Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has announced Hazy-O! as its newest hazy IPA.
Hazy-O! is brewed with four types of oats — malted oats, rolled oats, naked oats and oat milk — for a hop-forward beer. Hazy-O! begins with truckloads of oats and wheat to create a full-bodied base, the brewery reports. Then, it is dry-hopped with hop varieties that deliver tropical notes, including citrus, mango and pineapple.
“While Hazy-O! features a bunch of high-quality culinary ingredients, it’s the oats that are really the star of the show,” says Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head founder and brewer. “Each of the oat formats used in Hazy-O! provides a unique characteristic to the beer. The malted oats offer a delicate malty sweetness; the rolled oats contribute a dense haze; the naked oats provide a subtle toasty, caramel character; and the piece de resistance, oat milk, creates a silky soft mouthfeel that makes Hazy-O! drink like a 5% ABV session sipper, instead of the 7.1% ABV powerhouse that it is. This foundation-of-four oat formats creates a target, allowing the beer’s bright and juicy hops to hit the flavorful bullseye.”
A nationally distributed oat milk-centric IPA, Hazy-O! took almost a year of R&D to perfect, with the help of oat milk scientists from Elmhurst 1925, a family-owned, plant-based milk producer out of New York.
“Oat milk is really having a zeitgeist moment, especially in the active lifestyle community,” Calagione continues. “At Dogfish, we are proponents of leading active lifestyles that include both exercise and indulgence, and we are committed to crafting beers that fit that worldview. With Hazy-O!, we were able to create a true hazy IPA that can appeal to many different audiences — craft beer geeks, wellness-conscience consumers and drinkers seeking both lactose-free and vegan options. Thank you, oat milk!”
Hazy-O!’s maroon-and-gold cans feature artwork with hand-drawn hops and wheat, the “hazy-o” sun setting over the water and a four-ringed bullseye to represent the four oat varieties used in the brewing process.
Available in 6-packs of 12-oz. cans, beer fans can track down a case of Hazy-O! using Dogfish Head’s Fish Finder.
This follows the recent news of the brewery releasing Dogfish Head Canned Cocktails.