Few Pics from Dogfish Head Night at The Ruck

— Dogfish Night is always a great time. I got to tick almost all of the beers they had that I haven’t checked into in Untappd yet (missed three but we were hitting the road for yesterday’s Hill Farmstead haul pretty early). Dave knows how to put on a great party. I spent the majority of the night enjoying myself so only a few pics were taken. Check ‘em out!

Dave (owner of the Ruck) and Jay from Jay’s Beer Review.

Matty J!

Ev holding it down

Nuzzy doing his damn thing.

Buff doing some sort of sign language. Not sure.

Erica and Elise making sure the bar isn’t going anywhere.

Caleb sadly not making me wings hot enough to make my nose bleed.

Dogfish Head shortbread cookies made from the tap handle!

I… don’t know. This was their idea. I swear.

Matt, the head brewer of Chatham Brewing, Russ from Homebrew Emporium, and Bob from the Ruck.

Sad looking Randall all out of World Wide Stout. :( Gotta get there early!

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Dogfish Head Night at The Ruck Tap List Announced

— Got this response about their November 16th event via their Facebook this morning:

  • 60 min
  • 90 min
  • 120 min
  • Faithfull 
  • Palo Santo
  • Midas Touch
  • Black and Blue
  • Burton Baton
  • Red and White
  • Chicory Stout
  • Aprihop
  • Chateau Jiahu
  • Namaste
  • Sah Tea
  • Festina Peche
  • World Wide Stout
  • Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew
  • Tweason’ale
  • Raison D’etre
  • Immort Ale
  • Theobroma
  • Hellhound On My Ale
  • Punkin
  • My Antonia
  • Indian Brown
  • Shelter Pale Ale

And the bottle list:

  • Urkontinent
  • 75 Min
  • Saison Du Buff (Stone Version)

I’ll update if I hear anything about casks, Randalls, build your own Randalls, etc.

EDIT: Brian updated me with the Randall list:

  • Midas Touch with lime and mint
  • One year old World Wide Stout with vanilla beans, bourbon soaked coffee beans and Werther’s Originals.

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My Ingredient Kit for Tonight’s Cigar City / Dogfish Head Randall Jr. “World Wide Hunahpu’s Stout” Mashup

—  Told you guys I was doing this. See you at The Ruck for 30 Days Til Dogfish Head Night.

30 Days til Dogfish Head Night at The Ruck – Oct 19th

— A little preview of what they have in store for the big Dogfish Night on November 16th. Make your own randals are a great idea. Me? I’d do cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks and dried chili peppers on World Wide Stout. Sound like a familiar recipe? It should. That’s what they put in Hunahpu.

Bonus points for whoever Randalls the weirdest shit tomorrow night.

Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada Collaborate on new Imperial IPA: Rhizing Bines

From Dogfish Head’s Blog:

On the hot side, Rhizing Bines will go through Dogfish’s signature continual-hopping process with floral and citrusy Bravo hops. On the cold side, it will be dry-hopped with an experimental varietal so new it doesn’t yet have a name, just a number: Hop 644. A component of Sierra Nevada’s aroma-boosting Torpedo system will make a pit-stop in Delaware for dry-hopping duty before it heads to Sierra’s new North Carolina brewery.

To celebrate Sierra Nevada planting East Coast roots, Dogfish Head tracked down a Carolina heirloom wheat grown and milled at Anson Mills. The soft red winter wheat contributes subtle sweet and nutty notes to this hop-forward ale.

Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada are standbys in the IPA world, with DFH landing in BeerAdvocate’s Top 50 DIPA’s with 90 Minute and Sierra Nevada in the Top 50 American IPAs with Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale. I look forward to this beer coming out, although February is an odd month to release a DIPA.

Dan The Automator x Dogfish Head – Positive Contact

- Gotta have the right soundtrack to drink a shit ton of craft beer to.

From the Team Buffalo Gang Bang Beer It Forward #2.

New York, NY: Late-Night Blurriness with Dogfish Head at Eataly [Post-Grad Boozin’]

The last foggy stop of the night was Eataly. Well, it was supposed to be the roof-top beer garden Birreria, but they were too busy to let us up there and took our names and number instead. Or we were just visibly drunk and they didn’t want us up there. I’m going to go with the former.

Right around the corner was the beer section of the Market. Not surprisingly there was a fair selection of Dogfish Head beers, some easy to get a hold of, some rather difficult. The one that stood out the most was Urkcontinent, the DFH /Google collaboration beer that hit DFH’s brewpub last fall but hasn’t made it to bottles until recently. After purchasing it, we asked if there was a place where we could crack it open and we were told we could grab some glasses and shop around, but tables were for eating guests. Totally fine with us.

We “found” some wine glasses and a table in the market by La Pizza and started pouring. This beer was fantastic. The past couple of new DFH beers I’ve tried have been kinda let downs (ta henket, Tweason’ale), and this one completely blew my mind. the coffee and chocolate notes are outstanding. I’ll admit that at this point I was three sheets to the wind, but we still all collectively enjoyed this beer. Definitely picking one of these up when it hits the Capital Region.

We still had some time to kill so we grabbed another two bottles from the fridge: Black & Blue and Sah’tea. We drank these and bullshitted and chatted with guests and shopped. It was an amazing time, probably better than actually making it up to Birreria. I picked up some pasta, some of “the stinkiest, nastiest, smelliest, feetiest” cheeses they had available, along with some aged prosciutto and some dessert to go. In my drunken stupor, NONE of this made it home on the train with me, which is a huge disappointment.

