Founded in 1995, Dogfish Head creates some of this country’s most fascinating and adventurous craft beers.  After outgrowing its Rehoboth Brewpub, the company adopted a 104,000sf cannery in Milton, Delaware to house its brewing operations in 2002.  Recent production demands of the growing company required much-needed office, laboratory, and retail space, which offered an opportunity to reshape the image of the existing complex into one more attuned to the company’s progressive and “off-centered” culture.
Architect: DIGSAU
Location: Milton, Delaware
Project Team: Jules Dingle, Jeff Goldstein, Mark Sanderson, Jamie Unkefer, Aaron Jezzi
Structural Engineer: Baker, Ingram & Associates
Contractor: Lighthouse Construction, Inc
Interior Casework and Work Stations: Fleetwood Fixtures
Steampunk Treehouse: Sean Orlando and 5TC
Project Area: 26,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photos: Pixelcraft Inc. / Roman Torres

Dogfish Head Brewery _DIGSAU 10
Dogfish Head Brewery _DIGSAU 10

In order to meet the production demands of this rapidly growing company, the project went from design to occupancy in just 11 months.  The project began as an interior fit out, but a programming analysis revealed the need for additional space, doubling the scope of the project. The fit-out expanded into a new addition and an opportunity to disrupt the symmetry of the brick and stucco facility in favor of something in-line with their “off-centered” philosophy.
Dogfish Head Brewery _DIGSAU 11
Dogfish Head Brewery _DIGSAU 11

Along with the building expansion and fit-out, a new site design comprehensively transforms the former fire access road into an entry plaza featuring two regulation bocce courts and an additional conference room in the form of the Steampunk Treehouse.
Dogfish Head Brewery _DIGSAU 12
Dogfish Head Brewery _DIGSAU 12

The project integrates straight-forward techniques to achieve efficiencies in use of material, water, and energy. The site design incorporates infiltration areas and pervious surfaces over what had previously been impervious pavement. Daylight modeling was utilized to locate windows and roof monitors, minimizing the need for artificial light. Most interior lighting is provided by high-efficient LED fixtures integrated into the steel joists. Local and salvaged materials were utilized for the cladding and furniture.