Dogfish Head, Stone & Victory Collaborate On Alternate Takes # 4

20 February 2017

imageWe brought you a peek already, and now this from Dogfish Head:

The herbaceously outrageous 6.8% ABV Saison du BUFF, a pleasantly light, yet spicy ale, begins its noble quest to shelves nationwide beginning February 21, 2017. Brewed with heaps of parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, and oodles of valor, this three-way collaboration saison is available in 4-pk bottles and draft.  “We have timed Saison du BUFF to hit the shelves just as spring is in first blush as the hops and herbs come together to taste and smell like mother nature coming out of hibernation,” says Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head founder and CEO.

The brilliant saison is the brainchild of BUFF (Brewers United for Freedom of Flavor), a brave trinity of brewers made up of Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head Craft Brewery), Bill Covaleski (Victory Brewing Co.), and Greg Koch (Stone Brewing Co.), who came together on a crusade to combat the mass-industrialization and commercialization of the beer industry and united to wave the righteous flag for thoughtfully crafted, delicious beers.  Dreamt up in 2003, the breweries aligned to jointly concoct the Saison du BUFF recipe and pledged to take turns brewing an annual batch in rotating years at each brewery, relying on serendipity and nuance to give the different versions their own flavor profile, while holding true to the passion and camaraderie of both the American craft beer movement and the delicious Saison du BUFF.

Alternate Takes #4, a funky farmhouse ale, bursting with notes of juicy apricot, earthy sourness and balanced hints of vanilla and oak, is headed to the draft-only playground on February 21, 2017.  Clocking in at 7.8% ABV, this aged, off-centered ale begins its life in French-oak wine barrels where it is fermented with brettanomyces for seven months, blended with apricots, and then re-fermented with Belgian Saison yeast, resulting in a brett funk flavor and a dry, tart finish.

In the analog age of music, artists recorded take after take, experimenting with new sounds until the perfect, ideal record emerged from an exploration of goodness.  The Alternate Takes series at Dogfish Head offers a peek into its innovative and creative research and development process, where no craft beer idea is out of bounds and each take celebrates a single, off-centered step forward.  To find and enjoy Saison du BUFF, Alternate Takes #4 and other off-centered Dogfish Head brews in your area,

A barrel-aged apricot Farmhouse Ale, Alternate Takes #4 is our latest draft-only offering! Now available at our Milton brewery and Rehoboth brewpub, this funky brew is fermented with brettanomyces for 7 months before being blended with apricots and re-fermented with a Belgian Saison yeast! Limited quantities are shipping to wholesalers this week, so keep an eye on the Fish Finder at to find some near you!

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