For 23 years, music has played a huge role in the creative and artistic direction of the off-centered beers brewed at Dogfish Head, so it’s no surprise that its latest and greatest limited beer release, The Best Ever Dark Munich Beer Out Of Milton (5 percent ABV), was inspired by the song “The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton,” by the super awesome band known as the Mountain Goats. Releasing at the Milton Brewery Tasting Room & Kitchen at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, the malty and roasty autumnal lager is priced at $20/750ml bottle and includes a double-sided, two-track vinyl from the Pain Relievaz, the world’s one and only beer-geek, tongue-in-cheek, hip-hop ensemble. Only 200 bottles are available.
The Best Ever Dark Munich Beer Out Of Milton was brewed with heaps of German Munich malt, debittered and huskless Chilean black malt, and red rye crystal malt. Old-fashioned, slow-roasted corn meal and deeply nutty Abruzzi rye were also added to the mix, resulting in a richly layered Munich Dunkel with toasty, well-rounded, smooth, earthy flavors.
“Back in the ‘90s, I used to listen to Mountain Goats songs on cassettes while I was brewing, and from the jump, I felt a symbiotic relationship of sorts between our beers and their music,” said Sam Calagione, CEO and founder of Dogfish Head. “Their sounds had a beautiful, melodic, rough-around-the-edges kind of flow, and I connected with that vibe in that our beers were also rustic and melodic – so you could say that the artistic combination harmoniously came together.”
The inspiration for this adventure came to Calagione about a year ago as he was driving to work listening to “The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton,” and he began riffing on the lyrics, and the phrase “The Best Ever Dark Munich Beer Out Of Milton” fell right into place. Dogfish Head’s production brewery is located in Milton and makes both lagers and ales, so he thought it would be fun to make a beer and musical track inspired by the song. Calagione reached out to his Pain Relievaz counterpart, award-winning Great American Beer Festival lager brewer and Dogfish co-worker Bryan Selders, to lend a musically talented hand with bringing this beer and music collaboration to life. “The Best Ever Dark Munich Beer Out Of Milton” song is featured on a double-sided album and is only available on the limited vinyl. The album also includes “Boys & Girls of Summer,” a Pain Relievaz original track featuring longtime Dogfish collaborator Juliana Barwick, which is currently available for purchase on iTunes.
The Pain Relievaz and Dogfish created a love-letter music video of their homage featuring Calagione, Selders and Matt Silverman, Brewings & Eats sous chef, jamming on stage as they belt out beer-inspired lyrics in a video that pays tribute to the original Mountain Goats song. To see the video, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdawFayYBOM&feature=youtu.be.
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