine.  Named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2011 by Fast Magazine and ‘pioneer of bizarre brews’ by The Wall Street Journal,    Calagione resides in coastal Lewes, Del., with his wife and two children, and continues to deliver passion, collaborative spirit and innovation to the brewing community. For more information about Dogfish Head, visit

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