James Beard Award Finalists Announced

james-beard-semisThe 2015 James Beard Award Finalists were announced this morning. Philadelphia area chefs Marc Vetri, Joe Cicala (Le Virtu), Rich Landau (Vedge), Greg Vernick (Vernick Food + Drink) and Alex Bois (High Street on Market) all moved onto the final in their respective categories.

Vetri is a finalist for Outstanding Chef. He is joined in the category by Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern, NYC; Sean Brock, Husk, Charleston, SC; and Suzanne Goin, Lucques, Los Angeles.

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Dogfish Brewing Opens Its Own Inn

1403554694000-407Dogfish 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 Releases a Grateful Dead Beer


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]

Dog Days of Summer with Dogfish Head and Czerws Hot Dogs


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]

Dogfish Takeover at Grey Lodge


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.

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Brewer Association Releases List of 50 Biggest Craft Brewers


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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A Hop Eclipse Now: Dogfish Head IPA Dinner Tonight at Alla Spina


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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Dogfish Head Beer Dinner at American Sardine Bar


On Thursday, February 7th, at 7 p.m. American Sardine Bar is hosting a four-course, family-style feast prepared by Scott Schroeder and paired with five hop-filled Dogfish Head beers. Included among the Dogfish Head beers will be Rhizing Bines, a collaboration between the Delaware-based brewer and California’s Sierra Nevada.

Ticket are $70 per person and must be reserved. Call 215.334.2337 or stop by American Sardine Bar to get yours.

American Sardine Bar [Official Site]

Tria Tapping Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA Today


We’re not really sure why everyone decided today was the day to pour some great beer but we’re not complaining. Tria Rittenhouse and Tria Washington Square West are pouring Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA today at 4 p.m. The Delaware brewery’s 120 Minute IPA is an extreme beer, weighing in at 18% alcohol by volume. Tria will be offering the beer for $5 a five-ounce glass, limit two per customer.

Tria Cafe [Official Site]

Tonight: Drinking Ancient Beers (And Learning Stuff!) In New Jersey

Patrick McGovern may just be the coolest Philadelphian you’ve never heard of. His title, Scientific Director of the Penn Museum’s Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory, sounds all wonky and boring, sure, but what that means is the dude plays with ancient booze molecules all day. Not only does he travel the world studying remnants of alcoholic beverages found in archeological digs, but brother man played Dr. Watson to Dogfish Head owner Sam Calagione’s Sherlock Holmes on the Discovery Channel series “Brew Masters” that had the two traipsing around the globe to recreate beers from antiquity.

All of this is to say that no true beer geek or boozehound with a drop of intellectual curiosity can pass to the next level of elitism without either reading McGovern’s books about the history of wine, beer and spirits or attending an event he’s hosting. Because there are no Cliffs Notes or movie versions of his tomes (at least not to our knowledge), you’d perhaps be best getting the shorthand straight from McGovern’s mouth, and you have the opportunity to do just that tonight from 6:30-9:30pm at Camden County College (CCC) in Blackwood, NJ.

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