Help Dogfish Head & Grateful Dead Finish the "American Beauty" Recipe

30 November 2012


American Beauty Dogfish Head / Grateful Dead co brew will be an American pale Ale but Dogfish Head needs your help with some finishing touches!  This from Dogfish Head:

Sam Calagione encourages Dead Heads and Dogfish Heads to help put a few finishing touches on the American Beauty collaboration.

From Dec. 1 to Dec. 31, 2012, Dead Heads and Dogfish Heads are encouraged to help put a few finishing touches on the American Beauty collaboration.

Dogfish and Grateful Dead have settled on a strong pale ale with all-American hops and barley, and now they're asking their loyal fans to visit
submityourstory.dogfish.com to suggest the final ingredient -- and the Dead-inspired story behind it.

Did you trade a bushel of fresh clementines for tickets to a two-night-stand at Long Beach Arena? Or maybe your dad first laid eyes on your mom sipping a cup of green tea in the parking lot of the legendary Cornell '77 show? Jog your memory, tell the story, and suggest the ingredient at the heart of that story. You could help bring this counterculture collaboration to life.

A panel from the Dogfish Head and Grateful Dead teams will pick the ingredient they feel works best in the context of a strong pale ale recipe. The brewery and band hope to invite the fan who suggested the ingredient to Dogfish’s coastal Delaware brewpub in the spring of 2013 to help brew a test batch.

American Beauty is expected to hit taps and shelves throughout
Dogfish’s 27-state distribution network in October 2013. For information, contact Dogfish Head Marketing Manager Maria Grieshaber at mgrieshaber@dogfish.com.


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Friday BeerBuzz - 30 Nov 2012 Stegmaier Porter w/Leo Orlandini (Video)

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WILK Friday BeerBuzz - 30 Nov 2012 Stegmaier Porter w/Leo Orlandini

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We’ve had some really great local and national guests on the WILK Friday BeerBuzz…from Hawaii to Wilkes-Barre we’ve welcomed some really fun brewers and sampled some great beers.  Every so often a guest on our show becomes more than just a great guest…but also a friend….and I’m happy to say I consider our guest today a real friend.

It’s been way too long since we welcomed our pal Leo Orlandini into the studio to feature a great Lion Brewery / Stegmaier Beer but today I think we made up for that absence in he beer we choose.  No one knows the history of Lion Brewery and the Stegmaier line of beers like Leo and this beer certainly has a history.

Today we chose to sample what I consider to be the classic Stegmaier beer….Stegmaier Porter.  This beer has real history at the brewery, and while it has changed a bit and even gone on hiatus for periods of time, it always seems to return and it always seems to be a beer people just love.
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Stegmaier Porter has a classic American Porter flavor with notes of coffee, chocolate and a real malty backbone.  Steg Porter has clean and pleasing roasted finish and an ABV that makes it easy to enjoy more than one.  It was a real blast talking about the history of Steg Porter with Leo, but even more exciting to hear that Porter does have a future in the Stegmaier line-up.  This is great news and I’m happy we get to report it. 

Of course with the winter season upon us, we had to sample the 2012 version of Stegmaier Winter Warmer.  Dressed in it’s new packaging this beer not only looks great but tastes great as well.  Lots of caramel and toffee flavors, some flavors of dark fruits and a big malty finish…but at 7.8% ABV, keep your eye on this one.
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Thank you to Leo Orlandini from Lion Brewery ,Nancy, John & Joe for yet another

fun Friday.

The Friday BeerBuzz…bringing good beers and good people together.

As always you can check out the video on-line at the WILK Friday BeerBuzz page by clicking HERE.

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Weyerbacher - Insanity New Labels

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Here is perhaps one of my absolute favorite new logo labels coming from Weyerbacher.  Today we have Insanity ale aged in oak barrels.  Insanity is Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot Barleywine aged in oak barrels and it’s one of my favorites.  Look for Insanity in 12oz bottles and yes it’s big at 11.1% ABV.

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Samuel Adams - Noble Pils Joins Hopology Collection

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This morning we have the Hopology Collection 12oz bottle label for Samuel Adams Noble Pils.  This is the same 4.9% ABV Noble Pils brew that was based on a beer brewed for Jim Koch’s daughter’s wedding.  Now it appears as though Noble Pils will be joining the Hopology Collection variety pack this spring.
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Fordham Brewing Announces Release of Rams Head IPA

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A new beer coming from Fordham:

Dover, DE – For the first time in six years, the Fordham Brewing Co. is adding a new, year-round beer to their drink portfolio: Rams Head IPA.

