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Red & White | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Red & WhiteRed & White

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A big, Belgian-style witbier brewed with coriander and orange peel and fermented with pinot noir juice. After fermentation, a fraction of the batch is aged in one of our 10,000-gallon oak tanks.

35 IBU

Added by hopsaplenty on 08-23-2006

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Photo of dwarvenspirits
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a nice thick white head. It has a solid copper hue to it. Wow, malt aroma comes through really thick accompanied by blueberry, blackberry and cherry aromas. Aromas and flavor collide hand in hand, very smooth and the hops balance very well with the fruity flavor. Easy drinking beer. This is a great accomplishment with wine and beer flavors. Awesome summer beer. Tastes almost like a lambic, minus the sour.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dull pomegranet amber with a thin white head that quickly fades into a thin, but lasting ring.

Aroma is unique and hard to put into words; a Belgian malt and yeast profile with dry red grape and oaky must with light minerality and hints of citrus and spice. Alcohol is prominant.

Flavor is equally as intriguing, dry wheat and Belgian pale malt notes with dry oak and grape must. The Witte character is hard to pin down, I think i can taste the subtle nuances of orange peel and spice, but maybe it's just cuz i know they're in there. Certain characteristics of the Pinot noir clash with the bitter hop finish, and the alcohol is HOT. It tastes better with food, the Pinot Noir nuances are more obvious and certain aspects of the Wittebier base come through as it warms. I honestly think this will improve dramatically with a little cellar time. I was expecting something akin to Allagash Interlude based on the ingredient and brewing profile, but this is certainly it's own unique creation. As usual, DFH has managed to twist and manipulate styles to create something utterly new and different...hats off to imaginative/artisitic brewing!

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from Florian's in Auburn. Murky red-orange body with a thin off-white head. Aroma is fruity - grapefruit, orange, grape, along with caramel in the background. Citrus and grape dominate the flavor too, with just a hint of caramel malt. No real spice taste, though a hint of alcohol is also present. Fairly well-ballanced and drinkable. A tasty, pleasant brew, with s nice complexity that doesn't hurt the drinkability. Great beer.

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Photo of alexgash
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big 750 ml bottle sporting a nicely-designed label.

Pours a lovely deep auburn copper with lighter edges. Tall, thick cushion of rose-tinted off-white head literally climbs up the glass. A beautiful looking beer.

Nose of candy sugar, sweet fruits (apples, pears, grapes), lightly tart funk aroma in there as well. Vinous, woodsy quality throughout. Nice.

Vinous grape notes, acidic and tangy, up front. Cedar notes segue to fruitier, sweeter, wheatier middle. Sugary cherries, pears, and bananas blend together nicely. Tannin astringency and herbal hop bitterness come through in the finish, along with warming fruity malt, wheat twang, and yeasty goodness. The finish is a little drier, almost chalky. Full-bodied, with a lively, bottle-conditioned feel.

Very nice creation here! Hats off to DFH!

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Photo of peabody
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a very clear reddish amber with lots of white suds with a red tint about two fingers worth.
Cherry and oak. This is a wonderful smell here. slight malt and yeast that burns the nose. The cherry and alcohol are the stars here.
Taste is all alcohol and cherry. Just like a cherry from a glass of a hard alcohol. Never had this flavor but had hints of it in other brews.
Dogfish Head have outdone themselves with this cherry sweet beer.
It would be fun to drink the whole bottle as quickly as possible. But with the 10% abv it might make driving diffucult. Or at least the passing of the DUI exam.

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Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, with bottle on dating etched onto it. Pours a nice looking ruby amber, semi cloudy, supporting a very light cherry head, tiny bubbles, silky and sticky on the sides of the glass. Nice, deep earthy, cherry/fruity nose. Complex creation, notes of more cherry, oak, some smoke, vanilla. Big, flavorful brew, serious brew from DFH.

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Photo of jmz62565
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep dark mahogony with a large tan foamy head. The color is really spectacular,making this a must see beer. The smell is lighter than expected with brandy/like wine aroma,wheat,dark fruit,and a "bisquity" aroma. The taste has a biting bitter hop flavor with some grape/brandy,yeast,alcohol,citrus ,and cherries. The taste isn't bad,but more subdued than I expected. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing very well and hides the alcohol well. For a high gravity beer, this goes down pretty easy. Another winner from Dogfish Head.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is made up largely of grape and some tart citrusy notes as well as some malt and spice. The taste has hints of the pinot noir with some spicy peppery flavors and some malt. There is also some slightly tart fruity citrus flavors running around the taste as well. In both the aroma and taste, you can definitely detect some of it's Belgian characteristics. Overall, I found this to be an extremely enjoyable brew that is highly recommended. I think I am going to have to go buy a couple more bottles of this stuff.

