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11 More Top Craft Breweries: Readers' Choice

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These craft breweries also deserve a little love, according to you readers

Boneyard Brewery, Bend, Ore.

We heard from our readers that the Pacific Northwest, particularly Bend, Ore., was woefully unrepresented in our list. And we listened: that's why we knew we had to check out this reader-suggested brewery. We hear that the RFM IPA is not-to-be missed, and let's just say that Hop Venom IPA and Notorious Triple IPA, at 10 percent and 12 percent ABV, respectively, look like they have a bite. We'll be watching this Oregon brewery to see what happens next.

Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Ore.

Another Bend, Ore. brewery to receive a whole lot of love? Deschutes, of course (it was a runner-up in our own poll). Says Luke Skyora, senior editor of Wine & Spirits magazine, Deschutes deserves its good name "for their reliability and commitment to balance over bombast."

Fullsteam Brewery, Durham, N.

There was outrage when our initial list of breweries didn't include any from North Carolina — we know, get it. But that doesn't mean we don't have plenty of love for the craft breweries of North Carolina, including Fullsteam Brewery. Fullsteam knows how to take the best of its state's produce and resources, like locally grown basil and hicory smoked, locally grown barley, and incorproate it into its brews. With both a solid line of flagship beer and "esoteric" beers, there's something for everyone to love at Fullsteam.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Richmond, Va.

This reader-suggested brewery, Hardywood Park is the love child of two friends, turned homebrewers, turned BCJP judges and ciccerones. And with it, Hardywood Park has shown a dedication to its Richmond roots with some unusual beer styles, like a "community hopped" IPA, and the Hardywood Saison Rustica, with locally grown lemongrass, star anise, and peppercorns.

Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro, Vt.

Hill Farmstead may only sell its beers throughout Vermont, but that hasn't deterred its fanbase. Redefining what "local" means in a craft beer (the brewery sits on a farm), Hill Farmstead makes some of the most "lusted-after" beers in the country, says Clare Goggin Sivits, writer for BeerGoggin.com. It may be a young brewery, but we'll be waiting to see where the brewery goes into 2014.

Hops & Grain, Austin

One of the runner-ups in our poll, Hops & Grains has a growing fan base in a town that's full of craft beer — and we can see why. A World Beer Cup winner in 2012 for its altbier, Hops & Grains have three solid flagship beers; but we think it's their greenhouse, where they experiment with small-batch, limited-edition seasonals. Judging by this month's selection, like the Chardonnay Alt, we can see why the taproom's always busy with craft beer-loving residents. (Oh, and pups love them too for their recycled spelt dog treats.)

Jester King Craft Brewery, Austin

Another Austin favorite, but we couldn't ignore how much readers loved Jester. This farmhouse brewery reinterprets farmouse ales into a variety of styles, like a Hoppy Farmhouse Ale, the Farmhouse Imperial Stout, and the Farmhouse Rye Imperial Stout. All while using local ingredients, we can see why the beers are worth a trip to Ceres park for a visit (especially now that the brewery can serve beers in-house, thanks to the change in Texas law).

Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, Colo.

We know, we know — we've shined a whole lot of praise onto some Colorado breweries. But this veteran (and reader-suggested brewery) of the craft brewing scene in Colorado deserves some praise, if only for that Milk Stout Nitro that everyone loves. Despite the large number of breweries north of Denver, Left Hand has made a home for itself in the Longmont with the community with a number of community initiatives, like the Homefront IPA. That, plus a seriously good lineup of brews, makes Left Hand a mile-high winner.

Schlafly, St. Louis

We saw Boulevard Brewing, Schlafly's neighbor, fly to the top of the poll, but Schlafly was a runner-up to our poll. Its wide range of brews, from summer lagers to bottle-conditioned Tripels, make it a clear hometown favorite. There's a reason it's called "the St. Louis Brewery."

Star Hill Brewery, Crozet, Va.

Star Hill, a reader-suggested brewery, is one of the most award-winning breweries in the state; and seeing as it's the start of Virginia Craft Beer Month, naturally we had to take notice. With quite the range of brews, like the German-style Smoke Out, it's clear that Star Hill has paved the way for other Virginian craft breweries.

Stillwater Artisanal Ales, Baltimore

A close runner-up in our poll and a reader suggestion, Stillwater is a Baltimore darling, to be sure. And it's also got some major street cred in the craft beer industry, as one of Rate Beer's top 100 breweries in the world in 2012. In a town that's slowing growing in the craft beer, Stillwater is leading the way.

Surly Brewing Co., Minneapolis, Minn.

Again, readers couldn't believe that Minneapolis wasn't represented on our list. Forgive us, you darling beer lovers of Minneapolis — surely, you won't be surly anymore? Surly Brewing Co. has been a veteran of the Minnesota beer scene since 1994, and has taken on the challenge of making better beers for the good people of Minnesota. Case in point: its Furious beer, an American IPA that's a favorite among craft beer lovers everywhere.


Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione and BeerAdvocate Founders Release Book on Extreme Brewing

MILTON, Del. — The ultimate authoritative primer on extreme homebrewing, Project Extreme Brewing: An Enthusiast’s Guide to Extreme Brewing at Home, is available for pre-sale at Amazon.com and will be officially released on November 14 at independent book stores or your favorite retailer. Sam Calagione, CEO and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, one of the nation’s most recognized indie craft breweries, teamed up with Todd and Jason Alström, brothers and founders of BeerAdvocate, a global, grassroots network powered by an independent community of craft beer enthusiasts, to create Project Extreme Brewing.

With over 50 homebrew recipes and creative brewing philosophies from dozens of America’s most beloved, respected and coveted indie craft breweries, readers will find step-by-step instructions and tips for making creative, forward-thinking recipes that expand the definition of what goes into making a great beer. Only inside Project Extreme Brewing can readers learn how to make a Flanders Red inspired by a pastrami sandwich, a not-so-traditional Stout made with chocolate and oysters, or a Scotch Ale designed to mimic the flavors of an Old Fashioned cocktail. Homebrewers can replicate the Imperial coffee porter recipe contribution from Dogfish Head called Mr. Hector Vargas, specifically brewed for those that dig some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and a little Sanka instant coffee in their porter. Named after the pioneer Science teacher Mr. Vargas from the 80’s movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High, this extreme brew contains Sanka decaf instant coffee, a ton of 2 row pale malt, amber, caramel, wheat, black patent and chocolate malts, with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg to round it out.

Pioneering the movement to experiment with beers outside of the Reinheitsgebot (aka the ‘German Beer Purity Law’ stating it’s illegal to brew with anything other than water, barley and hops) – Dogfish Head and BeerAdvocate have been leaders in amplifying the creativity behind the extreme brewing movement. “We’ve always believed the Reinheitsgebot is nothing more than a relatively modern form of art censorship and we are proud to work side by side with folks like the Alström’s – our brothers in beer – to adventurously brew inventive beers,” says Calagione. Exploding consumer interest combined with extreme brewing philosophy and its diverse, creative, ingredient and process-driven brews have reshaped the image and perception of beer in the marketplace. Recent IRI data (Total Multi-Outlet and Convenience, YTD 2017 vs. 2012) indicates a 151% growth in craft beer sales in styles like fruit IPAs, sweet/milk stouts, sour ales and herb/fruit specialty beers. They also demonstrate an explosive 5-year sales growth in beers brewed outside the Reinheitsgebot, like Session IPAs (1,927% increase), Gose (11,594% increase), Imperial Pale Ales (17,343% increase) and Porters (107,161% increase).

