Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Beer Files- Bitches Brew

The wonderful thing about beer is the human input to it. While wine does rely on some, the majority of the variety is region. With beer, region does matter for ingredients, but more than that are the additive ingredients the brewery will put in the beer to achieve different flavor profiles. This can be fruit, honey, spices, sugar, and many other varying ingredients that give specific beers such different tastes. One of the breweries on the forefront of this is Dogfish Head, one of my current favorite breweries. They also have a good documentary style show on Discovery called Brewmasters that I have been enjoying.

The other night I tried Bitches Brew, a beer that tributes the anniversary of the Miles Davis album of the same name. The beer is a combination of stout and honey beer (3:1) that is quite aggressive in its flavor and not something to be enjoyed quickly. This is probably my largest appreciation of Dogfish, they make beer because they want to challenge the boundaries of brewing and make you enjoy something truly different.

The beer goes down smooth with a pretty heavy finish, thanks to the stout part, but also remains mild and sweet due to the honey and gesho root in it. Sounds complex? It is, and that's the goal! Just like the album, the beer is different every sip you try. I suggest this to all beer lovers out there looking for something a little bit different and funky.