Joe and I come from music blog roots, plus we both love Dogfish. Needless to say, this is going to be great:
The name Sixty-One is a reminder that this beer is Dogfish Head’s best-selling 60 Minute IPA plus one new ingredient: syrah grape must from California … To celebrate the launch of Sixty-One, Dogfish Head and Will Oldham, who performs as Bonnie “Prince” Billy, are releasing a limited-edition record. Bonnie “Prince” Billy has performed many times at Dogfish Head’s coastal Delaware brewpub and has become a good friend, the kind of friend you’d give a big ol’ man-hug to. He wrote an original song called Sixty-One that was inspired by this beer’s origins, and on the flip-side of the record is a rollicking Bonnie “Prince” Billy version of the innuendo-filled Dominoes classic “Sixty-Minute Man.” The record will be available only at Dogfish Head’s Delaware brewery and brewpub …
Sixty-One, which clocks in at 6.5% ABV, will debut in March. Four-packs will be available four times a year throughout Dogfish Head’s 27-state distribution network. Suggested price is $8.99-$9.99. (full story)
I lived in San Francisco for about a year, and when I first moved there at the end of 2000, Deltron 3030′s debut album was my soundtrack. I remember seeing the band perform live on a bill with Blackalicious. Seriously one of the best shows of my life.
When Dogfish announced they were collaborating with Dan the Automator on a beer and limited edition vinyl release, I knew I had to get it. I picked up the “boxed set” at Bierkraft in Brooklyn. It contains 6 large champagne style of the beer, a copy of the vinyl, and special recipes by people like David Chang. It is a beer/cider hybrid, made with Fuji apples, roasted farro from Anson Mills in South Carolina, cayenne peppers and fresh cilantro which give the beer a fun extra kick once it goes down. This is a great boxed set worthy of the music that it inspired.
Named after a key track on the first album, Positive Contact is a 9% ABV hybrid of beer and cider brewed with wood-pressed Fuji apples, roasted farro, a handful of cayenne peppers and a late dose of fresh cilantro. This sweet-and-sour Belgian-ish brew is a light straw color with fruity, cider-like notes. The cayenne and alcohol give it a warming finish.
The beer will be released in a dynamic box set of six 750-ml champagne bottles, with a 10-inch vinyl EP of four new Deltron 3030 remixes created exclusively for this project, and a list of Deltron 3030-inspired recipes from a small group of renowned chefs (see below). Invite some friends over, rock the album, drink the beer and whip up a multi-course meal. It’s a house party in a box. (read more)
When my wife and I visited the Dogfish Head Brewery in Delaware last year, one of our favorite beers that was offered at the brewpup was Noble Rot. Learning that this brewpub exclusive has now graduated and is going to be making it into bars and stores is great news. My Uncle Frank is “the wine guy” in our family and I can’t wait to get his take.
1:50pm: I finish cleaning the tap line that had been soaking and rinse it thoroughly. I taste the water coming out to check and see if any flavor from the previous beer carried over. Tastes fine. I switch the Tweason’ale over to that freshly cleaned line and get ready to tap and test the Low Rider. 2:50pm: Finally the Low Rider is run through the tap. The beer cascades beautifully as it flows from the tap into the pint glass. My first brew is a success! Nice and malty, with a subtle herbal hoppiness and incredibly silky/creamy mouth feel due to the nitrogenization. I couldn’t be more excited! A real milestone, my first Dogfish beer!