Not too unlike the classic tale Moby Dick, the beer world has a few white whales that break the surface every so often. For us, that white whale is Festina Lente.
Originally brewed back in 2003, Festina Lente was our first adventure into the world of sour and wild ales. Much like all of the other ales we’ve produced, Festina Lente had (and still has) the same culinary mindset present in the ethos of Dogfish Head. The original release was brewed with 400 pounds of local peaches from Fifer Orchard in central Delaware, aged on oak, then bottle-conditioned in champagne bottles. However, it didn’t see the light of day until the Great American Beer Festival in 2006 where it was awarded a bronze medal in the Belgian-style sour ale category.
For this release, our brewers took the same thoughtful approach. Locally grown hops and malt, fermented with both Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus, aged for 18 months in freshly emptied chardonnay barrels, and then finally finished on over 2,700 pounds of fresh Delaware peaches from Fifer's. Yes … 2,700 pounds. The result is a tart and delicate American wild ale with a bright and effervescent carbonation. Perfect to enjoy now, or several years down the road.
Festina Lente is releasing Saturday, Dec. 14 at our Milton Tasting Room & Kitchen beginning at 11 a.m. We’ll have 10,000 bottles up for grabs (our biggest Wooden … it be nice! release yet!), priced at just $10 each.