Brews from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Delaware will be available here this week.
Happy hour | Beer made with saffron, chicory and apricots. Beer inspired by ingredients found in a 2,700-year-old drinking vessel inside a tomb. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has been behind some of the most original and exciting beers in the last 17 years. It’s a quirky brewery in Delaware with a cult following.
In a rare event, Seattleites will get a chance to sample two dozen Dogfish Head varieties at Seattle Deli Mart in the next seven days. Six Dogfish Head beers will be on tap daily, including such rare ales as Fort, brewed with raspberries, and Pangaea, brewed with ingredients from every continent. For $3 a glass, it’s cheaper than happy hour.
The Dogfish Head tasting concludes next Tuesday evening when this West Seattle convenience store and deli will feature seasonal and limited releases from 6-8 p.m. A full house is expected, with crowds expected to spill out into the parking lot.
If you don’t want to deal with the madhouse, this Thursday would be a good day to visit. You can sample some of Dogfish Head’s best suds: the 90-minute IPA and the Midas Touch.
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Midas Touch is an ale made based on analysis of residues recovered from a drinking vessel that was in the tomb of King Midas, discovered by archaeologists from the University of Pennsylvania. It’s an outstanding ale. With honey and white Muscat grapes, it tastes like a hybrid of mead and dessert wine.
Dogfish Head also makes one of the best double IPAs in the country, the 90-minute IPA. It’s spicy and citrusy up front and gradually gets bitter from the mid palate to the finish. For such a hoppy beer, it goes down easy, a sign of great craftsmanship.
Dogfish Head beers tend to be high in alcohol (9 percent and higher) but the suds are so skillfully made that you likely won’t notice how potent they are. It would be wise to order a sandwich in the deli if you plan to throw down a few or bring a designated driver.
Super Deli Mart, 9051 35th Ave. S.W., Seattle. Beer $3 a glass. Growlers fill $10 though there is a sliding scale, $1 off for each additional growler. Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (206-937-1442).
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