Dogfish Head Brewery in Delaware makes some of the most popular craft brews in the country. Yet many of its fans may be unaware that the brewery’s name comes from Maine. Owner Sam Calagione spent his childhood summers on Southport Island, off of Boothbay (just like I did, although Sam’s much younger so we didn’t meet until years later). Dogfish Head is the peninsula at Southport’s northern end, where Sam, his wife Mariah and their family now have their own summer home. It’s always a treat to run into them on the island.
Now celebrating their 20th year, Sam and his company also operate a brewpub, retro-style inn and most recently, a distillery. When we learned out about their three spirits — Dogfish Head Analog Vodka, Compelling Gin and Whole Leaf Gin, we thought it would be fun to feature them for Friday Happy Hour, but they’re just being released in Delaware next month.
Instead, the Dogfish Head crew suggested a drink made with their well-known beer: 60-minute IPA. Purists may scoff at adding beer to a classic Negroni — and since it’s one of my favorite cocktails, I wasn’t sure either — but you know what, it works really well.
We’re raising our 60-Minute Negronis to Sam, Mariah and everyone at Dogfish Head – here’s to the next 20 years!
Recipe courtesy of Dogfish Head Brewing
- Equal parts (1.5 oz)
- Carpan Antica Sweet Vermouth
- Dogfish Head 60-Minute IPA