“In the last decade, the homebrewing and commercial brewing community has grown to fully embrace the concept of beers without borders and brewing beyond militant beer styles,” says Calagione. “I’ve been proud to work shoulder-to-shoulder with the Alström Brothers at their Extreme Beer Fest® throughout the years, and now, with the help of many of our favorite brewers, we are pouring our shared love for experimental brewing into this DIY book.” Since the inception of the first Extreme Beer Fest® in 2003, beer style categories in the competition have grown over 50% from the early beginnings to today as breweries continue to raise a fist to the norm and further proliferate in style and diversity. These statistics confirm that unique, potent beers that push the boundaries of traditional brewing are not only a movement, they’re here to stay. Todd Alström shares, “What’s extreme beer? Simply put, it’s beer that pushes the boundaries of brewing – and the attitude, creativity, and techniques behind brewing extreme beers are the foundation of today’s international brewing revolution. Project Extreme Brewing captures this and we’re honored to be a part of it with Sam and the contributing brewers.”

If that’s not extremely exciting enough, there’s more – Dogfish Head and BeerAdvocate rallied a few adventurous brewer friends featured in the book to create a six-part video series documenting the evolution and journey of cutting edge, extreme brewing. Follow along with pals from Short’s Brewing, Carton Brewing, The Post Brewing Co., The Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Co., BeerAdvocate, and the Godfather of Homebrewing, Charlie Papazian of the Brewers Association, on a documentary-style video series journey demonstrating what extreme brewing means to their individual exploration of creative brewing. Brewers share thoughts on the evolution of extreme brewing, the impact of wood barrel aging, culinary inspirations, along with tons of laughs and high-fives. Calagione tours his craft brewing brethren around his home state of Coastal Delaware, and gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at each special brew day at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Episodes are available to view on the Dogfish Head YouTube Channel.

Calagione and the Alström brothers collaborated to brew Puddin’ Wine, a traditional English-style Barleywine with an adventurous touch that’s featured in book. Clocking in at 10.5% ABV, Puddin’ Wine is brewed with dried cherries, plums, dark brown sugar, hazelnuts, sultana (big ol’ raisins) and black currants – resulting in a malty, rich, complex and fruity beer. A blend of Maris Otter, Pils and dark crystal malts alongside toasted wheat balances the dark pit fruit notes with smoothing caramel and toffee. Reminiscent of your favorite Christmas pudding (and inspired by Jason Alström’s actual holiday recipe), this Barleywine serves up an infusion of flavors that are rich and mildly sweet, yet slightly tart with sherry and oak notes. Aged for 6 months on Terra d’Oro Zinfandel Port barrels, Puddin’ Wine is now available throughout Dogfish’s distribution networks.


Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione and BeerAdvocate Founders Release Book on Extreme Brewing

MILTON, Del. — The ultimate authoritative primer on extreme homebrewing, Project Extreme Brewing: An Enthusiast’s Guide to Extreme Brewing at Home, is available for pre-sale at Amazon.com and will be officially released on November 14 at independent book stores or your favorite retailer. Sam Calagione, CEO and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, one of the nation’s most recognized indie craft breweries, teamed up with Todd and Jason Alström, brothers and founders of BeerAdvocate, a global, grassroots network powered by an independent community of craft beer enthusiasts, to create Project Extreme Brewing.

With over 50 homebrew recipes and creative brewing philosophies from dozens of America’s most beloved, respected and coveted indie craft breweries, readers will find step-by-step instructions and tips for making creative, forward-thinking recipes that expand the definition of what goes into making a great beer. Only inside Project Extreme Brewing can readers learn how to make a Flanders Red inspired by a pastrami sandwich, a not-so-traditional Stout made with chocolate and oysters, or a Scotch Ale designed to mimic the flavors of an Old Fashioned cocktail. Homebrewers can replicate the Imperial coffee porter recipe contribution from Dogfish Head called Mr. Hector Vargas, specifically brewed for those that dig some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and a little Sanka instant coffee in their porter. Named after the pioneer Science teacher Mr. Vargas from the 80’s movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High, this extreme brew contains Sanka decaf instant coffee, a ton of 2 row pale malt, amber, caramel, wheat, black patent and chocolate malts, with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg to round it out.

Pioneering the movement to experiment with beers outside of the Reinheitsgebot (aka the ‘German Beer Purity Law’ stating it’s illegal to brew with anything other than water, barley and hops) – Dogfish Head and BeerAdvocate have been leaders in amplifying the creativity behind the extreme brewing movement. “We’ve always believed the Reinheitsgebot is nothing more than a relatively modern form of art censorship and we are proud to work side by side with folks like the Alström’s – our brothers in beer – to adventurously brew inventive beers,” says Calagione. Exploding consumer interest combined with extreme brewing philosophy and its diverse, creative, ingredient and process-driven brews have reshaped the image and perception of beer in the marketplace. Recent IRI data (Total Multi-Outlet and Convenience, YTD 2017 vs. 2012) indicates a 151% growth in craft beer sales in styles like fruit IPAs, sweet/milk stouts, sour ales and herb/fruit specialty beers. They also demonstrate an explosive 5-year sales growth in beers brewed outside the Reinheitsgebot, like Session IPAs (1,927% increase), Gose (11,594% increase), Imperial Pale Ales (17,343% increase) and Porters (107,161% increase).

“In the last decade, the homebrewing and commercial brewing community has grown to fully embrace the concept of beers without borders and brewing beyond militant beer styles,” says Calagione. “I’ve been proud to work shoulder-to-shoulder with the Alström Brothers at their Extreme Beer Fest® throughout the years, and now, with the help of many of our favorite brewers, we are pouring our shared love for experimental brewing into this DIY book.” Since the inception of the first Extreme Beer Fest® in 2003, beer style categories in the competition have grown over 50% from the early beginnings to today as breweries continue to raise a fist to the norm and further proliferate in style and diversity. These statistics confirm that unique, potent beers that push the boundaries of traditional brewing are not only a movement, they’re here to stay. Todd Alström shares, “What’s extreme beer? Simply put, it’s beer that pushes the boundaries of brewing – and the attitude, creativity, and techniques behind brewing extreme beers are the foundation of today’s international brewing revolution. Project Extreme Brewing captures this and we’re honored to be a part of it with Sam and the contributing brewers.”

If that’s not extremely exciting enough, there’s more – Dogfish Head and BeerAdvocate rallied a few adventurous brewer friends featured in the book to create a six-part video series documenting the evolution and journey of cutting edge, extreme brewing. Follow along with pals from Short’s Brewing, Carton Brewing, The Post Brewing Co., The Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Co., BeerAdvocate, and the Godfather of Homebrewing, Charlie Papazian of the Brewers Association, on a documentary-style video series journey demonstrating what extreme brewing means to their individual exploration of creative brewing. Brewers share thoughts on the evolution of extreme brewing, the impact of wood barrel aging, culinary inspirations, along with tons of laughs and high-fives. Calagione tours his craft brewing brethren around his home state of Coastal Delaware, and gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at each special brew day at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Episodes are available to view on the Dogfish Head YouTube Channel.

