Beer to Be Named by BeerAdvocate.com Members and Served at the 2009 Extreme Beer Fest in Boston
Planet Earth – Typically, beer is brewed with four base ingredients (water, malt, hops, and yeast) and beer styles tightly frame the brewer’s art with restrictive captions. Historically, breaking out of these frames was taboo, subject to fine, imprisonment, death, or even worse–a beer not being called “beer!”
With raised pints-n-hand and a mission to challenge and change palates, BeerAdvocate founders and brothers Jason and Todd Alström will once again showcase creative brewers and beers that push the boundaries of brewing at their sixth annual Extreme Beer Fest in Boston, Massachusetts. The weekend of palate smacking will occur on February 20 & 21, 2009, featuring Night of the Barrels on Friday (all wood-aged beers) and Sessions One & Two (over 100 extreme beers) on Saturday.
The fest will also be fortified by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery out of Milton, Delaware, who’s the official beer sponsor and one of over 30 participating brewers. “We’ve built our reputation for brewing extreme, exotic, extraordinary beers by willfully, purposefully, passionately thumbing our noses at pseudo-tradition,” said Sam Calagione, founder and president of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. “Beers have been brewed with exotic and indigenous ingredients around the world since the dawn of civilization. This is beer’s true tradition that Dogfish has celebrated since we opened.”
“We’re definitely on the same planet as Sam,” added Todd Alström. “We’ve been individually spearheading the extreme beer movement for years now, but together we plan to raise the bar by challenging brewers and palates, daring them, to explore something different. It’s going to be nothing less than epic.”
Speaking of raising the bar, the Alström Brothers are scheduled to brew a limited release beer on December 9 with Sam Calagione and Lead Brewer Bryan Selders at the original Dogfish Head brewpub on Rehoboth Beach in Delaware. The beer’s creation and progress will be tracked and discussed online, named by BeerAdvocate.com members via a competition, served exclusively at the Extreme Beer Fest, and discussed during an education seminar.
Inspired by a shared love and respect for America’s extreme beer movement, Italy’s emerging craft beer scene, and the kitchen sink attitude and devilish drinkability found in Belgian brewing, the collaborative recipe is the result of numerous emails and phone calls discussing the ingredients, final characteristics, and new ways to look at extreme brewing. Jason, Todd, Sam, and Bryan each provided unique spins to ensure maximum off-centeredness and deliciousness.
– Maple Syrup (Grade A, Massachusetts)
– Green Peppercorns
– Korean Corn Tea “Oksusu-cha”
– Fawcett’s Maris Otter Base Malt
– Dash of MFB Kiln Coffee Malt
– Liberty & Vanguard hops
– Dogfish Head’s Raison D’Etre House Yeast Strain
– Aiming for 8% ABV
In addition to the straight-up version, a version aged on walnut wood chips will also debut on Night of the Barrels.
[The beer name will be voted on by Beer Advocate members before the Night of the Barrels.]
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