(Cape Gazette)- Superstorm Sandy wrecked havoc along the East Coast, inflicting unprecedented damage on the New Jersey and New York shorelines. Delaware avoided major problems, but projects like Dogfish Head Brewery’s expansion have been delayed by the storm. Owner Sam Calagione said the hurricane pushed back the brewery’s timeline to complete an expansion and a new warehouse. All three concurrent projects should now be constructed by May 2013. Equipment installation and commissioning will be completed two to three months later.
Dogfish has about 110,000 square feet to work with now. When the expansion project is complete, Calagione said, the brewery will be about 220,000 square feet. The new warehouse was approved for 100,000 square feet, with about 80,000 square feet now under construction and the rest reserved for future growth. A 28,000-square-foot addition is being built to the current facility to house grain and hop storage. And a portion of the building’s roof was raised from 24 feet to 48 feet to accommodate a new brewhouse.
The extra room is needed in order for Dogfish to continue growing as a business. Calagione said the brewery is already working near capacity. New equipment and more space, he said, will give Dogfish a brewing capacity of about 600,000 barrels annually. Dogfish will produce about 171,000 barrels this year and has budgeted for 202,000 in 2013. It should take 10 to 15 years to reach 600,000 barrels, he said. The best bottling lines and brewing equipment come from Germany, he said, so brewery officials made the decision to buy from a company located outside the U.S. Nearly everything else, Calagione said, is purchased locally or from American vendors. Dogfish’s barley and hops are bought from companies in Oregon and Washington, and many ingredients come from Delaware-based businesses like Fifer Orchards and TS Smith.
2013 is shaping up to be a huge year for everyone’s favorite esoteric brewery, Dogfish Head. The brewers at DFH can’t wait to get their hands on that new equipment. They’ll be pumping out the Tweason Ale and hop minute brews en masse. Ancient Ales out the caveman ass. 202,000 barrels in 2013. Get excited, it’s okay to play your mash paddle.