BeerAdvocate & Dogfish Head to Release New Style-Defying Beer for the 16th Annual Extreme Beer Fest

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  1. Keene

    Keene Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2009 Washington

    (Boston, Mass., and Milton, Del.) December 13, 2018 - Don’t call it an Imperial Stout. On Friday, February 1, at the Extreme Beer Fest in Boston, Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, Del. and Dogfish Head Tasting Room & Kitchen in Milton, Del., BeerAdvocate and Dogfish Head will simultaneously release their latest collaboration: Possibly the Next Top Rated Beer on BeerAdvocate, a Double New England Maple Pastry Black Coffee Milkshake IPA.

    Brewed with maple syrup, toasted coconut, lactose, vanilla beans, cocoa powder, and cold-pressed coffee, this style-defying beer represents the 11th time BeerAdvocate and Dogfish Head have collaborated on a beer for the annual event. Weighing in at approximately 10 percent ABV, and heavily hopped with HBC-472, an experimental variety known to produce a woody, coconut-like, or bourbony character in darker beers, Possibly the Next Top Rated Beer on BeerAdvocate will also be served to festival attendees with an extra dash of off-centered flare: hops-infused glitter whipped cream created by Brewings & Eats head chef, Lou Ortiz.

    “Dogfish Head has been the presenting sponsor of Extreme Beer Fest since 2009,” explains BeerAdvocate founder Todd Alström. “Since then, my brother and I, along with members of our staff, have traveled to Delaware to make a boundary-pushing fest beer with Sam and his brewing team. It’s always a ton of fun and we’ve come up with some truly mind-bending beers. This year we took our inspiration from ingredients in some of the top-rated beers on our site.”

    “Extreme Beer Fest is an event I look forward to year after year,” said Dogfish Head founder and CEO, Sam Calagione. “There’s just something thrilling and awe-inspiring about a room full of brewers sharing their craziest ideas with thousands of adventurous, thirsty fans. Dogfish Head has been experimenting with extreme beers dating back to the beginning of our journey when we first brewed beers like Chicory Stout, Immort Ale, and Raison D’Etre in 10-gallon batches, so sponsoring Extreme Beer Fest was an easy decision. Plus, collaborating with the Alström’s for over a decade now has been a blast. I think we’ve really challenged taste buds with fest beers like Wrath of Pecant!, Dirty Fermentini, and Puddin’ Wine.”

    Introduced in January 2004, Extreme Beer Fest has become BeerAdvocate’s largest and longest-running event. Presented by Dogfish Head and sponsored by the Brewers Association, the 16th annual Extreme Beer Fest will be held on February 1 & 2, 2019 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. Featuring more than 120 brewers pouring samples of over 400 beers across two days and three sessions, this will be the biggest and most diverse lineup of extreme beers ever. Each attending brewery has been challenged to bring at least one beer that is exclusive to the fest, as well as one extremely sessionable beer (5 percent ABV or less). Dogfish Head will celebrate EBF weekend in Delaware by offering Possibly the Next Top Rated Beer on BeerAdvocate on draft at both Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats beginning Friday, February 1. There will also be a limited 750ml bottle release on Saturday, February 2 at the Milton Brewery.

    Limited tickets are still available via Eventbrite. For more information about Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Extreme Beer Fest, and Possibly the Next Top Rated Beer on BeerAdvocate, visit

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate is a global, grassroots network, powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer. Since its inception, BeerAdvocate has founded two beer weeks and has organized and hosted hundreds of social gatherings, tastings, dinners, and fundraisers. This includes over 60 ticketed beer festivals since 2003, ranging from intimate tastings to multi-day events that have welcomed over 15,000 attendees from around the globe. Invites are exclusive to independent craft brewers, whose attendance is required to ensure the highest level of representation and education for our attendees. And, as always, BeerAdvocate pays for the beer and waives booth fees. To date BeerAdvocate has spent well over $2 million to help support independent beer. For more information, visit, Facebook: @BeerAdvocate, Twitter: @BeerAdvocate, and Instagram: beeradvocate.

    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 23 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 350+ 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 a tasting room and food truck. 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, Facebook: @dogfishheadbeer, Twitter: @dogfishbeer, and Instagram: dogfishhead.

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    #1 Keene, Dec 13, 2018
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  2. StoutElk_92

    StoutElk_92 Poo-Bah (3,264) Oct 30, 2015 Massachusetts

    I kinda want to get a ticket now just for that beer
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  3. Dan_K

    Dan_K Zealot (515) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    "Double New England Maple Pastry Black Coffee Milkshake IPA."
    So it's a stout then.

    It's like you took a bunch of hot craft buzzwords and made a salad with them.

    "hops-infused glitter whipped cream created by Brewings & Eats head chef, Lou Ortiz."

    Okay now we are just being ridiculous.
  4. bluehende

    bluehende Poo-Bah (2,440) Dec 10, 2010 Delaware

    It sounds like diabetes in a glass
  5. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Zealot (556) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Not sure what to this of this one. Every word got better until the last one, IPA. If this was an Imperial Stout, I think it would be pretty good.
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  6. LakesideBrewing

    LakesideBrewing Initiate (94) Dec 1, 2013 Massachusetts

    It’s a joke, right? Has to be...
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  7. Davl22

    Davl22 Disciple (357) Sep 27, 2011 New Hampshire

    It's satire. I'm definitely going to give it a whirl.
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  8. Mitchster

    Mitchster Poo-Bah (3,011) Dec 25, 2002 Michigan

    Just to make sure I understand this and so everyone knows:
    This beer is:
    "Possibly the Next Top Rated Beer on BeerAdvocate". X4
    LOL. Give me a break.
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  9. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (599) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    It's like a joke SNL would make, and almost as funny.
  10. jasonmason

    jasonmason Aspirant (205) Oct 6, 2004 California

    Hazy Black Adjunct IPA, with glitter hoppy whipped cream.

