When Dogfish Head and Boston Beer merged, it was big news. After the dust settled, we were left wondering what’s next. Will it just be Sam Adams and Dogfish Head, independently but together? The sales team for Dogfish Head grew by more than 400%, and there was talk of seeing the Boston Beer logo on Dogfish Head, and vice versa. All that is just boilerplate business stuff.
Then this surfaced – Dogfish Head Utopias Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout.
The combination of those two things might make you a little dizzy. Besides 120 Minute IPA, World Wide Stout is one of Dogfish Head’s strongest beers.
Sam Adams Utopias is a blended strong ale born and blended from a plethora of barrels, hovers around 27% alcohol by volume, and runs around $200 dollars a bottle.
Dogfish Head rested World Wide Stout for 7 months in freshly emptied Utopias barrels. Combining these two beers creates something boozy, rare, and special. If you missed the first release in March of 2020, the brewery has bottled another round.
Utopias Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout, a jet-black, rich and roasty beer with balanced notes of espresso, cocoa, sherry and vanilla.
Like we said last year, it’s one hell of a way to intercompany collaborate.
Dogfish Head Utopias Barrel-Aged Utopias World Wide Stout will be available again soon, an actual release date hasn’t been announced yet.
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Delaware based Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is entering North Dakota this month.
Beer fans in the Peace Garden State will enjoy flagship offerings 60 Minute IPA, Slightly Mighty, SeaQuench Ale and 90 Minute IPA, as well as seasonal releases The Perfect Disguise, Sun-Day-Feel, Punkin Ale, and Campfire Amplifier.
Specialty and one-off releases will appear throughout the year.
The Dogfish Head lineup will be distributed by Jerome Distributing, based in Bismark and Dickinson, North Dakota.
Image: Brewery founder Sam Calagione holds up the flag of North Dakota, via Dogfish Head.
Dogfish Head Suddenly Comfy is coming to the brewery’s Occasionals Series by October, a brand new release by the Delaware based brewery.
If you think imperial cream ale inspired by apple pie, you have a good idea of what to expect with Suddenly Comfy.
A journey through nostaligia, this liquid apple pie is rich cinnamon, Madagascar vanilla beans, & fresh apple juice. Okay, just one more slice.
Dogfish Head Suddenly Comfy will be available in 12-ounce bottles and draft, slated for an October release.
Some of the newcomers to the craft beer scene probably don’t remember Life & Limb, the collaboration between Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada. The first release of this collaboration occurred in 2009, followed by Life & Limb 2 in 2011. Now, the third release of this Life & Limb collaboration hits shelves, this time in 16-ounce cans.
This American strong ale is brewed with two different syrups – maple syrup from the Calagione farm in Massachusetts, as well as birch syrup. In the previous collaborations, the birch syrup was delivered to Chico, California fresh from Alaska.
Additionally, the breweries used estate barley from Sierra Nevada’s farm, plus a house yeast blend of both Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada.
We are proud to share our third version of the life and limb with its thousands of other branches who collectively comprise the craft brewing family tree. Sip slowly with friends and loved ones, savor long-because one could do better than be a swigger of birches.
The “canned on” date is dated in May. From the looks of it, neither brewery has really mentioned this release on social media as it seems to have quietly hit shelves nationally. Neither Sierra Nevada nor Dogfish Head responded for comment.
For its third release in 10 years, this unique collaboration – Life & Limb 3 is available in 16-ounce cans (by Sierra), very suitable for future aging in the event of a Life & Limb 4 release.
Dogfish Head Slightly Mighty Lo-Cal IPA, brewed for the health conscious beer drinker, debuts this spring.
The off-centered brewers in Delaware might be the first brewery to create a low-calorie India pale ale for the healthy-minded drinker. Essentially light beer’s version of the venerable IPA
Slightly Mighty Lo-Cal IPA has 95 calories and 3.6 carbohydrates per 12-ounce serving.
India pale ales are known for big hop and malt flavors, making the task of reducing the calorie and carbohydrate content tricky. In the brewing process, enzymes break complex carbohydrates into fermentable sugar that the yeast we turn into alcohol. A typical IPA has on average 16 to 20 grams of carbohydrates per serving. Dogfish cut Slightly Mighty’s to less than four.
Reducing the malt bill reduces the sweetness of the beer, making it taste watered down. Not to mention the astringency from a Dogfish Head-style IPA’s hop bill.
To bring balance to flavor and balance to this low-cal IPA approach, Dogfish has used monk fruit. This superfruit is twenty times sweeter than most fruit juices, low calorie, and a great sweetness replacement for Slightly Mighty. According to the brewery, the addition of monk fruit juice did not add calories to the final IPA.
Dogfish Slightly Mighty IPA is touted to have aromas of pineapple, coconut, and citrus, with a dry, fruity palate. Look for this new low-calorie India pale ale starting in April 1st in select markets. Full distribution by fall 2019.
Delaware-based Dogfish Head has released a few sour ales in the past, starting with Festina Lente nearly 15 years ago. That wild ale won a bronze medal at the World Beer Cup in 2006. Let’s not forget current heavy seller SeaQuench Ale, America’s best selling sour according to the brewery. On September 29th, Dogfish KnottyBits will inaugurate the brewery’s full-scale American Wild Ale program – “Wooden…it Be Nice?”
KnottyBits has spent a year in wood barrels with Brettanomyces yeast, aged on 700 pounds of sweet and sour cherries plus rhubarb from Fifer Orchards. That equates to nearly 2 pounds of cherries per gallon.
Additionally, the brewery has announced two more wild ale releases in the new series:
- Wet Hop American Summer (November) – a Farmhouse Ale (7.75% ABV), this beer was aged in freshly emptied Chardonnay barrels with Brettanomyces for over a year, before being racked onto freshly harvested and hand-selected whole leaf Citra hops, still wet from the fields.
- Eastern Seaboard (December) – Wild ale (8% ABV) brewed with blackberries and beach plums. After spending almost a year and a half aging in wine barrels, the liquid was met with several hundred pounds of blackberry and Eastern Shore beach plums, handpicked and selected by the brewers.
2000 Dogfish Head KnottyBits 375-milliliter bottles will be available at the brewery on September 29th at the brewery starting at 11 am.
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