Ten years ago, to celebrate exporting the first Dogfish Head Brewery beer from Delaware, founder Sam Calagione built a sliding-seat rowboat and rowed a six-pack of Shelter Pale Ale 17 nautical miles from Lewes to a beach at Cape May, N.J.
He’s ready for the return trip, and this time on a bigger boat. Monday (Aug. 27) Calagione will host a trip on the Cape May Lewes Ferry.
Calagione wanted to deliver a keg when he sold his first beer outside Delaware in 1997, but soon figured that wouldn’t fit in the boat.
â€œIt was a long, strange trip and pretty disorienting,â€ he said. â€œI couldnâ€™t see land for about half the trip.â€ A party at a Cape May bar followed with Dogfish Head beer on tap. â€œBut we all took sips from the six-pack that I rowed across the bay,â€ Calagione said.
To celebrate the anniversary, Dogfish and the Cape May Lewes Ferry are hosting a series of events Monday.
Calagione will host a beer & cheese sampling at the Rock Pile Bar in the Cape May terminal from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Along with selected cheeses, Calagione will sample the breweryâ€™s Shelter Pale Ale, 60 Minute IPA, Indian Brown Ale and the 2007 release of Punkinâ€™ Ale.
The boat will head for Lewes at 4:30 p.m. (check-in time us 4 p.m.). During the ride, Dogfish Head Shelter Pale Ale will be on tap in the Debraak Lounge. Calagione will be on hand pouring samples of some hard-to-find Dogfish Beers, talking with guests about the company, and signing copies of his two books, â€œBrewing Up A Businessâ€ and â€œExtreme Beer.â€ Books will be available for purchase.
Upon arrival at the Lewes, Delaware terminal, he will host a beer sampling from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Geraldâ€™s Bar & Grill. Beers to be sampled include Dogfish Head Shelter Pale Ale, 60 Minute IPA, Indian Brown Ale and the 2007 Punkinâ€™ Ale.
Tickets are now available and include round-trip ferry travel and beer sampling at listed locations.
Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 1-800-643-3779.