Dogfish Head Distilling Adds Whiskey

Dogfish BrewerySmall batch, craft spirit distilling is catching fire. Dogfish Head Distillery – the distilling arm of craft brewing pioneer Dogfish Head Brewery, has added a new whiskey to its already impressive line up of artisanal Gins, Vodkas, and Rums.

The new whiskey is called Alternative Takes Volume 1, since it is the first in a series of craft whiskeys from the Dogfish Head Distillery crew. The new series of whiskeys will be distinguished by exploring alternate barrel finishings. Dogfish say that the inspiration comes from the age of analog record based music with artists experimenting with alternate sounds until a record emerged.

The Scoop

  • Strength: 45% ABV. 90-proof.
  • Ingredients: 2-row barley, Applewood smoked barley, coffee kilned & crystal malts, R-O Water, fermented using Dogfish Head Brewery’s own flavorful ‘Doggie’ yeast.
  • Availability: Launched November 29, 2018 & shipped to Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C.
  • Packaging: 750 ml glass bottles.
  • How it’s Made: Begins as a complex beer of mostly specialty malts, including Applewood smoked, coffee kiln and crystal malts that is fermented with Dogfish Doggie Ale yeast. Aged onsite in new charred American oak barrels, then finished in rum casks which previously aged our Barrel Honey Rum (a rum made with sugar cane molasses, honey and aged in American Oak.). The result is a malt whiskey with layers of complexity and exceptional smoothness.
  • Tasting Notes: The brewing and batch-distillation process creates a base whiskey that’s more delicate and nuanced than a typical American style whiskey. The oak Barrel Honey Rum cask aging results in a malt whiskey with layers of complexity and exceptional smoothness. Flavors are of candied nuts & peppery cinnamon finish with mild smoke & cocoa.

Let Sam Calagione, Founder & CEO of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery & Dogfish Head Distilling Co. say it best,

“We approach each creative moment at Dogfish with a thirst to push new and out-of-the-ordinary ideas to the furthest limit, as no liquid concoction is out of bounds, and each take on it is part of the artistic journey. Our Alternate Takes whiskey series is an ode of sorts to the mad chemistry of R&D distilling, and we’re super excited to share this creatively fresh take on Whiskey Finished in Rum Casks with our Delmarva friends.”