Dogfish Head Brewery got it's start in June of 1995, when it opened as the first brewpub in the state of Delaware. Opening as the smallest commercial brewery in America, their first batch of beer was brewed in three little kegs with propane burners underneath. Eventually, Dogfish Head gained popularity with the locals and tourists alike and to keep up with demand, needed to develop a larger brew house. This expansion allowed for Dogfish Head to grow beyond the border of Delaware, as word quickly spread about this beer. In 2002, Dogfish Head outgrew it's smaller accomodations and once again needed to expand their space by moving to Milton. Dogfish Head credits it's massive growth to the loyal customers that have tried all 20 styles of beer in more then 25 states (www.dogfish.com, 2011). Recently, the brewery installed the largest wooden brewing vessels built in America since prohibition (The Beer Book, 2008).
According to WBC:
Dogfish Head is an impressive story, by fighting to have a brewery in a state like Delaware, where there was a former law that prohibited micro-brews, or breweries in general from operating in Delaware. Dogfish was show cased on a documentary about the beer industry as a small success story going against the larger beer empires. The brewery prides itself on creating unique recipes for beer.
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International beer writer Michael Jackson referred to Dogfish Head as "America's most interesting and adventurous small brewery" (www.dogfish.com, 2011).