Like most of the times I’ve found myself drinking with Sam Calagione, the founder, president and jovial personality behind Dogfish Head beer, the details end up a bit hazy. But at some point earlier this year, hanging out on the bar atop NYC’s Eataly, the conversation turned to canned beers – probably because it’s one of my favorite beer topics. During that relatively recent chat, I distinctly remember Calagione telling me that Dogfish Head would never can its beers. To be honest, though I remember him giving an explanation, I don’t specifically remember what it was – I was definitely a few Dogfish Head beers deep at the time. Still, I remember being surprised: Canning, after all, has been one of the hottest trends in craft beer – an industry with no shortfall in trends.
Well, hell has frozen over in a long list of ways this past week, and now we can add Dogfish Head cans to it. On Monday, the Delaware-based brewery announced that after 21 years, cans would finally be comin’ – starting first with the brewery’s signature 60-Minute IPA available immediately throughout the Mid-Atlantic before hitting the rest of the brewer’s 30-state-plus-DC distribution network early next year. At that point, the fruit-accentuated Flesh & Blood IPA and quaffable sour SeaQuench Ale will also hit the aluminum.