Saturday, August 13, 2011
Dogfish My Antonia - Dogfish Brewery
The Dogfish Brewery is awesome...but I was a little weary of this one, seeing that it was a lager...but the legend of the Dogfish Brewery was solid, so I figured that it definitely deserved my time. Here's what the website had to say:
My Antonia started out as a Collaboration beer when Sam brewed it at Birra del Borgo (hope you can read Italian) outside Rome, Italy with owner/brewer Leonardo DiVencenzo in October of 2008. In 2010, we began brewing My Antonia here at Dogfish Head brewery in Delaware for U.S. distribution.
My Antonia (named after the Willa Cather read), is a continually-hopped imperial pilsner.
This original 2008 batch was brewed and distributed by Birra del Borgo. A small quantity was sent over to the United States. The 2010 release will go to limited markets here in the U.S.. It should start hitting the shelves by mid-late June.
As an aside, in June of 2009, Leonardo came over to Delaware and brewed our original batch of Namaste beer with us at our Rehoboth Beach brewpub. And Leo is one of the four brewers who (along with Dogfish, Russian River and Baladin) are involved in the Eataly project in New York City. What goes around, comes around.
Anyhoo... here is our Quick Sip Clip video of Sam chatting about My Antonia with his Italian-American grandmother Jessie Calagione (they sometimes veer a bit off topic, but we think it's a great video and love her 'cash customers' story) - cheers!
Well what can I say...could it be that my top five has changed. This Lager was great. Traditionally, I try to stay away from Lagers, but what can I say...the Dogfish Brewery has produced nothing but awesome...I gave it a shot, and it impressed. It was smooth with a massive amount of Hop. It was full of complexity and flavor. The website has a great video of the owner and his 93 year old grandmother enjoying the brew. Search it out, but since it's a limited release, you had better grab it when you can. I'm lovin' it.
9/10 - Rock Solid