New Label Art – Dogfish Head’s Super Eight Super Gose

Yeah, it will develop your film

Dogfish Head is gearing up to release another new beer, Super Eight which is listed by the brewery as a super-fruit gose style beer. Ok.

The 5.3%ABV beer boasts an impressive list of ingredients including Hawaiian Red sea salt, prickly pear, mango, boysenberry, blackberry, raspberry, elderberry, and kiwi juices, and toasted quinoa. I’m not going to lie, it sounds like someone went wild at a Jamba Juice. Still, DFH has a habit of making this kind of thing work, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out to be a hit.

But in doing a little reading on the web, the ingredient list wasn’t the most interesting thing I found out about this beer. Buried in a Brewbound article about DFH’s overall market plans for the future I found the following paragraph:

To help bring the brand to life, Dogfish is partnering with Kodak to produce a documentary film chronicling an East Coast boat journey (from Key West to Maine) that Calagione and his son will take next year. And the beer itself – which is acidic and has a high vitamin C count — is capable of developing Super 8 film, which Calagione said will give the company an opportunity to market the brand with an “off-centered approach to storytelling.”

Chris Furnari , Brewbound

Using beer to develop film? That struck me as odd but as it turns out it is not unheard of as i was able to dig up a couple of examples on the web. Here is an article from someone who tried several different homemade developers, one of which was beer, that he states he got good results with, and here is a Youtube video from 2013 of a guy from Australia using beer. The things you learn.

Dogfish Head’s American Beauty to be released in Collector Cans.

Dogfish Head brewing will be releasing their Grateful Dead collaboration American Beauty in special collector cans. The pale ale, brewed with granola and honey will be released in 1 pint, 3.25 oz cans, which are the taller, thin cans or what I like to call the energy drink cans. I would expect these to possible show up in 4-packs and individually. No word on the release date yet, but I suspect you will have to wait until 2019 for this one.

 

American Beauty Can

Dogfish Head’s IPAs for the Holidays Pack Gets A New Beer/Wine

According to their social media, Dogfish Head will be adding a new bottling to their IPAs for the Holidays pack. Viniferous IPA is a 6%ABV beer/wine hybrid brewed with El Dorado, Hallertau Blanc and Huell Melon hops and then fermented on Riesling and Viognier grape must. Viniferous IPA was offered as only a brewery exclusive earlier this year and was brewed with a different hop profile then the upcoming bottling.

The holiday pack will also include 60 and 90 minute IPA as well as another beer/wine hybrid Sixty-One, which if you don’t recall is their 60 minute IPA with syrah grape must added – all three of which were offered in last year’s holiday pack, with Viniferous replacing last year’s Indian Brown Dark IPA.

Dogfish Head’s IPAs for the Holidays 12-pack will start hitting the shelves sometime in November.

Read More:
My review of Sixty-One
Viniferous

Wilmington Brew Works Selected as Delaware location for The 48 Beer Project

WBW48BP

Received a press release from John Fusco yesterday informing everyone that Wilmington Brew Works had been selected by Heidi Geist for her The 48 Beer Project. Details below:

……………………………Press Release…………………

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WILMINGTON BREWERY SELECTED FOR NATIONAL LABEL ART PROJECT

Artwork to Be Created and Installed at Wilmington Brew Works

October 22, 2018

Wilmington, Delaware – Maine-based artist Heidi Geist hit the road in early September on a year-long journey to create artwork for breweries in each of the continental United States. Geist’s mass art project, appropriately dubbed The 48 Beer Project, will bring her to the newly opened Wilmington Brew Works at the end of this October.

Geist has designed labels for nearly 20 craft breweries over the last three years at her Portland studio. When her lease expired, she was inspired to purchase a mini-school bus from eBay and convert it into a mobile studio with the intention of more directly connecting with her clients. Geist spent three months renovating the mobile studio, which she named ‘Fearless.’ She then conjured up the idea of nation-wide beer related project after a weeklong meditation.

