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Dogfish Faithfull Ale Releases Mid October

Milton, DE) — Faithfull Ale is a celebration of Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary as a band and its extraordinary debut album, “Ten.” In recognition of these milestones, this Belgian-style golden ale is delicately hopped to 20 IBUs and fruit-forward from 10 incremental additions of black currants over a one-hour boil. Faithfull will clock in at 7% ABV.

“To me, ‘Ten’ is the perfect example of a record-lover’s-record. The whole thing rocks,” says Dogfish Head President & Founder Sam Calagione. “As an off-centered brewery, we believe in celebrating the breadth of our whole portfolio and we feel an affinity for Pearl Jam a long-player band in a singles-obsessed world.”

Dogfish Head also finds inspiration in Pearl Jam’s ethics, community-building and commitment to putting music before commerce. In recognition of this refreshing approach, Dogfish is donating $20,000 to The Nature Conservancy to aide in its efforts to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth.

Dogfish Head is also rereleasing its previous collaborations with Sony Legacy: the Miles Davis-inspired Bitches Brew and the Robert Johnson shoutout Hellhound on My Ale. All three collaborations will be available this month in 750-ml bottles and on draft.

We plan to send Faithfull Ale to all states in which we currently do business, pending each state’s approval.

About PJ20

2011 is a yearlong celebration of Pearl Jam’s 20-year history. The band started off the year with the release of a new live compilation album, Live on Ten Legs, followed by the expanded reissues of Vs. and Vitalogy in March. In September, Pearl Jam and friends celebrated with the Alpine Valley Labor Day anniversary weekend concert, a 10-date Canadian tour, followed by the theatrical release of the Cameron Crowe film Pearl Jam Twenty, with an accompanying book and soundtrack album and subsequent PBS broadcast on Oct. 21, ending the year with the DVD of the film available in October. For the latest, visit www.pearljam.com and www.pj20.com.

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Dogfish Honors Pearl Jam With Twenty

Dogfish Head Pearl Jam Twenty Faithfull Ale Bottles

Dogfish Head loves music.  Evidence: Bitches Brew, Hellhound On My Ale.  The next musically inspired brew celebrates Pearl Jam, especially their album Ten, with Twenty Faithfull Ale.   Twenty is also the name of a new documentary about the band this year.

Faithfull Ale is a celebration of Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary and their seminal album Ten – in recognition of these milestones, this Belgian-style golden ale is delicately hopped to 20 IBUs and fruit-forward from the 10 incremental additions of black currants over the course of the one hour boil.

Ten debuted on August 27, 1991.  Some of Pearl Jam’s most popular songs like Jeremy, Alive, Black & Even Flow appear on the album.  The year the album is expected to break over 10 million copies.

Style: Belgian Golden Ale
Availability:  750ml bottles

7% ABV

Image: Beer Street Journal

“Twenty” Trailer

A little Jeremy flashback…

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Hellhound Website Live

Hellhound On My Ale Website is now live.  The new brew from Dogfish Head is heading to shelves now, and as  you drink the beer you can check out the whole story behind the beer, the music, and new complications of Robert Johnson’s work. You can even listen to snippets of his popular songs.

2011 marks the 100th birthday of Mississippi Delta bluesman Robert Johnson who, according to legend, sold his soul down at the crossroads in a midnight bargain and changed music forever. To honor Robert Johnson’s centennial releases on CD and LP Dogfish Head, pays tribute to this blues legend by gettin’ the hellhounds off his trail and into this finely-crafted ale. <robertjohnsonhellhoundale.com>

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Hellhound On My Ale Can Now Be Yours

Dogfish Head Brewing’s newest musical tribute has arrived.  Robert’s Johnson’s Hellhound On My Ale is a tribute to Robert Johnson, an amazing blues musician & guitarist.  Legend has it Johnson sold his soul to the devil in exchange for is voice & talent.  May 8, 2011 marks the 100 birthday of Johnson, who is suspected to have been poisoned at 27 years old.

What you need to know:
A collaboration with Sony, Hellhound is full of homages surround Robert Johnson’s life.  Mentioned in a previous post, DFH was experimenting with lemons.  Seems Hellhound might be the result.  Why lemons? Robert Johnson’s mentor was “Blind Lemon” Jefferson.  2011 marks the centennial anniversary of his birth, so DFH used centennial hops.  Hellhound is a big hoppy beer, clocking in at 100 IBU’s, dry hopped with centennial hops at a rate of 100 kilos per 100 barrel brew-length.