Calagione and the Alström brothers collaborated to brew Puddin’ Wine, a traditional English-style Barleywine with an adventurous touch that’s featured in book. Clocking in at 10.5% ABV, Puddin’ Wine is brewed with dried cherries, plums, dark brown sugar, hazelnuts, sultana (big ol’ raisins) and black currants – resulting in a malty, rich, complex and fruity beer. A blend of Maris Otter, Pils and dark crystal malts alongside toasted wheat balances the dark pit fruit notes with smoothing caramel and toffee. Reminiscent of your favorite Christmas pudding (and inspired by Jason Alström’s actual holiday recipe), this Barleywine serves up an infusion of flavors that are rich and mildly sweet, yet slightly tart with sherry and oak notes. Aged for 6 months on Terra d’Oro Zinfandel Port barrels, Puddin’ Wine is now available throughout Dogfish’s distribution networks.


Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione and BeerAdvocate Founders Release Book on Extreme Brewing

MILTON, Del. — The ultimate authoritative primer on extreme homebrewing, Project Extreme Brewing: An Enthusiast’s Guide to Extreme Brewing at Home, is available for pre-sale at Amazon.com and will be officially released on November 14 at independent book stores or your favorite retailer. Sam Calagione, CEO and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, one of the nation’s most recognized indie craft breweries, teamed up with Todd and Jason Alström, brothers and founders of BeerAdvocate, a global, grassroots network powered by an independent community of craft beer enthusiasts, to create Project Extreme Brewing.

With over 50 homebrew recipes and creative brewing philosophies from dozens of America’s most beloved, respected and coveted indie craft breweries, readers will find step-by-step instructions and tips for making creative, forward-thinking recipes that expand the definition of what goes into making a great beer. Only inside Project Extreme Brewing can readers learn how to make a Flanders Red inspired by a pastrami sandwich, a not-so-traditional Stout made with chocolate and oysters, or a Scotch Ale designed to mimic the flavors of an Old Fashioned cocktail. Homebrewers can replicate the Imperial coffee porter recipe contribution from Dogfish Head called Mr. Hector Vargas, specifically brewed for those that dig some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and a little Sanka instant coffee in their porter. Named after the pioneer Science teacher Mr. Vargas from the 80’s movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High, this extreme brew contains Sanka decaf instant coffee, a ton of 2 row pale malt, amber, caramel, wheat, black patent and chocolate malts, with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg to round it out.

Pioneering the movement to experiment with beers outside of the Reinheitsgebot (aka the ‘German Beer Purity Law’ stating it’s illegal to brew with anything other than water, barley and hops) – Dogfish Head and BeerAdvocate have been leaders in amplifying the creativity behind the extreme brewing movement. “We’ve always believed the Reinheitsgebot is nothing more than a relatively modern form of art censorship and we are proud to work side by side with folks like the Alström’s – our brothers in beer – to adventurously brew inventive beers,” says Calagione. Exploding consumer interest combined with extreme brewing philosophy and its diverse, creative, ingredient and process-driven brews have reshaped the image and perception of beer in the marketplace. Recent IRI data (Total Multi-Outlet and Convenience, YTD 2017 vs. 2012) indicates a 151% growth in craft beer sales in styles like fruit IPAs, sweet/milk stouts, sour ales and herb/fruit specialty beers. They also demonstrate an explosive 5-year sales growth in beers brewed outside the Reinheitsgebot, like Session IPAs (1,927% increase), Gose (11,594% increase), Imperial Pale Ales (17,343% increase) and Porters (107,161% increase).

“In the last decade, the homebrewing and commercial brewing community has grown to fully embrace the concept of beers without borders and brewing beyond militant beer styles,” says Calagione. “I’ve been proud to work shoulder-to-shoulder with the Alström Brothers at their Extreme Beer Fest® throughout the years, and now, with the help of many of our favorite brewers, we are pouring our shared love for experimental brewing into this DIY book.” Since the inception of the first Extreme Beer Fest® in 2003, beer style categories in the competition have grown over 50% from the early beginnings to today as breweries continue to raise a fist to the norm and further proliferate in style and diversity. These statistics confirm that unique, potent beers that push the boundaries of traditional brewing are not only a movement, they’re here to stay. Todd Alström shares, “What’s extreme beer? Simply put, it’s beer that pushes the boundaries of brewing – and the attitude, creativity, and techniques behind brewing extreme beers are the foundation of today’s international brewing revolution. Project Extreme Brewing captures this and we’re honored to be a part of it with Sam and the contributing brewers.”

If that’s not extremely exciting enough, there’s more – Dogfish Head and BeerAdvocate rallied a few adventurous brewer friends featured in the book to create a six-part video series documenting the evolution and journey of cutting edge, extreme brewing. Follow along with pals from Short’s Brewing, Carton Brewing, The Post Brewing Co., The Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Co., BeerAdvocate, and the Godfather of Homebrewing, Charlie Papazian of the Brewers Association, on a documentary-style video series journey demonstrating what extreme brewing means to their individual exploration of creative brewing. Brewers share thoughts on the evolution of extreme brewing, the impact of wood barrel aging, culinary inspirations, along with tons of laughs and high-fives. Calagione tours his craft brewing brethren around his home state of Coastal Delaware, and gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at each special brew day at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Episodes are available to view on the Dogfish Head YouTube Channel.

Calagione and the Alström brothers collaborated to brew Puddin’ Wine, a traditional English-style Barleywine with an adventurous touch that’s featured in book. Clocking in at 10.5% ABV, Puddin’ Wine is brewed with dried cherries, plums, dark brown sugar, hazelnuts, sultana (big ol’ raisins) and black currants – resulting in a malty, rich, complex and fruity beer. A blend of Maris Otter, Pils and dark crystal malts alongside toasted wheat balances the dark pit fruit notes with smoothing caramel and toffee. Reminiscent of your favorite Christmas pudding (and inspired by Jason Alström’s actual holiday recipe), this Barleywine serves up an infusion of flavors that are rich and mildly sweet, yet slightly tart with sherry and oak notes. Aged for 6 months on Terra d’Oro Zinfandel Port barrels, Puddin’ Wine is now available throughout Dogfish’s distribution networks.


Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione and BeerAdvocate Founders Release Book on Extreme Brewing

MILTON, Del. — The ultimate authoritative primer on extreme homebrewing, Project Extreme Brewing: An Enthusiast’s Guide to Extreme Brewing at Home, is available for pre-sale at Amazon.com and will be officially released on November 14 at independent book stores or your favorite retailer. Sam Calagione, CEO and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, one of the nation’s most recognized indie craft breweries, teamed up with Todd and Jason Alström, brothers and founders of BeerAdvocate, a global, grassroots network powered by an independent community of craft beer enthusiasts, to create Project Extreme Brewing.