The art collaboration is just one element of The 48 Beer Project’s larger mission. According to Geist, “Along the way, I will be talking with brewers, grains growers, other label designers, etc., about their role in the craft industry, and recording the stories of not just beer lovers, but strangers and friends from all corners of the country.”

Geist carefully targeted partners in her project, selecting breweries who shared a similar collaborative ethos. She was particularly interested in partnering with breweries like Wilmington Brew Works, who are involved in their local communities and support art organizations and other charities. “When this building had fallen into disrepair it was a drag on the neighborhood and the city.  We are excited to add purpose and meaning to such a beautiful building, and bring the spirit of experimentation back to this space! Partnering with the 48 beer project is an exciting way to begin an arts program here, where we can collaborate with local artists for future projects,” said Craig Wensell, CEO and Head Brewer.

Having already completed projects in the New England states, New York, and New Jersey, Geist will be stopping in Pennsylvania prior to her arrival at Wilmington Brew Works on Thursday, October 25. Her work in Delaware will have a bit more permanence than the labels she created as earlier parts of the project. During her three-day stay, Geist will be creating artwork on two of Wilmington Brew Works’ wooden barrels. The artwork will become semi-permanent fixtures on display in the brewery taproom.

About Wilmington Brew Works

Wilmington Brew Works is the first production brewery to be located in Wilmington’s city limits since 1954. Housed in a century old former laboratory in the Old Ninth Ward, we keep the spirit of the building’s creative origins alive with new and innovative ales, lagers, sours, ciders, and soft drinks. The company’s family-friendly taproom has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating to enjoy a drink with friends, both old and new. Playfully Pretentious, Easily Enjoyed.

Media Contacts

Heidi Geist, The 48 Beer Project, heidi@diegeistart.com, 207-303-2520, www.diegeistart.com, Instagram: @48beerproject

John Fusco, Creative Director, Wilmington Brew Works, john@wilmingtonbrewworks.com, 302-507-4100, www.WilmingtonBrewWorks.com

 

New Label Art – Dogfish Head’s Eastern Seaboard.

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.

ES

It May Be In PA, But You Can Still Get Your Delaware On at Kennett Brewfest

Tomorrow, October 13th marks the 21st time that Kennett Brewfest will open its gates to the beer loving public. While many fine festivals have materialized during those 21 years (and yes, sadly some have ceased) Kennett has grown into what I consider the template for a successful beer festival.

From the food, to the music, to the sheer number of breweries, to even something as simple as having more than enough (free) water available, Kennett gets it right year after year. But what really raises the bar for this festival is its VIP session which it dubs the “connoisseur session”.

While other festivals VIP tickets get you into the event early, Kennett requests that the breweries participating in the connoisseur season bring something special, something unusual, or maybe even something rare, to pour during the one-and-a-half-hour period before the regular session begins.

To be honest, with in the neighborhood of 50 breweries (just about half of the total attending) pouring during this year’s connoisseur session, it is practically its own festival and this year, Delaware is nicely represented.

Below is an edited map for the connoisseur session highlighting the Delaware breweries that are participating this year, plus a quick rundown of what they will be pouring. Click here for a full map from the festival’s website, and if you were unfortunately not lucky enough to get connoisseur tickets this year (although they didn’t sell out nearly as fast this year as they have in the past) but you have tickets to the regular session, you can find that map here.

KBF 2018

If you’d like to print out the Delaware Map, simply click here, right click on the image and select view image. Then print from your browser, or you can copy the image or save it and print it from you favorite graphics program.

Here’s what these Delaware breweries are planning on pouring at the connoisseur session (notice: plans change last minute and so sometimes do the offerings, so don’t take this list as written in stone). These breweries will also be pouring in the regular session (again, subject to change) along with fellow Delaware representatives Wilmington Brew Works, Twin Lakes, Dogfish Head (Seaquench, Liquid Truth Serum), and Dewpoint.

Argilla Brewing: Tent 113 – Will be bringing their Dregs of the Earth, a barrel aged sour which currently rates a 3.83/5 on Untappd.

