Dogfish Head Brewery brewer and founder Sam Calagione will be coming down to South Florida on Wednesday, February 24, to share in an evening of spreading craft-beer love.
The industry veteran will attend three events Wednesday, with a tour of some of South Florida's favorite craft beer spots.
Starting at noon, Riverside Market in Fort Lauderdale is hosting a couch-based discussion session with the craft-beer veteran, while owner Julian Siegel, the market's purveyor of beer, digs into his "secret stash" to bring some rare Dogfish Head gems to the masses. In addition to drafts being poured of Romantic Chemistry, Beer to Drink Music To, Choc Lobster, Immort, Piercing Pils, and Namaste, bottles of 120 Minute IPA, Pennsylvania Tuxedo, Raison D'Extra, and more will be making an appearance. Call out sick, and do whatever it takes to make it there.
Then, "Off-Centered Wednesday With Sam Calagione" kicks off at 5:30 p.m. in the Funky Buddha Brewery taproom (1201 NE 38th St, Oakland Park), where Calagione will be mingling with guests until around 6:30 p.m. The brewery will feature some of Dogfish Head's signature beers on tap, including Immort Ale, an 11 percent alcohol-by-volume beer brewed with maple syrup from Sam's family farm in Western Massachusetts, as well as peat-smoked barley and vanilla. It's fermented with a blend of English and Belgian yeasts, then aged in the big oak tanks at the Delaware brewery. Also set to be on tap is Kvasir, a 10 percent abv "ancient ale" developed with the help of chemical, botanical, and pollen evidence taken from a 3,500-year-old Danish drinking vessel. The vessel, made of birch bark, was found in the tomb of a leather-clad woman who researchers say was probably an upper-class dancer or priestess. The analysis pointed to the ingredients used in this unique brew: wheat, lingonberries, cranberries, myrica gale, yarrow, honey, and birch syrup.
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Calagione is a notable fan of Funky Buddha, having previously collaborated on a beer called Nano Nano, an imperial porter brewed with cocoa, smoked habanero peppers, black strap molasses, and sea salt harvested from both the Florida and Delaware coasts.
The brewery was also featured by Calagione on an episode of That's Odd, Let's Drink It, an online web series that hosts special guests at the forefront of their respective fields. This episode featured Chris Bosh and the brewing of a beer while the duo was being driven around in a stretch limousine.
Finally, at 7 p.m., Calagione will make his way to Tap 42 (1411 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale) for an "EPIC Dogfish Head Event" that will feature 18 Dogfish Head releases:
- DFH 90 Minute IPA
- DFH 120min IPA 2015
- DFH American Beauty
- DFH Beer Thousand 2014
- DFH Beer Thousand 2014
- DFH Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew 2014
- DFH Black & Blue 2015
- DFH Burton Baton
- DFH Chateau Jiahu
- DFH Chocolate Lobster
- DFH Fort
- DFH Higher Math
- DFH Immort Ale
- DFH Olde School Barelywine
- DFH Pennsylvania Tuxedo
- DFH Piercing Pils
- DFH Raison D'extra Ale 2014
- DFH Red and White 2014
- DFH Theobroma
Doug Fairall is a craft beer blogger who focuses on Florida beers. He is a Certified Beer Server and has been a homebrewer since 2009. For beer things in your Twitter feed, follow him @DougFairall and find the latest beer pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.