Dogfish Head’s “Mixed Media” Is The Closest Thing To A Wine That Beer Allows

With the explosion of wine grape beers and beer/wine hybrids, Dogfish Head was an early adopter and has now announced perhaps the most wine-like beer ever with Mixed Media. This vino-esque ale is brewed with a Belgian yeast and is 49% wine based on the total amount of fermentable sugars, the closest the law allows before being considered officially no longer a beer. The brewery describes the flavor as similar to a spicy white wine with note of sweet melon and white grape.

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Clocking in at 7.5% ABV and 15 IBUs, Mixed Media is pale straw in color with a tart, dry finish.  Late-harvest Viognier grape must from friends at Alexandria Nicole Cellars in Washington were used in the brewing process to round out the flavors.

“We have been brewing and releasing beer-wine hybrids every single year since 1996 when we released our Raison D’Etre,” said Sam Calagione, founder and CEO of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.  “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. Our newest spin, Mixed Media, is perfect for wine drinkers who are at beer drinking occasions or folks that enjoy a crisp, light Pinot Gris.”

A beer that pleases the palate of both Chardonnay and mead drinkers alike, Midas Touch, the original Ancient Ale and first beer-wine hybrid from Dogfish, is a sweet, yet dry beer made with barley, honey, white muscat grapes and saffron.  Another fan-favorite for those that love vino is Sixty One, an innovative beer marrying Dogfish Head’s award-winning 60 Minute IPA and Syrah grape must.

Back by popular demand and available starting in May is Festina Pêche, a tart and refreshing neo-Berliner Weisse.  Brewed to deliver a green apple-like tart flavor balanced with sweet peachy goodness, this off-centered ale is unique in that the fruit complexity is woven into the aroma and taste through the natural fermentation of the peach sugars.  Available for the first time in 12oz/6pk bottles, this pale straw-colored, highly sessionable beer clocks in at 4.5% ABV and 8 IBUs and is the perfect companion ale for the dog days of summer.  “We started brewing Festina Pêche back in 2007 and a full decade later, it continues to be one of our top selling, most requested beers by our fans,” says Calagione.

For more information about Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Mixed Media, Festina Peche or to learn more about delicious off-centered beers, visit dogfish.com.

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Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: SamuraiArtist@NewSchoolBeer.com

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