A fun bit of news out of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware: Brooklyn’s own Julianna Barwick, she of the endlessly swirling and jaw-droopingly compelling vocal loops, has teamed up with Dogfish Head Brewing on Rosabi, a special, limited-run beer to be released next week in 750ml bottles, 6-packs of which will come with a 10″ EP of the same name.
Rosabi (the beer) is an 8% ABV imperial pale ale brewed with a standard mix of Munich and Caramel malts and Simcoe and Centennial hops, plus two ingredients that help set it apart. Louisianan red rice, used in honor of the musician’s birthplace, gives the beer a “vivid rose hue,” according to Dogfish, while wasabi adds “bittering and herbal notes similar to hops, with its subtle heat creeping in after the kick of carbonation.”
This is not the first time Dogfish Head has dipped its toes in the music world. Last fall, they released American Beauty, an IPA whose special ingredients (granola, of course, and strawberries) were chosen by Grateful Dead fans. Before that, there was Positive Contact, a beer-cider combo made with Dan the Automator; Faithfull Ale, a Belgian pale ale brewed in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Pearl Jam’s debut, Ten; Hellhound On My Ale, a 10% ABV lemon-infused IPA brewed in conjunction with Sony Legacy as a tribute to Robert Johnson; and Bitches Brew, an imperial stout brewed for the 40th anniversary of the landmark Miles Davis album.
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