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Eric Strader
Eric Strader
Eric Strader writes about the craft beer scene in Indiana and Michigan. He's a dad, husband, potter, soccer coach, special education paraprofessional, who likes to read, bike, hike, and canoe.

Dogfish Head finally here - really!

You can now get Dogfish Head in Michiana. But where?

Posted on Jan. 9, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 9, 2014 at 6:58 p.m.

OK, I know that I keep hitting you over the head with this, but this is finally it, Dogfish Head is here, on the shelves, and I won't need to pester you anymore about it.  Four cases arrived yesterday at the Caragana Court location of Chalet Party Shoppe, and more brands arrived today at the Chicago Ave Store, CR 17, and Cassopolis Ave stores.  City Wide in South Bend will be getting their delivery tomorrow.

For now you can purchase Tweason’ale – 6% ABV – gluten free, Namaste – 4.8% ABV, IBUs 20 – witbier, 90 Minute – 9% ABV, IBUs 90 – imperial IPA, Indian Brown – 7.2% ABV, IBUs 50 – hoppy hybrid brown ale/IPA/scotch ale, Midas Touch – 9% ABV, IBUs 12 – spiced/herb beer, part of their ancient ales series, and World Wide Stout – 15% – 20-% ABV, IBUs 70 – imperial stout.   Other brands will follow soon.

To celebrate this re-launch, I opened a World Wide Stout from 2010 with a few buddies.  This is a classic, and with a few years age on it, a very complex beer.  The high ABV is very noticeable and immediately warms your insides.  Beyond that, it is a very smooth drinkable beer, especially in spite of the high ABV.   Many flavors ranging from coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit, to molasses and roasted malt.   And as the website states, there is a ridiculous amount of barley.

Also I purchased a bottle of Midas Touch to bring home and taste.  It is the first beer in Dogfish Head's Ancient Ale series.  According to the website, the recipe was formulated using ingredients found in 2,700-year-old drinking vessels from the tomb of King Midas.  It is light straw colored in appearance, and does not seem to be a high ABV beer.  However, upon sipping, it tastes, as mentioned on their website again, somewhere between a wine and a mead.   The mouth feel is light to medium with prominent grape and honey flavors.  Another example of how Dogfish Head does a great job with some off the wall ideas and beers.

I'm also going to re-post a photo here of one of my beer highlights.  Back in 2011, when I was visiting Northern Michigan with my family, I learned about an event with Joe Short (of Short's Brewing) and Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head).  These two heroes of mine were brewing a collaboration beer (Cornholio, baltic porter, 7% ABV), and hosted a reception at the Grand Traverse Resort.   There were several Short's beers on tap, including the collaboration, and Sam was walking around pouring from bottles of Theobrama (chile beer based on ancient recipe, 9% ABV).  I was able to chat with both of them, and we posed just long enough for my brother-in-law to snap a photo. In other related beer release news, Bell's Smitten has already hit the Michiana shelves.  And if you are looking for a bottle of Three Floyds Permanent Funeral, as of yesterday, there were 4 or 5 bottles left at the Caragana Ct. location of Chalet Party Shoppe.

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