Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and RODENBACH Collaborate on Vibrant P’Ocean Sour Ale

Vibrant_P-OceanDogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Vibrant P’Ocean, a blended Sour Ale brewed in collaboration with Brouwerij RODENBACH (Roeselare, Belgium), in late January 2020.

Dreamed up back in 2018 when representatives of Dogfish Head and RODENBACH enjoyed a few Sour Ales together while serving on the same brewing panel at the Craft Brewers Conference, Vibrant P’Ocean is a “trans-oceanic” Sour Ale that “carefully [combines] two unique base beers – one developed by RODENBACH and the other by Dogfish Head.” For their contribution to their “first-ever collaborative brew,” RODENBACH brewed “a two-year, foeder-aged sour” in Belgium and then sent it on a “3,400-mile (or 1,000-nautical league) voyage to Milton, Delaware.”  Once it got to Dogfish Head’s facility, the beer was then “blended with Dogfish Head’s portion, a kettle sour brewed with pilsner malt, malted wheat, elderberry, elderflower, sliced lemons and Belgian fleur-de-sel.”  Weighing in at a light and sessionable 4.7% ABV, Vibrant P’Ocean comes together to be a “complex, ruby-colored beer with tart, dry flavors of jammy berries and floral lemon.”

“As America’s number-one brewer of sour beers, we at Dogfish are absolutely honored to be the first to collaborate and create a beer in partnership with RODENBACH, the world’s most well-respected maker of sour beers,” said Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head. “I’m proud to say that our teams contributed equally on every creative facet of this beer – from the brainstorm to the brew to calibrating the vibrant, red hue of the beer though specific grain and fruit blends. We really took our time and focused on creating a mouth-puckeringly magical drinking experience.”

 

“Our relationship with Dogfish Head blossomed over a few good sour beers and Vibrant P’Ocean captures all that we hoped for in this collaboration,” said Rudi Ghequire, Master Brewer of RODENBACH. “It signifies the vibrancy and mutual respect of our beers and two cultures coming together, inspired by the ocean which connects us. The result is an innovative and refreshing sour beer that captures Dogfish Head’s history of creativity, while staying true to the RODENBACH brand and its oak-aging process which gives RODENBACH its distinctive character.”

Vibrant P’Ocean is rolling out now and will reach Dogfish Head’s full distribution by February 2020.  You can expect to find this new Occasionals Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Delaware and throughout the rest of Dogfish Head’s nationwide distribution network.  Dogfish Head and RODENBACH are “also exploring a future, limited release of Vibrant P’Ocean that will be available in Belgium.”  Prost!

Vital Information for Vibrant P’Ocean from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery & Brouwerij RODENBACH

Release – Limited/Occasionals Series; late January – May 2020
Style – Blended Sour Ale
ABV – 4.7%
IBUs – 12
Added Ingredients – Elderberry, elderflower, sliced lemons & Belgian fleur-de-sel
Fun Fact – On the development of Vibrant P’Ocean: “Ironically, it was through its ‘Wooden … it be nice!’ initiative that Dogfish Head and RODENBACH’s relationship began. At an annual meeting of the world’s leading brewers, the Craft Brewers Conference in 2018, Ghequire and the head of Dogfish Head’s ‘Wooden … it be nice!’ wild beer program, Bill Marchi, sat on the same brewing panel. During the conference, fleeting conversations of a future collaboration ensued and – little did they know – the rest would become history. First, Ghequire and members of RODENBACH’s team made a trip to Dogfish Head’s production facility in Delaware to further solidify the breweries’ partnership. Brainstorming continued and then, Calagione and members of Dogfish Head’s team visited RODENBACH’s brewery in Roeselare, Belgium, to finalize the details for Vibrant P’Ocean. During that trip, Calagione and Ghequire spent time touring RODENBACH’s legendary brewery and cooperage, sampling traditional cuisine from the surrounding region, learning about the country’s brewing history and soaking up every possible drop of inspiration.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
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Rodenbach Alexander Now Available Year-Round

RodenbachAlexanderbottleBrouwerij RODENBACH (Roeselare, Belgium) has announced that it is officially reclassifying RODENBACH Alexander as a Year-Round offering that will have availability on draft and in new-look 4-packs of 11.2 oz. bottles.

