Founder & President
Sam got the brewing bug back in the early 1990s while working at a bar in New York City. After a number of homebrew batches, he put his English degree to the test while writing Dogfish Head's business plan.
Opening in 1995, Dogfish Head became the smallest commercial brewery in America, making 10 gallons of beer at a time. Today Dogfish Head is among the fastest‐growing breweries in the country. Sam's innovative style has earned him a reputation as one of America's most adventurous entrepreneurs and brewers, and the Small Business Administration has named him Businessman of the Year.
He has since served as chairman of the board for the Brewers Association in 2012 and 2013 and was a finalist in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 for a James Beard Foundation Award in the Outstanding Wine Beer & Spirits Professional category. Fast Company named him one of The 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2011. He is the author of “Brewing up a Business” and “Extreme Brewing,” and co‐authored “He Said Beer, She Said Wine.”
Dogfish Head is now celebrating 20 off‐centered years. Living in the quaint town of Lewes, Del., with his wife Mariah and their two children, Sam still brings the same passion and innovation to the brewing community.