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Dogfish Head Introduces Slightly Mighty Low Calorie IPA-Could This Be A Game Changer?

We had been hearing about this low cal IPA for some time now and here is the press release.  This may be a game changer if Sam and they Wizards at Dogfish Head have figured out the way to get a full flavored IPA under 100 calories.

From the Press Release:

Slightly Mighty – A New Lo-Cal IPA from Dogfish Head

Brewery creates fresh IPA with only 95 calories, 3.6 carbs

Milton, Del., March 29, 2019 – 95… That’s the number of calories in the newest full-flavored IPA from Dogfish Head.  SLIGHT in cals and carbs with MIGHTY hop flavor, Slightly Mighty – a crisp, new lo-cal IPA – starts shipping next week.  This true indie craft beer has all the aroma and flavor of a world class IPA but with only 4% ABV, 95 calories, 3.6g carbs, 1g protein and 0g fat per 12oz serving.

Dogfish Head is pioneering the culinary goodness of monk fruit in this off-centered IPA.  Monk fruit is an ancient Chinese delicacy that’s sweeter than sugar per ounce, so it amplifies the body and complexity in the beer, yet contains no calories.  Hazy gold in color, Slightly Mighty throws tropical notes of pineapple, coconut, mango and citrus, all while delivering aromatic hop awesomeness that makes it so drinkable. Brewed with ‘lo-cal’ly grown malted barley, this beer is complex and fruity with a crisp and refreshing hop profile.

“We developed the recipe for Slightly Mighty using similar methods of molecular-level research and culinary inspiration as we did to make SeaQuench Ale* – the most objectively thirst-quenching beer ever made by Dogfish,” said Sam Calagione, founder and CEO of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. “Whereas most IPAs start with a formidable malt bill to balance hoppy bitterness with malty sweetness, Slightly Mighty goes about it a different way – all through the magic of monk fruit. Most light beers are watery and lack body. In terms of body, with Slightly Mighty, the monk fruit essentially acts as the beer’s skeleton, on which mighty hop muscle and flavor can be built. It allows us to reduce the malt bill and avoid any unnecessary unfermentable sugars, and consequently deliver a beer that is lower in calories and carbs all while being balanced and offering the complexity of a world class IPA.”

Slightly Mighty will be available in 6pk and12pk of 12oz cans and on draft. Slightly Mighty will start shipping to select markets starting April 1. Additional states will be added throughout the Summer with full distribution by this Fall visit dogfish.com.

AC Beer & Music Festival Events News

Atlantic City Beer Week 2019 Kicks off On 3/25/19! Here Are A Few Events We are Looking Forward To!

This year will mark the first ever Atlantic City Beer Week, a series of beer and beverage related programs hosted by local and regional establishments with the sole purpose of celebrating craft beer, and we have your guide to the cool events being offered that will lead up to the Atlantic City Beer Festival on 3/29-3/30.  There are nearly 40 events that will kick off on Monday, March 25th and run all the way until Sunday, March 31st.  You can find all of the events at Atlantic City Beer Week but here a few that we are really looking forward to!

Monday, May 25th

Chickie’s & Pete’s at the Trop-Dogfish Head 120 Minute X 3 Years

It is rare to be able to get multiple years of 120 on tap and they will have 2016, 2017, and 2018 on tap to do that vertical tasting that doesn’t come along all too often.  And, while you are there, you can grab some of Chickie’s Crab Fries (which are free if you are a New Jersey Craft Beer Member, Click for info)

Boardwalk to Broadway with Little Water Distillery

Combine a brewery, a distillery, and a great restaurant and you have my attention.  We love what Mark, Guy, and the rest of the staff at LWD have done with breweries and the beer cocktail they are making with Forgotten Boardwalk of Cherry Hill will be something we need to try.

