Continuing with their line of music-inspired brews, a new collaboration was announced yesterday, Oct. 18, by Dogfish Head and the free-spirited band, The Grateful Dead. Along with the collaboration, Dogfish Head is giving fans of both the band and the brewery the opportunity to choose the final ingredient in the brew.
The beer will be a strong pale ale that will use all-American hops and barley along with the final ingredient chosen through a fan contest. Suggestions for the final ingredient in the brew, called American Beauty, will be taken online in December. The winning ingredient will be chosen by a panel from the brewery and the Grateful Dead team. The person whose ingredient is chosen is expected to be invited to the brewery in spring 2013 to brew a test batch. Along with the suggestion of an ingredient the brewery and Grateful Dean production team want to hear the story behind why you chose it. Particularly if it has to do with a Grateful Dead concert you attended, a notable event that happened while listening to a Grateful Dead song, or anything connected with the band.
David Lemieux, producer and archivist for the Grateful Dead said, “Grateful dead Productions is extremely pleased to be partnering with Dogfish Head Craft Brewery on the American Beauty pale ale. We’ve looked for a long while for the perfect brewery to team up with for a Grateful Dead-inspired brew, and feel we’ve finally found the right fit.”
“Me wife, Mariah, and I went to our first Dead show in the summer of ’91.” says Sam Galgione, owner of Dogfish Head. “It’s amazing how timeless those albums are.”
Dogfish Head’s American Beauty is expected to hit distribution in October 2013.