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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."

Dogfish Head beer dinner series kicks off Oct. 27

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Our beer-dinner series is back, and with new dishes and new beers, this promises to be our tastiest run yet.

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Our beer-dinner series is back, and with a new chef, new dishes and new beers, this promises to be our tastiest run yet.

"People come here to have fun, so I like to take them out of their comfort zone," says Dogfish Head's new Chef de Cuisine Brenton Wallace, a kitchen veteran and graduate of Johnson & Wales Culinary Arts School. "I also believe you should appreciate every single ingredient, and I try to encourage that by interacting and explaining how and why each dish is composed the way it is."

From October's Farm-to-Table Dinner to April's Small-Batch Special, the dinners are $65 per person, including gratuity. Seating starts at 6:30, and tickets and the food and beer selections will be available online three weeks before each event. Of course, the menu is subject to change based on availability and Chef Brenton's never-ending pursuit of awesomeness.

Dogfish Head's Grateful Dead brew hitting taps, shelves

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American Beauty, the counterculture collaboration between Dogfish Head Craf

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American Beauty, the counterculture collaboration between Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and the Grateful Dead, will be hitting taps and shelves over the next few weeks.

The band took the lead on deciding the style of beer, and they opted for a bold pale ale made with 100 percent U.S.-grown ingredients. The brewery and the band, who both built followings by connecting directly with their fans, asked their supporters to help decide on one righteous, off-centered ingredient to add to the recipe that would complement the pale ale base.

More than 1,500 loyal fans suggested an ingredient idea and the Dead-inspired story behind it. There was no shortage of great suggestions – the red grenadine from “Brown-Eyed Women,” rose hips reminiscent of the motif painted on the Rosemont water tower – but there was one that stood out.

Hey! Why can't I find Dogfish Head? (or, How a beer gets from us to you)

In a perfect world, we'd package a batch of beer one day, and the next day it would appear on taps and shelves in all 27 states where our off-centered ales are sold.

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In a perfect world, we'd package a batch of beer one day, and the next day it would appear on taps and shelves in all 27 states where our off-centered ales are sold.

But if you've ever hunted for a highly sought-after beer from Dogfish Head or any other small, independent brewery, you know we don't live in that perfect world.

Take our fall seasonal, Punkin Ale. We release Punkin every year on Labor Day weekend. We're in coastal Delaware, and that's the unofficial end of summer around here, so that just feels right. Any earlier would give us that feeling you get when you start seeing Santa in September.

So if you come to our Milton brewery or Rehoboth Beach brewpub on Labor Day weekend, you'll find Punkin Ale on our taps and shelves. Easy-peasy.

The rest of our distribution footprint? Well, that's a little trickier.

Join Dogfish for grassroots bocce fundraiser in Chicago

Who says bocce can’t make the world a better place?

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Who says bocce can’t make the world a better place? What started with a few Chicago food-industry friends looking to get together and enjoy some downtime has turned into the Wicker Park Bocce Club, which has transformed an unused urban lot into two bocce courts.

To celebrate the transformation and support the club, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is bringing its Intergalactic Bocce Tournament to the Midwest for the first time. The tournament – similar to ones Dogfish holds on the East and West coasts – is expected to raise more than $1,000 for the club.

“Bocce is in our blood – or maybe I should say beer – here at Dogfish Head,” says Founder and President Sam Calagione. “What other sport can you play with a beer in your hand? We love the grassroots work Wicker Park Bocce Club is doing and jumped at the chance to show them some love.”

Searching for a friendly solution

We've heard a lot of chatter and gotten a few questions today about a trademark dispute involving our Belgian-style white beer Namaste.

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We've heard a lot of chatter and gotten a few questions today about a trademark dispute involving our Belgian-style white beer Namaste.

For more than five years, we’ve sold Namaste throughout the U.S. We originally brewed it to raise funds for Drie Fonteinen brewery after a disaster hit and ruined 100,000 bottles of their beer. To reflect this spirit of collaboration and respect for the brewing industry, we named the beer Namaste. What started as a fundraiser quickly became a fan favorite, and we’ve been brewing and bottling it ever since.

A few months ago, a retail account and restaurant in Austin, Texas, began brewing under the name Namaste Brewing Company. The brewery owners also run a retail store that has sold Dogfish Head, including our Namaste beer. As many of you are probably aware, there is no point in having a trademark unless we actively defend it (and if we don’t defend it this time, anyone can name a beer Namaste), and Dogfish does have a federal trademark for Namaste in the beer world, which covers both breweries and beer.

Because we believe in working collaboratively with other brewers in handling these disputes, we have called and emailed Namaste Brewing in hopes of resolving the matter brewer-to-brewer. (We have not sent a cease-and-desist and have not taken any legal action, as has been reported.) We have given them several creative solutions in an effort to alleviate any hardship they might face in making the changes, including the option to continue to sell the beer at their existing location and at festivals. Another option was to allow them ample time to phase out the name.

We want to point out a quick distinction, as we’ve seen some of our fans point to Sam’s trademark troubles in the past, as seen on "Beer Wars." Our issue in "Beer Wars" with Punkin Ale was actually quite different from the one here. Back then, the company that tried to block our trademark application for Punkin Ale was arguing that Punkin Ale was not a distinct enough name for a beer. They did not have a trademark they were trying to protect, and we did not brew a beer or open a company with a name similar to theirs. With Namaste, we have to protect the name of our beer or we lose it.

That's all we plan to say publicly about this, and we're looking forward to a friendly solution with the folks at Whip-In.

 
 
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