So Eataly was a great time. But I didn’t really get to experience Eataly since we kinda took an unconventional approach to enjoying our time there. I will be back (with Elise in tow next time) to enjoy all of the delicious beer and Italian food to the fullest.

Troy, NY: Preview of The Return of Dogfish Head Night at The Ruck [#DFHNight]

Quick little preview of what’s in store for The Return of Dogfish Head Night for those who haven’t made it in yet. I stopped by this morning around 11 and grabbed some of the rares and will be back to party later on. Don’t forget DJ Jared Kingsley starts at in a few short hours!

After checking out my Dogfish Head Night Beer Stats spreadsheet I put together this morrning, I settled on these for my morning/afternoon libations (all 5-10 oz tastings):

  • Poppaskull – huge fan of Three Floyds so I had to check this out.
  • Saison Du Buff randalled through pineapple and habanero – I’m a HUGE hot spice fanatic and this beer absolutely made my day. I LOVED it.
  • Mile’s Davis Bitches Brew – I’ve had it before but it’s phenom and not that easy to come by.
  • Fort – Nuzzy’s recommendation. Interesting fruit beer, I’ve had it before (on his birthday and probably past DFH Nights) and it’s good, but a little fruity for my tastes. Hides the alcohol extremely well.
  • 75 Minute IPA – 90 minute and 60 minute are probably DFH’s best mainstay all year round brews. Mix to the two together and cask condition it with maple syrup and it’s a no-brainer: beervana. I have no idea why they bother trying to bottle this when it’s so fucking kickass on cask.

That’s all for now. I’m taking a little breather until the rest of my crew shows up later on tonight. Met a lot of new folks from my various beer forums and social networking websites today, hopefully I’ll meet a few more tonight. See ya then!

West Springfield, MA: Beer Run at Table and Vine [Beer]

Knew I had to hit up Table & Vine on the way home from Worcester today. I’ve heard plenty about it from friends and BAers alike. This place is dangerous for my wallet! Didn’t pick up anything too fancy but they have plenty here I haven’t picked up yet locally or just can’t get here in general. Prices are very reasonable.

Today’s Payload (from left to right):

  • Dogfish Head – Saison Du Buff
  • Victory Brewing Company – Saison Du Buff (going to hold on to both of these until I get the Stone and drink all together)
  • Sierra Nevada – Hoptimum
  • Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project – Saint Botolph’s Town
  • Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project – Fluffy White Rabbits
  • Firestone Walker – Sucaba
  • Allagash – Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel)
  • Left Hand Brewing Co. – Nitro Milk Stout

Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats [East Coast Road Trip]

OK, finally got most of my pics processed and uploaded so I can start telling you about the trip! We left around 6 AM and hit our first stop right on schedule: Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats. As far as I know, this is Dogfish’s only (official) brewpub, as the Dogfish Head Ale House chain is a franchise, and La Birreria is a collab.

Now, let me preface this post with something that’ll probably piss off some of my beer nerd friends: I’m not a Dogfish Head fan. That does not mean I won’t drink Dogfish Head, and it doesn’t even mean that they don’t have beers I enjoy, because some of them I absolutely go crazy about. My problem is that they really, truly live up to their slogan: Off-Centered Ales for Off-Centered People. And lot of their beers are just too god damned “off-centered” for me. Ta Henket tastes like it was aged with old gym socks. Noble Rot taste like a glass of white table wine from a red and white table-clothed family-style Italian restaurant for $5 that you never get to see the label of. And there are countless others that just don’t do it for me. I dunno, maybe I’m too traditional with my beer tastes but I want my stout to taste like a stout, unless it tastes like an imperial stout, unless that tastes like a barrel-aged imperial stout. Et cetera. And I’m all for subtle hints of this spice or this extra flavor as long as it compliments the base beer, but you can keep all of that other whack shit to yourselves.

But I digress. We picked DFH because it was good stopping point, we’ve never been, you can pick up their Blue Hen vodka infusions, and like I said there are some of their beers that I genuinely enjoy. Fortunately I have some amazing friends at The Ruck that have allowed me to taste more Dogfish Head beers than the average person, but it was the day before their Weekend of Compelling Ales and Whatnot and I wasn’t hopeful there was going to be much on draft I hadn’t had. Luckily (or maybe not so luckily) there were a handful that neither Elise nor I had tried so we did a sampler to get a taste of each. Sadly, none of them knocked our socks off.

The food was OK. Nothing earth shattering but still good. It was Pizza Day, and seeing “woodgrilled pizza” with some pretty interested toppings sealed the deal for me. Summer sausage (more like pepperoni), house made bacon, and pesto pizza? Yes please. Any place south of Philly is “crab country” to Elise, so naturally crab cakes were for her.

They have a little gift shop in the front where you can pick up most of their bottles and other swag to go.  We spend some time bullshitting with guy manning the window about where we were from and about our trip (the boner this guy got about Ommegang was pretty funny). Picked up the peanut butter and chocolate infused versions of their vodka along with some other trinkets.

Overall I enjoyed the stop and will definitely be back again, next time for more than just lunch. It was a really easy drive, and we made it to Rehoboth Beach by 1PM. I can see a weekend or long weekend with friends there in our future.