Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Tuesday Tasting: Three Unique Beers from Dogfish Head
Tuesday Tasting is a regular feature of Lyke2Drink that explores some of the best beers, wines and spirits on the market. This week we take a detour to the edge of brewing universe with a Delaware craft brewer.
The one ultimate truth I can say about Dogfish Head Brewing is that they don't make boring beer. Even the Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA is a stand out in a category that just about every small brewer in America tries to compete. Sam Calagione and his crew have created one of the most respected breweries in America and I always try to taste any new products I see coming from the Delaware based company.
The Charlotte Beer Club has a regular monthly meeting at the Flying Saucer. For July, the folks at the Saucer pulled out all of the stops by producing three kegs of hard to find Dogfish Head brews. It was a treat for the taste buds.
Palo Santo Marron: This brown ale is brewed in Paraguayan holy tree wood vessels. There are a ton of flavors from almost every angle with this beer. It is clearly to be respected, coming in at 12 percent alcohol by volume. It is not meant to be a session beer, but it is a treat if you can find some.
Chicory Stout: Wow. Dark and rich. Hints of French Quarter coffee and a touch of licorice. Inviting roasted aroma. This is a must try for any stout fan. Even though this is intended to be a winter seasonal, it was just 5.2 percent alcohol by volume and perfect for Charlotte in the middle of summer.
Immort Ale: OK, this brew was going in several different directions in my mouth at the same time. It is aged in oak, uses peat smoked barley and is brewed with juniper berries, vanilla and maple syrup. It comes in at 11 percent alcohol by volume. Is it a salute to Scotch? A tip of the hat to gin? Or do you pour it over pancakes? I tip my hat to the brewmaster for his sense of creativity.