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Beer #120 – May 2, 2010: Dogfish Head Red + White

July 3, 2010

Beer: Red & White (vintage 2009)

Brewery: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Delaware

Style: Witbier with Pinor Noir juice, Aged in Oak

Serving Type: 750 ml bottle

Price: Unknown – from my cellar

Availability: Limited (“Occasional Rarity” per the Dogfish Head website)

Glassware: Red wine glass

Strength: 10.0% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: The great compromise for a wine-lover and beer-nut; maybe compromise is the wrong term, because this truly brings the best of both.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Coppery-red hue with a fizzy thin white head

Aroma: Slightly musty green apple and red wine

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a fizzy and creamy carbonation

Taste: Initial sweet and tangy cranberry and tart Granny Smith apple evolves into a tannin-laden red wine and tea bag middle with a drying tart golden raisin and effervescent finish.  A delicious and complex brew that bridges the gap between wine and beer.

Pairing: Pair with a classic Swiss and Gruyère fondue, crusty bread, salty and sweet glazed ham, and avocado (yes, dip avocado into your fondue… really, try it!)

Trivia: I wonder if this beer is a result of the very enjoyable book written by Dogfish Head brewer, Sam Caligione, and sommelier, Marnie Old, entitled “He Said Beer, She Said Wine“, a particularly great read if you have both a beer-nut and wine-lover in your house.

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