Whenever Dogfish Head President Sam Calagione and his neighborhood friends gather for drinks, they give each other a big ol’ man-hug and order a round of 60 Minute IPA. A few years ago, Sam also ordered a glass of his favorite red wine and poured a little into each pint of 60 Minute. They all dug the combination of fruity complexity and pungent hoppiness, and the blend became a beloved tradition.
Sixty-One captures that tradition in a bottle and marries two Dogfish Head innovations: beer/wine hybrids — which Dogfish has focused on for well over a decade with beers like Midas Touch and Raison D’être — and continually-hopped IPAs.
The name Sixty-One is a reminder that this beer is Dogfish Head’s best-selling 60 Minute IPA plus one new ingredient: syrah grape must from California. The label, painted by Sam, is a twist on a typical watercolor. Rather than using water, Sam mixed the green pigment with beer and the red pigment with wine. And because Sixty-One pairs so well with chocolate, he painted the browns on the label with melted chocolate.
To celebrate the launch of Sixty-One, Dogfish Head and Will Oldham, who performs as Bonnie “Prince” Billy, are releasing a limited-edition record. Bonnie “Prince” Billy has performed many times at Dogfish Head’s coastal Delaware brewpub and has become a good friend, the kind of friend you’d give a big ol’ man-hug to. He wrote an original song called Sixty-One that was inspired by this beer’s origins, and on the flip-side of the record is a rollicking Bonnie “Prince” Billy version of the innuendo-filled Dominoes classic “Sixty-Minute Man.” The record will be available only at Dogfish Head’s Delaware brewery and brewpub, where you’ll get a four-pack of Sixty-One, the record and a big, ol’ hug from a Dogfish Head co-worker.
Sixty-One, which clocks in at 6.5% ABV, will debut in March. Four-packs will be available four times a year throughout Dogfish Head’s 27-state distribution network. Suggested price is $8.99-$9.99.