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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Dogfish Head - My Antonia

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Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
My Antonia Lager 
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
6 Cannery Village Center
Milton, DE USA
Est. 1995

Brain Damage Quotient = 7.5 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 25.4

Postmortem Brew Review
Pale, cloudy golden color.
Sweet surprising pear nose followed by copious hops aromas.
Tightly bubbled, one finger crisp white head with spotted lacing.
Tart and zesty fruit taste. Moderate amount of hops. Drying finish.
Medium carbonation.
Easy to drink, even at 7.5% ABV. 

Grim Reaper's Eulogy 
Dogfish Head. You think that name -  you say that name - and you remember their logo label says, "Craft Brewed Ales". Coming from a self professed group of individuals known also for their motto, " Off-centered stuff for off-centered people", we find that as a bunch of radical thinkers, they can surprise themselves with even more radical thoughts. Case in point, this beer is a lager, not an ale. Make that a craft brewed Imperial pilsener lager.

The beer is continuously hopped, blending Noble hops from Germany with West Coast hops from the United States. The German Noble would likely be one of these: Hallertau, Tettnanger, Spalt, or Saaz. And the USA West Coast hops are more in line with those, that make up the major hops bomb beers, from breweries left of the Mississippi River.

The name, My Antonia, comes from an early 20th century novel by Willa Cather. She was a pioneering woman novelist during a time considered to be "a man's world." It was also a time when the old world European settlers were still moving west.  We can draw a parallel as to where the hops were chosen; some from Europe and some from the western United States. Drawing from time periods past and present; the writer and the story, the brewer and the beer, are all worth looking into.

To enjoy the pioneer spirit of writing and brewing, grab the book and the beer.  Then curl up with the pair in your own special reading space, when you have the chance.

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