Since last summer, when we announced that Dogfish was headed back to the four states we pulled out of in 2011, we’ve been grateful for all of the anticipation, kind words and patience from the craft beer community.
The grand finale of our seasonal Beer Dinner Series promises to be one of the best yet. This time around, the theme is Small-Batch. That’s what we call the experimental beers we brew on our pilot system in the Rehoboth brewpub.
It's Aprihop season, and to celebrate the old in-like-a-lion, we've compiled some tracks to accompany the days when the sun finally comes out to stay. When it brings on the warmth, makes everything feel right and tempts us to just be out in it.
While a good amount of hop flavor and aroma comes from additions in the brewhouse, no other method rivals dry-hopping in its ability to deliver high levels of fresh hoppiness. Dry-hopping is adding hops to beer after it’s been fermented. This allows the very volatile essential oils of the hop to be absorbed into the beer without subjecting them to the violent environments of boiling wort or vigorous fermentation, both of which drive the most delicate and desirable compounds out of town. Listen in as our brewer Shane pulls back the curtain and dishes the nitty-gritty on Me So Hoppy:
Let's take a quick trip back to the late '90s. ... While heating water one day to prepare for a brew at our Rehoboth Beach brewpub, Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione caught a cooking segment on the TV above the bar. The chef was describing his method of adding small pinches of fresh cracked pepper to his soup in equal increments the entire time the soup boiled, rather than in one large handful in the middle of the process. The chef said this method would bring more complexity and evenness to the spice of the dishes than if he added the whole volume of pepper all at once.