Dogfish Head Craft Brewery to Sponsor 2018 James Beard Awards

MILTON, Del. — Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is excited to announce its sponsorship of the 2018 James Beard Awards, often referred to as the “Oscars of the food world,” and will be proudly pouring their ingredient-inspired beers at the foundation’s Chef’s Night Out event and James Beard Awards Gala on May 6 and 7 in Chicago.

“We’re honored that the folks at The James Beard Foundation recognize and celebrate independent craft brewers as they’ve been instrumental in elevating it’s stature on a global platform,” said Sam Calagione, founder and CEO of Dogfish Head, and 2017 winner of James Beard’s Outstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer Professional award. “We’re excited to partner with the Foundation in the sponsorship of this year’s Awards and look forward to sharing our adventurous, food-friendly beers with event attendees and the culinary world as we toast the best in the industry and celebrate the pairing of great beer with great food.”

Dogfish Head has been a leader in brewing beers outside the Reinheitsgebot aka the “German Beer Purity Law” stating beer should only be brewed with hops, barley and water, since the day it opened as the smallest American craft brewery in 1995. Continually looking beyond the horizon as they experiment with avant-garde brewing techniques and thoughtfully chosen ingredients, the brewery pushes the limits of extreme independent craft brewing and strives to provide its fans with delicious beverages designed to please and surprise the palette.

“I enjoy pairing seafood dishes with culinary-inspired beers likeSeaQuench Ale, our session sour quencher brewed with lime peel, black limes and sea salt,” said Calagione. “Its tart and refreshingly crisp flavors perfectly complement the seafood and it’s a match-up that works well for both the foodie and beer fan. As brewers we strive to make waves in the innovation arena and take great pride in creating liquids that excite lovers of artisanal and extreme beer to drink and think outside the box.”

Dogfish Head celebrates off-centered ales, wood-fired cuisine and handcrafted spirits as chefs create food inspired by beer at its two restaurants located in Rehoboth Beach, Del. Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats – the original location of the Dogfish journey serves imaginative pub food and brewpub exclusives ‘imported from the other room’, and Chesapeake & Maine – a geographically enamored seafood restaurant serves fresh seafood exclusively sourced from the Maine or Chesapeake regions.

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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 craft brewery 22 years ago. 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 and the James Beard Foundation Award for 2017 Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional. It is a 300+ coworker company based in Delaware with Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, an off-centered brewpub and distillery, Chesapeake & Maine, a geographically enamored seafood restaurant, Dogfish Inn, a beer-themed inn on the harbor and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, a production brewery and distillery featuring a tasting room and food truck.  Dogfish Head supports the Independent Craft Brewing Seal, the definitive icon for American craft breweries to identify themselves to be independently-owned and carries the torch of transparency, brewing innovation and the freedom of choice originally forged by brewing community pioneers. Dogfish Head currently sells beer in 39 states and Washington D.C. and will expand into additional states in 2018. For more information, visit, Facebook: @dogfishheadbeer, Twitter: @dogfishbeer, and Instagram: dogfishhead.