The brewing event of the year

Brew at Dogfish Head with the founders of

Russian River, Dogfish Head, Green Bench, Monkish, and more

BREWERS

RETREAT

CRAFT BEER & BREWING Brewers Retreat

Brew With World-Class Master Brewers at Dogfish Head

OCT 27-30, 2024 | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, DE)

There are a limited number of tickets for the country's best brewing experience! Brew with world-class master brewers over four days at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, DE).

At this exclusive retreat, you'll collaborate on small-batch brews (15-30 gallons) with some of the country's top brewers, connect with brewery owners from around the country, enjoy some beautiful meals created by the culinary team at Dogfish Head, and relax along the beaches of Delaware. Tickets include three nights at the Hyatt House Lewes Rehoboth, brew days, educational sessions, transportation, bottle shares, breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and select beers, but space is limited, so book today!

We'll ferment and package the beers to send you a handful of cans to enjoy. You’ll have the ultimate collaboration beers to share with your friends!

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Brew With

Sam Calagione

Brewer/Founder, Dogfish Head

Sam Calagione has been focused on brewing beers with culinary ingredients since 1995 when Dogfish Head first opened as the smallest craft brewery in America. Today, Dogfish has grown into a 400+ person company and is one of the most recognized breweries in the country. Dogfish Head is based in Delaware with Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, an off-centered brewpub and distillery, Chesapeake & Maine, a geographically enamored seafood restaurant with a James Beard nominated cocktail program, Dogfish Inn, a harbor-front beverage-themed motel and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, a production brewery and distillery featuring a Tasting Room & Kitchen. Dogfish currently sells beers, spirits and canned cocktails across the U.S. In July 2019, Dogfish Head proudly merged with the Boston Beer Company. Sam’s innovative style and collaborative spirit has earned him a reputation as one of the industry’s most adventurous entrepreneurs and brewers. Sam has authored four books and was named the James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional in 2017. Sam, Mariah and their family reside in coastal Delaware.

Vinnie Cilurzo

Founder, Russian River Brewing Company

Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo are the founders of Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa and Windsor, California. The brewing industry power couple are two of the most respected in the world of craft beer. Their downtown Santa Rosa brewpub has been a legendary destination for craft beer fans for many, many years, and the production brewery in Windsor, California is the culmination of decades of experience plus a desire to build their dream brewery. In 2008 Vinnie was honored with the Brewers Association Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing and in 2017 Vinnie and Natalie were honored with the Brewers Association Recognition Award. Natalie was the keynote speaker at the 2022 Craft Brewer’s Conference in Minneapolis.

Henry & Adriana Nguyen

Owners, Monkish Brewing Company

After pursuing a PhD in Early Christianity and homebrewing mostly Belgian-style beers, Henry and his wife, Adriana, started Monkish in Los Angeles, where they were born and raised. The brewery initially focused solely on Belgian-style and mixed-fermentation beers — and the occasional spontaneous fermented beers, which are a challenge given the Southern Californian warm climate. As a yeast-driven brewery, Henry has expanded the brewery’s scope to include hoppy beers (i.e. IPAs) that are more focused on yeast character than simply hops. And with their affinity for monastic brewing traditions, Henry and Adriana embrace the spiritual and metaphysical dimensions of brewing, and their brewery remains nimble and intentional in creating meaning through beer.

Khris Johnson

Head Brewer/Co-Owner, Green Bench Brewing Co. + Webb's City Cellar.

Khris Johnson is the Head Brewer and Co-Owner of Green Bench Brewing Co. and Webb's City Cellar. An industry professional for over 14 years, Khris is also a Founding Faculty Member of the USF St. Petersburg Brewing Arts Program, the Vice President of Beer Kulture, a Board Member of The Michael James Jackson Foundation for Brewing and Distilling, and a Founding Board Member of the National Black Brewers Association of America.

Averie Swanson

Founder/Beermaker, Keeping Together

Averie Swanson is the Founder and Beermaker of Keeping Together—a brewing endeavor started in Chicago, IL that she is currently reimagining into a brewery and taproom set to open in early 2025 in the high desert of Santa Fe, NM. She is one of only twenty-eight Master Cicerones® (the beer-world equivalent of wine's Master Sommelier distinction), and is a co-owner and the former head brewer of world-renowned Jester King Brewery in Austin, TX. As a leader in American Wild and Spontaneous beer production, Averie has spoken at numerous beer and brewing conferences around the world and continues to contribute to the beer industry at large through competition judging, teaching, and consulting.