Rams Head IPA is an aggressively hopped, West Coast style India Pale Ale. Asserting its dominance with 75 IBUs and 7.5% ABV, this beer contains pale, munich and rye malts, as well as Bravo, Chinook and Motueka hops. Rams Head IPA represents a departure from Fordham’s characteristic sessionability, challenging drinkers to “Defy the ordinary. Take life by the horns.”

This beer is particularly poignant, as it has provided the occasion to share the history of the Fordham Brewing Co. Named after Benjamin Fordham, Maryland’s first brewer, the brewery has always embraced the ethos of defying the ordinary, as Benjamin Fordham did when he immigrated to the United States in 1703 in support of the fledgling colony. When the Maryland- based Rams Head restaurant opted to open a brewery, they chose to honor this spirit of adventure.

The Fordham Brewing Co. launched in the downtown Annapolis Rams Head in 1995, mere blocks from where Benjamin Fordham first brewed. After experiencing a 54% growth increase in 2002, the company made the decision to expand the scope of operations and separate from the restaurant, moving from Annapolis to a brand new facility in Dover, Delaware. When given the option to purchase the Old Dominion Brewery from Jerry Bailey in 2007, the brewery jumped at the chance to do something that no one else had done: merge two craft breweries while maintaining their separate identities. The leadership made the decision to take on the demands of a two-brand company, because it was out of the ordinary and because it challenged expectations.

President and CEO of Fordham & Dominion Brewing, Jim Lutz, stated, “We have recently been coming to terms with who we are as a company. Rams Head IPA has given us the opportunity to embrace our past, while telling the craft beer world who we are: two brands, one company. We are the Fordham & Dominion Brewing Co. and we are defying the ordinary.”

Rams Head IPA will be available in six-packs and on draft. It will hit shelves and taps in the Mid-Atlantic region in January 2013.
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Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast Oatmeal Stout Returns for 2013

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Here’s your first look at the new label for Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast Oatmeal Stout brewed with coffee.  This beer is brewed by Mikkeller in Lervig Aktiebryggeri Norway, it will be packaged in 11.2oz bottles and come in a7 7.5% ABV.
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This photo and update from Mikkeller today (20 Dec 2012)

Beer Geek Breakfast coming back. From now on brewed at Lervig. After a few tests Mike nailed it. It might even be better than before!
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Troegs Releasing Scratch # 81 Today (Export Lager)

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Some great news coming out of Troegs as they release Scratch # 81 Export Lager today.  This will be a draft only release.

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Hangar24 Special Holiday Release Schedule

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From Hangar 24:
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Logsdon Farmhouse Ales - Fresh Hop Seizoen

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Here’s a new all-organic 750ml label coming from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales for their Fresh Hop Seizoen organic farmhouse ale.  This is a small batch brew that even uses beeswax to seal the bottle and it will come in at 7.5% ABV.  Seizoen is a Swedish word that I believe loosely translates into Saison.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Beer Camp Brew for Celebrator Beer News 25th Anniversary

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Here’s a little tidbit coming out of Sierra Nevada as Beer Camp is underway today.  Looks like there will be a special brew to mark Celebrator Beer News’ 25th Anniversary.

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3 Floyds Zombie Dust Makes “Time Out Chicago’s” 100 Best List 2012

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Congratulations to everyone at 3 Floyds for making Time Out Chicago’s 100 Best List for 2012.  This from 3 Floyds:

Every year Time Out Chicago publishes their list of 100 best things they ate or drank over the year.  Zombie Dust made their list this year.

“Zombie Dust from Three Floyds Brewing Co.
Between San Pellegrino Pompelmo and Stiegl Radler, this has been a bomb year for grapefruit lovers. Add to those two this instantly iconic pale ale, brewed in Munster, Indiana. It’s hoppy, easy to drink and blessed with the gentle bitterness and fruitiness of our beloved grapefruit.”
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Elysian Manic IPA Series Savant IPA Renamed From “Idiot Sauvin” IPA

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Back in January we saw a new release from the Elysian Manic IPA series of beers called Idiot Sauvin IPA, and base don this duplicate label & stats, I’d say it is being renamed Savant IPA.  This is still a 22oz bottle and it’s still 6.3% ABV and even the artwork remains the same.

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Anheuser-Busch - Test Beer

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The preceding has only been a test…if this had been an actual bee…you would have been instructed where to turn to drink it.  We now return you to our regularly scheduled beer programming.

In any case these are always fun…this is from Anheuser-Busch.