Style: Imperial IPA
Taste Expectations: Lots of citrusy hops. Little pine. Lemons.  Well balanced IPA, big on malts/hops. Bitter lemony finish.
Availability: 750 ML bottles, draft. Limited brew.

10% ABV

Image credit: @AleYeahBeer

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Dogfish Bluesy Offering Finds Glasses

Dogfish Head has brewed up another musical offering in the same spirit of Bitches Brew with “Hellhound On My Ale.”  The beer is a tribute to Robert Johnson, an amazing blues musician & guitarist.  Legend has it Johnson sold his soul to the devil in exchange for is voice & talent.  May 8, 2011 marks the 100 birthday of Johnson, who is suspected to have been poisoned at 27 years old.

What you need to know:
A collaboration with Sony, Hellhound is full of homages surround Robert Johnson’s life.  Mentioned in a previous post, DFH was experimenting with lemons.  Seems Hellhound might be the result.  Why lemons? Robert Johnson’s mentor was “Blind Lemon” Jefferson.  2011 marks the centennial anniversary of his birth, so DFH used centennial hops.  Hellhound is a big hoppy beer, clocking in at 100 IBU’s, dry hopped with centennial hops at a rate of 100 kilos per 100 barrel brew-length.

The beer has made an appearance at the Craft Brewers Conference in San Francisco this week.  Hellhound will hit draft handles & 750ml champagne bottles in May, 2011. (Or earlier)

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NEW RELEASE: Dogfish Miles Davis Bitches Brew

New from Dogfish Head (Milton, DE) is Miles Davis Bitches Brew.  This beer is shipped and hitting Atlanta area stores gradually this week. From Dogfish’s website-

“In honor of the 40th anniversary of the original release of Bitches Brew, Miles Davis’ 1970 paradigm-shifting landmark fusion breakthrough, we’ve created our own Bitches Brew – a bold, dark beer that’s a fusion of three threads imperial stout and one thread honey beer with gesho root, a gustatory analog to Miles’ masterpiece.Featuring the album’s iconic artwork, created by the late Mati Klarwein, on its label, Dogfish Head’s Bitches Brew will be unveiled at SAVOR, An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, June 5, National Building Museum, Washington DC.

Haven’t experienced the Bitches Brew album? Two 40th anniversary editions of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew — a Legacy Edition and a deluxe Collector’s Edition — will be available Tuesday, August 31.

The newly created ale is designed, according to Dogfish founder and president Sam Calagione, “as the ultimate partner for chili or spicy curry chicken” and best enjoyed “sipped cool, not cold, from a snifter or red wine glass while listening to the Bitches Brew album.”

Calagione was drawn to the alchemical spirits in Bitches Brew right out of college, acquiring a copy of the album “within months of the first time I brewed a batch of homebrew in my apartment in New York City. I listened to it when I was writing my Dogfish business plan. I wanted Dogfish Head to be a maniacally inventive and creative brewery, analog beer for the digital age. You could say that my dream was to have Dogfish Head, in some small way, stand for the same thing in the beer world that Bitches Brew stands for in the jazz world. You can imagine how excited we are to be doing this project 17 years after I wrote that business plan.”

“There’s a spirit of innovation, of creativity and individuality, thats at the core of Miles’ music,” said Adam Block, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Legacy Recordings. “Sam and Dogfish Head approach their art from the same place and consequently the marriage is an easy and cool one.”

Dogfish Head and its “off-centered ales for off-centered people” were the subject of “A Better Brew,” an article in The New Yorker (Nov. 24, 2008) examining the rise of extreme beer. “Beer has lagged well behind wine and organic produce in the ongoing reinvention of American cuisine. Yet the change over the past twenty years has been startling,” wrote Burkhard Bilger. “Dogfish is something of a mascot for this unruly movement. In the thirteen years since Calagione founded the brewery, it has gone from being the smallest in the country to the thirty-eighth largest. Calagione makes more beer with at least ten per cent alcohol than any other brewer, and his odd ingredients are often drawn from ancient or obscure beer traditions. It is to Budweiser what a bouillabaisse is to fish stock.”

For more on the beer & the music, please visit the official Bitches Brew website.”

Style: Imperial Stout

Availability: 750ML capped bottles.  Limited release.  Now Shipping

9% ABV