Neil Fisher

Founder/Brewmaster, WeldWerks Brewing Company

Neil began homebrewing with friends at his home in 2009, and over the next few years, a full roster of nearly 2 dozen different colorful characters would come around once a month to brew, learn and enjoy one another’s company. Fast forward a few years to the 2014 Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines festival, held at the time in Vail, CO, which is home to one of the nation’s best homebrew competitions. A soft agreement was made in advance that if Neil was able to bring home a medal at this prestigious competition, he would consider opening a brewery. Well, as it happened, he didn’t win a medal – he won two. That informal agreement quickly turned into a business plan, and 11 months later, the first beers were poured at WeldWerks Brewing in Greeley, CO.

Jason Perkins

Brewmaster/VP of Brewing Operations, Allagash

Jason is the Brewmaster and Vice President of Brewing Operations (encompassing the departments of Warehouse/Supply Chain, Production, Packaging and Quality) at Allagash. Jason has been a part of Allagash since 1999. He currently sits on the board of the Brewers Association, American Malt & Barley Association, and Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation, and is actively involved with the Hop Quality Group. He is the Chair of the Brewers Association's Technical Committee, a former board member of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas-New England as well as the Maine Brewers’ Guild—and is the recipient of the 2016 Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Craft Brewing. When Jason is not working, he enjoys hanging with his family, exploring the many beautiful wild places in Maine and playing ice hockey. He lives in North Yarmouth Maine with his wife Julie and two children.

Steve Parker

Cofounder, Fidens Brewing Company

Steve Parker is the co-founder of Fidens Brewing Company. After dedicating 14 years to teaching physical education, Steve discovered a passion for homebrewing in 2016. For three years, he honed his craft as a homebrewer before turning his hobby into a thriving business. Fidens Brewing Company initially gained recognition for its exceptional hoppy beers, particularly IPAs. Embracing his love for both science and creativity, Steve has expanded his brewing repertoire to include a diverse range of styles such as stouts, lagers, and sours. His innovative approach and commitment to quality continue to drive the success and evolution of Fidens Brewing Company.

Itinerary

DAY 1 (OCTOBER 27, 2024)

  • 4:30pm – 5:15pm: Welcome Happy Hour @ Dogfish Head Pub (Rehoboth Beach)
  • 5:30pm: Dinner @ Dogfish Head Pub (Rehoboth Beach)
  • 7:30pm – 9:45pm: Bottle share @ Dogfish Inn (Lewes)

DAY 2 (OCTOBER 28, 2024)

  • 6:30am - 8:45am: Breakfast
  • 9:30am – 11:30am: Taste & Learn Seminar + Brewery Tours
  • 11:30am – 5:30pm: Brewing session with master brewers
  • 1:00pm: Lunch
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm: Dinner @ Chesapeake & Maine (Rehoboth Beach, DE)

DAY 3 (OCTOBER 29, 2024)

  • 6:30am - 8:45am: Breakfast
  • 9:30am – 11:30am: Brewing Seminar
  • 11:30am – 5:30pm: Brewing session with master brewers
  • 1:00pm: Lunch
  • 6:00pm: Pairing Dinner @ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats (Rehoboth Beach)
  • 8:30pm – 9:45pm: Bottle share @ Dogfish Inn (Lewes)

DAY 4 (OCTOBER 30, 2024)

  • 6:30am – 9:00am: Breakfast
  • 10:00am: Checkout at the Hyatt House

Location

The event will be hosted in Delaware, across the Dogfish Head properties and nearby venues (Milton, Lewes, Rehoboth Beach). For accommodations, we will be staying at the Hyatt House Lewes Rehoboth, while all brewing activities will happen onsite at Dogfish Head (Milton, Delaware). Tickets include three nights at the Hyatt House and all transportation to get to/from Dogfish Head.

Sponsors

BSG CRAFTBREWING

In 2004, BSG recognized that the craft brewing and homebrewing community needed a dependable source for diverse ingredients from around the world. Since then, we have earned the trust of our customers by delivering the finest brewing ingredients at competitive values, all backed by outstanding customer service and depth of industry experience.

