Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A Hot Ghetto Mess

[120 Minute IPA + 20% ABV = 1 hell of a buzz]

Not sure if this is how I would describe Dogfish Head Brewery but if the lead brewer wants to, I think he's earned the right.

If you've never heard/seen/tasted one of Dogfish's delicious brews or liquors (that's right, they also distill rums, vodka and gin), your tastebuds and liver are truly missing out. Sam Calagione started Dogfish Head in 1995, survived some early missteps and now sells about 25 million bottles of beer per year. Still, with all of their successes, Dogfish continues to test the waters with new concoctions made from exotic ingredients like cloudberries, Chrysanthemum flowers, star anise and balsam fir tips. Some hit, some miss but who gives a shit... at least they're trying.
If I had to choo-choo-choose my favorites, they would probably be the 90 Minute IPA, Raison D'Etre, Olde School Barleywine and the lip-smackin' Brown Honey Rum. They also have Alehouses in Rehoboth Beach (DE), Gaithersburg (MD) and Falls Church (VA) with some pretty good eats. And if you're ever looking for something to do on NYE, their Rehoboth location has a kick-ass five course beer dinner. I've been twice and from what I remember, it was good times.
When you get a chance, take a gander at this article from The New Yorker on the Delaware brewery that gets more and more popular by the day (Dogfish can now be found in about half of the states). Just goes to show you that you don't necessarily need brains to be successful, just, as LBJ pointed out when he forwarded me the article, balls.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Rock on, Gus. Nice to see you blogging more regularly, again. --LBJ