Dogfish Head

Don Rush

George Pastrana has become the new president and chief operating officer of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.

Pastrana spent six years as chief marketing officer at ACH Food Companies.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he said the “off-center culture” attracted him to the job.

Pastrana who is from Illinois said he comes out of the food industry and loves discovering new dishes.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - The original Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats pub is getting demolished, more than two decades after it opened.

The Delaware State News reports that the downtown Rehoboth Beach landmark is scheduled to be torn down Monday morning.

Dogfish Head was the smallest commercial brewery in the United States when the pub opened in 1995. Since then, Dogfish Head has grown into the 14th largest craft brewery in the nation, according to the Brewers Association trade group.

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The Dogfish Head sponsored beer festival known as Analog-A-Go-Go is moving to Bellevue State Park in Wilmington.

The brewpub has been holding the annual festival at the company’s Milton brewery and Rehoboth Beach brewpub.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Dogfish said it decided to move the festival because it is a Delaware brewery not just for Sussex County.

There will a six-act lineup for the festival that includes rock, rap and jazz.

Among the acts is Preservation Hall Jazz band as well as pop/rock Ra Ra Riot.

Don Rush

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery may be expanding its restaurant in Rehoboth Beach after all.

A Rehoboth Beach land-use board reversed its rejection of the plan that now could pave the way for an expanded brewpub on Rehoboth Avenue.

Sam and Mariah Calogione who own Dogfish argued that the expanded restaurant would benefit other businesses and employ more than a hundred people.

The current Dogfish restaurant would be expanded from around 82-hundred square feet to just over 92-hundred square feet.

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It’s called Rubber Soul.

But it’s not the Beatles album.

No, it’s a brewing company which is moving into Salisbury on Northwood Drive and it wants be in business by mid-April.

Jesse Prall is the co-founder of the company after serving as the brewing supervisor at Dogfish Head over the last decade.

Before that he was head brewer at Appalachian Brewing Company in Pennsylvania.

The types of beer will range from amber ales to heavy stouts.

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The Delaware State Fair got underway yesterday to some good weather in Harrington.

Last year's attendance came in at 239-thousand people. 

That's down from 260-thousand in 2012.

WBOC reports that organizers believe that the numbers should be better this year because of a stronger entertainment lineup that includes country stars like Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum.

In addition, last year Delmarva was in the midst of a heat wave.

Also expect some Delaware brewers to show up like Dogfish Head and Fordham Brewing companies as well as local wineries.

Dogfish Head Expands

Jun 9, 2014
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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is expanding its presence in southern Delaware and is adding to the number of states where its beer is distributed.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the brewery expects to open its new Dogfish Inn in downtown Lewes in July.

Dogfish founder and President Sam Calagione says he hopes to bring more attention to the beauty of coastal Delaware by helping people get out into nature with outdoor activities.

Dogfish Head Brewery Website

MILTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has tripled the speed of its bottling operation in the past year with a new facility and equipment.

The News Journal reports Dogfish Head spent $21 million on the new building and German-made robots to speed more bottles to market.

Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione says it used to take 10 hours to fill 100 cases of beer on the company's original bottling line in 1996. Now he says the same number of bottles is filled every other minute.

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery plans to purchase a hotel in downtown Lewes to start a new lodging business.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the Milton-based brewery announced Friday that it will buy the Vesuvio Motel in Lewes. It will reopen after a makeover as the Dogfish Inn, a 16-room motel.

Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione says the hotel plan complements other brewery ventures, including distilling rum and vodka and selling a line of beer-infused foods.

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Guest Host Harold Wilson chats about the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize with Tina Raye Dayton, 2012 winner and Linda Blaskey, poetry prize coordinator.

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