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and southeastern sales rep. Devin Arloski
Flash video by Owen Ogletree

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Dogfish Head
Beer Dinner
with Sam Calagione

Brick Store Pub - Decatur, GA
September 9, 2008


Craft beer lovers experienced a special treat on the night of September 9, 2008.  Delaware's Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head's founder and brewer) made an appearance at the famed Brick Store pub in Decatur, GA.  Sam had done beer dinners on the nights leading up to the Decatur visit at Summits Wayside Tavern in Woodstock and at special beer locations in Savannah.  Beer aficionados see Sam as a craft brew poet and rock star, as the Dogfish godfather is always quick with a fitting phrase or amusing rap (see bottom of this page).  Brick Store patrons enjoyed a beautiful reception followed by four exquisite courses, each paired with a unique Dogfish ale.  The range of Dogfish beers has been extremely well received in Georgia, and Sam is quick to point out that Georgia consumes more of his products than even California.  Read on for more details...

-- Owen Ogletree - & Southern Brew News writer.

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Dogfish Head Craft Ales Featured at the Dinner...

  • Chateau Jiahu - In keeping with historic evidence, Dogfish brewers used pre-gelatinized rice flakes, Wildflower honey, Muscat grapes, barley malt, hawthorn fruit, and Chrysanthemum flowers. The rice and barley malt were added together to make the mash for starch conversion and degredation. The resulting sweet wort was then run into the kettle. The honey, grapes, Hawthorn fruit, and Chrysanthemum flowers were then added. The entire mixture was boiled for 45 minutes, then cooled. The resulting sweet liquid was pitched with a fresh culture of Sake yeast and allowed to ferment a month before the transfer into a chilled secondary tank.  8% abv.
  • 60 Minute IPA - Our flagship beer. A session India Pale Ale brewed with Warrior, Amarillo & 'Mystery Hop X.' A powerful East Coast I.P.A. with a lot of citrusy hop character. THE session beer for beer geeks like us!  6% abv.
  • India Brown Ale -A cross between a Scotch Ale, an I.P.A., and an American Brown, this beer is well-hopped and malty at the same time. It is brewed with Aromatic barley and caramelized brown sugar.  7.2% abv.
  • Immort Ale (2006, 2008 vintages) - Vast in character, luscious & complex. Brewed with peat-smoked barley, this strong ale is brewed with organic juniper berries, vanilla & maple syrup. It's aged on oak and fermented with a blend of English & Belgian yeasts.  11% abv.
  • Punkin Ale - A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. Perfect to warm-up with, as the season cools.  7% abv.
  • Black-N-Blue -A belgian-style Strong ale fermented with blackberries and blueberries.  10% abv.

Beer Dinner Menu...

Reception: Chateau Jiahu and Jiahu cocktails
Robiola rocchetta, house made crackers, local peppered pear jam, creamy cauliflower soup, crispy capers & chrysanthemum oil, buckwheat buttermilk blinis, ginger-gold apple, roasted nuts, local honey.

1st Course: 60 Minute IPA
Moroccan spiced lamb burger, black cherries, mint goat cheese, curried kettle chips.

2nd Course: India Brown Ale
Snails rockefeller, Benton's farms bacon, parmesan reggiano.

Entrée: Immort Ale... vintages 2006, 2008
Coffee-braised beef short rib, local heirloom bean medley, mandarin orange nectar.

Dessert: Punkin Ale, Black-N-Blue
Brown sugar-vanilla semifreddo.

Executive Chef for the dinner: Eric Ottensmeyer.

Sam Calagione poses with Brick Store owners (L-R) Mike Gallagher,
Tom Moore and Dave Blanchard.

Here's Sam's humorous rap highlighting the friendly competition
of east vs. west coast craft brewers.
This was recorded on the fly, but the sound
more than makes up for the poor lighting.

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