Dogfish Head Craft Brewery along with Atlas Obscura’s food and drink vertical, Gastro Obscura, joins forces to launch a limited-edition, first-of-its-kind craft beer experiment: Fermentation Engastration. In contrast to anything drinkers have ever tasted, Fermentation Engastration(10% ABV) attracts inspiration from a group of complex fermented drinks – a rose-scented sake, a Mid-Atlantic honey and date mead, a bittersweet hard cider, a fruity Muscat wine and a rustic farmhouse ale. The end result? One eccentric, incomparable beverage that may only be described as the “Turducken” of the beer world.
Fermentation Engastration is brewed with a boatload of off-centered culinary components, together with barley, spelt, muscat grape juice concentrate, flaked rice, apple juice concentrate, honey rice syrup, date syrup, yeast, hops and rose petals. On the nostril, this brewing innovation is bursting with traditional spicy phenols, whereas the tasting experience packs an explosion of fruit character balanced by a slight sweetness. With only 1,ooo (500ml) bottles made,Fermentation Engastration might be obtainable for buy at Dogfish Head’s Milton, Delaware, brewery, starting Friday, May 6, as well as in select U.S. states* from coast to coast by way of GiveThemBeer.com, starting Friday, May 13, at 9 a.m. EST, whereas supplies last.
“Here at Dogfish Head, we’ve never been afraid to go against the grain with experimenting with unique, high quality culinary ingredients in our beers,” said Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Founder & Brewer. “As brewers and ‘mad scientists’ of sorts, it’s always been a fascination of ours to deconstruct, reimagine and reassemble how drinkers experience each sip of a new beer. Our latest example of that thinking is Fermentation Engastration, kind of like the ‘turducken’ of beer, which artfully melds a whole myriad of complex ideas and brewing concepts into one multi-layered drinking event.”
Initially brewed for Dogfish Head’s annual Weekend of Compelling Ales & Spirits, an off-centered food and beverage competition that includes Gastro Obscura as this year’s featured guest, Fermentation Engastration seamlessly aligns with both the brewery and Gastro Obscura’s missions. For Dogfish Head, Fermentation Engastration is a liquid illustration of the brewery’s off-centered ethos, giving a loving nod to its historical past of pushing the boundaries of craft beer. As one of the world’s first fashionable craft breweries to brew beers with culinary elements outside the Reinheitsgebot, the German purity legislation stating beer can solely be brewed with water, hops, barley and yeast, Dogfish Head prides itself on developing complex, various and adventurous craft drinks for drinkers trying to challenge the status quo, one sip at a time.
Equally, Gastro Obscura encourages those with daring palettes to discover the world and its many wonders through the lens of food and drink. By sharing tales, hosting experiences and leading worldwide journeys, Gastro Obscura strives to open people’ minds (and stomachs) to new and thrilling culinary experiences by unlocking their internal senses of wonder and curiosity.
“The curious minds at Atlas Obscura and Dogfish Head share a common obsession with searching for the unusual in food and drink,” said Warren Webster,Atlas Obscura CEO. “We knew that anything could happen if we teamed up with Dogfish Head, and sure enough we found magic in Fermentation Engastration. Like our partnership itself, this beer is proof that bringing together unexpected ingredients can yield wonderful results.”