The fruit-enhanced pale ale is the latest in a growing line of music-inspired brews from Dogfish Head.
Few bands have had a career as weird and winding as The Flaming Lips. Starting as Oklahoma City indie rock stalwarts in the ‘80s before scoring a genuine hit with the 1993 novelty “She Don’t Use Jelly,” then morphing into concept album heroes with 2002’s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and more recently reaching an entirely new generation by collaborating with Miley Cyrus, these psychedelic warriors led by Wayne Coyne might not be the biggest name in music but they’ve certainly covered as much ground as anyone else out there. And now, the band can add another accomplishment to its eccentric list: a beer collaboration with Delaware’s renowned Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.
Much like The Flaming Lips, Dogfish Head has gone out of its way to keep things eclectic throughout the years. Part of the brewery’s “off centered” attitude has included its “Music Series”—a somewhat sporadic line of beers inspired by the brewery’s favorite music featuring things like the Miles Davis-inspired Bitches Brew and Beer Thousand, a beer tribute to the classic lo-fi indie rock album from Guided by Voices. Next on the docket is The Flaming Lips collaboration Dragons & YumYum which Dogfish describes as “a lip smackingly tart pale ale” that is “intensely tropical yet subtlety bitter,” brewed with “a combination of dragonfruit, yumberry, passionfruit, pear juice and black carrot juice providing an explosion of fruit in every sip” meant to match the band’s “lush, multi-layered, psychedelic rock arrangements.”
“The Flaming Lips are one of the most innovative and collaborative bands of all time and Dogfish shares a similarly playful and adventurous point of view,” Sam Calagione, CEO and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, said in a statement. “Their art is a full-on otherworldly sensory experience and we strive to create that same intense sensational experience for craft beer drinkers in the development of our liquid art.” He later added, “Our brewery has been obsessed with music since the day we opened…. And we have enjoyed every opportunity to weave together the art of brewing with our love of music, as often and meaningfully as we can.”
As far as the actual collaboration is concerned, Calagione says he’s been “texting and calling back and forth with Wayne Coyne about the ingredients and the recipes for this beer.” The final creation is slated to be released in April 2018, a 6.5 percent ABV ale available exclusively in 12-ounce bottles and on draft.