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As branded extensions go, this is one of the more creative and interesting ones we've seen in a while. The Dogfish team has a rapid following, true, but can they deliver an excellent hotel room?

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery plans to purchase a hotel in downtown Lewes to start a new lodging business.

The News Journal reports the Milton-based brewery announced Friday that it will buy the Vesuvio Motel in Lewes. It will reopen after a makeover as the Dogfish Inn, a 16-room motel.

Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione says the hotel plan complements other brewery ventures, including distilling rum and vodka and selling a line of beer-infused foods.

Calagione says having a Dogfish-branded hotel will help bring “the opinion makers and the leaders in the world of craft beer here.”

According to a trade group, Dogfish Head was the 13th largest craft brewery in the U.S. in 2012 by sales volume and the 20th biggest domestic brewery overall.

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