In time for the holiday season, Dogfish Head has announced the return of three fan-favorite beers — World Wide Stout, Crimson Cru and Pennsylvania Tuxedo — and the debut of a new Winter Variety Pack featuring an exclusive brew, The Perfect Pairing.
These winter warmers roll out to shelves and taps now. For more on each beer’s availability, visit dogfish.com.
“Everyone wants to be the ‘host with the most’ during the holiday season, and one way to easily impress your guests is with a wide array of cool-weather beers to perfectly partner with your evening’s eats,” says Dogfish Head Founder & Brewer, Sam Calagione. “Complementary food and beer pairings can make a culinary experience exponentially more awesome, so here are some quick and easy recommendations.”
Originally released in 1999, World Wide Stout (15-20% ABV) is an ageable ale brewed with a lot of barley to create a dark, rich and roasty imperial stout. Bursting with warming notes of roasted malt and coffee, its flavor profile is more reminiscent of a fine port wine than a typical beer, the brewery reports.
Created in collaboration with Brouwerij Rodenbach, Crimson Cru (7.1% ABV) is a trans-Atlantic libation that begins with Rodenbach’s Grand Cru, a Flemish red-brown ale aged in oak casks. After making the trek from Belgium to Delaware via tanker ship, Rodenbach’s Grand Cru is blended with a red ale from Dogfish Head that has been infused with sumac and sweet orange peel, and dry-hopped with Hallertau Blanc hops.
The last beer to launch from Dogfish Head’s 2023 Art Series, an annual collection of four brews featuring packaging designs by a singular collaborating artist, this year’s version of Crimson Cru has artwork by Natalya Bolnova. A New York-based illustrator, designer and printmaker, Bolnova is known for creating artwork with magical worlds and playful storyscapes.
Paying homage to the flannel-suited hunters and gatherers of north-central Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Tuxedo (8.5% ABV) is a pale ale brewed with spruce tips. This seasonal concoction’s grassy, citrusy kick is complemented by resinous conifer notes and a dry, malty backbone, the brewery reports.
“And if your party guests have a wide range of taste preferences, you really can’t go wrong with picking up some variety packs,” Calagione says. “That way, everyone can choose their own flavor adventure.”
Featuring an array of brews, Dogfish Head’s Winter Variety Pack includes three cans of each of the following four beers:
- 60 Minute IPA (6.0% ABV)
- 90 Minute IPA (9.0% ABV)
- Blue Hen Pilsner (4.8% ABV): Blue Hen Pilsner is a straight-forward pilsner brewed with four ingredients: water, hops, yeast and Delaware-grown and -malted barley.
- The Perfect Pairing (5.5% ABV): Created in collaboration with Cabot Creamery in Vermont, The Perfect Pairing is a hazy pale ale brewed with upcycled whey — a bi-product of the cheese-making process — to make “the perfect pairing” for sharp cheddar cheese.
This follows the release of Dogfish Head Grapefruit & Pomegranate Vodka Crush and Crush Variety Pack.