With over 50 homebrew recipes and creative brewing philosophies from dozens of America’s most beloved, respected and coveted indie craft breweries, readers will find step-by-step instructions and tips for making creative, forward-thinking recipes that expand the definition of what goes into making a great beer. Only inside Project Extreme Brewing can readers learn how to make a Flanders Red inspired by a pastrami sandwich, a not-so-traditional Stout made with chocolate and oysters, or a Scotch Ale designed to mimic the flavors of an Old Fashioned cocktail. Homebrewers can replicate the Imperial coffee porter recipe contribution from Dogfish Head called Mr. Hector Vargas, specifically brewed for those that dig some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and a little Sanka instant coffee in their porter. Named after the pioneer Science teacher Mr. Vargas from the 80’s movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High, this extreme brew contains Sanka decaf instant coffee, a ton of 2 row pale malt, amber, caramel, wheat, black patent and chocolate malts, with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg to round it out.

Pioneering the movement to experiment with beers outside of the Reinheitsgebot (aka the ‘German Beer Purity Law’ stating it’s illegal to brew with anything other than water, barley and hops) – Dogfish Head and BeerAdvocate have been leaders in amplifying the creativity behind the extreme brewing movement. “We’ve always believed the Reinheitsgebot is nothing more than a relatively modern form of art censorship and we are proud to work side by side with folks like the Alström’s – our brothers in beer – to adventurously brew inventive beers,” says Calagione. Exploding consumer interest combined with extreme brewing philosophy and its diverse, creative, ingredient and process-driven brews have reshaped the image and perception of beer in the marketplace. Recent IRI data (Total Multi-Outlet and Convenience, YTD 2017 vs. 2012) indicates a 151% growth in craft beer sales in styles like fruit IPAs, sweet/milk stouts, sour ales and herb/fruit specialty beers. They also demonstrate an explosive 5-year sales growth in beers brewed outside the Reinheitsgebot, like Session IPAs (1,927% increase), Gose (11,594% increase), Imperial Pale Ales (17,343% increase) and Porters (107,161% increase).

“In the last decade, the homebrewing and commercial brewing community has grown to fully embrace the concept of beers without borders and brewing beyond militant beer styles,” says Calagione. “I’ve been proud to work shoulder-to-shoulder with the Alström Brothers at their Extreme Beer Fest® throughout the years, and now, with the help of many of our favorite brewers, we are pouring our shared love for experimental brewing into this DIY book.” Since the inception of the first Extreme Beer Fest® in 2003, beer style categories in the competition have grown over 50% from the early beginnings to today as breweries continue to raise a fist to the norm and further proliferate in style and diversity. These statistics confirm that unique, potent beers that push the boundaries of traditional brewing are not only a movement, they’re here to stay. Todd Alström shares, “What’s extreme beer? Simply put, it’s beer that pushes the boundaries of brewing – and the attitude, creativity, and techniques behind brewing extreme beers are the foundation of today’s international brewing revolution. Project Extreme Brewing captures this and we’re honored to be a part of it with Sam and the contributing brewers.”

If that’s not extremely exciting enough, there’s more – Dogfish Head and BeerAdvocate rallied a few adventurous brewer friends featured in the book to create a six-part video series documenting the evolution and journey of cutting edge, extreme brewing. Follow along with pals from Short’s Brewing, Carton Brewing, The Post Brewing Co., The Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Co., BeerAdvocate, and the Godfather of Homebrewing, Charlie Papazian of the Brewers Association, on a documentary-style video series journey demonstrating what extreme brewing means to their individual exploration of creative brewing. Brewers share thoughts on the evolution of extreme brewing, the impact of wood barrel aging, culinary inspirations, along with tons of laughs and high-fives. Calagione tours his craft brewing brethren around his home state of Coastal Delaware, and gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at each special brew day at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Episodes are available to view on the Dogfish Head YouTube Channel.

Calagione and the Alström brothers collaborated to brew Puddin’ Wine, a traditional English-style Barleywine with an adventurous touch that’s featured in book. Clocking in at 10.5% ABV, Puddin’ Wine is brewed with dried cherries, plums, dark brown sugar, hazelnuts, sultana (big ol’ raisins) and black currants – resulting in a malty, rich, complex and fruity beer. A blend of Maris Otter, Pils and dark crystal malts alongside toasted wheat balances the dark pit fruit notes with smoothing caramel and toffee. Reminiscent of your favorite Christmas pudding (and inspired by Jason Alström’s actual holiday recipe), this Barleywine serves up an infusion of flavors that are rich and mildly sweet, yet slightly tart with sherry and oak notes. Aged for 6 months on Terra d’Oro Zinfandel Port barrels, Puddin’ Wine is now available throughout Dogfish’s distribution networks.


Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione and BeerAdvocate Founders Release Book on Extreme Brewing

MILTON, Del. — The ultimate authoritative primer on extreme homebrewing, Project Extreme Brewing: An Enthusiast’s Guide to Extreme Brewing at Home, is available for pre-sale at Amazon.com and will be officially released on November 14 at independent book stores or your favorite retailer. Sam Calagione, CEO and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, one of the nation’s most recognized indie craft breweries, teamed up with Todd and Jason Alström, brothers and founders of BeerAdvocate, a global, grassroots network powered by an independent community of craft beer enthusiasts, to create Project Extreme Brewing.

With over 50 homebrew recipes and creative brewing philosophies from dozens of America’s most beloved, respected and coveted indie craft breweries, readers will find step-by-step instructions and tips for making creative, forward-thinking recipes that expand the definition of what goes into making a great beer. Only inside Project Extreme Brewing can readers learn how to make a Flanders Red inspired by a pastrami sandwich, a not-so-traditional Stout made with chocolate and oysters, or a Scotch Ale designed to mimic the flavors of an Old Fashioned cocktail. Homebrewers can replicate the Imperial coffee porter recipe contribution from Dogfish Head called Mr. Hector Vargas, specifically brewed for those that dig some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and a little Sanka instant coffee in their porter. Named after the pioneer Science teacher Mr. Vargas from the 80’s movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High, this extreme brew contains Sanka decaf instant coffee, a ton of 2 row pale malt, amber, caramel, wheat, black patent and chocolate malts, with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg to round it out.

Pioneering the movement to experiment with beers outside of the Reinheitsgebot (aka the ‘German Beer Purity Law’ stating it’s illegal to brew with anything other than water, barley and hops) – Dogfish Head and BeerAdvocate have been leaders in amplifying the creativity behind the extreme brewing movement. “We’ve always believed the Reinheitsgebot is nothing more than a relatively modern form of art censorship and we are proud to work side by side with folks like the Alström’s – our brothers in beer – to adventurously brew inventive beers,” says Calagione. Exploding consumer interest combined with extreme brewing philosophy and its diverse, creative, ingredient and process-driven brews have reshaped the image and perception of beer in the marketplace. Recent IRI data (Total Multi-Outlet and Convenience, YTD 2017 vs. 2012) indicates a 151% growth in craft beer sales in styles like fruit IPAs, sweet/milk stouts, sour ales and herb/fruit specialty beers. They also demonstrate an explosive 5-year sales growth in beers brewed outside the Reinheitsgebot, like Session IPAs (1,927% increase), Gose (11,594% increase), Imperial Pale Ales (17,343% increase) and Porters (107,161% increase).

