Delaware-based Dogfish Head Brewery has announced they will revive their beloved Grateful Dead-inspired American Beauty Pale Ale, a salute to the band’s 1970 album.
Starting in 2019, American Beauty Pale Ale will be available in six-packs of 12 ounce bottles, and clocks in at 6.5% ABV to commemorate the year the Grateful Dead formed (1965). American Beauty is brewed with granola and succulent wildflower honey which adds toasty, sweet notes to this hoppy ale. When Dogfish Head first collaborated with the band in 2013, they jointly reached out to their fan base with a call out for ingredient suggestions to incorporate into the recipe of the beer. Dead heads and beer enthusiasts submitted more than 1500 ingredient suggestions, and after long consideration, Dogfish Head knew granola was the ingredient they needed.
Dogfish Head CEO and founder Sam Calagione said in a statement, “We, at Dogfish, are inspired by [the Grateful Dead’s] music, along with their unprecedented ability to bridge long-lasting, meaningful connections with fans for decades on end. We’re thrilled to collaborate with the Dead for a second iteration of American Beauty and hope fans of free-spirited music and independent beer will join in welcoming back this classic pale ale.”
In addition to the beer release, Dogfish Head will be working with the Grateful Dead’s official archivist, David Lemieux, who curates and produces a series of rare and highly sought-after live Grateful Dead shows, known as “Dave’s Picks.” Dogfish Head plans to partner with Lemieux on a number of projects, including an immersive storytelling experience at their Rehoboth, DE and Milton, DE properties in early February of 2019. Dogfish Head has extensive history collaborating with musicians and bands, as the brewery has composed several musically inspired beers with notable artists like The Flaming Lips, Miles Davis, Deltron 3030, Pearl Jam, and Guided by Voices.
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