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More hop geekery: Behind the scenes with Me So Hoppy

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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:

This one's for the beer geeks: Behind-the-scenes with Sofa King Hoppy

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Let's take a quick trip back to the late '90s.

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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.

Drops some hop bombs with our Hip-Hop-Eclipse Spotify playlist

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Welcome to our listening room.

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Welcome to our listening room. This is where, on a monthly basis (at least), we will be sharing a glimpse into what we're listening to (good music mostly) and what we're thinking about (beer mostly) in the form of a Spotify playlist. This series of lovingly curated mix tapes takes inspiration from what's happening around the brewery and pairs those stories with tracks that sound good together (mostly).

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Tim Parrott is a graphic designer at Dogfish Head.
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Now that's a lot of hops!

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Who says public service announcements can't be fun?

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Who says public service announcements can't be fun? Take a spin through this fun little anti-drinking-and-driving PSA-ish thing we shot here at Dogfish Head. It features Dogfish Founder and President Sam Calagione and actor Ken Marino, who recently had a season-long arc on "Eastbound & Down" and has starred in "Party Down," "Burning Love" and the Adult Swim series "Childrens Hospital."

We enlist punk quilter Ken Ellis in the fight for more hops

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We love mixing our peanut butter with the chocolate of artists who share our off-centered outlook.

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We love mixing our peanut butter with the chocolate of artists who share our off-centered outlook. We've worked with painters, illustrators, designers, musicians, metalworkers and woodcarvers, but our latest project is a first. We asked Chicago native Ken Ellis to help us celebrate our diverse lineup of IPAs with one of his signature quilts. That's right, quilts.

Tickets now on sale for Dogfish Head's Point-to-Point Hospitality Tent

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Join Dogfish Head and friends Sunday, May 4, at our exclusive Poin-to-Point Hospitality Tent along the rail.

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Join Dogfish Head and friends Sunday, May 4, at our exclusive Poin-to-Point Hospitality Tent along the rail. Along with VIP parking, you'll find a wide selection of off-centered ales and spirits with carefully selected food pairings. You'll have a chance to win a guitar autographed by Dave Matthews, chat with members of the Dogfish Head team and raise a toast to the 36th annual running of Point-to-Point.

Hop-hunting 101

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It's hop-buying season here at Dogfish Head.

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It's hop-buying season here at Dogfish Head. As most of us are just settling in to 2014, brewmaster Tim Hawn already has his mind on the 2015 brew schedule and the ingredients he'll need to make it happen. The hops won't be harvested until fall, but if he waited until then to place the order, we'd be out of luck.

February fun at our Rehoboth Beach brewpub

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First things first ... the beer. We’ve got some elusive exclusives that just hit the taps. Stop down to give them a try and let us know what you think!

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First things first ... the beer. We’ve got some elusive exclusives that just hit the taps. Stop down to give them a try and let us know what you think!

Brace yourselves ... AHopEclipseNow! is coming

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For the second year in a row, we're dedicating the months of February and March to an explosive celebration of our hop-centric libations.

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For the second year in a row, we're dedicating the months of February and March to an explosive celebration of our hop-centric libations.

For the second year in a row, we're dedicating the months of February and March to an explosive celebration of our hop-centric libations. - See more at: http://www.dogfish.com/community/blogfish/members/justin-williams/brace-yourselves-ahopeclipsenow-is-coming.htm#sthash.ceoaPkSl.dpuf

Dogfish 2014 seasonal artist Jermaine Rogers finds freedom in the weird

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Jermaine Rogers never thought his art would take him very far, and for a while he was alright with that.

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Jermaine Rogers never thought his art would take him very far, and for a while he was alright with that.

He was happy enough collecting a check from the Houston planetarium and drawing little flyers for bands on the side. It was the early '90s, and music was changing. The Seattle sound was making its way to Texas, and Jermaine dug it. Club owners hired him to help promote up-and-comers like Soundgarden and The Melvins when they passed through town.

Sure, when he was younger, filling sketchbooks with Optimus Prime and coveting freshly sharpened pencils the way other kids coveted new toys, he dreamed of drawing for a living. But his teachers and other well-meaning adults had shut the door on that dream. The flyers and 'zine covers kept him in touch with his creativity. Besides, he'd get tickets to the shows, maybe 50 bucks, and the chance to be part of something.

"I had no illusions that it would become anything huge," he says. "It was just something that I wanted to do."

Then Jermaine saw a poster by the artist Frank Kozik, and it was the beginning of what you might call his come-to-Jesus moment.

 
 
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