 

Tuesday, May 26th

We Bee(r) Spelling With Founders and Friends at Bourré

We are sending Vic to the wolves in the craziest spelling competition ever benefitting the Humane Society of Atlantic County!  Get your tickets and root for your favorite, or just heckle and drink great beer for a great cause!  Click HERE for tickets and info

Wednesday, March 27th

Foraged & Fermented Gourmet Dinner & Beer Pairing

Yes, we are sponsoring this.  I know.  But this is a once in a lifetime Gourmet Dinner and Beer Pairing curated by Great Chef’s and complemented with great beer.  Plus you are taking home all 6 pieces of custom logo glassware as a special thank you from the brewers!  Join us for an outstanding fine dining experience at CARDINAL BISTRO featuring foraged local delicacies and unique craft brews! All proceeds will benefit the Community Food Bank of New Jersey – Southern Branch.

For Tickets And Information Click the Picture Below or Visit www.cfbnj.org

Stockton University Craft Beverage Series:  Learn to Homebrew and Craft Beer Happy Hour Panel

Our friend Donna Albano put together this great event as part of their ongoing Bev Ed series teaching people about Beer, Wine, Spirits, and everything Beverage here in South Jersey.  This event will feature our buddy Eric Schmehl from Fermented followed by a round table panel of South Jersey Brewing Luminaries.  This event will not only be fun, if you are not careful you might just learn something.  Tickets and info HERE 

 

Thursday, May 28th

New Jersey Craft Beer Kickoff Party at Chickie’s and Petes in the Trop

First of all if you are not a member of NJCB you need to be.  New Jersey Craft Beer is a membership club that gives you discounts on beer, food, merchandise and more at nearly 700 different locations throughout New Jersey (there is even a few out-of-state).  Your $25 Dollar per year membership gets you access to these things plus much more.  Mike and his gang curate meet-ups throughout the state where you can hang with some like-minded beer lovers and work hard in getting member only discounts that will make that $25 dollar investment well worth the price.  This event is open to everyone, not just NJCB members, so get yourself over there and get special pricing on some local beers and taste the official beer of the Atlantic City Beer Fest, a collaboration between several breweries brewed at Bonesaw Brewing Company just for this week!


Friday, May 29th

25 Taps Of Gold, A Gathering of Brewers at Harry’s Oyster Bar

So you survived the Friday Night Session of the Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival and  your ears are still pounding from the awesome music guests and headliners The Used, and you have tried to get to all 158 breweries to sample beer.  Your night is over, right? WRONG!  The party continues at Harry’s Oyster Bar! They will be serving up appetizers and pouring 25 different craft beers into the wee hours of the morning to prepare you for the Saturday Sessions! Party on Garth.

Saturday, May 30th

Bloody Mary Hangover Challenge at Little Water Distillery

Challenge Accepted!  It is said that a little Hair o’ The Dog is what you need after a night of drinking and I fully support this statement.  What could be better than a Bloody Mary made with LWD’s 48 Blocks Vodka?  How about 2!  Fun starts at 10 AM on both Saturday AND Sunday!

Sunday, March 31st

New Belgium Beautiful Brewed Brunch at Wingcraft

As any local knows, Wingcraft has one of the best brunches around.  Pair that with a selection of New Belgium’s Best Beers and you got yourself a winner!  And the first 30 people who buy tix will get a beautifully engraved glass to take home.  Tickets and Info

 

That is just a few of the almost 40 events that we are looking forward to.  Make sure you visit Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival on the web for a complete listing of all of the events that are scheduled for the week!

We hope to see a lot of you there, if you see us please stop and say hi!  We will also be at the festival at the Podcast stage and doing a Live Stream on Friday night that will be shown on Triax 57.  Check it out!

 

Breweries News

Women’s Collaboration Brew Day with Kristen Wilson And 20 Of Her Closest Friends!

March 8th is International Women’s Day and many breweries have been busy planning brew days that celebrate not just the women who work in the industry, but women’s achievement throughout history.

