Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, DE and legendary San Francisco rock band The Grateful Dead have teamed up to collaborate on a strong pale ale featuring all-American hops and barley. The beer, which will be dubbed “American Beauty,” aptly named after the Dead’s iconic 1970 album, is scheduled to be packaged in mainly 22oz bombers and on draft. The beer will be released in October 2013. But to add to the fanfare, the brewery and the band are asking fans to submit their ideas for a special ingredient, one that might have some personal, Grateful Dead lore behind it.
According to Dogfish Head’s web site, suggestions for American Beauty’s final ingredient will be taken online in December. A panel from the Dogfish Head and Grateful Dead teams will pick the ingredient they feel works best in the context of a strong pale ale recipe. The brewery and band hope to invite the fan who suggested the ingredient to Dogfish’s coastal Delaware brewpub in the spring of 2013 to help brew a test batch. You can submit your idea here.
“The feedback the band got from Dead Heads was always an important factor in their shows,” says Dogfish Founder and President Sam Calagione. “And at Dogfish, we’ve always thought of our pub regulars and brewery tour guests as an informal focus group, so we’re sending a shout out to all those Dead Heads and Dogfish Heads by making them a driving force behind this beer.”
“Grateful Dead Productions is extremely pleased to be partnering with Dogfish Head Craft Brewery on the American Beauty pale ale. We’ve looked for a long while for the perfect brewery to team up with for a Grateful Dead-inspired brew, and feel we’ve finally found the right fit. Aside from Dogfish’s history with music-themed brews, we love their beer, and think it’s the best around. Plus, these are really good people and are the type of folks we want to work with,” says David Lemieux, legacy manager for Grateful Dead.
In 2011, the brewery created “Faithfull,” a Belgian-style golden ale with black currants to mark the 20th anniversary of Pearl Jam’s formation and its debut album, “Ten.”