“In the last decade, the homebrewing and commercial brewing community has grown to fully embrace the concept of beers without borders and brewing beyond militant beer styles,” says Calagione. “I’ve been proud to work shoulder-to-shoulder with the Alström Brothers at their Extreme Beer Fest® throughout the years, and now, with the help of many of our favorite brewers, we are pouring our shared love for experimental brewing into this DIY book.” Since the inception of the first Extreme Beer Fest® in 2003, beer style categories in the competition have grown over 50% from the early beginnings to today as breweries continue to raise a fist to the norm and further proliferate in style and diversity. These statistics confirm that unique, potent beers that push the boundaries of traditional brewing are not only a movement, they’re here to stay. Todd Alström shares, “What’s extreme beer? Simply put, it’s beer that pushes the boundaries of brewing – and the attitude, creativity, and techniques behind brewing extreme beers are the foundation of today’s international brewing revolution. Project Extreme Brewing captures this and we’re honored to be a part of it with Sam and the contributing brewers.”

If that’s not extremely exciting enough, there’s more – Dogfish Head and BeerAdvocate rallied a few adventurous brewer friends featured in the book to create a six-part video series documenting the evolution and journey of cutting edge, extreme brewing. Follow along with pals from Short’s Brewing, Carton Brewing, The Post Brewing Co., The Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Co., BeerAdvocate, and the Godfather of Homebrewing, Charlie Papazian of the Brewers Association, on a documentary-style video series journey demonstrating what extreme brewing means to their individual exploration of creative brewing. Brewers share thoughts on the evolution of extreme brewing, the impact of wood barrel aging, culinary inspirations, along with tons of laughs and high-fives. Calagione tours his craft brewing brethren around his home state of Coastal Delaware, and gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at each special brew day at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Episodes are available to view on the Dogfish Head YouTube Channel.

Calagione and the Alström brothers collaborated to brew Puddin’ Wine, a traditional English-style Barleywine with an adventurous touch that’s featured in book. Clocking in at 10.5% ABV, Puddin’ Wine is brewed with dried cherries, plums, dark brown sugar, hazelnuts, sultana (big ol’ raisins) and black currants – resulting in a malty, rich, complex and fruity beer. A blend of Maris Otter, Pils and dark crystal malts alongside toasted wheat balances the dark pit fruit notes with smoothing caramel and toffee. Reminiscent of your favorite Christmas pudding (and inspired by Jason Alström’s actual holiday recipe), this Barleywine serves up an infusion of flavors that are rich and mildly sweet, yet slightly tart with sherry and oak notes. Aged for 6 months on Terra d’Oro Zinfandel Port barrels, Puddin’ Wine is now available throughout Dogfish’s distribution networks.


Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione and BeerAdvocate Founders Release Book on Extreme Brewing

MILTON, Del. — The ultimate authoritative primer on extreme homebrewing, Project Extreme Brewing: An Enthusiast’s Guide to Extreme Brewing at Home, is available for pre-sale at Amazon.com and will be officially released on November 14 at independent book stores or your favorite retailer. Sam Calagione, CEO and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, one of the nation’s most recognized indie craft breweries, teamed up with Todd and Jason Alström, brothers and founders of BeerAdvocate, a global, grassroots network powered by an independent community of craft beer enthusiasts, to create Project Extreme Brewing.

With over 50 homebrew recipes and creative brewing philosophies from dozens of America’s most beloved, respected and coveted indie craft breweries, readers will find step-by-step instructions and tips for making creative, forward-thinking recipes that expand the definition of what goes into making a great beer. Only inside Project Extreme Brewing can readers learn how to make a Flanders Red inspired by a pastrami sandwich, a not-so-traditional Stout made with chocolate and oysters, or a Scotch Ale designed to mimic the flavors of an Old Fashioned cocktail. Homebrewers can replicate the Imperial coffee porter recipe contribution from Dogfish Head called Mr. Hector Vargas, specifically brewed for those that dig some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and a little Sanka instant coffee in their porter. Named after the pioneer Science teacher Mr. Vargas from the 80’s movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High, this extreme brew contains Sanka decaf instant coffee, a ton of 2 row pale malt, amber, caramel, wheat, black patent and chocolate malts, with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg to round it out.

Pioneering the movement to experiment with beers outside of the Reinheitsgebot (aka the ‘German Beer Purity Law’ stating it’s illegal to brew with anything other than water, barley and hops) – Dogfish Head and BeerAdvocate have been leaders in amplifying the creativity behind the extreme brewing movement. “We’ve always believed the Reinheitsgebot is nothing more than a relatively modern form of art censorship and we are proud to work side by side with folks like the Alström’s – our brothers in beer – to adventurously brew inventive beers,” says Calagione. Exploding consumer interest combined with extreme brewing philosophy and its diverse, creative, ingredient and process-driven brews have reshaped the image and perception of beer in the marketplace. Recent IRI data (Total Multi-Outlet and Convenience, YTD 2017 vs. 2012) indicates a 151% growth in craft beer sales in styles like fruit IPAs, sweet/milk stouts, sour ales and herb/fruit specialty beers. They also demonstrate an explosive 5-year sales growth in beers brewed outside the Reinheitsgebot, like Session IPAs (1,927% increase), Gose (11,594% increase), Imperial Pale Ales (17,343% increase) and Porters (107,161% increase).

“In the last decade, the homebrewing and commercial brewing community has grown to fully embrace the concept of beers without borders and brewing beyond militant beer styles,” says Calagione. “I’ve been proud to work shoulder-to-shoulder with the Alström Brothers at their Extreme Beer Fest® throughout the years, and now, with the help of many of our favorite brewers, we are pouring our shared love for experimental brewing into this DIY book.” Since the inception of the first Extreme Beer Fest® in 2003, beer style categories in the competition have grown over 50% from the early beginnings to today as breweries continue to raise a fist to the norm and further proliferate in style and diversity. These statistics confirm that unique, potent beers that push the boundaries of traditional brewing are not only a movement, they’re here to stay. Todd Alström shares, “What’s extreme beer? Simply put, it’s beer that pushes the boundaries of brewing – and the attitude, creativity, and techniques behind brewing extreme beers are the foundation of today’s international brewing revolution. Project Extreme Brewing captures this and we’re honored to be a part of it with Sam and the contributing brewers.”

If that’s not extremely exciting enough, there’s more – Dogfish Head and BeerAdvocate rallied a few adventurous brewer friends featured in the book to create a six-part video series documenting the evolution and journey of cutting edge, extreme brewing. Follow along with pals from Short’s Brewing, Carton Brewing, The Post Brewing Co., The Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Co., BeerAdvocate, and the Godfather of Homebrewing, Charlie Papazian of the Brewers Association, on a documentary-style video series journey demonstrating what extreme brewing means to their individual exploration of creative brewing. Brewers share thoughts on the evolution of extreme brewing, the impact of wood barrel aging, culinary inspirations, along with tons of laughs and high-fives. Calagione tours his craft brewing brethren around his home state of Coastal Delaware, and gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at each special brew day at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Episodes are available to view on the Dogfish Head YouTube Channel.

