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Press Release: Dogfish Head Collaboration Continues
Posted Friday, July 29th, 2011 by Tip Top



Sam reported to the brewhouse at the Porstmouth Brewery this morning for the latest in our string of recent collaborative brews.Today, Sam and Tod Mott are brewing up 'Fru-it Gru-it.' What, you say, is a gruit?Before hops began their millennium of trendiness in the 11th century, many different types of herbs and spices were used to balance beers sweetness. This class of medieval beers is known as gruit.

Necessity being the mother of invention, indigenous herbs were used in gruit production, so the list of traditional gruit ingredients is both long and open to interpretation. For this collaboration beer, Tod and Sam decided it was best to use some old ingredients and some new ingredients that would uniquely reflect the terroir of both New England and Delaware. The base beer for their 'Fru-it Gru-it' is an amber porter. During the boil, 30# of Delaware peaches from Fifer Farms near Dover will be introduced to the brew kettle. In addition to the stone fruit, an assortment of lavender, stinging nettles, yarrow and bog myrtle. The nettles came from Tods backyard in Maine while the rest of the herbs were sourced from either New Hampshire or Vermont. A further 30# of peaches will be added to the fermenter before the wort is mixed with brewers yeast.

Beer Deets: Malt: North American 2-Row, European Pils, C-60, C-120, Carafa II DH, Chocolate Malt, Black Malt, Roasted Barley, Aromatic, Flaked Barley

Mojo: Fifer Farms Delaware Peaches, Stinging Nettles, Yarrow, Lavender, and Bog Myrtle

Yeast: American Ale

This beer should end up being just about 5.5% a.b.v. and will be amber colored with a touch of roasted malt character.

'Fru-it Gru-it' will be served at Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

This most recent collaboration follows last month's collaboration with Short's Brewing and Three Floyd's brewery and our June collaboration with The Bruery of California.Another one of our recent collaborations, Life & Limb with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is now making it's way into the market through Sierra's wholesale network.

Tagged: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Portsmouth Brewery, Fru-it Gru-it