It was all fun and games when the James Beard Foundation announced Philadelphia’s semifinalists back in February. In previous years, only our industry’s biggest names ever made the cut, but for whatever reason, this year, they took notice of our city’s BYOBs, tiny bakeries, taquerias, and the women who make our scene so great.
A month later, the finalists were announced. That list was less surprising but still exciting. Our biggest deal restaurant group (CookNSolo) got a lot of attention: Michael Solomonov was up for Outstanding Chef, Zahav for Outstanding Service, and pastry chef Camille Cogswell for Rising Star Chef Of The Year. The Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic category was a big one for Philly, too, with Vedge’s Rich Landau and Greg Vernick from Vernick Food & Drink still in the running. Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione was competing for Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional and Stephen Starr capped the list as the lone Philly finalist for Outstanding Restaurateur.
Last night, the James Beard Foundation announced the 2017 awards recipients (chef and restaurant categories), and Philly won big.
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Tonight, Wednesday, November 30th at Barcade in Fishtown, it’s an event billed as Allagash vs. Dogfish Head. And when these two premier breweries battle, beer drinkers win. Among the rarities, Allagash Confluence and Interlude from 2013, plus 2015 vintage Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA and a 2014 keg of Worldwide Stout.
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Sam Calagione and his new book.
On Tuesday, March 22, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., Sam Calagione, Founder and President of Delaware’s Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, will be signing copies of his new book, Off-centered Leadership: The Dogfish Head Guide to Motivation, Collaboration & Smart Growth, at Fergie’s Pub.
Calagione’s new book explores the power of collaboration and what happens when companies and co-workers stop competing and start collaborating.
While Calagione is at Fergie’s, expect plenty of Dogfish Head beer to be pouring from the taps.
So this is kind of a weird one, but the folks from St. Benjamin Brewery (who we like) are getting together with the crew from Brooklyn Brewery (who we also like) during the Philly leg of Brooklyn Brewery’s “Brooklyn Mash” roadtrip for a lecture (which will be recorded and broadcast as a podcast) called The State Of Craft Beer.
And if you’re the sort of person who just loves arguing about beer, then guess what? You can go, too.
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Dogfish Head Brewery has set an opening date for their first inn: July 1st. The Dogfish Inn in Lewes, Delaware will include 15 rooms and one two-bedroom suite. Rates are expected to start at mid- to high- $200s and rise to $595 for the suite.
The inn has Posturepedic beds and some Dogfish Head apparel, but there are a few things you’re going to want to bring: your pup (the inn is dog-friendly) and the beer (Sam Calagione, owner of Dogfish Head, won’t be serving up any alcohol or food). You can leave the bottle opener at home though because the walls have mounted ones.
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Dogfish Head Brewery is releasing a Grateful Dead beer. American Beauty, named for the Dead’s 1970 album of the same name. The beer attempts to capture the spirit of the band’s years of touring and recording.
Dogfish Head asked for suggestions on what a Grateful Dead beer would taste like and received 1,500 ingredient suggestions but organic granola stood out. Dogfish Head searched far and wide for the right granola before deciding on Grizzlies in Eugene, Ore. The mix gives the American Beauty beer a light almond taste with touches of orange-blossom honey.
The limited-release Imperial Pale Ale will be hitting local taps and shelves over the next few weeks.
American Beauty [Dogfish Head]
Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant is hosting an outdoor Dog Days of Summer festival tomorrow outside the Old City bar. Twelve Dogfish Head beers will be pouring including Red & White, Theobroma, MY Antonia among others.
The event runs from 1 to 8 p.m. and includes a hot dog eating contest, but for the more moderation focused, Czerw’s old-fashioned hot dogs will be available for purchase.
Dog Days of Summer at Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant [Facebook]
Grey Lodge does it right. They have a calendar filled with worthwhile events, and they’re always rotating through some bad-ass beers.
Take for example today, May 3rd, when they’ll be tapping eight Dogfish Head beers, all of them season or occasional brews (except for the 60 Minute, but you can’t not have the 60 Minute), and all of them delicious.
The Brewers Association, the non-profit trade group that tabulates production statistics for the U.S. brewing industry released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on 2012 beer sales volume.
Locally, two Pennsylvania breweries and one from Delaware made the list:
#13 Dogfish Head Craft Brewing Co.
#26 Victory Brewing Co.
#50 Troegs Brewing Go.
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Dogfish Head Brewery, the artists of all things hops, has teamed up with Sierra Nevada to create a collaboration IPA called the Rhizing Bines, and to celebrate, chef Mike Deganis of Alla Spina has created a four-course pairing dinner to pair with it, as well as four other Dogfish Head beers. The IPA diversity bursting out of the Dogfish pipes is really quite impressive and this IPA seems to be something special—so special, it’s got its own specially designed glass.
The dinner is tonight, and it’s $60 a head, which includes five beers, four courses, and you get to keep the IPA glass. There are revolving seatings from 6-8:30 pm, call or book online to make a reservation.
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