    This is not beer advocacy.
    #10 jasonmason, Dec 14, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2018
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  11. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (2,189) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
    Society Trader

    Sierra Nevada used HBC-472 in one of their DIPA's and it delivers on the coconut/woody notes. I know a lot of people didn't care for it, but I really enjoyed it. I saved the last one to review and my damned son grabbed it out of the fridge and drank it :slight_frown:.
  12. drtth

    drtth Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Re the son problem. A friend had rhe same/similar problem and changed his fridge organization, telling his son/guests “Any thing on the right side of the shelf is fair game, things on the left are off limits. He then puts bottles to review against the back left side and wall of the fridge. Claims it has worked well.
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  13. drtth

    drtth Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Perhaps that is exactly the point of brewing this beer for that fest...
    Poking fun at something can be a great way to have fun and keep yourself attached to reality.
  14. Somajiahu

    Somajiahu Aspirant (280) Dec 20, 2016 Virginia

    Oh how I wish this were 2020, instead of 2019!! I want to go to this festival so bad, especially with this collab announced, but I cannot take any leave from work. I'll be retired in May of 2019 and am very much planning to go to the Extreme Beer Fest if you are able to hold it in 2020. My only hope is that DFH will keep a few kegs of the collab to have at their Milton Brewery or in Rehoboth. This beer sounds amazingly extreme! (I was brave enough to try the Flip that DFH offered in 2013 at Brewings & Eats for the holiday season. That was an extreme beer from the 1700s that George Washington was quite fond of. Extreme beers have been around forever and I'm glad to see that DFH and Beer Advocate are keeping the tradition alive. Thanks!!!
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  15. grover37

    grover37 Meyvn (1,064) Nov 14, 2007 District of Columbia

    I thought this represents everything that BA is supposedly against? Even if in jest/satire, it's still further legitimizing the over-the-top "beers".
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  16. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Crusader (737) Mar 28, 2009 California

    Hilarious! I get that it’s poking fun at the beer scene right now but it represents where beer is today.

    How can they execute on the NE IPA part? It won’t be hazy and how can the juicy fruity hops come through?
  17. ypsifly

    ypsifly Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2004 Michigan

    Its like they are trying to trigger everyone at BIL, lol.
  18. surfcaster

    surfcaster Zealot (526) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina

    Does it matter? Just call what you want to these days--that is also part of the new deal.

    I still love how DFH can have fun in this day and age.....
    .....and make great beer.
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  19. fehrminator

    fehrminator Devotee (446) Jan 26, 2008 North Carolina

    Is today April Fool's day?
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  20. SamCalagione

    SamCalagione Initiate (120) Feb 22, 2004 Delaware

    Yup. Me and The Alstroms take brewing exotic beers very seriously, but we don't take ourselves too seriously. We wanted to have fun with the style mash up and beer name, but rest assured we put a ton of time into the recipe construction and execution and we are super proud of how this beer turned out.

    Hope to see a bunch of you at IPA fest this year. Please pop by our both to try our new wild IPA "Wet Hop American Summer".

    And we all very stoked for EBF.

    Namaste. Sam
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  21. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poo-Bah (2,011) Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Yeah, this alone is making me strongly consider buying tickets for my wife and I now. As if I really need any reason to go to one of my favorite cities...
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  22. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania

    My thoughts exactly.
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  23. CannedWaggoneer

    CannedWaggoneer Initiate (99) May 1, 2017 Ohio

    Those hip young brewers in Virginia getting beat at their own game by some lame old men.
  24. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Poo-Bah (2,425) Sep 15, 2014 Colorado

    This doesn't even sound like an exaggeration. It sounds like a typical weekday release from Tired Hands. The whole milkshake/pastry/adjunct/fruited/flavored/dessert/brunch/smoothie beer game has gotten absurd as of late. Lactose is almost a required ingredient, and nearly everything sweet and sugary--from graham crackers to donuts--gets dumped into 'X' brewery's latest weekly release. The ante is being constantly upped and I don't know where else it has to go at this point.
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  25. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (3,435) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
    Society Trader

    Nice! If they are sponsoring an extreme beer festival, why not have some fun with it and play along.
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  26. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,558) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    It's a floor wax and a dessert topping!:grin:


    P.S. It is only a matter of time before they brew with the ingredient of bass from the Bass-o-matic!:stuck_out_tongue:
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  27. meefmoff

    meefmoff Zealot (504) Jul 6, 2014 Massachusetts

    And with a name like Double Dry Hopped Dog Vomit, it's got to be good.
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  28. oldbean

    oldbean Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2005 Massachusetts

    Like so many bad jokes, it thinks it's being transgressive but it's actually just copying the shit everyone has been doing for like five years now.

    I'm not even saying the beer is bad or that it shouldn't be brewed or that I wouldn't try it. But I really do wonder what even counts as an "extreme" beer these days. Because they're trying to make a joke on what a CRAZY over the top beer they made, but in the context of 2018 brewing, you actually can't get crazy enough to make the joke work.

    Making a traditional ESB would have been a better gag.
    #28 oldbean, Dec 27, 2018
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