The theme for IWD 2019 is #BalanceforBetter and this theme is meant to be carried throughout the entire year.  For anyone who knows me outside of craft beer, you will be familiar with my other life of activism, social justice, and gender equity.  I completely own the fact that I am the feminist killjoy in my social circles!  As I read up on this campaign, I was struck by the use of the word “balance”.  We can all use a little more balance in our lives, right?  Whether it’s balancing our work/home life, the scales of Lady Justice, or the malt bill on a tricky new recipe, BALANCE is something we should all strive for.  And as for balancing gender representation in the craft beer industry, women are here!  Women have always been here and even more are just discovering their palate.  The Pink Boots Society has had a major hand in this representation and sisterhood, as well as local women-focused craft beer enthusiast groups like Girls Pint Out, Barley’s Angels, and Beer for Babes.

Alexis Degan

Now about the beer!  March is Women’s History Month and I had the pleasure of meeting with Director Alexis Degan of the New Jersey Brewers Association.  We shared a few beers and talked about her new adventure in the craft beer world and about the NJBA Facebook posts highlighting women in beer throughout the month.  Learning some of the history of women in beer was her inspiration, which bore the idea for the NJBA Women’s Collaboration Brew Day that happened on March 6th.

This Blood Orange IPA with Lavender was brewed with ingredients contributed by Forgotten Boardwalk, Czig Meister, Eight & Sand, and Krogh’s Restaurant and Brewpub.  Additionally, women from Twin Elephant, Carton, Tuckahoe, Human Village, Bonesaw, Vinyl, Third State, Hidden Sands, and Eclipse came together for multiple shifts to make this happen.

It definitely does not take 17-20 people (simultaneously) to brew two barrels of beer!  And for anyone who’s brewed or been around brewing knows, there is a lot of waiting during each step of the way.  This gave us all the wonderful opportunity to get to know each other.  For a group of women who all work various positions in the same industry, getting this many of us together in one spot was a major achievement – especially on short notice.

“What was most gratifying,” Alexis said, “was watching the relationships form between the attendees who hadn’t gotten the chance to meet each other before.”  I can personally attest to this!  As someone who doesn’t get out of the tasting room very much, I loved the chance to get to know other women in the industry.

We aren’t even halfway through March, but the reception to the NJBA’s posts is telling.  Alexis pointed out, “Others who may be looking to get into the industry are able to see themselves in the women we’re highlighting and know there’s a network of their peers out there.  Women can be found in every aspect of the brewing community across New Jersey, from running the tasting room, taking care of the books, sales, or merchandising.  Women make New Jersey beer happen!”

If you’re wondering where to find this awesome beer, it will be available at the Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival!  Can’t wait to see you all there!  Cheers!

Editor’s Note:  Many Thanks To Alexis Degan for providing the great photo’s for the piece!  Cheers!

News Spirits

Dogfish Head Distilling Co. Expands Distribution of Spirits To New Jersey

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Dogfish Head Distilling Co. Expands Distribution to New Jersey

Off-Centered Spirits Headed to the Garden State

Milton, Del., February 22, 2019 –Dogfish Head Distilling Co. is delighted to announce that their collection of 100% scratch-made spirits are headed to the great state of New Jersey.  The Delaware craft brewer and distiller partnered with Hunterdon Distributing, who also distributes their beer, to bring Dogfish Head’s full portfolio of goodness throughout the Garden State.   Dogfish Head’s spirit lineup will include:  Sonic Archeology, Compelling Gin, Barrel Honey Rum, Analog Vodka and Roasted Peanut Vodka. 

“After years of bringing our off-centered ales to the state, we are thrilled to introduce our spirits to our Dogfish Head fans and to new folks who enjoy a delicious cocktail,” said Sam Calagione, founder and CEO of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery & Dogfish Head Distilling Co.  “When we set out to distribute our off-centered ales in New Jersey, it was the first time our beers were available outside our home state of Delaware.  To honor that milestone, I built a canoe and rowed a six-pack across the Delaware Bay.  For our first case of spirits,  I think I might need to recreate that moment and jump on my SUP board,” joked Calagione.