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Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangish red and very clear, some white head.
Drinking it out of a St. Bernadus glass.
No real defining smell. Just a little yeasty and sweet.

If I had to guess what style this was by the taste, it tastes like a belgian fruit beer (not lindemann's overly sweet fruit, not a sour fruit beer, but like a trippel with a real fruity edge and a little spice).

I guess the beer it reminds me most of is de Regeenboog/'t Smisje Speciale which was also a Belgian with pumpkin in it.
I loved that, and I really like this.

The 10% ABV is deceptive. You can't tell. Infinitely drinkable.

This would be a great and refreshing summer beer (although perhaps also a bit dangerous). But I doubt there will be any left by then!

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Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy ruddy color (the liquid looks like white zinfandel) with a lovely head that retains incredibly well and thoroughly laces the glass

Smell: The predominate aroma is a combination of grape and orange peel with an undertone of coriander

Taste: Starts with a fruity orange and pinot noir flavor that becomes increasingly spicy, mid-palate; after the swallow, the woody flavors come to the fore and combine with the fruit to make an intriguing finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with considerable carbonation

Drinkability: Interesting enough, but I'm not sure I would drink this again

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Photo of Foxman
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a mostly clear and plentifully carbonated copper penny amber. Two fingers of soft and surprisingly white head settle deliberately. Hooks of lacing barb the inside of the glass.

The aroma lays down a blanket of toasty sweetness, sugary and bright, with plum and raisin in play. Apple esters presage coriander, clove, and a citrus pinch. And underlying grapey-grape mustiness accompanies an ambitious swirl of alcohol that totes an earthy woodiness.

Upon carefully and sanely sipping, a sugary grain sweetness dries promptly to a crisp spicy front of coriander and tart citrus. Savory grape, dark and grounded, establishes as a stately fruity presence. The alcohol is sharp but not obnoxious, nicking instead of slicing. A deep, vinous woodiness opens to residual and general malt sweetness. The finish is a lingering peppery bitterness. It's off-beat, eccentric, and totally enjoyable.

North of medium bodied, it coats with a sticky, slick manner and the spicy glow is a comfy fade.

This is extreme beer done right, warping guidelines and stretching perceptions. It's too big and chewy to be a fast-drinking screaming mimi, but it goes down warm with a bold ABV that grants a grin to go along with lifted eyebrows. So keep on keepin' on, shark boys.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the prettiest beers I've ever seen: it's got a ruby, winey hue with some orange notes laid over a base of amber. Slight pink, delicate head that sticks. On the nose, lots of coriander (especially as the beer warms) and some citrus notes; what you'd expect of a big witbier. However, there's a berry fruit note in the background, and as the beer warms a nice oak note (more buttery than toasted, but not too buttery) comes out. Some present alcohol in the nose.

Tastewise, fabulous complexity. Smooth oak and berry notes, vibrantly acidic citrus (from the wit aspect of the beer, not so much from hops), with some sweetness in the mid-palate (oak? residual pinot noir sugar?). Spicing is pronounced, as is the oak aspect, but none of these elements trip over each other. Instead, they mesh together superlatively. The mouthfeel is just as complex as the nose and the taste, with some hoppy roughness, witbier acidity and oak smoothness playing together brilliantly. The one detraction is some raw alcohol that doesn't add anything positive. Very drinkable; lots of flavor hooks and enough smoothness to make drinking this easier than it should be. A potato chip of a beer: impossible to have just one sip.

The more of this I drink, the more I like it. DFH is very hit or miss IMO, especially with its special release oddities, but they hit it out of the park on this one.

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Photo of jmalex
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I soon as I heard of this beer's existence, I knew I had to find it. So in celebration of baseball's opening day, I knew I had to crack this one open.

APPEARANCE: Poured into a 22 oz weizen glass. The color of this is amazing. An odd rainbow of deep ruby red to pale amber. A huge frothy white head sits atop and holds strong. Lacing is excellent. A picture perfect beer.

SMELL: Aroma is not very strong but has so many smells. In no particular order: wheat, berries, wine, spicy hops, yeast, you name it. Nice, but very mild.

TASTE: Starts with a heavy alcoholy wine bite with a nice wheat beer backing it. Oak lurks in the background. The finish is very dry but a nice sweetness from the wheat quickly joins it. The wit portion of this would make a nice beer on it's own, but the barrel-aging adds a whole new dimension to this that makes it great. My only complaint is that this tastes like a 10% beer and then some.

MOUTHFEEL: Surprisingly thick bodied and very creamy. The alcohol gives it quite a bite, but the creaminess of the wheat provides nice counterbalance.

