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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The Brewers Reveal All at Philly Beer Week

July 21, 2010

Victory Brewing, Dogfish Head, Flying Fish, Yards, Iron Hill and Stone. Yes, all these amazing breweries are featured in this video from Philly Beer Week describing what it was like to try to start a craft brewery in the dark ages of craft beer in 1996. Good stuff as always guys.

Tasting the Stone, Victory, Dogfish Head Collaboration Saison du BUFF

June 16, 2010

Ever so often a beer comes along and makes you reconsider what a beer really can be. It pushes the boundaries and break all limitations by incorporating flavors which are simply delicious, rather than typical. Instead of asking ‘why’, this beer asks ‘what the F not!’ It should be no suprize, that the most recent beer to fulfill this stature is a collaboration beer brewed by some of the community’s greatest minds; Stone, Victory and Dogfish Head. The Saison du BUFF is Belgian-style saison brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.

BUFF: Brewers United for Freedom of Flavor. A clandestine organization commided to liberating collective taste buds, citing the dastardly and/or oppresive reign of so called ‘fizzy yellow beer’. This is the sentiment on the back neck of the bottle (something tells me it was written by Greg Koch of Stone – just a guess), and does so perfectly represent the purpose of this beer; to help people realize true flavor and break free from the shackles of oppression which have held down our taste buds for to long!

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Tasting the Dogfish Head Burton Baton

June 11, 2010

Including Dogfish Head’s regular, seasonal, collaborations, occasional, and brewpub exclusives, they brew over 75 different beers. Is it just me or is that amazingly ridiculous? Beyond the sheer number of beers they brew, they huge range of style and experimentation is just incredible. So thank you Dogfish Head for always keeping me guessing and satisfied with a huge range of unique and quality crafted beers – please send more to Canada!

I’ve already talked a lot about two of DFH’s staple beers that helped put them on the map; the 60 Minute IPA and the 90 Minute IPA. But another long standing beer falling in their occasional rarities selection is the Burton Baton. I’ve had it several times before, but always seem to forget just how good it really is. Thus, in true Dogfish fashion, every time I do have it, I’m severally impresses and quenches me. Read the rest of this entry »

Dogfish Head Announces the Release of Bitches Brew

June 9, 2010

In April Dogfish Head announced that in honor of the 40th anniversary of the original release of Miles Davis’s remarkable and mind bending album Bicthes Brew, that they would be brewing a beer to signify the time altering fusion of music that Miles brought to people all over the globe. On Monday more details were released about this eagerly awaited special edition brew.

Dogfish Head’s Bitches Brew is a fusion of three individual imperial stouts and one honey beer brewed with gesho root. It will come in around 9% abv with only 38 IBUs. I would expect this to be a big, rich and creamy imperial stout with added sweetness and touches of syrup. Sam Calagione, Dogfish founder and president, describes it as “the ultimate partner for chili or spicy curry chicken” and best enjoyed “sipped cool, not cold, from a snifter or red wine glass while listening to the Bitches Brew album.”

On June 5th at Savor in Washington DC, event participants were given a special treat being able to sample the beer for the very first time. It will be bottled and sold in late August 2010. See the official website to sign up for up to date release information and details.

Tasting the Dogfish Head Black & Blue

May 23, 2010

Dogfish Head may be known for many things along with crafting some of the best beer in the world. One thing I certainly recognize is the amount of big beers that they so enthusiastically brew. Dogfish Head actually brews more different beers, and a larger quantity of beers than any other brewery in North America which are over 9%. So you should not be surprised by now when I review another 10% beer by this industry leading brewery.

This time, it is the Black & Blue, their Belgian style golden ale fermented with tons of pureed blackberries and blueberries. It uses the same yeast as the Red & White which is also 10%, but is a Belgian Type Wit fermented with Pinot Noir juice.

This beer is a big fruit beer in pure Dogfish Head fashion. This is not a fruit beer that just smells like it, or has that obviously artificial or excessively sugary taste – this is yet another Dogfish masterpiece that gets both men and women begging for more. Really, I’ve seen it. Read the rest of this entry »

Tasting the Dogfish Head Fort

May 20, 2010

The Dogfish Head Fort; a giant Belgian Ale brewed with a ridiculous amount of pureed raspberries. Would you expect anything less from Dogfish Head? Well, you shouldn’t. Dogfish Head has a huge range of beers right now, and many of them are high alcohol, rich beers primed for ageing. The Fort is a perfect example. What is a ridiculous amount of raspberries you ask? Over one ton of them! Its works out to be 20 pounds per barrel produced.

This though is no ordinary fruit beer. It is not some mild wheat beer sweetened with touches or even heaps of fruit. This is a beer crafted to be rich, large, and definitely in charge. The one ton of pureed raspberries are added during fermentation so that the yeasts can do their job in a playground of sugar.

Sam Calagione, Founder and President of Dogfish Head, claims it to be the strongest fruit beer in the world at 18% abv, and it very well may be. It really is an exciting experience, and Sam is adamant that this beer will age supremely well and will really hit its stride after a few years. I have only had the opportunity to enjoy a fresh bottle, but when I am ready to shell out the $20 that each 750 ml bottle costs, you can be sure I will be cellaring it.

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Dogfish Head Brewed… I Mean, Makes Maple Syrup Now

May 14, 2010

I love almost everything Dogfish Head brews. Wait, I have to rephrase that; I love everything Dogfish Head brews, but now they are producing something in bottles that doesn’t require brewing – Maple Syrup! Really guys? Syrup? Well yes, it makes perfect sense for the one of a kind U.S. craft brewer. In fact, since 1995 their Immort Ale has been brewed with maple syrup from Sam Calagione’s (Dogfish founder and president) family farm. Psssst… Go get the Immort Ale…

Now Dogfish Head is selling the Syrup itself! And there are two examples: The Immort Maple Syrup, simmered with organic juniper berries and Madagascar vanilla beans; and the Wit Maple Syrup, simmered with organic orange peel and coriander.

Thanks Dogfish for continuing to innovate and produce exciting products! But most of all, thanks for the 90 Minute IPA!

Steak?.. Check! Potatoes?.. Check! Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA?.. CHECK!

May 5, 2010

Beer and food? Yes! Really, beer is such an amazing companion for food; its huge range of flavors make it the best beverage in the world to pair with food. A couple weekends ago I was at a friends cottage enjoying the sun, nature, good friends, great beer and some good old school grilling. That definitely may be one of my favorite combinations

A quick stop to the local grocery store is all I needed to turn a gorgeous evening into a magical night of flavor. The primary catalyst for this journey of flavor was the Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA. This is a rich and robust IPA with massive hop characteristics and thick aromatic malt flavors. The perfect compliment to a thick juicy steak! Read the rest of this entry »