#701 Dogfish Head’s Oak-aged Noble Rot & #702 Bear Republic’s Racer X

Last night (2/20/2016) Ryan and I went to Dogfish Head Alehouse (Falls Church, Virginia, USA) for beers and dinner with her sister and her boyfriend. We all split the Warm Three Cheese Crab Dip which included crab meat, roasted garlic, cheddar, mascarpone, and herbed cream cheese served with wood grilled bread and in-house chips (no picture sadly). For my “main fare” I ordered the Mahi Mahi Tacos (Trio of blackened mahi mahi tacos topped with cilantro-lime slaw and chipotle mayo, served with an order of fries).

DogfishHeadAlehouse (2/20/2016)

From their tap list, I got Dogfish Head’s Oak-aged Noble Rot, a 9% alcohol by volume (ABV) mix between the “beer world and the wine world” aged on oak for a year and brewed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware, USA). According to Dogfish Head’s website, this beer was brewed using two unique white wine grapes from Alexandria Nicole Cellars (Prosser, Washington, USA). Dogfish Head’s Oak-aged Noble Rot is considered a Fruit / Vegetable Beer by BeerAdvocate, a Fruit Beer by ratebeer, and a Saison / Farmhouse Ale by UNTAPPD. Dogfish Head also suggests crab, lobster, or other shellfish as food pairing suggestions.

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Below is the commercial description of Dogfish Head’s Oak-aged Noble Rot:

“Noble Rot is the head-on collision of the beer world and the wine world … and now we’ve aged it on oak … for a whole year! This saison-esque science project gets complexity and fermentable sugars from the addition of two unique white wine grapes, sourced with our friends at Alexandria Nicole Cellars in Prosser, Washington. The first addition is the must of viognier grapes that have been infected with a benevolent fungus called botrytis. This ‘noble rot’ reduces the water content in the grapes while magnifying their sweetness and complexity. The second is a pinot gris intensified by a process called ‘dropping fruit,’ where large clusters of grapes are clipped to amplify the quality and distinction of those left behind. We then aged Noble Rot in one of our oak tanks for an entire year, making for a hazy ale that has a spicy white wine body and a dry, tart finish.” – Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

The night didn’t end at Dogfish Head Alehouse. When we got home, Ryan and I opened a 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle of Bear Republic’s Racer’s X that her dad got for us the week before (probably from Whole Foods Market but I’m not positive). Racer X is an 8.3% alcohol by volume (ABV) Double IPA from the Bear Republic Brewing Company (Healdsburg, California, USA). According to Bear Republic’s website, Racer X exhibits a copper color and 100 IBUs (International Bitterness Units).

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Bear Republic also provides food pairing suggestions on their website including barbeque, spicy foods, hard cheeses, aged cheeses such as cheddar, beef, poultry, and pork. I also added the commercial description for Bear Republic’s Racer X below:

“Racer X is an uncommon Double India Pale Ale which puts a California twist on English brewing traditions by adding an assertive hop aroma and bitterness that compliments the firm malt backbone. Like its little brother Racer 5, Racer X is balance in a bottle.” – Bear Republic Brewing Company

Information about beer found at:
www.dogfish.com/brews-spirits/the-brews/wood-aged/oak-aged.htm
www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/64/209683/
www.ratebeer.com/beer/dogfish-head-oak-aged-noble-rot/393435/
www.untappd.com/b/dogfish-head-craft-brewery-noble-rot-american-oak-barrel-aged/497993
www.bearrepublic.com/beer/racer-x/
www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/610/8037/
www.ratebeer.com/beer/bear-republic-racer-x/12633/
www.untappd.com/b/bear-republic-brewing-co-racer-x-r/2034

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