Since 2002 when Dogfish Head started one of the first craft distilleries in America, they have experimented with small batch vodkas, gins and rums, honing recipes, and building a loyal cadre of spirit drinkers among restaurant guests and visitors to Coastal Delaware.  At the heart of the distilling operation are two 500-gallon copper stripping stills and a 250-gallon copper vodka column, sourced from fourth-generation custom fabricator Vendome Copper & Brass Works in Louisville, KY. With consumers looking for the same goodness out of their craft spirits that led them to explore craft beer, Dogfish Head Distilling Co. offers a high-quality, distilled spirit and an honest and authentic approach wrapped in an interesting story.

Dogfish Head Distilling produces everything 100% from scratch, using only real ingredients starting in their rawest form; never adding flavorings or bringing in bulk spirits for re-distillation.  “With a distillery located in the middle of our production brewery, we get to tap into all the same world-class ingredients, equipment and processes that we use in brewing,” said James Montero, general manager at Dogfish Head Distilling Co.  “Using the same beer philosophy in our distillation approach, we have developed a diverse portfolio of craft spirits each offering something unique for spirits and beer drinkers alike.”

Dogfish Head Distilling Co. spirits include:  

  • Sonic Archeology – A Prohibition whiskey cocktail inspired by the blending of sounds & spirits during the roaring 20’s. We do the cocktail mixology for you by blending our scratch-made Whiskey, Rum and Apple Brandy with honey, lemon and pomegranate juice.   Simply pour over ice and enjoy! 
  • Compelling Gin – A bright and citrusy gin inspired by the culinary mix found in our original brewpub kitchen.  Using Dogfish Vodka as the base, we re-distill with a mix including orange, lemon and lime peels, cinnamon, juniper, cardamom and peppercorn.  
  • Barrel Honey Rum – Incredibly smooth and complex, this rum is aged in new American Oak and is more like a Bourbon than any ordinary rum.  This beloved rum was one of the first craft spirits created by Sam Calagione back in 2002.  
  • Analog Vodka – Unexpectedly luscious and smooth, Analog captures the core of Dogfish Head offering more complexity beyond your typical vodka with a touch of viscous sweetness and caramelized sugar. 
  • Roasted Peanut Vodka – This robust and roasty vodka uses real ingredients, no extracts or flavorings here, just a hand crafted vodka bursting with goodness from roasted peanuts and lightly sweetened with local honey.

This portfolio of flavorful goodness will be available throughout the state and brings their total spirits market distribution to five states including Delaware, Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.  The full portfolio of Dogfish Head spirits are available for purchase at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, DE and Cheasepeake & Maine and Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth, DE.  For more information about Dogfish Head Distilling Co. visit www.dogfish.com, Facebook @DogfishSpirits and Instagram @DogfishSpirits

 

Dogfish Head:

Dogfish Head has proudly been focused on brewing beers with culinary ingredients outside the Reinheitsgebot since the day it opened as the smallest American craft brewery 22 years ago. Dogfish Head has grown into a top-20 craft brewery and has won numerous awards throughout the years including Wine Enthusiast’s 2015 Brewery of the Year and the James Beard Foundation Award for 2017 Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional.    It is a 250+ coworker company based in Delaware with Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, an off-centered brewpub and distillery, Chesapeake & Maine, a geographically enamored seafood restaurant, Dogfish Inn, a beer-themed inn on the harbor and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, a production brewery and distillery featuring The Tasting Room & Kitchen.  Dogfish Head supports the Independent Craft Brewing Seal, the definitive icon for American craft breweries to identify themselves to be independently-owned and carries the torch of transparency, brewing innovation and the freedom of choice originally forged by brewing community pioneers. Dogfish Head currently sells beer in 44 states and Washington D.C. For more information, visit www.dogfish.com, Facebook: @dogfishheadbeer, Twitter: @dogfishbeer, and Instagram: dogfishhead.  

