This is the Snobby Beer review of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew from Dogfish Head Craft Brewing in Milton, Delaware. This beer is 3 parts imperial stout and one part honey beer brewed with gesha root. It was brewed in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Miles Davis album, Bitches Brew. This beer is released occasionally with limited production.
This is the Snobby Beer review of Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Craft Brewing in Milton, Delaware. Another crazy DFH brew – this beer is sort of like a Saison, only it’s brewed with botrytis infected grapes. The fungus botrytis is said to reduce water content and intensify the flavors. Noble Rot is said to be the closest meshing of wine and beer that is commercially available. There has been a lot of positive reviews for this beer – does it live up to the hype?
From the Dogfish Head website:
This saison-esque science project gets complexity and fermentable sugars from two unique wine grapes sourced with our friends at Alexandria Nicole Cellars in Prosser, Wash.
The first addition is unfermented juice, known as must, from viognier grapes that have been infected with a benevolent fungus called botrytis. This noble rot reduces the water content in the grapes while magnifying their sweetness and complexity. The second is pinot gris must intensified by a process called dropping fruit, where large clusters of grapes are clipped to amplify the quality of those left behind.
“This is the absolute closest to equal meshing of the wine world and the beer world thats ever been done commercially,” says Dogfish’s Sam Calagione.
Noble Rot is brewed with pils and wheat malts and fermented with a distinct Belgian yeast strain. It has a spicy white wine body and a dry, tart finish.
Noble Rot first went on tap at our brewpub in February of 2011 and went into full 750ml bottle production in January 2012.”
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