Voicings - Sam Calagione
Sam Calagione is the founder and president of Dogfish Head brewery in Milton, Delaware. Calagione is a three-time James Beard Award finalist and a proud brewer of “off-centered ales for off-centered people.”
"After college I moved to New York City and was taking some courses at Columbia . . . thinking about being a writer or a professor. To pay rent I worked at a Mexican restaurant and first-generation beer bar, and it . . . really opened my mind to how diverse and food-compatible a flavorful beer could be."
"Once I started homebrewing, I caught the bug and knew after my first batch of homebrew that this is what I wanted to do with my life."
"We use our family farm . . . to raise grass-fed beef that we serve as a special at our pub. But more significantly, we use it to harvest maple syrup that goes into our 75-minute bottle-conditioned IPA and our Immort Ale."
"When I was first nominated as a finalist [for a James Beard Award] three years ago, the category was just called Outstanding Wine and Spirits. Now the category has been updated to Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits. It shows that beer has finally earned its place at a white tablecloth, high-end culinary experience."
"[Recently] we shut down our whole company—we lost revenue of, I think, $80,000—to build three houses for Habitat for Humanity. We put our whole company into 60-person groups and built houses for people who live in our community. . . It gets us working with each other for a cause beyond just Dogfish."
"We want our kids to understand that we run a company together . . . and that [my wife] Mariah is an executive at a relatively big craft brewery. It’s a great lesson for our daughter. We want our kids to see that we work really hard to make a great work environment for the 200 coworkers that we have, and that business can be a force for good and not just a force for revenue."Interview by Amy Scheuerman