This afternoon I had a phone call with Sam Calagione. He really wanted to clarify a couple of things about brewery changes, and excitement with the future.
Sam hasn’t stepped aside, down, resigned, etc. Until now, there hasn’t been a CEO position. Nick Benz has done an amazing job and it’s time to promote. Sam is still president, and runs the brewery alongside Mariah Calagione (and arm to arm with the 200 passionate people the make Dogfish Head run.)
Sam is still just as involved as day one, and Nick will report to Sam.
Calagione will maintain his role with Dogfish Head of course, focusing on new products, growth strategy and of course, collaborations as president of the company and chairman of the board. Innovation, and off-centered as usual.
This is perhaps a little bit of semantic clarification. It all boils down to strategic growth. Congratulations to all involved.
Dogfish Head opened in June of 1995.