Late in 2022, we received an email from the fine folks in Milton, Delaware, i.e. Dogfish Head, announcing all of the adult beverages that they would be releasing throughout 2023. The list was broken down into the following categories:
- Off-Centered Art Series Ales
- Every Day, Year-Round Beers
- Occasional & Limited-Release Beers & Variety Packs
- Culinary-Crafted Canned Cocktails
- Full-Proof Spirits & Liqueurs
A week or two after receiving this email, two cans of the first beer release from their Off-Centered Art Series landed on our front porch. The beer is called Nordic Spring IPA and it clocks in at 6.5% ABV. Here are more than a few words about this beer taken directly from the Dogfish Head website:
With every spring comes new possibilities. A magical awakening to the year that lies ahead. With a thirst for always venturing off the beaten path, our palates have wandered north to explore a world rooted in rich harvesting traditions. The result? Nordic Spring – a super citrusy hazy IPA brewed with Norwegian Kveik yeast, wild juniper berries, orange peel and Danko rye malt.
Balanced yet bursting with waves of flavor, the Kviek yeast used in Nordic Spring ferments at higher temperatures, imparting strong citrus and tropical notes that can warm up the coldest of Norwegian springs.
Nordic Spring is the first release of our 2023 Off-Centered Art Series, donning whimsical artwork from our good pal Natalya Balnova. Based in New York, Natalya works as an illustrator, designer and printmaker whose playful work can be found across dozens of publications and brands.
Whimsical! Such a good word, and we can’t think of a better one to describe the goings on at the Dogfish Head Skunkworks. To find out what we thought of this funky sounding beer that comes in a beautifully illustrated can, click play on the following video:
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