Pearl Jam has been honored with American Music Awards, Moonmen, a Grammy, and even an Eska Music Award from Poland, but Dogfish Head may be offering them the greatest tribute of all. In honor of the band’s 20th anniversary and the album “Ten,” the brewery is releasing Faithfull Ale. I’ve never been much of a Pearl Jam fan, but I’m a huge fan of beer.
“To me, ‘Ten’ is the perfect example of a record-lover’s-record. The whole thing rocks,” says Dogfish Head President & Founder Sam Calagione. “As an off-centered brewery, we believe in celebrating the breadth of our whole portfolio and we feel an affinity for Pearl Jam a long-player band in a singles-obsessed world.”
Dogfish isn’t just slapping a new label on the bottle, they are using the band’s milestones as the building block for the brew. The IBUs will be 20 (not very bitter), and the flavor will come from “10 incremental additions of black currants over a one-hour boil.” The only other time I’ve knowingly had currants was in Absolut Currant, which I recall being terrible. I imagine that beer would do better to even out the flavor though, and I trust in just about everything that Dogfish does. If they tell me it’s good, I’m at least willing to try it.
This isn’t their first venture into hopped tributes. In the past they’ve made a special offering for Miles Davis, Bitches Brew, as well as one for Robert Johnson. They opted for Hellhound on my Ale in tribute to Johnson, whereas I would have made a play on “Sweet Home Chicago,” but I’ll let that slide. Both of those will be re-released at the same time as Faithfull Ale. They plan to start shipping to wholesalers the week of 10/19, but rest assured I’ll be tweeting about it the second it’s out. I’ll track down a bottle or eight and profile it for you, but you will probably want to go out and try it for yourself while listening to a little Pearl Jam.
I want more like this!
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