Dogfish Head and Brouwerji Rodenbach Brew Crimson Cru • thefullpint.com

(MILTON, DE) – With over 225 years of collective brewing experience, Delaware’s Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Belgium Brouwerji Rodenbach unite to liberate purple vintagea red beer blended at 7.1% ABV. Deep copper in color, Crimson Cru begins with Rodenbach’s world famous Grand Cru, a Flemish red-brown beer aged in oak barrels, which made the journey overseas from Belgium to Delaware via tanker. After its transatlantic journey, Rodenbach’s Grand Cru is artfully blended with a red Dogfish Head beer infused with sumac and sweet orange peel and dry-hopped with Hallertau Blanc hops. The resulting beer is full-bodied and slightly warming with aromas of candied citrus, cherry, toffee and toffee, complemented by malty flavors of stewed fruit, plum, cherry, dried citrus and toffee. Crimson Cru hits shelves nationwide in mid-October, for a limited time, in 6pk/12oz bottles.

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“It was great to – once again – work with the folks at Rodenbach to create a deliciously complex, multi-continental brew. As with our first joint venture, Vibrant Ocean, a Dogfish Head blended sour beer launched with Rodenbach in 2020, every facet of Crimson Cru was truly a collaborative effort,” said Sam Calagione, founder and brewer of Dogfish Head. “We worked side by side with Rodenbach Brewmaster, Rudi Ghequire, on every element of this collaboration; from sourcing ingredients to mixing, and even putting together the clever beer packaging. I’m really proud of the end result and think Crimson Cru is a liquid love letter that we collectively floated across the Atlantic Ocean and back.

As part of Dogfish Head Decentered Art Seriesan annual collection of four beers showcasing the artwork of a featured artist, Crimson Cru boasts a bold packaging design by Max Mahn. The artwork centers around the logos of the two breweries, using each brand’s signature colors – forest green for Dogfish Head and crimson for Rodenbach. The label prominently features wooden fodder as a nod to the well-known techniques of aging Rodenbach fodder and sumac leaves to not only highlight an ingredient in beer, but subtly reference the Dogfish Head’s emphasis on brewing with real, high-quality culinary ingredients.

“After more than 33 years of sour beer brewing in Rodenbach, it was a particular pleasure to work with Sam and his team at Dogfish Head,” said Rudi. “Our brewery is a few years older and is across the Atlantic, but we bonded immediately through a shared passion for sour beer brewing, learning and pairing with food. I’m proud of the collaboration that we created together and I think it’s a special beer that many will enjoy. Thanks to Sam and his team.”

In honor of the launch of Crimson Cru, Dogfish Head and Rodenbach will continue their collaborative efforts with a series of celebratory events on Friday October 14 and Saturday October 15, at hotel properties in Dogfish Head, Delaware. On Fridays, people are invited to a Belgian-themed prix-fixe dinner at the seafood and cocktail restaurant in Dogfish Head, Chesapeake and Maine, in Rehoboth. Saturday morning brings a guided beer and cheese pairing experience aboard the Cape Town water taxi, which departs from Lewes and travels the waters along the southern Delaware coast. Later that evening, Dogfish Head’s Rehoboth Brewpub, Breweries and mealswill host a four course beer dinner with couples from Dogfish Head and Rodenbach. While enjoying their carefully crafted menus, guests will hear Sam and Rudi discuss beer and their unique partnership. To find out more about these events, including details on reservations, menus and tickets, visit www.dogfish.com/events.

For more on Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Brouwerij Rodenbach, check out www.dogfish.com and be.rodenbach.berespectively.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery:

Dogfish Head has proudly focused on brewing beers with culinary ingredients outside of the Reinheitsgebot since the day it opened as one of America’s smallest craft breweries over 27 years ago. Dogfish Head has become one of the top 20 craft breweries and has won numerous awards over the years, including Wine Enthusiast’s 2015 Brewery of the Year and the James Beard Foundation Award for 2017 Outstanding Wine, Spirits, Gold Beer Professional. A Delaware-based brand with Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats®, an off-center brewery and distillery, Chesapeake & Maine®, Dogfish Head’s seafood and cocktail restaurant, Dogfish Inn®, a beer-themed inn on the harbour, and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery®, a production brewery and distillery comprising the Tasting Room & Kitchen and Dogfish Head Distilling Co.®, Dogfish Head is a proponent of the Independent Craft Brewing Seal, the definitive icon for American craft breweries to identify as independently owned and carry the torch of transparency, brewing innovation and freedom of choice originally forged by the pioneers of the brewing community. Dogfish Head currently sells beer in all 50 states and Washington D.C. To learn more, visit www.dogfish.com, Facebook: @dogfishheadbeer, Twitter: @dogfishbeer and Instagram: @dogfishhead.

Royal Swinkels family brewers:

Royal Swinkels Family Brewers Holding NV is the holding company of the Swinkels Family Brewers group, a 100% independent family business. For seven generations, the Swinkels family has managed a group of companies which today includes several brewing sites: the Bavaria brewery in Lieshout (the Netherlands), the De Molen brewery in Bodegraven (the Netherlands), the Palm and De Hoorn in Steenhuffel (Belgium), the Rodenbach brewery in Roeselare (Belgium) and the Habesha brewery in Debre Birhan (Ethiopia). In addition, the family works closely with the De Koningshoeven brewery in Berkel-Enschot (the Netherlands). Together, these breweries accounted for the production of 7.2 million hectoliters of beer and 0.6 million hectoliters of soft drinks in 2021. Together with Holland Malt, the group has two malting plants in Lieshout and Eemshaven (Netherlands ), which together produced 400,000 tonnes of malt in 2021. In addition, CereX produces approximately 3,000 tonnes of malt extracts and compounds per year. Bier&cO, distributor of special beers, adds to its range a wide portfolio of special beers brewed by craftsmen. Within Royal Swinkels Family Brewers, around 1,800 employees worldwide are working to continue doing business smarter and more sustainably. In doing so, the family business adds lasting value for consumers, employees, business partners, shareholders and the world around it. In 2021, the company added the Uiltje Brewing Company, located in Haarlem, the Netherlands, to its family of breweries. In 2019, Swinkels Family Brewers received the Royal designation. Since then the company has been proudly called Royal Swinkels Family Brewers. For more information: www.swinkelsfamilybrewers.com

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