If you ask people which brewer would be the one crazy enough to get in a 19 foot Boston Whaler (about the size of Dexter Morgan’s boat in the TV series Dexter) and take a 5-part ocean journey up the East Coast to raise funds for charity – you’d probably only have one answer: Sam Caligone of Dogfish Head Brewing.
Caligione and his company has a proudly-earned reputation of being “off centered” and set off on a journey to raise funds for The Nature Conservancy – stopping along the way to host a series of beer dinners and visit Nature Conservancy sites. The boat trip – which will involve both Sam senior and his son, Sam – departed on June 23rd from the soon-to-be-open Dogfish Inn in Deleware. The Dogfish Inn will be a beer-centric motel for “beer geeks and beach lovers.”
But that’s in Delaware. Why am I sharing it with you here? Because the trip’s final stop is in Portland, Maine and you have an opportunity to experience a beer diner like no other once the Calagiones make landfall. After stopping in Atlantic City, Manhattan, Block Island and Boston, to host dinners and experience the coast’s protected scenery through hiking and trails, the boat will make its last stops in Maine.
The culminating beer dinner will be a multi-course meal, hosted by In’finiti Fermentation and Distillation. For the beer dinner at In’finiti on July 1st, the menu has already been released. Each course is paired with a different Dogfish Head beer or In’finiti cocktail. There are a total of 100 seats being offered, though a post on Facebook from In’finiti this weekend said that there were only approximately 20 seats remaining.
Oysters (2 per) on the half shell, maine seaweed salad (dolce kelp), Festina Peche mignonette
Paired with—Festina Peche
Clam chowder with house made smoked tomato oyster crackers
Paired with—Spruce Beer
Maple glazed duck breast with local greens and summer vegetables
Paired with—In’finiti Rhum Blanc cocktail
Apple wood smoked Hanger Steak, bitches brew demi-glace, spelt salad, sweet fried broccoli
Paired with—Bitches Brew
Cucumber-Shiso sorbet with local berries and yogurt sauce
Tickets are $90 (includes 8% ME state sales tax and gratuity). Each guest also will take home a Dogfish Head pint glass, a Dogfish/Woolrich wool koozie and a Boston Whaler visor. To reserve a spot, can call In’finiti at 207-221-8889.
“When Dogfish Head was just starting out in 1997, I rowed the first six-pack sold out of state across Delaware Bay to New Jersey,” says Calagione. “This trip I’m taking with Sammy is like the varsity version of that JV trip, and I’m excited to show him and anyone who follows our adventure that a company can do well while doing good.“
As Sam and Sammy motor their way up the Eastern seaboard, they’ll be making pit stops to hike, paddleboard and photograph some of the coastal properties The Nature Conservancy protects. They’ll see places like South Cape May Meadows, a globally renowned birding spot at the southern tip of New Jersey; Pine Neck Nature Sanctuary, a 77-acre beachcomber’s dream on Long Island’s South Shore; and Berry Woods Preserve, home to a multi-use mosaic of conservation near Maine’s Kennebec River.
Along the way, A Moveable Feast (#MoveableFeast) will raise $10,000 for The Nature Conservancy. The Delaware Chapter of The Nature Conservancy will get 25 percent, and the local chapter at each stop will get 75 percent.
The duo will be documenting the trip as they go, using the hashtag #moveablefeast – there are several posts up already on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.