Calagione and the Alström brothers collaborated to brew Puddin’ Wine, a traditional English-style Barleywine with an adventurous touch that’s featured in book. Clocking in at 10.5% ABV, Puddin’ Wine is brewed with dried cherries, plums, dark brown sugar, hazelnuts, sultana (big ol’ raisins) and black currants – resulting in a malty, rich, complex and fruity beer. A blend of Maris Otter, Pils and dark crystal malts alongside toasted wheat balances the dark pit fruit notes with smoothing caramel and toffee. Reminiscent of your favorite Christmas pudding (and inspired by Jason Alström’s actual holiday recipe), this Barleywine serves up an infusion of flavors that are rich and mildly sweet, yet slightly tart with sherry and oak notes. Aged for 6 months on Terra d’Oro Zinfandel Port barrels, Puddin’ Wine is now available throughout Dogfish’s distribution networks.


Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione and BeerAdvocate Founders Release Book on Extreme Brewing

MILTON, Del. — The ultimate authoritative primer on extreme homebrewing, Project Extreme Brewing: An Enthusiast’s Guide to Extreme Brewing at Home, is available for pre-sale at Amazon.com and will be officially released on November 14 at independent book stores or your favorite retailer. Sam Calagione, CEO and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, one of the nation’s most recognized indie craft breweries, teamed up with Todd and Jason Alström, brothers and founders of BeerAdvocate, a global, grassroots network powered by an independent community of craft beer enthusiasts, to create Project Extreme Brewing.

With over 50 homebrew recipes and creative brewing philosophies from dozens of America’s most beloved, respected and coveted indie craft breweries, readers will find step-by-step instructions and tips for making creative, forward-thinking recipes that expand the definition of what goes into making a great beer. Only inside Project Extreme Brewing can readers learn how to make a Flanders Red inspired by a pastrami sandwich, a not-so-traditional Stout made with chocolate and oysters, or a Scotch Ale designed to mimic the flavors of an Old Fashioned cocktail. Homebrewers can replicate the Imperial coffee porter recipe contribution from Dogfish Head called Mr. Hector Vargas, specifically brewed for those that dig some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and a little Sanka instant coffee in their porter. Named after the pioneer Science teacher Mr. Vargas from the 80’s movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High, this extreme brew contains Sanka decaf instant coffee, a ton of 2 row pale malt, amber, caramel, wheat, black patent and chocolate malts, with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg to round it out.

Pioneering the movement to experiment with beers outside of the Reinheitsgebot (aka the ‘German Beer Purity Law’ stating it’s illegal to brew with anything other than water, barley and hops) – Dogfish Head and BeerAdvocate have been leaders in amplifying the creativity behind the extreme brewing movement. “We’ve always believed the Reinheitsgebot is nothing more than a relatively modern form of art censorship and we are proud to work side by side with folks like the Alström’s – our brothers in beer – to adventurously brew inventive beers,” says Calagione. Exploding consumer interest combined with extreme brewing philosophy and its diverse, creative, ingredient and process-driven brews have reshaped the image and perception of beer in the marketplace. Recent IRI data (Total Multi-Outlet and Convenience, YTD 2017 vs. 2012) indicates a 151% growth in craft beer sales in styles like fruit IPAs, sweet/milk stouts, sour ales and herb/fruit specialty beers. They also demonstrate an explosive 5-year sales growth in beers brewed outside the Reinheitsgebot, like Session IPAs (1,927% increase), Gose (11,594% increase), Imperial Pale Ales (17,343% increase) and Porters (107,161% increase).

“In the last decade, the homebrewing and commercial brewing community has grown to fully embrace the concept of beers without borders and brewing beyond militant beer styles,” says Calagione. “I’ve been proud to work shoulder-to-shoulder with the Alström Brothers at their Extreme Beer Fest® throughout the years, and now, with the help of many of our favorite brewers, we are pouring our shared love for experimental brewing into this DIY book.” Since the inception of the first Extreme Beer Fest® in 2003, beer style categories in the competition have grown over 50% from the early beginnings to today as breweries continue to raise a fist to the norm and further proliferate in style and diversity. These statistics confirm that unique, potent beers that push the boundaries of traditional brewing are not only a movement, they’re here to stay. Todd Alström shares, “What’s extreme beer? Simply put, it’s beer that pushes the boundaries of brewing – and the attitude, creativity, and techniques behind brewing extreme beers are the foundation of today’s international brewing revolution. Project Extreme Brewing captures this and we’re honored to be a part of it with Sam and the contributing brewers.”

If that’s not extremely exciting enough, there’s more – Dogfish Head and BeerAdvocate rallied a few adventurous brewer friends featured in the book to create a six-part video series documenting the evolution and journey of cutting edge, extreme brewing. Follow along with pals from Short’s Brewing, Carton Brewing, The Post Brewing Co., The Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Co., BeerAdvocate, and the Godfather of Homebrewing, Charlie Papazian of the Brewers Association, on a documentary-style video series journey demonstrating what extreme brewing means to their individual exploration of creative brewing. Brewers share thoughts on the evolution of extreme brewing, the impact of wood barrel aging, culinary inspirations, along with tons of laughs and high-fives. Calagione tours his craft brewing brethren around his home state of Coastal Delaware, and gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at each special brew day at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Episodes are available to view on the Dogfish Head YouTube Channel.

Calagione and the Alström brothers collaborated to brew Puddin’ Wine, a traditional English-style Barleywine with an adventurous touch that’s featured in book. Clocking in at 10.5% ABV, Puddin’ Wine is brewed with dried cherries, plums, dark brown sugar, hazelnuts, sultana (big ol’ raisins) and black currants – resulting in a malty, rich, complex and fruity beer. A blend of Maris Otter, Pils and dark crystal malts alongside toasted wheat balances the dark pit fruit notes with smoothing caramel and toffee. Reminiscent of your favorite Christmas pudding (and inspired by Jason Alström’s actual holiday recipe), this Barleywine serves up an infusion of flavors that are rich and mildly sweet, yet slightly tart with sherry and oak notes. Aged for 6 months on Terra d’Oro Zinfandel Port barrels, Puddin’ Wine is now available throughout Dogfish’s distribution networks.


Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione and BeerAdvocate Founders Release Book on Extreme Brewing

MILTON, Del. — The ultimate authoritative primer on extreme homebrewing, Project Extreme Brewing: An Enthusiast’s Guide to Extreme Brewing at Home, is available for pre-sale at Amazon.com and will be officially released on November 14 at independent book stores or your favorite retailer. Sam Calagione, CEO and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, one of the nation’s most recognized indie craft breweries, teamed up with Todd and Jason Alström, brothers and founders of BeerAdvocate, a global, grassroots network powered by an independent community of craft beer enthusiasts, to create Project Extreme Brewing.

With over 50 homebrew recipes and creative brewing philosophies from dozens of America’s most beloved, respected and coveted indie craft breweries, readers will find step-by-step instructions and tips for making creative, forward-thinking recipes that expand the definition of what goes into making a great beer. Only inside Project Extreme Brewing can readers learn how to make a Flanders Red inspired by a pastrami sandwich, a not-so-traditional Stout made with chocolate and oysters, or a Scotch Ale designed to mimic the flavors of an Old Fashioned cocktail. Homebrewers can replicate the Imperial coffee porter recipe contribution from Dogfish Head called Mr. Hector Vargas, specifically brewed for those that dig some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and a little Sanka instant coffee in their porter. Named after the pioneer Science teacher Mr. Vargas from the 80’s movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High, this extreme brew contains Sanka decaf instant coffee, a ton of 2 row pale malt, amber, caramel, wheat, black patent and chocolate malts, with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg to round it out.