Bellfonte Brewing: Tent 111 – Will be bringing their Claymonster, which has been described as “One Helluva BIG Dark Strong Belgian Ale!” (10.2%ABV). With nearly 100 check ins on Untapped, Claymonster has a rating of 3.8/5.

Brick Works: Tent 124 – Will be pouring their Love Vigilante Biere De Garde, a recent offering from the brewery with the beer being added to Untappd as recently as September. It doesn’t have many ratings yet, but sits at a respectable 3.6/5.

MIspillion River: Tent 123 – No word yet on what MR will be bring to the festival, but if the past is any indication, we shouldn’t be disappointed.

Rebel Seed Cidery: Tent 83 – Hey, cider is more than welcome at a beerfest, and if you’re the type that can’t get enough pumpkin in your diet this time of year the fine folks from Marydel have you covered with their Pumpkin cider (3.73/5).

2SP Brewing: Tent 90: – OK, I know, Aston PA. but come on…we still consider Mike and the gang as family, right? The guys will be pouring two beers: Uísque Fumaça, a smoked beer (4.09/5) and their recently brewed High Strangeness, a session IPA (3.69/5).

New Label Art – Dogfish Head’s Dragons & YumYums

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):

New Dragons and Yum Yums

New Label Art – Dogfish Head’s Wet Hop American Summer

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.

WHAS

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.

IPAs Abound Around the Area for National IPA Day

– go drink some

A lot has changed since the first Nation IPA Day back in 2011. The day, always the first Thursday in August, started out as a project of passion from Ashley Routson (The Beer Wench) and Ryan Ross and quickly became a pseudo holiday to the craft beer world, especially on Twitter where it garnered a lot of hashtags (#IPADay) and debate.

Sadly, both Ashley and Ryan are no longer involved with the craft beer scene, both having moved on to other things. The website still exists, but now instead of encouraging people to go out and explore the many styles and nuances that live under the “IPA” umbrella. The URL is now nothing buy a place holder containing advice articles about kids, relationships, and parenting.

But even without its founding foundations, IPA day is still recognized, still resonates through the craft beer society, and one can still find local establishments celebrating it. Here are just a few in the Delaware area (apologies to any I might have missed).

TWO STONES PUB:

Whenever I think about IPA day celebrations I naturally turn to Two Stones Pub, and as usual, they do not disappoint. All the locations seem to be doing a salute to IPA, with the Newark location tossing in a BBQ kicker. From their Facebook page:

IPA DAY + Brews & ‘Cues

It’s back…the Hoppiest Day Of The Year!

Come join us as we pit the best of both coasts against each other in a no-hops-barred throw down. You’ll see beers from our friends at Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Dogfish Head, Dewey Beer Company, Sixpoint & more.

Even Chef Aaron & his crew are getting in on the action by featuring a menu of East Coast vs West Coast bbq dishes to keep you fueled up for the battle.

ARGILLA BREWING:

Argilla will be tapping a slew of IPAs today. From their Facebook Page:

Around the World in 8 IPAs

We’ll be celebrating IPA Day with an assortment of India Pale Ales showcasing different hops varieties from around the globe. The taplist will include;

Double Tuscaloosa – all Columbus hopped West Coast IPA
Key Lime Pie PA – NEIPA brewed with lactose, lime zest & vanilla
Uncle Albert Admiral Nelson – featuring English hops
Brauhaus Black IPA – German-style India Black Lager
Did You Brew a Didgeridoo Brew, Dude – featuring Australian hops
Acid Jazz – Fruited Sour IPA
Biere de la Warr – Belgian-style IPA
Thai Chili Coconut IPA CASK – cask conditioned IPA with Thai Chilies & Coconut dry hopped with Sorachi Ace

3rd WAVE BREWING:

From their Facebook Page:

Tomorrow [this was posted yesterday] is National IPA Day! We’ll have lots of IPA specials, 1/2 price flights and H&A Catering joining us with freshly made burgers, hotdogs and hand cut fries!

