Barrel-aged beer in a keg is so 2016. You can now drink barrel-aged beer tapped straight from the barrel. The future is now.
Delaware’s most “off-centered” brewery, Dogfish Head has teamed up with Annapolis, Maryland based AC Beverage in order to create a draft system you’ve never seen before. The system is called AeriAle, an innovative nitrogen-based draft system. We’re talking barrel to glass.
Rack AeriAle uses a Nitrogenator mixed gas system that provides a continuous supply of N2 gas, that feeds the oak barrels. A customized barrel extractor allows the beer to pumped under low N2 pressure to a heat exchanger which chills the beer to the desired temperature. From there, the beer is fed to a CellarStream inline liquid & gas infuser that pressurizes the beer to the set pounds per square inch. The CellarStream settings can be changed to match the style of beer being served.
The Rack AeriAle finished product is then integrated into a typical draft system using a slow pour style faucet (tap) with a restrictor disk which strips the gas while being poured.
“The process is like watching a theatrical performance in a glass as it creates a unique, cascading effect resulting in a thick creamy head that looks as appealing as it tastes. The retention of the head is achieved by the amount of gas infusion that can only be accomplished using a CellarStream and Nitrogenator as they are the heart and lungs of the Rack AeriAle system. – Charles Kleinrichert, president of AC Beverage.
AC Beverage has been working with Dogfish Head since 1995. After working with Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione on various brewery projects, the team eventually arrived at this idea. The first system has been sold to Eataly Boston’s Terra Restaurant. The second will find a home at Dogfish Head’s Milton brewery.
Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale debuts today, marking the brewery’s third canned beer.
This tart ale is actually three different styles of beer that come together in one union. SeaQuench starts as a traditional kolsch, a salt-forward gose that is brewed with black limes and sea salt, and a Berliner Weisse brewed with lime juice and peel. The three beers were blended together during fermentation, resulting in a mixed, session sour ale.
Three styles blissfully brewed in sequence for a citrusy-tart union, our hybrid sour quencher is brewed with lime peel, black limes, and sea salt.
Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale is brewed in collaboration with the National Aquarium. Dogfish Head has already started various conservation efforts to help preserve local Chesapeake Bay.
As of January 30th, Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale will be available in 12 ounce cans and draft at the brewery. Distribution to follow soon.
4.9% ABV, 10 IBUs
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Dogfish Head Beer to Drink Music To a seasonal that joined the the Delaware based brewery’s lineup earlier this year, has returned again in 2017, with a new style in tow.
The first edition of this seasonal was a Belgian-style tripel, brewed with Sweet Orange Peel, Green Cardamon, Peppercorns, Vanilla.
Dogfish Head Beer to Drink Music To’17 is a “tropical blonde ale” brewed with kiwi juice and hibiscus flowers.
Dogfish Head is no stranger to beer and music collaborations – (see Positive Contact, American Beauty, Beer Thousand, etc.) This time, the beer be will be for whatever you want to listen to. Meet the official beer of Record Store Day – Dogfish Head Beer to Drink Music To.
In case you vinyl isn’t your thing, Record Store Day is in April, celebrating independently owned record stores worldwide.
Dogfish Head Beer to Drink Music To ’17 is a 12 ounce bottle and draft limited seasonal release.
Fruit nuanced India pale ales have taken the beer world by storm over the past year, and 2017 will be no different. The beer debuted in 2016 in the brewery’s “Occasionals” lineup, but demand is dictating otherwise. Dogfish Head Flesh & Blood IPA has been promoted to year-round status, exclusively in aluminum.
Flesh & Blood’s base is an imperial IPA, brewed with fresh lemon flesh, and blood orange juice.
“We’ve been experimenting with fruit and citrus IPA’s since 1996 when we released Aprihop, an IPA brewed with apricots. The India Pale Ale is the biggest craft beer style in America and the most popular breakout subset style in the fruit IPA. We think the fruit IPA category will surge the fastest in 2017 and we are proud of Dogfish Head’s innovator position in this realm.” – Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head founder and CEO
Dogfish Head Flesh & Blood IPA as well as 60 Minute IPA are now shipping to all distribution markets as of January, 2017.
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One of America’s strongest imperial stouts Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, will be a bit different when it rolls around again in 2017.
November, as the weather is getting colder, Dogfish Head unleashes World Wide, an imperial stout that usually ranges from 15% to 20% alcohol by volume. The beast has been making a seasonal appearance (almost every year) since 1999. From an off-centered bunch like Dogfish Head, perhaps a change is in order.
Dogfish Head Oak Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout is coming next fall. The dark and roasty sipping beer will be aged in oak with vanilla beans.
We took our World Wide Stout and aged it in our giant oak tanks, alongside some Madagascar vanilla beans. Drooling? ‘Cause we are.
Expect bottles and draft of Dogfish Head Oak Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout to be available a little earlier in 2017, around August.
Dogfish Head World Wide Stout will return to the 2016 lineup this November. Brewed for the first time in 1999, World Wide Stout was truncated from the 2012 lineup thanks to brewing constraints prior to expanding the Milton production facility. However, it returned to the lineup in 2013. This year it will release November of 2016.
Taste: As a beer brewed with a lot of barley, you can expect a roasted malt profile with subtle coffee notes. Dogfish Head also highly suggests aging this beer as it gets better over time. Aged World Wide Stout loses some of the burn of the high ABV and the more complex flavor profile shines.
The brewery touts this beer at somewhere between 15% to 20% alcohol by volume. That means this beast may not been legal for sale in your state.
Style: Imperial Stout
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft
Release: November, 2016
15% ABV, 70 IBUS
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Dogfish Head Pennsylvania Tuxedo, a pale ale brewed with spruce tips, has returned this fall. This beer is a collaboration with Pennsylvania clothing manufacturer, Woolrich.
Before you get to know the beer, get to the name. The “Pennsylvania Tuxedo” is the stylish descriptor given to the red and black hunting outfits popularized by Woolrich, dating back to the late 1800’s.
Dogfish Head Pennsylvania Tuxedo has made an appearance before, released on tap at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach in 2014. Last year, Tuxedo was bottled for the first time as well, destined for a larger Dogfish Head market.
When you brew an outdoorsy collaboration, you brew it with spruce tips, right? The brewery’s Sam Calagione mentions in the video below where John Rich almost died from falling off the rafters at a barn raising after drinking too much of his own spruce beer.
Dogfish Head Pennsylvania Tuxedo is available once again in 12 ounce bottles and draft in November, 2016.