We continue to search the globe for new and interesting brewing ingredients that we can bring to our customers. Consequently, our product list continues to grow as we strive to better meet the needs of both professional brewers and homebrewers. Additionally, our knowledgeable and friendly sales and management staff comes from the professional brewing & homebrewing communities, so we can assist you in everything from recipe formulation to troubleshooting.

Whether it's exclusive specialty malts, in-demand hop varieties, or premium brewing aids we have you covered; great beers are made from select ingredients. BSG is committed to being your partner, and shares your passion for creating outstanding beers.

ARRYVED

Arryved is the most trusted point of sale system for your favorite food, drink, music, and hospitality spots. Our flexible, all-in-one system reduces service friction for staff and guests alike with smart technology designed by industry experts and enthusiasts. With transparent pricing, a full suite of customizable features, and award-winning customer support, Arryved helps grow your business and create contagious loyalty for your brand

WHITE LABS

Cultivate your craft with the liquid yeast powerhouse. Never settling for “good enough,” we continue to advance the craft of fermentation, providing the healthiest, most viable yeast, with the largest variety and over 25 years of unparalleled innovation. We fuel the brewing community by offering fermentation solutions, educational resources, and a collaborative atmosphere – empowering brewers to make the best beer possible.

ABE EQUIPMENT

At ABE Equipment, we pride ourselves in offering complete turnkey solutions for our customers. We design and assemble brewhouses, canning lines, distillation equipment, and more, and we craft each piece of equipment with the end goal of designing a product that will help you make money. Our turnkey brewing systems and turnkey distillery offerings allow you to hit the ground running and focus on profits, not scrambling to source equipment from various vendors.

When you choose ABE Equipment as your beverage equipment manufacturer, you’ve partnered with an international company backed by 30+ years of rich history. We are fully invested in your business’s growth from the initial startup to your equipment’s ongoing maintenance and offer unwavering customer support for the life of your equipment. With our headquarters in Lincoln, NE, we are proud to provide the most reliable beverage equipment designed and assembled in the USA. For more information, call our team at 402-475-2337 or simply request a quote on our website at ABEequipment.com.

ROY FARMS

For over 115 years, Roy Farms has been a visionary in hop farming. Family owned and operated, we push the boundaries of traditional thinking every day to meet the industry demand for quality hops at Farm Direct prices. We adopt new technologies, invest in local and global thought leaders and forge new partnerships to produce premium hops and hop products. Our promise to all of our partners is to dig deep, challenge the status quo and continue to unearth the potential of farming. As a vertically integrated farm we grow, harvest and process our hops into pellets within 36-48 hours. Harvest Fresh® Pellets are produced on our farm’s solar powered pellet facilities. Safety, Sustainability and Quality are the foundation on which the Roy Family grows and delivers the best hops directly to breweries around the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have other questions? Contact us.

TICKETS
When is the last day I’m able to purchase tickets?

The last day you can purchase a ticket is when we sell out.

If I purchase a brewer ticket now, can I purchase a companion ticket for the same event later or do they both need to be purchased at the same time?
You do not need to purchase the companion ticket at the same time. Just let us know if and when you want to add your companion.


BREWING
Are the identified Master Brewers confirmed to participate?
The listed brewers are confirmed.

Can I pick the brewmaster that leads my group?
Yes. Prior to the event we will send out a survey for your preferred lead brewer. If a brew group is full, preference will be given to the attendee that purchased their ticket first. That said, we’ve always accommodated every request.

What type of beer will be brewed?
The brewers will collaboratively develop a different recipe for each day of brewing, and each team will brew threads of that recipe which will be fermented in the Dogfish Head pilot brewery.

Will retreat attendees be allowed to participate in the brewing process?
You will be allowed to participate in the brewing process and collaborate with the pro brewer.

What are we going to do with the beer we are brewing?
When the beer is ready, we will package and ship 4-6 cans to each participant.


TRANSPORTATION
May I be provided a discount if I don't use your transportation?
There will be no discount if you do not use our transportation. The transportation is included in the overall package.


FOOD & DRINK
Which meals are included?
Sunday: Dinner
Monday:  Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Tuesday:  Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Wednesday:  Breakfast

How much beer will be provided?

At each dinner we will provide the equivalent of at least one beer. Happy hours and receptions will offer unlimited pours.

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