Pioneering the movement to experiment with beers outside of the Reinheitsgebot (aka the ‘German Beer Purity Law’ stating it’s illegal to brew with anything other than water, barley and hops) – Dogfish Head and BeerAdvocate have been leaders in amplifying the creativity behind the extreme brewing movement. “We’ve always believed the Reinheitsgebot is nothing more than a relatively modern form of art censorship and we are proud to work side by side with folks like the Alström’s – our brothers in beer – to adventurously brew inventive beers,” says Calagione. Exploding consumer interest combined with extreme brewing philosophy and its diverse, creative, ingredient and process-driven brews have reshaped the image and perception of beer in the marketplace. Recent IRI data (Total Multi-Outlet and Convenience, YTD 2017 vs. 2012) indicates a 151% growth in craft beer sales in styles like fruit IPAs, sweet/milk stouts, sour ales and herb/fruit specialty beers. They also demonstrate an explosive 5-year sales growth in beers brewed outside the Reinheitsgebot, like Session IPAs (1,927% increase), Gose (11,594% increase), Imperial Pale Ales (17,343% increase) and Porters (107,161% increase).

“In the last decade, the homebrewing and commercial brewing community has grown to fully embrace the concept of beers without borders and brewing beyond militant beer styles,” says Calagione. “I’ve been proud to work shoulder-to-shoulder with the Alström Brothers at their Extreme Beer Fest® throughout the years, and now, with the help of many of our favorite brewers, we are pouring our shared love for experimental brewing into this DIY book.” Since the inception of the first Extreme Beer Fest® in 2003, beer style categories in the competition have grown over 50% from the early beginnings to today as breweries continue to raise a fist to the norm and further proliferate in style and diversity. These statistics confirm that unique, potent beers that push the boundaries of traditional brewing are not only a movement, they’re here to stay. Todd Alström shares, “What’s extreme beer? Simply put, it’s beer that pushes the boundaries of brewing – and the attitude, creativity, and techniques behind brewing extreme beers are the foundation of today’s international brewing revolution. Project Extreme Brewing captures this and we’re honored to be a part of it with Sam and the contributing brewers.”

If that’s not extremely exciting enough, there’s more – Dogfish Head and BeerAdvocate rallied a few adventurous brewer friends featured in the book to create a six-part video series documenting the evolution and journey of cutting edge, extreme brewing. Follow along with pals from Short’s Brewing, Carton Brewing, The Post Brewing Co., The Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Co., BeerAdvocate, and the Godfather of Homebrewing, Charlie Papazian of the Brewers Association, on a documentary-style video series journey demonstrating what extreme brewing means to their individual exploration of creative brewing. Brewers share thoughts on the evolution of extreme brewing, the impact of wood barrel aging, culinary inspirations, along with tons of laughs and high-fives. Calagione tours his craft brewing brethren around his home state of Coastal Delaware, and gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at each special brew day at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Episodes are available to view on the Dogfish Head YouTube Channel.

Calagione and the Alström brothers collaborated to brew Puddin’ Wine, a traditional English-style Barleywine with an adventurous touch that’s featured in book. Clocking in at 10.5% ABV, Puddin’ Wine is brewed with dried cherries, plums, dark brown sugar, hazelnuts, sultana (big ol’ raisins) and black currants – resulting in a malty, rich, complex and fruity beer. A blend of Maris Otter, Pils and dark crystal malts alongside toasted wheat balances the dark pit fruit notes with smoothing caramel and toffee. Reminiscent of your favorite Christmas pudding (and inspired by Jason Alström’s actual holiday recipe), this Barleywine serves up an infusion of flavors that are rich and mildly sweet, yet slightly tart with sherry and oak notes. Aged for 6 months on Terra d’Oro Zinfandel Port barrels, Puddin’ Wine is now available throughout Dogfish’s distribution networks.


Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione and BeerAdvocate Founders Release Book on Extreme Brewing

MILTON, Del. — The ultimate authoritative primer on extreme homebrewing, Project Extreme Brewing: An Enthusiast’s Guide to Extreme Brewing at Home, is available for pre-sale at Amazon.com and will be officially released on November 14 at independent book stores or your favorite retailer. Sam Calagione, CEO and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, one of the nation’s most recognized indie craft breweries, teamed up with Todd and Jason Alström, brothers and founders of BeerAdvocate, a global, grassroots network powered by an independent community of craft beer enthusiasts, to create Project Extreme Brewing.

With over 50 homebrew recipes and creative brewing philosophies from dozens of America’s most beloved, respected and coveted indie craft breweries, readers will find step-by-step instructions and tips for making creative, forward-thinking recipes that expand the definition of what goes into making a great beer. Only inside Project Extreme Brewing can readers learn how to make a Flanders Red inspired by a pastrami sandwich, a not-so-traditional Stout made with chocolate and oysters, or a Scotch Ale designed to mimic the flavors of an Old Fashioned cocktail. Homebrewers can replicate the Imperial coffee porter recipe contribution from Dogfish Head called Mr. Hector Vargas, specifically brewed for those that dig some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and a little Sanka instant coffee in their porter. Named after the pioneer Science teacher Mr. Vargas from the 80’s movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High, this extreme brew contains Sanka decaf instant coffee, a ton of 2 row pale malt, amber, caramel, wheat, black patent and chocolate malts, with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg to round it out.

Pioneering the movement to experiment with beers outside of the Reinheitsgebot (aka the ‘German Beer Purity Law’ stating it’s illegal to brew with anything other than water, barley and hops) – Dogfish Head and BeerAdvocate have been leaders in amplifying the creativity behind the extreme brewing movement. “We’ve always believed the Reinheitsgebot is nothing more than a relatively modern form of art censorship and we are proud to work side by side with folks like the Alström’s – our brothers in beer – to adventurously brew inventive beers,” says Calagione. Exploding consumer interest combined with extreme brewing philosophy and its diverse, creative, ingredient and process-driven brews have reshaped the image and perception of beer in the marketplace. Recent IRI data (Total Multi-Outlet and Convenience, YTD 2017 vs. 2012) indicates a 151% growth in craft beer sales in styles like fruit IPAs, sweet/milk stouts, sour ales and herb/fruit specialty beers. They also demonstrate an explosive 5-year sales growth in beers brewed outside the Reinheitsgebot, like Session IPAs (1,927% increase), Gose (11,594% increase), Imperial Pale Ales (17,343% increase) and Porters (107,161% increase).

“In the last decade, the homebrewing and commercial brewing community has grown to fully embrace the concept of beers without borders and brewing beyond militant beer styles,” says Calagione. “I’ve been proud to work shoulder-to-shoulder with the Alström Brothers at their Extreme Beer Fest® throughout the years, and now, with the help of many of our favorite brewers, we are pouring our shared love for experimental brewing into this DIY book.” Since the inception of the first Extreme Beer Fest® in 2003, beer style categories in the competition have grown over 50% from the early beginnings to today as breweries continue to raise a fist to the norm and further proliferate in style and diversity. These statistics confirm that unique, potent beers that push the boundaries of traditional brewing are not only a movement, they’re here to stay. Todd Alström shares, “What’s extreme beer? Simply put, it’s beer that pushes the boundaries of brewing – and the attitude, creativity, and techniques behind brewing extreme beers are the foundation of today’s international brewing revolution. Project Extreme Brewing captures this and we’re honored to be a part of it with Sam and the contributing brewers.”

