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"Brewing in Delaware & 20 Off-Centered Years of 20 Off-Centered Years of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery" on May 15

Join guest speakers Sam Calagione and John Medkeff for a special Speaker Series program that will introduce The Lewes Historical Society's 2015 exhibit, "Brewing in Delaware & 20 Off-Centered Years of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery" on Friday, May 15, at 7:00pm on the Rabbit's Ferry Lawn at The Lewes Historical Society Campus at 110 Shipcarpenter Street, Lewes. In the case of poor weather, the presentation will be held at St. Peter's Church Hall in Lewes.

Sam Calagione, Founder & President of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, will talk about getting Dogfish Head off the ground, some of the fascinating innovations that have taken place at the company, and the contemporary American Craft Beer scene. Sam got the brewing bug back in the early 1990s while working at a bar in NYC that featured micro-brewed beer. After a number of homebrew batches, Sam put his English degree to the test while writing the brewpub business plan. Sam is the brainchild behind all the wacky things that happen at Dogfish Head. He's often on the road promoting Dogfish Head through beer, song, dance and words.  The Dogfish Inn opened in Lewes in the summer of 2014.

John Medkeff, of Newark, Del., an avid Delaware beer historian, will preface Calagione's talk and review the history of brewing in Delaware from the colonial era until 1955.  Medkeff is the author of the forthcoming book "Brewing in Delaware" available in August 2015.

U.S. Senator Thomas R. Carper is scheduled to appear and will offer remarks regarding the significance of brewing in Delaware.

Sam and John will present after the opening of The Lewes Historical Society's 2015 exhibit, "History of Brewing in Delaware & 20 Off-Centered Years of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery," to take place in the Ellegood House and Blacksmith Shop on The Lewes Historical Society's Campus from 6:00pm-7:00pm. All are welcome; admission is free.

“History of Brewing in Delaware & 20 Off-Centered Years of Dogfish Head” examines 400 years of brewing in Delaware.  Brands like Diamond State dominated the local beer market for decades until Prohibition and then were able to survive until 1955 when the doors to the last commercial brewery closed.  No story about brewing in Delaware would be complete without a look at the craft beer movement today and the incredible story of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.  From the smallest commercial brewery in America at its opening in 1995 to an internationally recognized label today, Dogfish's 20 years of growth and innovation tells us much about the future -- and history -- of beer.

Following the opening on May 15, the exhibit will be open through October 3, 2015, Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm. Admission is free. The exhibit is partially funded by the Delaware Tourism Office.

For more information, contact The Lewes Historical Society at 302-645-7670 or visit www.HistoricLewes.org.

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Image above: Sam Calagione, Founder & President of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (pictured from 1997) and John Medkeff (not pictured) will introduce The Lewes Historical Society's 2015 Exhibit "History of Brewing in Delaware & 20 Off-Centered Years of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery" on Friday, May 15. The exhibit opening will be at 6:00pm and the talk will begin at 7:00pm at The Lewes Historical Society's Campus, 110 Shipcarpenter Street, Lewes.

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