Dogfish Head Brewery is well known for their affinity for music. Their Music Series beers, inspired by Miles Davis, Pearl Jam, and others, have garnered attention both for the beers themselves and the artists they pay tribute to. Therefore, it’s only fitting that Dogfish should be the official beer of Record Store Day, which was held on Saturday, April 18.
To mark the occasion, the brewery put out several neat promotional items, available at both record stores and at Dogfish events around the country. Concert poster artist Marq Spusta designed the limited-edition poster pictured above. There’s also the “Music To Drink Beer To” compilation CD, featuring classics from Bob Dylan & The Band, Iggy & The Stooges, A Tribe Called Quest, and more. And keep an eye out for portable Crosley turntables featuring Spusta’s art!
Dogfish also recently re-released Positive Contact, their liquid tribute to Deltron 3030. It’s a Belgian-inspired golden ale brewed with Fuji apple cider, farro, cayenne, and cilantro. With a massive white head, it smells of apples, fresh bread, and a hint of cider. There’s a nice body to the beer, with apple cider, white wine, and wheaty (farro) flavors shining through. The cayenne and cilantro aren’t oppressive, instead adding freshness and little spicy zip. It’s really crisp and well-rounded, and easy drinking at 9 percent ABV. It has all the positive attributes of cider without the sometimes overbearing sweetness.