With a long history of innovation in the world of craft beer and fruit IPAs, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is unveiling Flesh & Blood, an honest to goodness IPA brewed with a bounty of real citrus. Hitting shelves nationwide starting July 4thweekend, Flesh & Blood packs a hoppy and citrusy one-two punch.
Clocking in at 7.5% ABV and 45 IBUs, Flesh & Blood is brewed with real lemon flesh and blood orange juice, balancing the resinous characteristics of a hoppy American IPA with the explosive zesty fruitiness and subtle dry tartness of citrus. The result? A highly quaffable ale that’s incredibly unique, flavorful and easy to drink all summer long.
“Because we derive flavors and aromas from actual fruits you would recognize at your local farmers market and not jugs or buckets of flavoring created in a laboratory, you will not see statements like ‘brewed with natural flavors’ or ‘natural flavors added’ on our labels,” says Dogfish Head founder and president Sam Calagione.
While the growth of India Pale Ales has been widely documented, the sub-style of fruit-infused IPAs has been growing like gangbusters – over 800% last year compared to 2014. The fruit IPA segment is expected to have its highest volume year ever in 2016 and continue to grow for years to come. Dogfish Head’s Flesh & Blood, based on twenty years of in-house fruit IPA R&D, is well positioned to lead that charge.
“We’ve been experimenting with fruit and citrus IPAs since 1996 when we released Aprihop, an IPA brewed with apricots,” Calagione says. “We kept on tinkering to release Hellhound On My Ale in 2011 and Sixty-One in 2012. Flesh & Blood represents two decades of tweaking and perfecting this style.”
About Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Dogfish Head is the first American craft brewery to focus on culinary-inspired beer recipes outside traditional beer styles and it has done so since the day it opened with the motto “off-centered ales for off-centered people.” Since 1995, Dogfish has redefined craft beer and the way people think about beer by brewing with unique ingredients. Today, Dogfish is among the fastest-growing breweries in the country and has won numerous awards throughout the years including Wine Enthusiast’s 2015 Brewery of the Year. Dogfish Head has grown into a 200+ person company based in Delaware with a brewpub/distillery in Rehoboth Beach, an innovative seafood restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, a beer-themed inn on the harbor in Lewes and a production brewery/distillery in Milton. Dogfish Head currently sells beer in 31 states.