Bitchess Brew will be honored by Dogfish Head

In 1970, the remarkable Miles Davis released a genre bending album called “Bitches Brew”, and a new level of passion and design was introduced to the world of music. Davis brought a surreal fusion of jazz and rock to the open ears of the world with this album which still blows my mind.

So thank you very much Miles for your inspiration, cause Dogfish Head founder and beer legend Sam Calagione for the 40th anniversary of this album are creating a threaded beer with three primary fermentations to be released in August. As reported by, it is a blend of three different unique Dogfish beers which was just tested earlier this week.

Once again, I love this kind of collaboration and creativity that is coming out of craft brewing – very excited guys! Below is a description of Bicthes Brew and its impact on music culture.

“The revolution was recorded: in 1969 Bitches Brew sent a shiver through a country already quaking. It was a recording whose very sound, production methods, album-cover art, and two-LP length all signaled that jazz could never be the same. Over three days anger, confusion, and exhilaration had reigned in the studio, and the sonic themes, scraps, grooves, and sheer will and emotion that resulted were percolated and edited into an astonishingly organic work. This Miles Davis wasn’t merely presenting a simple hybrid like jazz-rock, but a new way of thinking about improvisation and the studio. And with this two-CD reissue (actually, this set is a reissue of the original set plus one track, perfect for the fan who’s not so overwhelmed as to need the four-CD Complete Bitches Brew box), the murk of the original recording is lifted. The instruments newly defined and brightened, the dark energy of the original comes through as if it were all fresh. Joe Zawinul and Bennie Maupin’s roles in the mix have been especially clarified. With a bonus track of “Feio”–a Wayne Shorter composition recorded five months later that serves both as a warm-down for Bitches Brew and a promise of Weather Report to come–this is crucial listening.” –John F. Szwed


5 Responses to Bitchess Brew will be honored by Dogfish Head

  1. I was hanging out at a jam session on the Island last night and met someone who heard a broadcast on WKCR of Miles in 1969 at a dive bar in Brooklyn working out the music that would be recorded on Bitches Brew. He said there were only 3 or 4 people in the audience and that Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, and Jack DeJohnette were with him. Wouldn’t it be great if those tapes were released?

  2. Social comments and analytics for this post…

    This post was mentioned on Reddit by HisDudenesss: Bad day to be a non-alcoholic, but then on the other hand who needs it when you can put on some Miles….

  3. Aaron C. says:

    I too am excited for this collaboration. I have video of Sam making the announcement in Austin last Friday:

  4. Thats wicked Aaron – great blog btw!

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