As I wrote back in the beginning of the month, Dogfish head is beginning to release a new series of beers captioned “Wooden…It Be Nice”, a salute to wood-aged, wild ales. Below is the label art for the third beer in the series Eastern Seaboard, an ale aged in both red and white wine barrels and infused with blackberries and beach plums.
Eastern Seaboard gets its wild side from inoculations of both Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus, and will clock in at 8.2% alcohol.
As with all beers in the “Wooden…it be Nice” series, Eastern Seaboard will only be available at the Milford brewery for $10 a 375mL bottle, and only 2000 bottles will be made available. Look for Eastern Seaboard sometime around mid-December.
Dogfish Head must have their artists working overtime. Here’s another label from the brewery, although this time it’s a revision of the already existing Dragons & YumYums.
For those who haven’t caught this one on the shelf yet, here’s what the brewery initially had to say about this Flaming Lips inspired beer:
An explosion of fruit in every sip, Dragons & YumYums is an intensely tropical – yet subtlety bitter – pale ale brewed with a combination of dragon fruit, yumberry, passionfruit, pear juice and black carrot juice. Clocking in at 6.5% ABV and 25 IBU, Dragons & YumYums is a first-of-its-kind beer and vinyl collaboration with American rock icons, The Flaming Lips.
The new label keeps the vibe of the original by Marq Spusta with 2019 Off Centered Art Series artist Michael Hacker giving the label a more candy wrapper feel to it with its more whimsical themes and cartoon like characterizations. It almost wouldn’t surprise me if it had “Taste the Rainbow®” typed at the bottom.
The new Dragons and Yumyums label (top) and the original one (below):
Wow, Dogfish Head has been busy lately. Back around September, the brewery announced a new series of beers coming out as special Milton brewery only releases.
The new series “Wooden…It Be Nice” is a salute to wood aged, wild ales, something that not only was of interest to the brewery, but that they also had some experience with:
“About fifteen years ago, we first started experimenting with sours, beginning with Festina Lente – a peach wild ale that won us a bronze medal at the World Beer Cup the first year it was produced – then went on to produce SeaQuench Ale which is currently the top selling sour in America,” says Dogfish founder & CEO Sam Calagione. “Now, we’re amplifying our wild beer program with ‘Wooden … it be nice!,’ as it’s another step forward in our journey and evolution of goodness incorporating everything from herbs and spices, to local fruits, and of course, bringing it all together in wood.” (From Dogfish Head’s blog)
The program started releasing back in September with KnottyBits, a wild ale (8.2%ABV) aged for a year with Brettanomyces and then racked onto several hundred pounds of sweet and sour cherries and locally sourced rhubarb from Fifer Orchards.
Now it’s time for the next in the series as November brings Wet Hop American Summer, a farmhouse ale (7.75%ABV) aged in Chardonnay barrels with Brettanomyces before being introduced to wet (freshly harvested) whole leaf Citra hops.
Look for the third release Eastern Seaboard, a wild ale (8%ABV) some time in December. The beer sat on blackberries and beach plums after ageing over a year in wine barrels.
New label art (and this time I mean that literally), for the next installment of Dogfish Head’s Off-Centered Art Series. The beer is The Perfect Disguise, an 8%ABV double dry-hopped IPA, and the artist is Vienna, Austria’s Michael Hacker who is no stranger to DFH, having provided the art work for their 2017 Record Store Day.
I think the label certainly captures Michael’s style – his work seems full of heads opening up and things popping out of them, usually brains that seem to have the desire to escape, which is probably best illustrated by the rabbit in his Cardiff, Wales, Blink 182 concert poster.
The Perfect Disguise will be released in 12oz bottles. I would suspect this might be part of their IPA holiday pack, but as an entry in the off-centered art series, I wouldn’t be surprised if this has its own stand alone release.
Below is Michael’s art work from the 2017 record store day. While the animal in the chair with the fish album over its face was used on the posters, this expanded version was painted on the side of the truck used as a mobile gallery that visited 29 cities last year. The gallery was part of a collaboration between Dogfish Head and Crosley turntables.
Michael also supplied the artwork for DFH’s up coming 75 minute IPA release:
Blue Earl has some new label art coming down the road which is sure to make you and your droogs happy. Clockwork Orange is a 4.6%ABV pale ale that is brewed with “the essence of freshly-squeezed orange juice and sweet orange peel, then dry-hopped with Cascade and Lemondrop producing a delightfully refreshing citrus aroma and flavor” and will be packaged in 12oz bottles.
So, no need for you to travel down to the Korova Milk Bar for some Moloko Plus. Simply pick up some Clockwork Orange – and leave the ultra-violence to the movie.
– Now with one more bear!
Dogfish Head has a new 12oz bottle label for its music series, Grateful Dead collaboration American Beauty. American Beauty is now listed as a pale ale brewed with granola and honey and clocks in at 6.5%ABV which is down quite a bit from the 9.0%ABV it contained when it was classified as an imperial pale ale during its large bottle run.
American Beauty was not on DFH’s release list this year, so I suspect this might be another addition their end of the year holiday IPA pack (although yes, the label says pale ale), the other being 75 minute which, like American Beauty, also recently got a new 12oz label while not having a slot on the release calendar.
New out of Mispillion River – The Nor’easter, a New England Rye IPA clocking in at 7.5%ABV. I love the artwork on this one.
“Legends tell of an ancient storm bird from the North who brought wind, lightning, and destruction. Because I’m running out of sentences, you should know that she’s a BAMF who does what she wants. She has returned, bring clouds to Nor’ Easter, a 7.5% ABV New England Rye IPA.”