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Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu

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houndgirl Oct 3, 2006 07:26 PM

Anyone get hold of Dogfish's latest offering? It's brewed with muscat grapes, hawthorn fruit, honey, chrysanthemum flowers and has sake yeast pitched in. Interesting to say the least. Very sweet. Another way-out-there beverage from Dogfish. $11 for the bottle, and definitely a brew to share. Not sure if Iike it or not. Guess I'll have to pick up another bottle.

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  1. Josh RE: houndgirl Oct 3, 2006 10:16 PM

    Sounds interesting. I wish we got more of the beers out here on the left coast.

    1. JMF RE: houndgirl Oct 6, 2006 04:22 AM

      I'll have to try it when I go visit there in a few weeks. It sounds great. They make all kinds of great stuff. This years Aprihop was very nice. Basically the 60 minute IPA then they add fresh apricots to the wort and ferment for many months before filtering. The alcohol is around 7%-7.5% from the additional sugars in the fruit, compared to 6.2% for the 60 second IPA. In the past it was a bit sweet but this year it is very dry with a complex taste with a hint of tartness and faint apricot. They also have a distillery and make several types of rum, vodka, gin, and tequila.

      There is a local inn that has a Dogfish Head room/suite. It's supposedly completely decorated with Dogfish Head memorabilia. It's available on weekends, during the week the brewery uses it for their guests.

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        Josh RE: JMF Oct 6, 2006 06:26 AM

        No idea they had a distillery - would love to try some of that stuff. Do you know if it's available outside Delaware?

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          JMF RE: Josh Oct 6, 2006 01:25 PM

          I think it is only available in limited quantities in the 2-3 states next to Delaware.

      2. joypirate RE: houndgirl Oct 6, 2006 04:25 AM

        It's very good. I had it awhile ago at a tasting in March. At the time I didn't really appreciate how far it was from being released. Very tasty and not super hard to find on the East Coast, at least in Philly. It's certainly a brew to share over some snacks, not a beer-beer at all.

        It packs quite a fruit/alcohol punch, be warned.

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