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Harpoon Brewery Building “Bottle Cap Wall”

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Just a peek inside the Harpoon Brewery as they work to install a wall made completely of Harpoon bottle caps in the new beer hall  The new beer hall features an 80-foot long bar (below) as well so it should be a cool place to enjoy a beer..
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Archeologists Unearth Bronze Age Microbrewery in Cyprus

imageI suspect Sam Calagione may be booking his flights as we speak…..Archeologists have just unearth a Bronze-Age microbrewery in Cyprus.  Details from The Belfast Telegraph:

Archaeologists working in western Cyprus are raising a glass to the discovery of a Bronze Age "microbrewery".

The team excavated a 2 metres x 2 metres mud-plaster domed structure which it says was used as a kiln to dry malt and make beer 3,500 years ago.

Beers of different flavours would have been brewed from malted barley and fermented with yeasts with an alcoholic content of around 5%. The yeast would have either been wild or produced from fruit such as grape or fig, according to the researchers.
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Samuel Adams - Grumpy Monk (Video)


From Samuel Adams:

The long held brewing traditions of Belgian monks aren't meant to be broken. Yet, to the monks' dismay, the distinctive character of Belgian yeast with its spicy clove and fruit notes can be reimagined when combined with the brazen hop character of an IPA. These hops impart a citrusy, piney, and earthy flavor that's balanced by a roasted malt sweetness for a complex and playful brew. Learn more about Grumpy Monk by visiting www.SamuelAdams.com.
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21st Amendment Marooned On Hog Island Release Party TODAY

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Exciting news coming out of 21st Amendment for the release of their Marooned on Hog Island today!

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Funky Buddha Breaks Ground on 18K Square Foot Brewery in Oakland Park

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This is big news (literally) for Funky Buddha Brewing as they break ground for a new 18,000 square foot facility in Oakland Park.  Details from BrowardPalmBeach:

Ground has been broken--in more ways than one--on the new Funky Buddha in Oakland Park. The first anchor of what is slated to become Oakland Park's new culinary district celebrated the start of construction this week. The former warehouse will be converted into 18,000 square feet of brewery, production facility, lounge, and more.
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Cantillon Zwanze Day 2012 12/1

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When:  Saturday, 1 December, 12pm onwards. Zwanze tapping at 3pm
Where: 
Spuyten Duyvil, 359 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
What:  pay-as-you-go

Once a year, Brussel's
Cantillon Brewery, makers of traditional lambic and gueuze, brew a special experimental batch of beer, never to be rebrewed (aside from this year's version).  This year brewer Jean Van Roy has recreated 2008's inaugural brew, a rhubarb lambic brewed with organically grown rhubarb. Because of adverse winter weather conditions and the unpredictable nature of wild yeasts, this year's batch was not ready for the traditional September release.  Find out more about this year's Zwanze here.

The word zwanze comes from the Flemish dialect spoken in Brussels and describes the typical humor of the city's inhabitants, characterized by a finely-balanced mix of self-deprecation and exaggeration.  Jean Van Roy enjoyed the idea of calling his experimental blends Zwanze since the name suggest a light-hearted approach to the blends which he feels have a similar jovial and slightly derisive spirit as do the people of Brussels.

Spuyten Duyvil will open at noon and will be pouring 2 other Cantillon drafts:  St. Lamvinus (with French wine grapes) and Mamouche (with elderflower).  They will also have a selection of other spontaneously fermented ales in bottles.  Note that the Zwanze keg will not be tapped until 3pm to coincide with the Zwanze tapping in Brussels at 9pm WET but you'll want to get there early. 
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Ipswich Moving Into New Brewery & 5-Mile Hop Harvest IPA

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Some exciting news coming out of Ipswich as they move into their new brewery space AND release their Five Mile Hop Harvest IPA.

We recently moved four of our new 120 barrel tanks into the facility. We look forward to moving some of our other equipment in the coming weeks!
Things are looking great as construction progresses!

5 Mile Hop Harvest IPA is a local-ingredient sourced IPA with hops from Ipswich, MA and Malts from Essex, MA. The intensely hoppy and floral aroma is followed by a big bouquet of Cascade and other American hops with a finish that's sure to delight IPA lovers!



We created 5 Mile with the sole purpose of creating exceptional beers using local ingredients. 5 Mile's mission is to use at least 50% MA ingredients while always having at least one ingredient from within 5 Miles of Ipswich. We believe there is nothing better than supporting local agriculture to make a product that is unique to Massachusetts and the North Shore. As variable as the seasons, 5 Mile will never be the same twice.



The spiciness of rye introduces our smooth new twist on a classic porter. Lush with dark chocolate aroma, Ipswich Rye Porter is a lively seasonal treat. At 6.3% ABV, this beer is incredibly smooth and delicious!   