First brewed in 1986 to commemorate Alexander Rodenbach’s 200th birthday, RODENBACH Alexander is a Flanders-style Red Ale comprised of “a blend of 2/3rd aged RODENBACH (2-year matured beer from oak standing Foeders) and 1/3rd young ale, then macerated with sour cherries.” After production of Alexander was ceased in 1999, constant consumer demand forced RODENBACH to resurrect this iconic brew in 2016 as an annually released, limited edition beer packaged in large format bottles.  Alexander has since firmly established itself as one the brewery’s most sought after beers, and now RODENBACH has decided to give their fans the option to enjoy this beautiful beer as a full-time, Year-Round offering.

“The consumer demand and interest for this beer has been outstanding since we re-launched it two years ago, with many stories of consumers traveling far distances to get their hands on a single bottle,” said David van Wees, founder of Latis Imports, U.S. Importer for RODENBACH Brewery. “It’s an exceptional beer that deserves to be enjoyed year-round and we’re excited that more consumers will have the opportunity to enjoy a beer that pays homage to one of the brewery’s original founding members.”

RODENBACH Alexander will officially begin its Year-Round status in June 2018.  Once this happens, you can expect to find this world-class offering available in 4-packs of 11.2 oz. bottles (suggested retail price of $14.99) and on draft at fine beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida and all other areas of the United States that normally see RODENBACH beers on shelves and taps.  Prost!

Vital Information for RODENBACH Alexander from Brouwerij RODENBACH

Release – Year-Round beginning June 2018
Style – Flanders-style Red Ale
ABV – 5.6%
Treatment – “Blend of 2/3rd aged RODENBACH (2-year matured beer from oak standing Foeders) and 1/3rd young ale, then macerated with sour cherries”
Fun Fact – On the beer’s history: “Originally brewed in 1986 to commemorate the 200th birthday of one of the brewery’s founding members – Alexander Rodenbach. Despite being blind at the age of eleven, Alexander Rodenbach ran the brewery starting in 1821 and went on to become a member of parliament, which he served for 36 years. Following the 1999 release, the brewery stopped production of RODENBACH Alexander. It became highly celebrated and in demand since being released annually in limited edition large format bottles beginning in 2016.”
Availability – 4-packs of 11.2 oz. bottles & draft

RODENBACH Plans to Release Fruitage as First Canned Offering

fruitage-canBrouwerij RODENBACH (Roeselare, Belgium) recently announced that it will soon release RODENBACH Fruitage as the brewery’s first canned beer available in the United States.

After testing this beer on draft in select U.S. markets during the latter portion of 2016, Brouwerij RODENBACH has made the easy decision to expand availability of RODENBACH Fruitage after the offering received “rave reviews from consumers and beer professionals alike.” Developed to be a fruit-infused, low ABV Flanders-style Red Ale, Fruitage is “an instant classic – comprised of 25% authentically aged RODENBACH (2-year matured beer from oak standing Foeders) blended with 75% young RODENBACH ale, with added fruit of cherries and elderberries.”

“This is an exciting new innovation in our legendary portfolio of beers, and we’re thrilled to offer this product in the United States,” said Rudi Ghequire, master brewer of RODENBACH brewery. “RODENBACH Fruitage is a light and refreshing beverage that is full of flavor, perfectly balanced and compliments a variety of foods and occasions.”

Cans of RODENBACH Fruitage will officially begin shipping out in April so that is on shelves by late May.  Once launched, this offering will be available in 4-packs of 8.5 oz. cans for the incredibly reasonable suggested retail price of $6.99 each.  You can expect to find Fruitage at fine beer establishments in Alabama, Florida and any other region of the United States where RODENBACH beers are normally found.  If you are a fan of Sour/Wild Ales at all, you are already aware that RODENBACH produces nothing but quality brews.  Factor in the price and it goes without saying that you will soon need to dedicate some real estate in the beer fridge to a 4-pack or two of Fruitage.  Give this new offering a try on draft when it taps in the spring, and be on the lookout for cans when they release later this year.  Prost!

Vital Information for RODENBACH Fruitage from Brouwerij RODENBACH

Release – Year-Round, widely available on draft in spring 2017 and cans arrive in late-May 2017
Style – Flanders-style Red Ale
ABV – 4.2%
Added Ingredients – Cherries & elderberries 
Availability – 4-packs of 8.5 oz. cans for the suggested retail price of $6.99