If that’s not extremely exciting enough, there’s more – Dogfish Head and BeerAdvocate rallied a few adventurous brewer friends featured in the book to create a six-part video series documenting the evolution and journey of cutting edge, extreme brewing. Follow along with pals from Short’s Brewing, Carton Brewing, The Post Brewing Co., The Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Co., BeerAdvocate, and the Godfather of Homebrewing, Charlie Papazian of the Brewers Association, on a documentary-style video series journey demonstrating what extreme brewing means to their individual exploration of creative brewing. Brewers share thoughts on the evolution of extreme brewing, the impact of wood barrel aging, culinary inspirations, along with tons of laughs and high-fives. Calagione tours his craft brewing brethren around his home state of Coastal Delaware, and gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at each special brew day at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Episodes are available to view on the Dogfish Head YouTube Channel.

Calagione and the Alström brothers collaborated to brew Puddin’ Wine, a traditional English-style Barleywine with an adventurous touch that’s featured in book. Clocking in at 10.5% ABV, Puddin’ Wine is brewed with dried cherries, plums, dark brown sugar, hazelnuts, sultana (big ol’ raisins) and black currants – resulting in a malty, rich, complex and fruity beer. A blend of Maris Otter, Pils and dark crystal malts alongside toasted wheat balances the dark pit fruit notes with smoothing caramel and toffee. Reminiscent of your favorite Christmas pudding (and inspired by Jason Alström’s actual holiday recipe), this Barleywine serves up an infusion of flavors that are rich and mildly sweet, yet slightly tart with sherry and oak notes. Aged for 6 months on Terra d’Oro Zinfandel Port barrels, Puddin’ Wine is now available throughout Dogfish’s distribution networks.


Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione and BeerAdvocate Founders Release Book on Extreme Brewing

MILTON, Del. — The ultimate authoritative primer on extreme homebrewing, Project Extreme Brewing: An Enthusiast’s Guide to Extreme Brewing at Home, is available for pre-sale at Amazon.com and will be officially released on November 14 at independent book stores or your favorite retailer. Sam Calagione, CEO and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, one of the nation’s most recognized indie craft breweries, teamed up with Todd and Jason Alström, brothers and founders of BeerAdvocate, a global, grassroots network powered by an independent community of craft beer enthusiasts, to create Project Extreme Brewing.

With over 50 homebrew recipes and creative brewing philosophies from dozens of America’s most beloved, respected and coveted indie craft breweries, readers will find step-by-step instructions and tips for making creative, forward-thinking recipes that expand the definition of what goes into making a great beer. Only inside Project Extreme Brewing can readers learn how to make a Flanders Red inspired by a pastrami sandwich, a not-so-traditional Stout made with chocolate and oysters, or a Scotch Ale designed to mimic the flavors of an Old Fashioned cocktail. Homebrewers can replicate the Imperial coffee porter recipe contribution from Dogfish Head called Mr. Hector Vargas, specifically brewed for those that dig some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and a little Sanka instant coffee in their porter. Named after the pioneer Science teacher Mr. Vargas from the 80’s movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High, this extreme brew contains Sanka decaf instant coffee, a ton of 2 row pale malt, amber, caramel, wheat, black patent and chocolate malts, with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg to round it out.

Pioneering the movement to experiment with beers outside of the Reinheitsgebot (aka the ‘German Beer Purity Law’ stating it’s illegal to brew with anything other than water, barley and hops) – Dogfish Head and BeerAdvocate have been leaders in amplifying the creativity behind the extreme brewing movement. “We’ve always believed the Reinheitsgebot is nothing more than a relatively modern form of art censorship and we are proud to work side by side with folks like the Alström’s – our brothers in beer – to adventurously brew inventive beers,” says Calagione. Exploding consumer interest combined with extreme brewing philosophy and its diverse, creative, ingredient and process-driven brews have reshaped the image and perception of beer in the marketplace. Recent IRI data (Total Multi-Outlet and Convenience, YTD 2017 vs. 2012) indicates a 151% growth in craft beer sales in styles like fruit IPAs, sweet/milk stouts, sour ales and herb/fruit specialty beers. They also demonstrate an explosive 5-year sales growth in beers brewed outside the Reinheitsgebot, like Session IPAs (1,927% increase), Gose (11,594% increase), Imperial Pale Ales (17,343% increase) and Porters (107,161% increase).

“In the last decade, the homebrewing and commercial brewing community has grown to fully embrace the concept of beers without borders and brewing beyond militant beer styles,” says Calagione. “I’ve been proud to work shoulder-to-shoulder with the Alström Brothers at their Extreme Beer Fest® throughout the years, and now, with the help of many of our favorite brewers, we are pouring our shared love for experimental brewing into this DIY book.” Since the inception of the first Extreme Beer Fest® in 2003, beer style categories in the competition have grown over 50% from the early beginnings to today as breweries continue to raise a fist to the norm and further proliferate in style and diversity. These statistics confirm that unique, potent beers that push the boundaries of traditional brewing are not only a movement, they’re here to stay. Todd Alström shares, “What’s extreme beer? Simply put, it’s beer that pushes the boundaries of brewing – and the attitude, creativity, and techniques behind brewing extreme beers are the foundation of today’s international brewing revolution. Project Extreme Brewing captures this and we’re honored to be a part of it with Sam and the contributing brewers.”

If that’s not extremely exciting enough, there’s more – Dogfish Head and BeerAdvocate rallied a few adventurous brewer friends featured in the book to create a six-part video series documenting the evolution and journey of cutting edge, extreme brewing. Follow along with pals from Short’s Brewing, Carton Brewing, The Post Brewing Co., The Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Co., BeerAdvocate, and the Godfather of Homebrewing, Charlie Papazian of the Brewers Association, on a documentary-style video series journey demonstrating what extreme brewing means to their individual exploration of creative brewing. Brewers share thoughts on the evolution of extreme brewing, the impact of wood barrel aging, culinary inspirations, along with tons of laughs and high-fives. Calagione tours his craft brewing brethren around his home state of Coastal Delaware, and gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at each special brew day at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Episodes are available to view on the Dogfish Head YouTube Channel.

Calagione and the Alström brothers collaborated to brew Puddin’ Wine, a traditional English-style Barleywine with an adventurous touch that’s featured in book. Clocking in at 10.5% ABV, Puddin’ Wine is brewed with dried cherries, plums, dark brown sugar, hazelnuts, sultana (big ol’ raisins) and black currants – resulting in a malty, rich, complex and fruity beer. A blend of Maris Otter, Pils and dark crystal malts alongside toasted wheat balances the dark pit fruit notes with smoothing caramel and toffee. Reminiscent of your favorite Christmas pudding (and inspired by Jason Alström’s actual holiday recipe), this Barleywine serves up an infusion of flavors that are rich and mildly sweet, yet slightly tart with sherry and oak notes. Aged for 6 months on Terra d’Oro Zinfandel Port barrels, Puddin’ Wine is now available throughout Dogfish’s distribution networks.


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