Crooked Stave Totem Wild Ale debuts this summer, a collaboration with musical group The Motet.
The Motet hails from Boulder, Colorado – a six-piece group whose sound incorporates elements of funk, jazz, folk, and world music. (You can thank iTunes for the assist on that description.)
As for Crooked Stave Totem, the wild ale is a specialty blend of wild ales from the brewery’s sacred barrel cellar. Plus berries. Wild ales a crazy good with berries.
Totem is inspired by the oak barrels we hold scared at our brewery. Stacked to the ceiling, they elevate the natural wild beers we brew. This limited edition bottling will only be available through Summer, 2016 in celebration of The Motet’s new Totem and their headlining show at Red Rocks on July 22nd.
Crooked Stave Totem will be available in 12.7 ounce bottles throughout the summer.
Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Berries. Oak Aged.)
Availability: 12.7oz Bottles
Debut: June, 2016
Dogfish Head American Beauty, the brewery’s tribute, and inspired by, The Grateful Dead, is getting an artwork overhaul in honor of the band’s 50th anniversary.
The imperial pale ale combines American hops and an ingredient not seen in beer often – granola. Dead fan (and beer fan) Thomas Butler shared his favorite concert story that lead to the granola choice.
Inside this bottle. Your miracle ticket awaits. We called Americas Beauty, an imperial Pale Ale inspired by the Grateful Dead. The best way to capture 30 years, 100 albums, 1,500 shows? Let the loyal fans drive the recipe. Among thousands of suggestions, granola was top. It was the main course in millions of parking lot meals and is newsstand toasty complement to the all-American hops and barley. There was something different about a Dead show. Whether you saw one or 103, you felt it but you knew it wouldn’t last forever. If only you could have bottled it …
Dogfish Head American Beauty is slated to make a seasonal appearance again in May, 2015.
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Surly Brewing recently teamed up with local hip-hop group Doomtree in honor of their farewell tour. The band just finished the eight day blowout yesterday.
Doomtree joined Surly in the brewhouse in order to make an unconventional, bastardized style. The style ended up being a well-kept secret until it was party time. The result is Surly Doomtree Beer, a dry-hopped, bitter beer. An unusual take on something traditional? Fits them both quite well.
Surly started with homebrewing in the garage. Doomtree making some noise a basement. Careful what you do in your spare time, man. That stuff just might end up taking over your whole life.
A decade later, Doomtree meets Surly. Instant crush. We’re both indie and strong-willed. We love Minnesota and we are allergic to focus groups. We don’t have a formal professional outfit between us.
We convene at the brewery to scheme. Working in extreme secrecy, we decide to make a beer. Team Surly suggests a “bastardized style” that will build on the classic, but buck convention. Doomtree cannot nod vigorously enough. We know this style. Guided by instinct, we came up with this dark, gold, toasty aromatic, subtly spicy, bitter enough, dry-hopped brew. Best enjoy it cold in a spare room with new friends – Dessa
Surly Doomtree kegs have made their debut, and 16 ounces cans are on the way.
Style: English-style Bitter
Availability: 16oz Cans
Arrival: Early 2015
A smaller batch of a new musical collaboration appeared in June – Dogfish Head Beer Thousand. The offering celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Guided By Voices album, Bee Thousand.
Beer Thousand was tapped in June at the Barrymore Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin, with a little bit available at the Dogfish Head pub in Rehobeth Beach, Delaware.
What is it? Beer Thousand is an imperial lager, brewed with 10 grains, 10 hops, and is 10% ABV. Mathematically, 10x10x10=1000. Beer Street Journal is told Beer Thousand will be bottled later this fall with a 10-inch record.
Style: Imperial Lager
Availability: 12oz Bottles, late 2014
Music and craft beer are on a roll. There are so many brewers collaborating with musicians. Coming soon to Stone Brewing Co.’s Collaboration Series is Collective Distortion IPA. This future offering is the brainchild of Kyle Hollingsworth of The String Cheese Incident, and Keri Kelli of Alice Cooper. Together they created an imperial IPA brewed with elderberries and coriander.
In bringing together artisans front disparate aural planes, one might expect an offbeat, feedback-warned cacophony,shrill to the point of unlistenable. Yet, by inviting Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist for eclectic, Jam-prone sextet, The String Cheese Incident, and Karl Kelli, wailing rock guitarist of Slice Cooper fame, we were able to make truly beautiful music. Turns out, these musicians have a great deal in common, both with each other and with Stone. We all enjoy turning things up toll, and that is represented in this collaborative offering, an imperial India pale ale ably backed by Nugget, Comet and Calypso hops, and amplified care of a generous dry-hopping with Vic’s Secret, a new Australian hop, adding citrus and tropical fruit oomph.To give this modern masterpiece some soulful, classic character, we traced the roots of brewing to the days when Old World herbs were used to spice beers, adding in coriander and, a first for us, elderberries. To stand up to that sumptuous spice and blaring bitterness, we added golden naked oats, which are lightly roasted and add body and enhanced mouthf eel to the brew like a steady, unbreakable backbeat to an incendiary ram solo. Sit back, crank the volume and get lost in this operatic incarnation of genres combined in the name of invention.
Kyle Hollingsworth has done another craft heer collaboration with Boulder Beer Company – Hoopla. Look for Stone Collective Distortion IPA in 22oz bottles and draft.
Odell Brewing Company and Head for the Hills have collaborated on a special re-release of “Head for the Hills – Colorado Amber Ale.” The draft only offering will be available solely at the Head for the Hill’s New Year’s Eve performance at the Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins, CO. Brent Cordle, Odell’s Pilot Brew & Barrel Aging Manager:
“This collaboration beer is an Amber Ale with a hoppy attitude, dry hopped with American hop varieties giving the full bodied style, a big fruity aroma, a creamy white head and great mouth feel.”
Style: Amber Ale
Availability: Draft only
Cigar City Brewpub will be immortalizing a local indie rock band Alexander and the Grapes for St. Petersburg with a new hoppy brew.
A testament to the local scene, Alexander and the Grapes IPA is brewed with local Muscadine grapes from Dade City. In addition, Alexander and the Grapes will release a 7″ record commemorating the collaboration.
A limited number Alexander and the Grapes 750ml bottles will be produced. No word if these are for a special release party or not.
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