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Brewing Up a Business: Adventures in Beer from the Founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Revised and Updated [Paperback] Unknown Binding – 2011

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  • Unknown Binding
  • ASIN: B004MSMKPE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,375,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sam Calagione is the founder and owner of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, DE, the nation's fastest growing independent brewery, and Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, DE. His innovative style has earned him a reputation as one of America's most adventurous entrepreneurs and brewers. He has been named Businessman of the Year by The Small Business Association and is the youngest person to be named to the Board of Directors for the Association of Brewers. Sam has been featured in publications as diverse as Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Playboy, People, and Bon Appetit, and is the host of the new series Brew Masters on Discovery Channel.

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Barrett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 26, 2011
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In this reviewers humble opinion, this book is a rather fun overview of the founding and growing of Dogfish Head brewery. Though I did somewhat enjoy Sam's writing style and some of the witty stories, the book never really leans completely towards being either a true recipe for building a successful business or a fun and lighthearted read about the good and bad times of opening his own business. Instead this book lands somewhere in between.

I would say that those individuals with experience in opening a business, or having a college background in business or management would find the contents rather uninformative. It reads like a very beginner book for those who have thought about opening a business but have never really studied up on the subject. Unfortunately those individuals to whom this book is targeted, are the most likely to fail in opening a business. Reading this might open their eyes to much of the unseen costs and time put in to start up.

The book mainly centers around Sam's personal beliefs. It never really delves deeply into subjects such as licensing, raising startup capital, insurance, liabilities, theft, and planning. Instead he briefly touches on these subjects and then discusses his own personal beliefs and opinions on the subjects. "I think I did great because I had great people" or "Make sure to take some time off, I find that it really helps me creatively". Good words of advice, but not what I am looking for as a major source of information for opening a business.

I do love the craft brewery market, and this does contain some fun stories (though not enough in my opinion) so that is why it gets 3 stars.

Though I did find some anecdotes interesting, I think there are much better business texts out there that one should use as a guideline for opening a business, this is just one book that can be added to a collection of the many books you can and SHOULD read before starting a business.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cory on July 28, 2013
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I really liked reading the book and am a pretty big dogfish head fan. When I looked into this book I thought it would be more of a outline and a guide book on opening a brewery than anecdotal tales from Sam. If you are looking for a book to help you figure out what you need to be a successful brewery than I would recommend you look for another book. If you are just looking for a book that tells you stories on some of the weirder hurdles that dogfish head had to contend with or just some more knowledge on dogfish head ideology and guidelines then this is your book.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Dave L. on February 15, 2011
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If you are expecting to learn anything about Dogfish Head Brewery and how it came to be, or if you are interested in brewing in general, this book doesn't have much to offer. It's mostly a collection of trite business advice, "Know Your Customer," illustrated with very short and superficial anecdotes from Sam's life and experiences. Some of these would probably be interesting if he spent more than a couple of paragraphs on them. I'm currently reading a book about watching yeast grow (White and Zainasheff) that's far more interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JB on March 8, 2013
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Interesting book, but not solely a history of Dogfish Head. Sam is an English major and it definitely shows in his writing style. The book is as much (or more) a motivational, inspirational tome as it is the story of the brewery. Some great anecdotes sprinkled throughout and a lot of food (or should I say 'beer') for thought.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Don Braun on April 23, 2012
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This "book" is just one really long press release written by the brewery's owner. He goes on for 200 pages about how cool his company is. How "outside the box" they are. It's all a little self-indulgent and amateurish. I was looking for a little more of the logistics of starting a business, not an ego-stroking diary.
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There are those rare individuals who seem blessed so incredibly far beyond the rest of us. Take Sam Calagione, darling of the craft brewing world. The man is smart, funny, charming, hard-working and Hollywood handsome. He brews wickedly successful off-centered ales, quotes great writers, walks his talk about caring for employees and community and has been married to the same woman for years. Is it fair that, on top of all that, the guy can jump up on a stage and rap? (See a sample at http://bit.ly/1LE9ZVv).

You’ve probably figured out I’m a fan of Dogfish Head and Calagione. I downloaded “Brewing Up a Business,” anticipating a fascinating, well-written read from the brewer with a college degree in English. Sure enough, Calagione grabs his reader from the start, as Chapter One opens with a well-crafted story about his expulsion from prep school two months before graduation. Many other anecdotes—funny, interesting, worthwhile—follow. I absolutely urge anyone considering opening a craft brewery or brewpub to read the book. Calagione gives plenty of practical advice on the day-to-day realities of the business. And he’s as inspiring as the best pro sports coach at talking up your mental game.

So why did it take me three months to finish the book? I get that a good businessman must constantly keep himself and his employees aware of their vision and how they have stated they will achieve it. But writing a book is another story, one that’s about economy of words and ideas. Some parts come across as overly repetitive. Others carry the tone of a B-school lecturer—another thing at which Calagione would undoubtedly excel.

While the book doesn’t fascinate the way the man does, I still say few beers can compare with Dogfish’s 90-minute IPA. And Calagione is still a total charmer.
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