A new release being released this month from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery will blur the lines between beer and wine.
Mixed Media is a 7.5 percent ABV “saison-esque ale” brewed with Belgian yeast strain and conditioned on late-harvest Viognier grape must sourced from Prosser, Wash.-based Alexandria Nicole Cellars. According to the brewery, the new ale has 51 percent of the fermentable sugars coming from grain and 49 percent coming from grapes.
“We’ve been experimenting with grape juice and must in the brewing process with beers like Midas Touch, Red & White, Noble Rot and Sixty One, since we first opened 23 years ago as the smallest American craft brewery,” said Sam Calamine, Dogfish Head founder and ceo, in a post on the brewery’s website. “By blending the two seemingly opposite worlds of beer and wine together we’ve discovered that they collide quite nicely, and the combination of the two adds an additional thread of flavor and a layer of complexity to the mix.”
The Milton, Del.-based brewery has released a number of beer/wine hybrids in the past including Sixty One IPA, Midas Touch and Raison D’être. In addition, Dogfish Head has filed a label with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) for Viniferous IPA, a 6 percent ABV IPA brewed with El Dorado, hallertau blanc and huell melon hops before being fermented on both Riesling and Viognier grape musts.
According to Dogfish Head, Mixed Media will be packaged in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles that are scheduled to be released at retailers across the brewery’s distribution network in “late April.”