Dogfish releases two new beers, cancels IPA bike trip
As summer season offers technique to fall, Dogfish Head brewery has excellent news and dangerous information.
The dangerous information is the COVID-19 pandemic has compelled the cancellation of the annual I Pedal Alot, or I.P.A. bike trip. The excellent news is the corporate has launched two new beers, together with a brand new seasonal saison to pair with Dogfish’s annual fall favourite, Punkin’ Ale.
On Sept. 18, Dogfish unveiled Costumes and Karaoke, a golden tea-inspired imperial oat cream ale which makes use of quite a lot of spices together with vanilla beans, ginger, cinnamon and turmeric. Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione mentioned the drink was impressed by certainly one of his private favorites, the golden milk latte. The beer, which has a golden hue and goes down easily with a creamy taste, is 8 p.c alcohol by quantity and is offered in six-packs for round $12.
Calagione mentioned the title was impressed by how Dogfish co-workers wish to have a good time: by dressing up in costumes and singing karaoke. The beer had been kicking round Dogfish’s analysis and improvement division and it was well-liked sufficient that Dogfish determined to bottle it, he mentioned.
On Sept. 19, Dogfish launched a second beer, solely accessible at its Rehoboth Seaside brewpub, referred to as Re-Gen-Ale. It’s Dogfish’s first beer brewed in such a approach as to offset the local weather impacts of its making.
Calagione mentioned the genesis of Re-Gen-Ale began a couple of decade in the past, when the corporate started searching for methods to scale back its carbon footprint, resembling utilizing components brewed by native farmers. Considered one of Dogfish’s hottest beers, its low-calorie Barely Mighty India Pale Ale, was brewed completely utilizing grains sourced from native farmers, he mentioned.
For Re-Gen-Ale, Calagione mentioned Dogfish teamed up with Indigo Carbon, a program that gives monetary incentives to encourage farmers to regenerate carbon of their soils and cut back greenhouse gasoline emissions. Re-Gen-Ale makes use of house-grown yeast and wheat grown by farmers within the Indigo Carbon program. Dogfish can be planning to buy carbon credit to offset the price of the manufacturing and packaging of Re-Gen-Ale.
Calagione mentioned Re-Gen-Ale is a Belgian farmhouse saison, which is famous for its pillowy, malt character. The beer itself has spicy, peppery fragrant notes, however not a number of bitterness. He mentioned a attribute of saison-style beers is that they’re extra malt-forward than hop-forward. Re-Gen-Ale is accessible till provides run out.
Whereas the COVID-19 pandemic has compelled Dogfish to make adjustments to the way it operates – staff are examined every day and gross sales on the Milton brewery are by curbside pickup solely – Calagione mentioned July was the largest month of gross sales within the firm’s 25 years, despite the fact that Dogfish has misplaced 30 p.c of its service capability because the closing of dine-in/bar service on the brewery, Rehoboth brewpub, and Chesapeake and Maine restaurant.
To that finish, Calagione has made requests to Delaware Division of Pure Assets and Environmental Management to extend Dogfish Head’s manufacturing capability from 350,000 barrels per yr to 400,000 barrels per yr and improve its barley malt functionality from 14,000 tons per yr to 14,857 tons per yr.
Calagione mentioned the rise will assist Dogfish proceed to develop, though the enlargement in manufacturing capabilities doesn’t embody an enlargement of services right now.
The choice to cancel the annual I.P.A. or I Pedal Alot bike trip, initially set for Oct. 17, as a result of pandemic adopted cancellation of the Sept. 27 Dogfish Sprint, mentioned Mark Carter, who heads Dogfish’s Beer and Benevolence initiative.
“We felt the accountable factor was to not maintain one other occasion with 1,000 individuals,” Carter mentioned. “It’s a bit simpler to do with cyclists than runners, however we wished to guard the protection of our co-workers and the members, and erred on the facet of warning.”
Carter mentioned Dogfish had discussions about scheduling the trip later within the yr, however with faculties coming again and the potential of a second wave of the virus, the corporate felt one of the best course was to attend till 2021.
Dogfish is exploring methods to have the trip just about if the pandemic continues to be a risk in 2021. Carter mentioned one thought could be to counsel programs that go previous Dogfish properties, with riders inspired to take footage with a hashtag for the occasion. On the finish of the trip, riders would have the ability to obtain entry prizes by way of curbside pickup.
With the I.P.A. trip and the Dogfish Sprint canceled, the final main occasion on the Dogfish calendar is Analog A-Go-Go, usually held in November. As of now, the corporate has not issued a choice on whether or not the occasion continues to be going down.