This beer will be available to the masses in 22oz bottles AND 12oz bottles in our NEW Winter Mix Pack!     

The NEW Winter Mix pack is stuffed with a little something for everyone: 4 Ipswich Winter Ales, 4 Ipswich Original Pale Ales and 4 NEW Ipswich Rye Porters. Look for it on shelves! 
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Schlafly - Extra Stout, Kolsch, Hefeweizen & Oatmeal Stout

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Today we have four new 12oz bottle labels coming from Schlafly:  Extra Stout (Special Release Irish-style--8% ABV), Kolsch, Hefeweizen & Oatmeal Stout.

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Long Trail - Brown Bag Batch 2 - Bavarian-Style Smoked Brown Ale

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Here’s a new one from our pal Dave Hartmann at Long Trail called Brown Bag Batch No 2 Bavarian-Style Smoked Brown Ale.  Stay tuned for details.

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UK May Impose Minimum Pricing on Beer

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An interesting move to set a minimum price on beer in the UK.  Tis from The Economist:

This week the Home Office announced its own measures, which include a 45p minimum price per unit and an end to bulk discounts. The main target is supermarkets selling beer for less than bottled water. If the minimum price goes through, a can of strong lager could not be priced at less than £1.56, or a bottle of wine below £4.22. The government thinks this could cut drinking by 3.3% and save lives.

Suppliers and most retailers (Tesco is an exception) are outraged at measures which, they say, would penalise the poor and the thrifty without tackling problem drinking. But whatever they do to tippling, they are likely to shape Britain’s £37 billion drinks industry. It is under pressure now. Volumes are falling, prices are rising and competition is fierce. Just what lies ahead if the minimum price becomes law—and it may not: Scotland’s has run into trouble at the European Commission, which thinks it will discriminate against low-cost suppliers from Europe—is unknowable, as no country has yet introduced one.
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Railhouse Brewery Not Moving To Pinehurst Steam Plant

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Looks like the Railhouse Brewery didn’t have sufficient funding to move into the renovated steam plant in Pinehurst, NC.  For now they remain in Aberdeen.  This from ThePilot:

The old historic steam plant in Pinehurst will not be the new home of Aberdeen-based Railhouse Brewery. 

Pinehurst village officials announced Friday morning that the business was not able to "obtain sufficient financing for their portion of the renovation costs" to the facility, according to a news release.
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Samuel Adams - Dragon Orochi (Yuzu Juice & Sugi Wood)

29 November 2012

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Here’s an exciting new brew from our pal Jim Koch @ Samuel Adams called Dragon Orochi--ale aged with Yuzu Juice & Sugi Wood.  Based on the 22oz bottle size I suspect this is an upcoming small-batch series release.  Dragon Orochi is “named after the eight-headed dragon of Japanese lore” and the Yuzu juice imparts a citrusy character while the Japanese Sugi wood balances the sweetness with an earthy freshness.  Dragon Orochi comes in at 7.5% ABV.
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Redhook - New Wise Cracker Wit

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I’m excited to be the first to show you a new seasonalimage series brew coming from Redhook called Wise Cracker Wit.  This new wheat beer is brewed with ginger (but still digs Mary Ann), it will be packaged in 12oz, 22oz bottles (and draft) and come in at an easy drinking 5.3% ABV.


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Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant Visits Dogfish Head Today

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I’m sure there’s a story here…perhaps another upcoming beer / music collaboration project with Sam and Robert Plant….that or Robert just loves great beer.  In any case here’s a photo Dogfish Head just posted as Robert Plant visits the brewery.  Explanation from Dogfish Head:

He's with his son Logan who has a brewery @BeavertownBeer in London. Thanks to both of them stopping in!!!
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Widmer Brothers - Alchemy Ale

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Here’s another new 12oz (and 22oz) bottle label coming from Widmer Brothers for Alchemy Ale.  Very few details on the beer style here other than it has water, malt, hops and yeast on-board.  Look for Alchemy Ale to be 5.8% ABV and stay tuned for more new beers coming from Widmer Brothers.
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Why Does Victory Wear a Moustache? (Video)


From Victory:

Victory Brewing Company is proud to support the Movember men's health awareness movement. We salute all of the MoBros rocking a 'stache this November. Cheers to you.
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New GAI 3003 Bottling Line Arrives @ Jolly Pumpkin

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Just a photo courtesy of Ron Jeffries showing off the new bottling line as it rolled into Jolly Pumpkin today.  Looks like a GAI 3003 rinser/filler/crowner similar to the one in use at Russian River.  Stay tuned for more details and more Jolly Pumpkin beer.

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