Dogfish Head’s Chesapeake & Maine Restaurant is an ‘Off-Centered’ Hit

March 30, 2016

Leave it to Dogfish Head to try and infuse an oyster with hops. Yet even Sam Calagione, the founder and president of the legendary craft-brew company, which reached legal drinking age this year, knew when to admit defeat.

“The oysters shut. They didn’t like the super-hoppy water,” says Calagione, who was recently named a finalist for the James Beard: Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional—the sixth straight year he’s been considered for the award.

Despite the misstep, there was simply no way Calagione’s latest restaurant, Chesapeake & Maine in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, was going to serve a standard raw oyster.…