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Dogfish collaborates with Julianna Barwick to Brew Rosabi
Rosabi Imperial Pale Ale Brewed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery will release Rosabi, a well-hopped Imperial Pale
Ale brewed with musician Julianna Barwick. An exclusive run of 1,000 cases
of six 750ml bottles will be packaged with a 10-inch record of original
songs that Julianna composed using sounds from Dogfish Head’s expanded
Late last year, Dogfish Head Founder and President Sam Calagione and his 180
co-workers celebrated the brewery’s 18-month expansion by inviting Julianna
to perform in the new cathedral-like 200-barrel brewhouse.
Julianna, who builds
ecstatic choirs by looping and layering her voice, was enamored of the brewery.
Remarking on the symphony of sounds that surrounded them – the hum of a grain
belt, the firing of a pneumatic valve, the drone of the whirlpool – Sam
challenged Julianna to compose an album tracing the creation of a beer. To do
so, Dogfish gave Julianna recordings of its new equipment at work – from
brewing, through fermentation, filtration and bottling – and she layered those
sounds into four new songs.
“I just love Julianna’s sonic palette,” says Sam. “Her layered style reminds me
of the art of brewing. Her songs are beautiful but completely unconventional,
just as our beer recipes are completely nontraditional. But in the end, they are
both distinct and find an adventurous community of enthusiasts."
mini-album will be available in a limited edition of 1,000, sold only in sealed
cases of six 750ml bottles of the 8% ABV Rosabi. The vivid rose hue of Rosabi
comes from a combination of Munich and Caramel malts and a touch of red rice
from Julianna’s home state of Louisiana. Citrusy Simcoe and Centennial feed
Julianna’s love of hops, and the star of the showis her go-to ingredient:
wasabi. What’s hoppy? ... Wasabi. The Japanese root adds bittering and herbal
notes similar to hops, with its subtle heat creeping in after the kick of
On her visit to coastal Delaware, Julianna rolled up her sleeves to brew a test
batch of Rosabi, even grating the wasabi herself.“I’m a huge beer fan,” says
Julianna, “and I had as much fun incorporating the sounds of the beer-making
process into the songs as I did learning about it all. It was an honor to have
the opportunity to collaborate with Sam and everyone at Dogfish on this
Dogfish Head has previously bottled Music Series beers inspired by Miles Davis
(Bitches Brew) and Robert Johnson (Hellhound On My Ale) and collaborated with
Pearl Jam (Faithfull Ale) and Bonnie Prince Billy (Sixty-One), among others.
"Thinking back to the earliest days of Dogfish, there was a great possibility
that it could have remained very small,” says Sam. “But because so many talented
people have chosen to join me on this journey, we’ve grown so much, and each one
of our co-workers adds a layer that makes us stand out from anything else in the
brewing world. To have Julianna on board – and her complementary ability to
layer and grow and explore – has been a perfect fit."
Julianna adds, “It was an honor to christen the new brewery, collaborate on a
unique beer with someone like Sam, and create new music for an incredible
company like Dogfish. It’s clear that the people of Dogfish are happy and proud
of what they do and they should be. I can’t wait for people to try Rosabi!”
Description: Imperial Pale Ale brewed with Simcoe and Centennial hops, Munich
and Caramel malts, Louisiana rice and wasabi.
Packaging: 750ml bottles
Release date: June 1