TWIN LAKES BREWING:

As you hopefully know, Twin Lakes is about to release its first large production beer in 10 years, Emerald IPA. From the Delaware OnLine article by Ryan Cormier:

Emerald IPA, the very first India pale ale produced by Twin Lakes, will touch its first lips Thursday at Delaware Today’s Best of Delaware party at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. (You’ll find it at the Standard Distributing Company table.)

Delaware Growler is also hoping to have Emerald on tap on IPA day. And, speaking of Delaware Growler, I just looked at their tap list and they have almost 20 IPAs on tap. So even if they don’t manage to get Emerald you’ll still be able to find something to try (or revisit).

BELLEFONTE BREWING SAYS A PICTURE IS WORTH A HANDFUL OF IPAS:

BelleIPA

 

FINALLY, STATE LINE LIQUORS:

Leave it to State Line to quietly proclaim that one day is not enough for IPA Day. From their website:

*IPA Tap Social: Thursday 4:30 – 6:30pm

We’re kicking off National IPA Day tasting 6 beers representing the many different styles of India Pale Ales including West Coast, East Coast, Imperial, Fruited, Session & New England IPAs.

We kick-off at 4:30, it’s just $5 for unlimited tasting.

*Tap Takeover: It’s National IPA Day

Friday, August 3rd   6-9pm

Fundraiser for the Dream Foundation

30 IPA’s on tap, Pizza, silent auction tables  $20

Beers on tap (list subject to change) : Founders All Day, Burley Oak Homegrown, Flying Dog Easy IPA, Heavy Seas Loose Cannon, Flying Fish Hopfish IPA, Evolution Lot #3, Stone Idolatrous IPA, Firestone Walker Union Jack, Bear Republic Racer 5, Founders Fuzzy Sweater, Omnipollo Shploing, Founders Barrel Runner, Ithaca Pulp Addiction, Manor Hill Crooked Beak, Adroit Theory Chaos Warrior, Black Flag Hop Pods, 3 Stars Sonic Hummingbird, SweetWater Goin’ Coastal IPA, Uinta Piggy Back Peach IPA, Black Flag Synthwave, Epic Tart ‘N’ Juicy, Manor Hill Cyber Samurai, Anchorage Galaxy IPA, Two Roads Typecast, Flying Dog Tropical Bitch, Blue Earl Blue Train IPA, Dogfish Head 90 Minute, Victory DirtWolf, Firestone Walker Leo vs Ursus: Wookus, Adroit Theory Invisible Art

*IPA Sale celebrating National IPA day!

10% off packs, pack cases, 20% off singles* all American Craft IPA 

Friday, August 3rd   thru Sunday, August 5th

*sale items aren’t included

 

These might not be everything happening in the area (again, apologies to anyone I’ve missed) but they should get you started. And of course, if you’re still using Untappd, don’t forget to check-in and get your 2018 IPA DAY badge. Now go drink some IPAs!

 

 

 

 

The Delaware Wine and Beer Festival Returns to its Old Digs in 2018 with a New Energy and a New Name

This October 2018 will see the annual Delaware Wine and Beer Festival return to its original location at the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover, Delaware. The museum (located at 866 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, DE) hosted the event for several years before moving to the State Fair Grounds in Harrington where it has been held for the past two years.

But that’s not the only change, the festival has adopted the new name “The Delaware Beer, Wine, and Spirits Festival” to recognize the many Delaware spirit manufactures that often participate in the event.

The basic info can be found on the Visit Delaware Webpage, and Cullen Robinson from Out and About Magazine has informed me that the official website will go live sometime tomorrow, July 26th. Tickets will go on sale August 13th with both VIP (reserved parking, early entrance) and General Admission options. The event will be held from 11am-4pm, on October 13th.

Cullen has informed me that the event is returning with “new partnerships and new energy”. Let’s just hope they can avoid the problems at the Museum that caused the event to move to Harrington in the first place.

More info to come.