DRINKABILITY: Again, suffers from the alcohol. But even though this is a massive bottle of beer, I know I'll be able to take of it this afternoon. How can I not with a beer this good.

Dogfish Head delivers again. If you can get your hands on this, by all means give it a try. It's such an innovative and unique beer. I'm really happy I got to try this.

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Photo of GimpyCane
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: reddish with an orange hue. Foamy pink head that mostly diminished. Also murky.

smell: Coriander and peppery with a slight mold scent to it. Also got a strong scent of sulfur (fruit ester) sort of like white wine.

taste and mouthfeel: Medium body, watery, lively carbonated that started off moderately sweet and also ended sweet.

Personally, I did not like this brew but my wife really enjoy it alot and purchased more. I do have to take into account that this a Dogfish Head brew which is an extreme experience everytime. With that said I will be fair.

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Photo of prototypic
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a very gorgeous ruby color (almost brown) with a one and a half finger head, which even has a reddish tint to it. Nice retention and very nice lacing.

Smell: Very intriguing. It has a predominantly malty smell. But, there's a heavy layer of fruit aromas, which cover a broad spectrum. There's grapefruit, orange, cranberry, rasberry, and some strawberry. Very sweet smell overall.

Taste: Again, this really is interesting. The taste is very sweet due to the strong berry flavors. It has a good malt presence. There's also a caramel or toffee flavor in there. I'm actually tasting a decent bit of hops as it seems pretty bitter on the tail end.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's a bit thick and syrupy. At 10% abv, it is big, and it definitely packs a sweet punch. Overall, it's worth a try. One of the more interesting beers I've tried in a while. A little too sweet for it to be a favorite. But, certainly novel and unique. Try it.

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Photo of Padron4KM
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Bottled on 2/9/07. Poured into a wiezen glass.
The color is interesting. Hazy yellow on the edges and light red toward the middle.

The head is two fingers thick, fluffy and long lasting. Patches of lace are left as it recedes.

Aroma is bready, citrusy, vanilla, with some cherries and spice.

Flavor is citrusy and wheaty, light cherry, maybe some raspberry.

Body is creamy, full, and lush.

Finish is long with citrus and spice.

I spent over an hour and a half with this bottle and I enjoyed it thoroughly

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Photo of neenerzig
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my tumber. This beer pours a somewhat cloudy crimson ruby color. Head is over an inch thick when poured. Settles to a very nice film layer and ring lining the inside of my glass five minutes or so after being poured. Very nice lacing! Aromas of citrus and spice dominate along with some malt. Also raspberry and fruits such as grape and plum. Very strong smell indeed. Excellent aroma! Tastewise this certainly reminded me of some wines and oak barrelled ales and stouts I have had in the past. Sweet and fruity yet also bitter flavors upfront are certainly present followed by some solid malt along with what I can only descibe as the indistinguishable oak barrell flavor that gives this beer a bit of an extra bite not present in most beers regardless of style. The taste is certainly unlike any other witbier I have had before. Characteristics of a typical witbier are present along with other characteristics that remind me of a good red wine or even a barley wine. I think this might mellow out from some aging, even though this style is not recommended from extensive aging. However, this beer may fair better with aging than the typical witbier due to its high ABV. Has a crisp mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Not really taht easy to drink, but I think that this is how this beer was meant to be. If you want to try a witbier that is truly unlike any other witbier you have ever had before then this is definetly worth a try!


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Photo of tanarm
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a lovely looking beer! Ruby red body meets a head that is white as snow. The head is gone relatively quickly and leaves a white ring. It smells like alcohol soaked cherries. The body is medium... very heavy for a "wit beer"! Just about the right amount of carbonation, not excessive like many wheat beers tend to be in my opinion. Very sweet up front, probably from the pinot noir, but it doesn't taste like wine. I don't taste any oak until almost 15-20 seconds after swallowing, but there it is. Vanilla and Oak. Mild bitterness in there, but whether from the orange peels or the hops, it blends in well. After about thirty seconds or so I feel a tingling from the alcohol. This one definitely coats the palate.

This is one that I would like to have on hand more often. Very drinkable, and it is a nice balance with all the different elements going on here. Beautiful presentation, beautiful beer!

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Photo of cbl2
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/30/2007 $11.59 750 mL 10.00% Bottled on 2/09/07. No best by date.


Pours a beautiful ruby claret, almost like a cranberry juice. Topped by a thin haze of white head that is ever present, but never heavy.


Fresh squeezed orange juice with a touch of oaky wood tossed in. A bit of peppery coriander spice is present as well.


