A Drive Across the Country to Learn Beers by the Region
As a writer and journalist, we all go through that time when you just don’t have work. For me, that time came in early 2012. When you reach that point, it’s all about what you are going to do about it. You can sob, pout, complain, search for work, what have you.
As for me, it was a no brainer. I decided to go on a cross-country road trip to blow the money I don’t have in search for tastes of the regions throughout this massive country.
Over the course of 11 blogs here on DME’s Daily Drink, I’ll break down my thoughts of the six packs of beer I got from five different regions (Northwest, Midwest, East Coast, South and Southwest) amassing 11 states. In our last stop, we took a trip to the land of yummy chocolate candy, for none other than a delicious super hoppy amber ale in Hershey, Penn. In this entry, we’ll continue to our last stop of the Northeast/East Coast journey to the first state of Deleware. This week’s blog will focus on Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and its Indian Brown Ale.
In concept the Indian Brown Ale, which is offered year round by the well-known brewery founded by Sam Calagione, is great. The self-proclaimed “original hybrid,” brings two types of beer drinkers together in one tasty treat. You have your brown ale drinkers who love their Newcastle’s of the world and swear by them on one hand. Then on the other hand, you have your hop heads that can’t get enough hops no matter how high the International Bitterness Units climb.
But as a wild card, IBA is also combined with the concept of a Scotch ale, bringing a different flavor profile to the copiously hopped ale. Each ale holds its own strength up front, with the American brown flavor base, caramel of the Scotch ale, and the hops (dry hopped as other DFH brews 60 and 90 minute IPAs) of the IPA. On top of that, there is an addition of organic brown sugar to boost the alcohol percentage up to 7.2 percent by volume.
You’re wondering about the IBUs, I’m sure. It’s moderate, clocking in at 50. Much like mixing colors brings you a specific color (red + yellow = orange), the mixture of ales in the Indian Brown Ale brings a porter like quality to the tongue. Not being a huge porter fan, if I were to classify this as a porter, it’d be my favorite for sure.
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to reach this beer, since it’s only available in 19 states, California not one of them. With that in mind, you should check out the link to the beer page (above) and check out if your state has it available in stores. If so, pick it up. You’ll for sure be pleased. While you’re swigging one down, have it with some ribs, venison or stew (according to Dogfish Head). Even better, if you can get to Rehoboth Avenue in Rehoboth Beach, Dela., pick up some right from the keg. If IBA isn’t your thing, Dogfish Head has an exceptional number of options that will surely please your palate.
With Delaware in the rearview mirror, along with our Northeast venture, we really head south to our one and only visit in the south. Next up on the cross-country joyride to beer heaven is the sugar state: Louisiana.
Like it? Hate it? Love it? Let me know. I’m sure you’ll be pleased though.