A Conversation With Sam Calagione, Founder of Dogfish Head Brewery, and a Boater

Sam Calagione takes his Boston Whaler on a cruise up the U.S. coast.

On Board With Sam Calagione
The founder of Dogfish Head Brewery, Sam Calagione, takes his Boston Whaler on a cruise up the U.S. coast.Courtesy Sam Calagione

Sam Calagione turned his passion for home-brewing beer in college into one of the most well-known craft beer brands. Since he founded Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, Delaware, in 1995, he’s grown Dogfish into the 13th largest brewer in the country. And he’s enjoyed a lot of time on the water along the way.

Where'd you get the name for your famous Dogfish Head IPA?
My parents have a summer cabin in Southport, Maine, that looks out at Dogfish Head. I have so many great memories of being there.

Do you still spend a lot of time on the water?
I paddleboard every day on Lewes Harbor in Delaware Bay. Sometimes I also commute to work on a 19-foot Boston Whaler.

You're planning a promotional port-to-port trip this fall?
Five years ago, my son and I took the trip from Delaware to Maine on the Whaler, stopping along the way to support the Nature Conservancy. We love the work they do to preserve coastal areas. Over the years, Dogfish Head has raised over a million dollars for the Delaware chapter of the Nature Conservancy.

So, what's this year's trip?
We'll be starting at a Coral Reef just south of Key West and ending up at Dogfish Head, Maine. Along the way, we'll be raising awareness for coastal preservation. We'll also be sharing our Off-Centered Activity Box, a 12-pack with a water-resistant paper box that works as a cooler.