Namaste, a Belgian-style white beer bursting with good karma, is making the leap from occasional release in a champagne-size bottles to year-round offering in 12-oz. 6-packs. The new packaging, coming at you in 2014, will be available in all of the states where Dogfish Head is sold.
"From the day we opened in 1995, the average beer we've brewed has been 9% ABV," says Dogfish Head Founder and President Sam Calagione. "We love going big, but we also hear the calls for a more sessionable off-centered ale. We hope you'll agree that Namaste is a great year-round quencher and food beer."
Made with dried organic orange flesh and orange rind, fresh-cut lemongrass and a bit of pepper and coriander, Namaste was originally brewed in 2009 to raise money and awareness for 3 Fonteinen, a Belgian brewery that suffered a devastating production loss.
The name, which roughly translates to "The spirit in me recognizes and celebrates the spirit in you," is also a nod to craft beer lovers the world over for spreading the word about small, independent breweries.
The coming year will also see the return of the ageable Raison D'Extra. It's our O.G. Raison D'Etre, with a little extra. This immodest brew, made with an obscene amount of malt, brown sugar and raisins, takes Belgian-style browns to new heights.
Also in 2014, Tweason'ale will be available year-round, and we have a couple of collaborations in the works for our Music Series. More on those later.
Of course, there's only so much room in the fermenters and on the bottling line, so to make room for the new stuff, we have to say goodbye (for now) to a few old friends. Raison D'Etre will be going to draft-only, and we won't be brewing any Immort Ale, Chateau Jiahu, My Antonia or Black & Blue next year. Will they ever return? Well, we have a soft spot in our hearts for each and every one of those beers, so never say never, OK?
Check out the entire 2014 release calendar right here, and keep drinking the good stuff! Namaste.