Breweries News

Cape May Brewing Releasing Cape May Lager

 

Cape May Brewing Company Proudly Releases Cape May Lager

Cape May, NJ — Cape May Brewing Company is thrilled to announce the newest addition to their award-winning lineup of beers: Cape May Lager, a clean, crisp, and easy-drinking Pale Lager.

“Beer brings people together,” says CEO and co-founder Ryan Krill. “That’s why we’ve spent more time and energy developing this particular brew than anything else in our portfolio, to ensure that we’ve brewed the most approachable beer in our lineup, something that’s meant to bring every beer drinker together and leave no one behind.”

In developing Cape May Lager, the idea was to build a beer that would appeal to both the entrenched craft enthusiast as well as the uninitiated beer drinker, more accustomed to readily-available macro lagers.

“We wanted it to have the depth of flavor craved by craft beer aficionados while maintaining an everyman approach that the uninitiated would be excited to try,” explains Innovation Director Brian Hink. “If we played it too safe, we’d lose out on the craft beer drinker, but if we went too aggressive with the flavor, we might be able to grab the average beer drinker out of an initial intrigue, but the likelihood of it becoming their next go-to simply wouldn’t happen.”

Cape May Brewing Company has been developing this beer for over a year, with elements of the recipe stretching back to things they’d learned from an earlier brew, June of 2016’s Mooncusser Pilsner, and continued through CMBC’s R.A.D. Series — Research And Development — an experimental series to test new offerings. In that series, the brewers were given a bit more latitude to tweak, change, and modify the recipe for what would eventually become Cape May Lager.

“The R.A.D. process also came in handy in getting feedback from our fans and seeing what they preferred,” says Director of Brewing Operations Jimmy Valm. “This was very helpful. There was one iteration where we thought it was fantastic, but a lot of our fans who enjoy Pale Lagers thought it was too hoppy. So, getting some feedback and direction certainly helped.”

Pale Lagers are notoriously delicate to brew: minor changes in the recipe could have far-reaching effects on the final beer.

“In such a simple beer,” says Valm, “anything even slightly off really stands out. They take a lot of time and each batch has to be handled very carefully. For Cape May Lager, we wanted there to be a slight hoppiness but nothing overpowering.”

Cape May Lager went through multiple iterations in the R.A.D. process. R.A.D. #001 was essentially a less hoppy Mooncusser Pilsner, yet the hops aroma from the whirlpool addition was still a little too aggressive for the final brew. R.A.D. #005 in February of last year completely removed the hops from the whirlpool, which resulted in a beer that was universally agreed to be too bland and lackluster. By R.A.D. #007, released in the early summer of 2017, Cape May focused on on layering the hop flavor and aroma throughout the boil.

“It was universally agreed to be the beer that we would eventually call Cape May Lager,” Hink says, “and I happily drank plenty of pints of it for the few weeks it was available in July.”

The standard ingredients for a pale lager include pale pilsner malts, a Bohemian yeast, and noble Saaz hops.

“But it’s what you do with them that make the difference,” says Valm.

Cape May Lager adds a touch of Melanoiden malt — less than 5% of the total malt bill — for color and a bit of “zing.” The result is a clean, crisp, approachable brew that shows off each ingredient, giving each its moment to shine without overpowering the others, perfect for ball games, barbecues, and winding down after a long day at work.

“In the end, I think we got a great beer with a fantastic light malt flavor and just the right level of the Noble hop aroma from the Saaz,” says Valm.

Cape May Lager releases for distribution in New Jersey by Cape May Brewing Company’s distribution arm, Cape Beverage, on Thursday, February 21, in their Tasting Room at 1288 Hornet Road in the Cape May Airport the following day, and in Pennsylvania on Monday, March 4th. Find it at better bars and liquor stores throughout the area.

For more information on Cape May Brewing Company — including for tastings and tours — call (609) 849-9933 or see their website at capemaybrewery.com.