Nice peppery effervescent mouthfeel. There are two beers at work hear, vying for dominance. On the one hand is a standard witbier, complete with coriander and orange highlights. On the other hand is a burst of in your face, oaked wine. They come together nicely, with each complementing the other. The sweetness of the pinot juice is tempered by the spice of the coriander, and vanilla of the oak.

I had lost faith in DFH large bottled beers, after a couple of missteps with Golden Shower, and Fort, but this is a true return to form: a totally out there concept brewed with panache, and pulled off to almost perfection.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: They weren't kidding, it really is red (a very nice crimson) and white (pearly white head that held firm)!

Smell: Acidic nose that reminded me of raspberry vinegar. I wasn't sold at first, but it sort of grew on me. Not much grape, oak or fruit peel in the nose, at least not that I personally detected.

Taste: Sweet and fruity shows that DFH know how to make Beers with solid malt backbones, and they didn't overdo it with the barrel aging that often strips the maltyness away. And it hides the 11% dangerously well. You can feel a certain raisin aftertaste, and the oak was only a minor participant in the flavor profile, kudos for that, and for an overall very well made Beer.

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an oversize balloon wine glass. This Wit poured slightly hazy with a beautiful cranberry tint. Much darker red than I expected. Very little head on the pour that does not stick around. But while it does it's sudsy and tinted red as well.

The smell is sharp and sour with yeast. When agitated it produces a slight berry and citrus aromas. Smokey oak in the background.

The taste has notes of Orange and berries.Spices and bitter cranberry flavors with alcohol and toasted oak. The finish is dry grain.

The mouthfeel is crisp and the carbonation is biting initially.

A complex higher abv brew. This is best appreciated when sipped. Another fine showing by Dogfish Head.

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Photo of edmedina
4.76/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow...what a great beer. Seriously how do I put into words how impressed with this one from Dog Fish? Let me start with pour. It had very little head and poured a nice clear ale brown. The smell was rather complex. I'm dealing with allergies so I couldn't pick out anything specific but I could tell this would going to be something special. The taste was not at all over powering. It was both sweet and spicy. This is definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice-reddish hue to it. Quite the fluffy white head. Earthy aroma-a lot of yeasty notes. Great malty flavor-very crisp and clean tasting. Quiet wine flavor to it. Slight spicy flavors. Very smooth and full bodied. No way this is 12% and this clean tasting and feeling. Very, very drinkable beer. Extremely enjoyable. Great all over.

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Photo of phisig137
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottled on 02/09/07. Label tells me it's 10 %, not the 12% BA lists. Pours a brilliant ruby color, with pink highlights around the edges. Two finger head has nice retention, and leave abundant lacing.

Aroma is quite nice. There are definitely some heavy Hefe/wit notes from the yeast, big banana and clove aromas. The grapes add a nice dimension here as well, most notably bing cherries and plums. Vanilla and caramel also seem to be present. It's like an liquid fruit cocktail in here!

Flavor is phenomenal, complex, and well balanced. Gentle witbier flavors up front, again with a large banana component. This transitions into slightly darker fruits, cherries, and a more vinous like character. Finally, the beer has warm waves of vanilla that coat the tongue, and finally finish dry. Slight citrus flavor on the long lingering finish. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, slightly heavy, and velvety. Considering the 10 (or 12%) ABV, I'd say this is dangerously drinkable.

Once again, DFH does not let me down. I was very afraid that this would be overly sweet (like the Fort), but I am very pleased with the balance and finesse this has. Incredibly well made, and very, very enjoyable. And for only $11.49 for a 750 mL, I think it's a pretty good deal as well. I'll be buying a few more.... some to drink, and some to cellar. I don't think this NEEDS to age at all, but I'd be curious to see what happens after a few years. Recommended... if you see it, pick it up. The complexity alone blows me away. I can't even imagine how many test batches it took to get this right.

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Photo of jsbrendle
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served by the bartender from 750-ml bottle into a red wine glass. Pours out a brilliant, clear red. Some white head, but fades quickly & didn't leave a lace. Aroma shows the wit spicing of coriander and orange, but also hints at the fruitiness & has something vaguely "sharp" as well that I can't quite place. Flavor is strange... another "queer bird" from DFH. Fruit (pinot noir juice) and wood (oak) definitely show up more in the flavor, but ends up mixing into a complex whole. Alcohol also shows in the flavor, not in an objectionable way (warming perhaps, but the beer seems "lighter" than the 10% abv shown on the bottle ... at least at first, it does seem to build on you). Huge yeastiness as well. Vaguely more like a Tripel perhaps in that respect (reminds me of the Chimay yeast). Definitely interesting... but also confusing. Other than punting with a cheese-course matching, I'm honestly not sure what to DO with this beer. Maybe as you would use a frozen sorbet as a palate cleanser?

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Red & White from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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