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Specialty breweries stand out from the crowd with unusual products.

This story appears in the January 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

For some beer drinkers of the Pilsner ilk, the thought of cracking open a Raison D'Etre or an Unfiltered Wheat... well, it just doesn't occur. Venture out to the fringe, however, and it's different.

"The most heartening trend is that, while the beer industry is essentially flat overall, there's rekindled growth in hundreds of small, local breweries," says Sam Calagione, founder and owner of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware, as well as Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in nearby Rehoboth Beach. "Unique brand identities and product lines are really thriving."

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