(CNN) - In the United States, craft beer sales grew almost 14.5 percent last year and now account for more than six percent of the entire beer market.
Dogfish Head founder and CEO Sam Calagione is proud of his latest creation, American Beauty.
The beer he helped create with the legendary counterculture rock band The Grateful Dead.
You could never imagine a mega brewer with this kind of freedom.
Dogfish is pint sized, and proud of it.
"If we wanted to grow really fast, we'd probably have to do an IPO, we'd probably have to bring in venture capital money, and we'd probably have to lose control of our company. And then, somebody would not let me put granola in beer, and I would not be happy," Calagione said.
This is one CEO who loves operating way off the beaten path. Case in point, another new Dogfish beer is being brewed, with actual moon dust.
"You know, our Dogfish Head is off-centered ales for off-centered people. We know by inheriting that statement, we're going to be a niche company, and not appeal, really, to the status-quo. And yet, we're able to grow because more people are interested in off-centered things," Calagione said.
In fact, Dogfish has enjoyed double digit growth every year since it began brewing in 1995.
And it's not tapped out yet. Calagione is partnering with famed Chef Mario Batelli's eatery franchise and he's mulling new overseas expansion.
"I'd say that the countries we're getting the most requests from are brazil, we're getting a lot of requests from Scandinavia," he said. "We already have a great presence in Italy. We're looking at England as another market."
Dogfish Head now sells a line of beer-infused foods like bratwurst, pickles, and hearty clam chowder.
Because of these left of center detours, Calagione is making a name for himself as a leading entrepreneur. He's the author of Brewing up Business Adventures in Beer.
And he delivered a widely watched talk about his quest to re-invent beer, but he'd be the first to say his path to the corner office is unique.
"I'm one of the few people that graduated college but not high school. They asked me to go elsewhere in March of my senior year. So yes, I had a little problem with authority and I'm glad I found a positive way to channel that into my work life, yeah," he said.
Just like brewing partners The Grateful Dead, Calagione keeps on trucking, and loving every minute of it.
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