Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is welcoming back two familiar faces.
The Delaware-headquartered beer company last week announced that former brewmaster Bryan Selders and former projects engineer Brian Hollinger would return to Dogfish after stints at other U.S. breweries.
Selders will return to the company this month in the newly created role of brewing ambassador, while Hollinger will take the role of vice president of operations.
“Brian and Bryan were integral contributors to the success and growth of Dogfish years ago and we love opportunities like this,” Dogfish Head founder and CEO Sam Calagione said in a press release. “Both of these gents have continued to grow as leaders and brewers after leaving Dogfish and they are bringing their expanded skills and experience back to our community of talented and passionate coworkers.”
Selders will work out of Dogfish Head’s recently renovated Rehoboth brewpub campus where he’ll be tasked with creating new pub-only offerings, brewing experimental beers with Calagione and other Dogfish brewers and representing the brand at on- and off-campus events.
Selders first joined Dogfish Head in 2002, serving as a lead brewer until 2011. That year, he departed the organization to pursue web design and, two years later, became partner and brewmaster at The Post Brewing Company in Lafayette, Colo.
As vice president of operations, Hollinger will be responsible for “overseeing off-centered brewing, production, packaging and logistics,” according to a press release. Dogfish Head credits Hollinger, in his previous role with the company, with overseeing “the biggest equipment and facility expansions in the 22 year history of the company.”
Hollinger left Dogfish Head in 2011 to become the vice president of operations for Terrapin Beer Company in Athens, Georgia. Hollinger departed Terrapin in July 2016 when MillerCoors acquired a majority stake in the brewery.
Dogfish Head has expanded its footprint to 34 states, adding Oklahoma, Missouri, Minnesota and Alabama already this year. The company is also expected to begin distributing to New Mexico and West Virginia in 2017.
Additional details are available in the press release below.
Dogfish Head Welcomes New Brewing Ambassador and VP of Operations Back to Coastal Delaware
Off-centered brewery celebrates the return of our brothers-in-ales, Bryan Selders and Brian Hollinger
Milton, Del., April 28, 2017 – Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is proud to announce that two trusted and all-around awesome coworkers, Bryan Selders as Brewing Ambassador, and Brian Hollinger as Vice President of Operations, have come home to rejoin our hospitality and brewing teams. “Brian and Bryan were integral contributors to the success and growth of Dogfish years ago and we love opportunities like this; both of these gents have continued to grow as leaders and brewers after leaving Dogfish and they are bringing their expanded skills and experience back to our community of talented and passionate coworkers,” says Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head CEO and founder.
Craft brewing veteran Bryan Selders will return to Dogfish at the end of May in the new and exciting role of Brewing Ambassador with the beautiful new Rehoboth brewpub campus as his base camp. In his gig, Selders will continue to keep the pipeline of brewpub exclusive beers full, brew experimental beer with Sam and other Dogfish brewers, while also working to represent the brand at Dogfish Head hospitality locations and events. Selders first joined Dogfish in 2002 and has enjoyed a two-decade-long career in the brewing world, including his last stint with Dogfish Head as the Head Brewer. Selders, aka DJ Little Guy, along with Calagione, aka Funkmaster I.B.U., are founding members of The Pain Relievaz, the world’s one and only beer-geek, tongue-in-cheek, hip-hop ensemble. The Pain Relievaz rocked the mic for years, dropping an inaugural album in 2003 and a sophomore album in 2005. For a couple years, Selders took a short break from his Dogfish family as he explored creative endeavors in the graphic design world and management roles in the brewing industry. Joining Selders in his homecoming to coastal Delaware are his wife and children.
Dogfish Head is equally delighted to share that industry veteran, Brian Hollinger, will rejoin his team as the Vice President of Operations. In his new role, Hollinger will be charged with overseeing off-centered brewing, production, packaging and logistics. Hollinger originally joined Dogfish in 2009, working in various management roles in the engineering department. Brian was an effective engineering/brewing technology leader on the team that oversaw some of the biggest equipment and facility expansions in the 22 year history of the company. In 2011, he ventured outside of Dogfish to undertake and lead operations teams in a central leadership position at a southern craft brewery. Hollinger returns to Southern Delaware with his wife and daughter. For more information about Dogfish Head happenings, visitwww.dogfish.com.
About Dogfish Head:
Dogfish Head has proudly been focused on brewing beers with culinary ingredients outside the Reinheitsgebot since the day it opened as the smallest American brewery 22 years ago. Today Dogfish Head has grown into a top-20 craft brewery and has won numerous awards throughout the years including Wine Enthusiast’s 2015 Brewery of the Year. Today Dogfish Head is a 250+ person company based in Delaware with a brewpub/distillery in Rehoboth Beach, an innovative seafood restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, a beer-themed inn on the harbor in Lewes and a production brewery/distillery in Milton. Dogfish Head currently sells beer in 34 states and Washington D.C. and will expand into additional states in 2017. For more information, visit www.dogfish.com, Facebook: @dogfishheadbeer, Twitter: @dogfishbeer, and Instagram: dogfishhead