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Published: 2012/10/18

Dogfish Head, Grateful Dead Productions Working On American Beauty Pale Ale

Grateful Dead Productions and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery will be soliciting ideas for the final ingredient of their new American Beauty pale ale. The beer is expected to hit the market in October of 2013, but before that can happen the brewers need to know how they’ll make it. Suggestions for the new brew’s final ingredient will be taken online in December. Grateful Dead Productions and Dogfish Head will then pick the ingredient based on how well they think it will work in a strong pale ale recipe. The recipe currently includes all-American hops, barley and the soon-to-be decided final ingredient. The American Beauty pale ale will be the next beer in Dogfish Head’s Music Series, which includes the Miles Davis-inspired “Bitches Brew,” the Pearl Jam-inspired “Faithful Ale” and the Robert Johnson tribute, “Hellhoud On My Ale.”


There are 12 comments associated with this post

okie deadhead October 18, 2012, 15:52:14

I have a few ideas for the final ingredient of a Grateful Dead Brew…

drasticjasper October 18, 2012, 16:48:39

hmm grilled cheese…or veggie stir fry lol cranberry would be good though for a sweet tartness to go with the hops

me October 18, 2012, 16:56:24

Isn’t it obvious??? Liquid should be the final ingredient… 25 oz of pure sunshine bottle for your kaleidoscopic enjoyment!

bubblehouse October 18, 2012, 16:56:56

red grenadine

Heidi October 18, 2012, 19:12:53

Why not rose hips? There’s a lot of rose imagery in Grateful dead posters and paraphernalia, and American Beauty is itself a type of rose. Also think it would complement an imperial pale ale pretty well :)
HUUUGE fan of both dogfish head and grateful dead. Everything everything ever done by both.

rusty October 18, 2012, 20:54:11

beautiful pairing

Jeff October 18, 2012, 22:01:48

One keg gone and another to go, my old buddy your drinking much to slow.

mtn gold October 19, 2012, 10:49:36

The bottle is draining and you can’t slow it down, You can’t let go and you can’t hold on,You can’t go back and you can’t stand still, If the hops don’t get you then the barley will.

shadd October 19, 2012, 10:50:25


Required October 19, 2012, 12:59:32

The bottle was dusty but the liquor was clean

dk70 October 19, 2012, 13:12:49

half a cup of rock and rye

Ed Berg October 19, 2012, 13:44:11

I 2nd Red Grenadine and each bottle packaged with a sugar cube (no LSD obviously) to drop into the bottle and dissolve before consuming.

Eric October 19, 2012, 15:56:59

20% of grain bill should be rye.

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