Dogfish founder celebrates first brewery-themed inn with port-to-port beer-dinner series

Delaware-to-Maine boat trip raising thousands for Nature Conservancy
June 14, 2014

In late June, Dogfish Head founder and President Sam Calagione is embarking on a 600-mile boat journey to celebrate the opening of the Dogfish Inn and raise money and awareness for The Nature Conservancy.

At five stops along the journey - Atlantic City, Manhattan, Block Island, Boston and Portland - Calagione will host multicourse beer dinners at some of his favorite restaurants.

In the spirit of the journey, Dogfish Head will donate $2,000 for each stop along the journey to The Nature Conservancy, a million-member nonprofit dedicated to conserving “the lands and waters on which all life depends.”

Calagione and his teenage son Sammy will set off in a 19-foot Boston Whaler Monday, June 23 from The Dogfish Inn in picturesque Lewes, Del. They plan to pull in to Dogfish Head, Maine - the place where Calagione spent summers as a kid and where the brewery got its name - Tuesday, July 1.

“When Dogfish Head was just starting out in 1997, I rowed the first six-pack sold out of state across Delaware Bay to New Jersey,” says Calagione. “This trip I’m taking with Sammy is like the varsity version of that JV trip, and I’m excited to show him and anyone who follows our adventure that a company can do well while doing good.”

The launch point - the just-opened Dogfish Inn - is a first for the craft beer and hospitality industries. It’s an off-centered home base for beer geeks and beach lovers reflecting Dogfish Head’s offbeat approach to style, quality and craft. This new motel experience embraces modern style and convenience while celebrating an analog era of family vacations, big cars and endless summers.

As the Calagiones motor their way up the Eastern seaboard, they’ll be making pit stops to hike, paddleboard and photograph some of the coastal properties The Nature Conservancy protects. They’ll see places like South Cape May Meadows, a globally renowned birding spot at the southern tip of New Jersey; Pine Neck Nature Sanctuary, a 77-acre beachcomber’s dream on Long Island’s South Shore; and Berry Woods Preserve, home to a multi-use mosaic of conservation near Maine’s Kennebec River.

At each overnight location, they will host a beer dinner highlighting the diversity, complexity and food-compatibility of Dogfish Head’s off-centered ales.

• Monday, June 23: Scales Grill and Deck Bar, 800 N. New Hampshire Ave., Atlantic City, N.J. For reservations, email

• Wednesday, June 25: La Birreria at Eataly, 200 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y. The dinner will include a live performance by musician and Dogfish Head collaborator Julianna Barwick. For reservations, call 212-539-0204, Ext. 304, or email

• Thursday, June 26: Atlantic Inn, Block Island, R.I. For reservations, call 401-466-5883 or email

• Sunday, June 29: Merchant, 60 Franklin St., Boston, Mass. For reservations, visit

• Tuesday, July 1: Infiniti Fermentation and Distillation, Portland, Maine. For reservations, call 207-221-8889.

Beer dinner guests at each location will be the first to taste Pennsylvania Tuxedo, the collaboration beer Dogfish Head just brewed with the iconic American apparel-maker Woolrich Inc. Each guest also will take home a Dogfish Head pint glass, a Dogfish/Woolrich wool koozie and a Boston Whaler visor. For times and menus, go to

Along the way, A Moveable Feast will raise $10,000 for The Nature Conservancy. The Delaware Chapter of The Nature Conservancy will get 25 percent, and the local chapter at each stop will get 75 percent.

“The Nature Conservancy is eternally grateful for Dogfish’s unflagging support,” says Richie Jones, state director of the Delaware chapter. “We are thrilled to welcome Sam and his son to our preserves as they work their way along this epic journey.”