Craft beer veteran Sam Calagione, notorious Dogfish Head founder, brewer, and beer gangster, stopped by Riverside Market in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday February 24th for a meet and greet with any and all who chose to take some time out of their day to stop in.
I arrived around 11am, meeting proprietors Julian and Lisa Siegel as well as Native Brewing founder Adam Fine, who were making their final touches on one of the largest collections of Dogfish Head beers outside of the brewery.
If you’ve never been, Riverside Market has been featured on The Today Show, A&E’s Brew Dogs, my own contributions to New Times, and Beer Advocate to name a few. It’s a beer-centered place with hundreds of bottles to choose from, which can be enjoyed at tables or on one of many couches and chairs that take up the center of the establishment.
Sam showed up at noon with small group of employees, including DFH’s Florida representative Derek.
After describing what Dogfish Head has in store for 2016, Sam opened the floor to lunch, hanging out and chatting with people, and sharing in the joys of the craft beer community. I was able to try my hand at a pint of Romantic Chemistry, their new IPA enhanced by mangoes, ginger, and apricots. It was enjoyable, still had that IPA quality to it (not overpowered by the adjuncts) and I’d go for it again.
I managed to chat with Sam for a quick minute, and when he asked me what my favorite local breweries were, I couldn’t help but to name-drop my neighborhood watering holes Copperpoint Brewing Company (which was new to him) and Due South Brewing Company (which he knew of and nodded in agreement).
After about an hour, he was off to another event, and I went back to work.
I leave you with this animated gif of Sam with the Riverside crew.