The New Randall by Dogfish Head Really Puts the “Hop” in Hop-Head

September 28, 2010

Here is another amazing example of why I love Dogfish Head and its founder, Sam Calagione. Back in the early 2000’s at some beer festivals you may have seen Dogfish head pumping some of their IPAs through a vertical tube of fresh hops then poured directly into your glass. Most notably the 120 IBU (International Bitter Unit) 120 Minute IPA was being fed through what Sam named Randall, producing a wildly fresh, enamel eating, hoppy beer. This was a fun and unique experiment for Dogfish, and also a way for Sam to prove to the West Coast Brewers that the East Coast knows how to hop it up too.

Now though, Sam has introduced Randall the second, a much more refined and engineered version of the original makeshift Randall. This version installs onto a tap line, and has two chambers allowing Dogfish to filter beer though the ingredient of their choice in one, and the second to reduce foaming. Guess what they have been doing with it… Read the rest of this entry »

The LCBO Discontinued The Dogfish Head 60…

September 15, 2010

I am very sorry to report this, but just this week an inside source confirmed with me that the LCBO recently discontinued the Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA; in my humble opinion, probably the best IPA available (previously) at the LCBO. This source did say that he wasn’t 100% sure if this was actually the case, but the LCBO website does not lie. On the product site for the 60 Minute it plainly exclaims that it is Discontinued.

I am currently unaware of the reasoning behind this, and it may have been a Dogfish Head decision rather than an LCBO one. Regardless, it is gone, sadly. To substitute the fresh, crisp, hope-forward awesomeness that was the 60 Minute, I would reccomend the Southern Tier IPA or the Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion.

The Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA vs the 90 Minute IPA

September 6, 2010

Dogfish Head‘s line up of IPA’s is pretty remarkable. Its a beautiful flight of hop intensities ranging from 60, to 90, and finally 120 IBUs. The 60 Minute IPA was really one of the first beers that introduced me to true, raw hop flavors and aromas. The 90 Minute IPA too was probably the first beer to introduce me to the world of double IPAs.

Earlier today I sat down with my roommate and we enjoyed the 60 and 90 next to each other. We both new that they had similairies and differences of course, but I don’t think I have ever compared them so directly before. Read the rest of this entry »

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA with Asian Stirfry

August 25, 2010

One of the most remarkable things about beer is how well it can compliment or contrast with food and create a perfect pairing. I always try to recommend food and beer pairings, or beer and cheese pairings to people, but I am often met with a lot of resistance. So many people are still so focused on pairing wine with food and cheese that they can’t see beyond the vinyard. Others only know of commodity grade beers, and of course those are terrible pairings – they are not beers designed for flavor.

Real beer though; real beer with ripe and distinct flavors and aromas, unique textures and ranges of flavor can create food pairings that can not be rivaled by any beverage. Not even wine! I just happen to be doing some cooking the other day, and took advantage of the opportunity to write about this perfect pairing. The Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA and a Spicy Asian Stirfry. Read the rest of this entry »

Tasting the Dogfish Head Sah’tea

August 4, 2010

The Dogfish Head Brewery is by now, easily known for producing some of the finest craft beer in the world, and also for taking craft beer to a whole new level. Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head’s Founder and BrewMaster is passionately exploring the world and history to create unique and undefinable beers that are showing us the light. Sam’s regular lineup of beer like the 60 and 90 Minute IPA, or the Burton Baton amaze me every time I have them. But then you try beers like the Fort, Black and Blue, or the Saison du BUFF and you instantly realize that Sam and Dogfish Head clearly are not coloring within the lines – these are the types of beers that truly set our imaginations free and are bringing the world of craft beer into the limelight.

The other day I enjoyed one of my favorite specialty beers by Dogfish Head, one of their historical representation brews, the Sah’tea. The Sah’tea comes in a 750ml bottle defining its presence immediately. It is 9% abv, and has been brewed with Rye, black chai tea, juniper berries and was heated using white hot stones paying homage to an ancient brew from Finland.  Yes, Dogfish Head has done it again! Read the rest of this entry »

Sam is Keeping Dogfish Head On Point! This 120 was Not Up to Par.

August 3, 2010

Myself and many other beer aficionados, as well as Dogfish Head lovers have been waiting anxiously for the next release of one of Dogfish’s most extreme beers, the 120 Minute IPA. The 12o is an extension of the 60 and 90 Minute IPA which have both received worldwide acclaim. The 120 though is a different beast. This beer is boiled for 120 minutes rather than the typical 60, is aged for over 2 months, is 18% abv with 120 IBUs, and sells out faster than any other Dogfish beer.

Today Sam Calagione, DogFish Head’s founder and BrewMaster, announced on the Dogfish Blog (BlogFish) that him, and the other quality control experts at Dogfish were not perfectly satisfied with how this batch turned out, so they will not be selling it to the public. Read the rest of this entry »

Quick Tastes of the Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA

July 26, 2010

The Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA is a staple beer for me. Its a beer that I can look to when I need to be refreshed, satisfied, entertained, perplexed, relaxed, or when I just need a good beer. Cause it’s always good – thats why its a staple for me. I am always in awe of how Dogfish is able to achieve such a perfect harmony and balance of rich malty flavors and pungent fresh hops. Its just remarkable.

The 90 minute IPA is the 60 Minute IPA‘s bigger brother, both utilizing a continuous happing method made famous by Dogfish Head. Rather than the brewer adding 1, 2 or even 3 larger hop additions during the brewing process (in the boil), Dogfish Head adds small amounds of the hops once a minute, every minute, and in the case of the 90 Minute IPA, for 90 minutes! This creates an IPA that is perfectly bitter, amazingly fresh, and potently aromatic all at once in a sublime and seemingly effortless fashion.

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