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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.

New winter seasonal Piercing Pils out now!

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Exciting news! Piercing Pils, our new winter seasonal, is now available in bottles and on draft at our Milton brewery.

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Exciting news! Piercing Pils, our new winter seasonal, is available in bottles and on draft today at our Milton brewery. It'll also be rolling out on taps and shelves throughout our 26-state distribution network over the next couple of weeks.

To find where retailers have delivered it within the past 60 days, punch your ZIP code into our Fish Finder app.

Get your Namaste on year-round

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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.

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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."

Traditional FL!P Ale – with a Batali twist – celebrates new Eataly Chicago

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If you bellied up to a bar in 18th-century America on a winter’s eve, chances are the colonists on either side of you would be nursing a warm, spicy flip.

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If you bellied up to a bar in 18th-century America on a winter’s eve, chances are the colonists on either side of you would be nursing a warm, spicy flip. The eggnog-type beer cocktail repeatedly appeared in the journals of the Founding Fathers and was a near constant on the expense accounts of George Washington.

But like powdered wigs and hoop skirts, flips fell out of fashion. Until now.

Here at Dogfish Head, we often look to the past for inspiration, and on Friday, Nov. 22, we’re releasing the first beer ever brewed specifically to make a flip beer cocktail. Why? We’re celebrating the grand opening of Eataly Chicago, the latest U.S. location of the epic artisanal Italian food emporium run by the Farinetti family, the Saper family, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich.

Q&A: Punk rocker Jon Langford on death, digital art and Dogfish Head

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Dogfish Head Founder and President Sam Calagione first fell for artist Jon Langford’s work when he saw it on the walls of Chicago’s rock and beer emporium Delilah’s.

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Dogfish Head Founder and President Sam Calagione first fell for artist Jon Langford’s work when he saw it on the walls of Chicago’s rock and beer emporium Delilah’s. Sam had been on the lookout for an artist to paint a label for Olde School Barleywine, and he knew he’d found his man. Since then, Jon – best known for his roles in the British punk band The Mekons and the Chicago-based country-punk band The Waco Brothers – has been called upon for all sorts of Dogfish Head projects, from Analog-A-Go-Go posters to labels for 75 Minute IPA and more. “It’s been a collaboration that I’ve enjoyed enormously,” says Jon. “Craft brewing reminds me of the early days of punk. I love the way that many of the brewers work together on berserk projects.”

Menu, tickets now available for Vintage Beer Dinner

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The menu for the second dinner in our off-season series is out now, and it's shaping up to be another tasty night.

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The menu for the second dinner in our off-season series is out now, and it's shaping up to be another tasty night. The theme is Vintage Beers, so with each delicious dish, you'll be sampling something from the stash of Dogfish Head founder and president Sam Calagione. Check it out!

New winter seasonal Piercing Pils coming from Dogfish

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Have you ever heard a pear sing?

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Have you ever heard a pear sing?

Here at Dogfish Head, we've been playing around with off-centered hybrids since the mid-90s. We do beer-wine hybrids like Noble Rot and Sixty-One using grapes as fermentable sugars, and we do a beer-cider hybrid called Positive Contact using apples.

For Piercing Pils, our new winter seasonal, we've brewed a beer/perry hybrid with pear juice. And although we usually prefer the spicy, robust possibilities of ales, this one is a Czech-style pilsner.

Hmmm. A winter seasonal that’s not dark and roasty? That’s right. Once again, Dogfish Head is zigging when everyone else is zagging, and we think you’ll love it.

Ahoy, sailors! Ward off scurvy with help from the Province Ale Company

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We're entering the home stretch of our year-long Province Ale Company, but we're not slowing down yet.

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We're entering the home stretch of our year-long Province Ale Company, but we're not slowing down yet. This month, we're brewing Scurvy Grass Ale. it's a tonic ale brewed with molasses, Czech malt and hops. Brewer Ragged Jordan (aka Ben Potts) has spiced things up with scurvy grass, senna leaf and horseradish. What's scurvy grass, you ask? It's a peppery perennial from the cabbage family that's rich in vitamin C. Sailors of yore used to eat it after returning from long voyages. It was a life-saver!

In the kitchen, Chef Joseph Arsenault (aka Dennis Marcoux), has whipped up a Roasted Pumpkin and Israeli Cous-Cous Salad with Homemade Duck Pastrami. Mmm, three cheers for Chef Joseph!

This throwback combo will be tapped and served Saturday at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach. And don't worry if you missed last month's beer. We held back a keg so members and newcomers can catch up and join the run of antique ales.

Just two more months to go! Remember, at the end of the year, investors will receive their completed journal, as well as a turn-of-the-century Province Ale baseball cap and a retro T-shirt. Also, anyone who can guess which two of the 12 recipes were invented by the Province team – and not real 19th-century beer recipes discovered on the dusty shelves of a local library – will enjoy a private dinner with the Ragged, Chef Joseph and Nicolo Mastroianni (aka Sam Calagione).

Could your nonprofit use $4,000?

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You know we love beer, right? Well, there are three other things hot on beer's heels around here: the arts, community and the environment.

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You know we love beer, right? Well, there are three other things hot on beer's heels around here: the arts, community and the environment.

If your Sussex County nonprofit works in any of those three spaces, we're throwing down a challenge for you: Tell us your mission and how you do what you, and we just might give you $4,000 to work with.

"There are so many good people doing so many good things here in Sussex," says Mark Carter, Dogfish Head's Beer & Benevolence guru. "Most of our co-workers live and play here, and the local community has been super supportive of our brewery, so it makes sense to return the favor."

We'll be giving out three awards – one for each category – for $3,000 each. The three beneficiaries also will receive a "Benevolence Night" at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, Del., and the nonprofit with the best turnout will receive an additional $1,000.

Dogfish Head releases new ancient Scandinavian ale Kvasir

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Over the next few weeks, the tart and complex Ancient Ale Kvasir will be hitting taps and shelves.

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Over the next few weeks, the tart and complex Ancient Ale Kvasir will be hitting taps and shelves.

The recipe for Kvasir (say va-SEER) was developed with the help of chemical, botanical and pollen evidence taken from a 3,500-year-old Danish drinking vessel. The vessel, made of birch bark, was found in the tomb of a leather-clad dancer or priestess.

"Last year, we brewed an Ancient Ale from southern Europe," says Dogfish Head Founder and President Sam Calagione, "so it's been interesting to see the differences driven by the Scandinavian climate and terroir."

 
 
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