The staff at Dogfish Head's Milton brewery and Rehoboth Beach brewpub showed legendary musician Robert Plant a "Whole Lotta Love" Nov. 29, when he visited the Cape Region for a tour of the brewery with his son, Logan.
Logan Romero Plant is the founder of Beavertown Brewery in London, England.
Robert Plant is best known as the lead singer of Led Zeppelin, an English quartet consisting of Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham and Plant. Among the band's top songs are "Kashmir," "Achilles Last Stand," "Ramble On," "Black Dog," and "Stairway to Heaven." The group disbanded following the death of Bonham in 1980.
Plant and his son visited and toured the brewery before heading down to Rehoboth Beach to check out the Dogfish brewpub on Rehoboth Avenue.
Dogfish Vice President of Sales Adam Lambert, who grew up in north London, had a chance to chat with the rock icon about soccer, his son's brewery and other casual topics.
“It's kind of a bucket-list item for me,” he said. “It's not often one of the greatest rock n rollers in history comes through.”
Lambert descibed Plant as a low-key guy with a dry sense of humor, who often threw out English one liners.
Plant's visit was a surprise to everyone at the brewery. Logan arranged a tour through Twitter with Mariah Calagione, vice president of marketing and wife of founder Sam Calagione, but he never mentioned his father or that he would be tagging along. Once in Milton, though, it didn't take long for Plant's presence to be known.
“It was a thrill for everybody,” Lambert said.
Because Plant's drop-in was unexpected, Sam, a music lover, was not in the brewery during the visit.
Following his trip to the Cape Region, Plant joined Page and Jones Dec. 2 in Washington, D.C., where they received Kennedy Center Honors from President Barack Obama. Annually, the honors are given to those in the performing arts who have made a significant impact on American culture. The trio then appeared Dec. 3 on the “Late Show With David Letterman.” Letterman was also bestowed with Kennedy Center Honors this year.
Via Logan's Twitter account @BeavertownBeer, he expressed his pleasure with the tour, "THANKS @dogfishbeer for such a great day at your brewery, we loved it. Inspirational and aspirational. You guys ROCK! See you again soon."
Logan also tweeted several photos of Dogfish's catalog throughout the day and stocked up on brews before heading out.
Dogfish is getting a lot of love from people in the entertainment industry lately. In September, J.C. Chasez from the boy band NSYNC visited the brewery, and Joel McHale, host of The Soup on the E! Network and star of the NBC show “Community,” is also often talking about Dogfish on social networking sites. In February, Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron was photographed carrying a box of Dogfish 60 Minute IPA into a Super Bowl party.