Dogfish Head Dragons & YumYums, a collaboration with the band The Flaming Lips, is coming in 2018.
Delaware based Dogfish Head is no stranger to musical collaborations. Previous releases include Bitches Brew inspired by Miles Davis, American Beauty with the Grateful Dead, and Beer Thousand with Guided By Voices. (Don’t forget the collaboration with Pearl Jam, Deltron 3030 as well.) The next musical inspiration is coming in 2018 – Dogfish Head Dragons & YumYums with The Flaming Lips.
Most everyone knows The Lips thanks to their 1993 hit, “She Don’t Use Jelly”. Their elaborate and over-the-top shows and known eccentricity makes partnering with the original “Off-Centered” folks at Dogfish Head.
Dragons & YumYums is billed as a “lip smacking” tart pale ale brewed with dragonfruit, yumberry, passionfruit, pear juice and black carrot. This is no simple fruit ale.
“Our brewery has been obsessed with music since the day we opened, and we have enjoyed every opportunity to weave together the art of brewing with our love of music, as often and meaningfully as we can.” – Sam Calagione, CEO and founder
Expect Dogfish Head Dragons & YumYums to debut in April, 2018.
Style: Fruit Beer (w/ Dragonfruit. Yumberry. Passionfruit, Pear Juice. Black Carrot.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: April, 2018
Dogfish Head Pennsylvania Tuxedo, a pale ale brewed with spruce tips, returns to the brewery’s seasonal lineup. This beer is a collaboration with Pennsylvania clothing manufacturer, Woolrich.
Before you get to know the beer, get to know 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. All the more reason this beer is a collaboration with Pennsylvania clothing manufacturer, Woolrich.
Dogfish Head Pennsylvania Tuxedo has made an appearance before, released on tap at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach in 2014. In 2015, Tuxedo was bottled for the first time as well, destined for a larger Dogfish Head market.
“Pennsylvania Tuxedo smells like Paul Bunyan’s cologne and tastes like tongue-kissing Mother Nature, and it’s a labor of love that we hope you’ll share with friends this winter.” Brewery founder Sam Calagione
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.
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Dogfish Head Wood-Aged Bitches Brew is a future potential bottle release.
In 2010, Dogfish Head released Bitches Brew, a new imperial stout created to honor the epic Miles Davis album by the same name, released in 1970. The album, deemed unconventional by many at the time, is considered the progenitor of the jazz-rock genre.
Much like the album’s composition, the imperial stout blends carefully selected components in its creation. The original release was created out of threads of an imperial stout, and imperial stout brewed with gesho root and honey.
Dogfish Head Wood-Aged Bitches Brew adds a new element – wood.
As for the release, this new rendition of Bitches Brew doesn’t appear on the 2017 release calendar. The brewery has not yet announced this release.
Dogfish Head Liquid Truth Serum IPA will round out the Delaware brewery’s 2017 lineup later this year.
The makers of famed 60, 90 and 120 Minute IPA released coconutty hit Lupu-Luau this summer. This winter is looking hoppy as well. Dogfish Head Liquid Truth Serum first appeared as a brewpub exclusive back in 2016. The “blissfully inefficient IPA” is only hopped after the boil with Warrior, Simcoe, and Calypso hops, and then gets extra tropical thanks to Azacca, Mosaic, and Citra hops. This IPA is all about hop aromas.
As long as the recipe stays the same when it comes time to bottle this release, expect more of the same.
Truthfully hoppy without being deceptively bitter.
Dogfish Head Liquid Truth Serum IPA will be available in 12-ounce bottles and draft. Currently on the brewery’s calendar for November 2017.
Hops: Azacca, Mosaic, Citra, Warrior, Simcoe, Calypso
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: November, 2017
One of America’s strongest imperial stouts Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, will be a bit different when it rolls around again in 2017. This July you’ll be sipping Dogfish Head Oak Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout.
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 was planned for August, but the brewery has officially announced a July 21st release date. The dark and roasty sipping beer has been aged in 10,000 gallon oak tanks with vanilla beans.
“At Dogfish, our raison d’être is to expand the boundaries of the typical beer experience by creating innovative beers made from fresh ingredients, so we decided to take a new spin on our popular stout by adding tons of whole Madagascar vanilla beans to the recipe. The addition of the beans enhances the coffee and chocolatey notes in the beer which we think our fans will enjoy.” – Sam Calagione, founder & CEO
Dogfish Head Oak Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout debuts in 12-ounce bottles on July 21st. Important to note, due to its high alcohol by volume, not every state in the brewery’s distribution territory will receive this new release.
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Dogfish Head’s IPA lineup breaks down into 60 Minute, 61 Minute, 75 Minute, 90 Minute, and 120 Minute. “Dogfish 120” as it’s called, is the most boozy. (Seriously, don’t funnel this one.)
The 18+% ABV monster is hopped daily for a month, while aging on whole leaf hops. Almost all states that receive Dogfish Head will get 120 Minute bottles: DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, CA (Draft only), FL, TX, CT, MA, ME, IL, KY, MI, AZ, CO, NV, OR, WA, IN, RI, WI, D.C.
Those that don’t, thanks to restrictive (read: archaic and stupid) laws: Georgia, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Vermont, South Carolina, and Ohio.
The next round of Dogfish Head 120 Minute hits shelves in April, 2017. If your state can’t sell it, call your local politician. He or she is killing your future beer buzz.
Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: 12oz bottles.
Latest Release: April, 2017
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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.