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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After nearly 1500 submissions to Dogfish Head’s American Beauty contest (beer inspired by the Grateful Dead) a winner has been selected. The winner, Thomas Butler, shared the story of his first Dead concert involving his dad throwing him over the fence to skirt admission, wet t-shirt clad ladies, and shared ‘cigarettes’ as well as he and his father’s love of brewing beer. His ingredient suggestion? Granola.
Granola as it was a staple ingredient in many shared parking lot meals at Dead shows. Plus the components of granola make for a great addition to beer. In May, Thomas will join Sam and Grateful Dead audiovisual archivist David Lemieuxbrew a test batch of American Beauty with granola.
The production batch is expected to hit taps and shelves throughout Dogfish’s 27-state distribution network in October 2013.
Style: Imperial Pale Ale (w/ Granola)
Availability: 22oz bottles
Arrival: October 2013