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Dogfish Head, Charles Wells collaboration explores the art of reduction

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 9:30am

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Bedford, England-based Charles Wells have put a unique twist on international brewing collaborations with DNA New World IPA and DNA UK.

First up, DNA New World. This 4.5% ABV India Pale Ale, brewed and distributed in England, is a marriage of East Coast USA and East Anglican UK brewing styles.

dDNA New World IPA will be sold overseas.

"Rather than simply mashing new ingredients together," says Tim Sprake, International Sales and Agency Director of Charles Wells, "we've taken a special reduction from 60 Minute IPA and integrated it into our own brewing process. In other words, we've taken the very DNA of one beer and added it to the brewing process of another. As a result, we've produced a beer that is unique and diverse and a little bit special."

DNA New World has a toasty, nutty start followed by a highly hopped, citrusy finish. It will be available in England on cask starting April 1 and will be bottled and kegged later this year.

The pioneering collaboration will be replicated on the other side of the Atlantic this summer when Dogfish Head brews a cask IPA using a yeast strain from Charles Wells. DNA UK will debut at Philadelphia Beer Week in June, and a team from both breweries will be on hand to celebrate the release.

"We have a mutual respect for Charles Wells," says Dogfish Head Founder and President Sam Calagione. "It's been great to work on this project together. We have a flair for originality and doing things a bit differently, and it's been terrific to explore a new addition to our craft beer range through such an exciting brewing initiative."

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