Pearl Jam anniversary beer (with Dogfish Head)

Dogfish/Pearl Jam Faithfull AleI like Pearl Jam and I like Dogfish Head, so I suppose at some point (given Dogfish’s recent musical tribute beers) this was inevitable: Faithfull Ale celebrates Pearl Jam milestone.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is proud to announce the mid-October release of Faithfull Ale.

Faithfull Ale is a celebration of Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary as a band and its extraordinary debut album, “Ten.” In recognition of these milestones, this Belgian-style golden ale is delicately hopped to 20 IBUs and fruit-forward from 10 incremental additions of black currants over a one-hour boil. Faithfull will clock in at 7% ABV.

While I like the idea of this I can’t help but agree with Jeff in that this beer seems tame for Dogfish—especially considering how over-the-top the previous two music tribute beer were (Bitches Brew, a 9% blend of imperial stout and honey-with-gesho-root beer, and Hellhound on My Ale, a 10% imperial IPA maniacally brewed with “100s” in mind, Centennial hops, and dried lemon peel). I don’t know about a CDA though; when grunge and Seattle come to mind I think of coffee, flannel, malty beers, and cool, wet weather. (And the movie Singles, go figure.) Maybe a 10% imperial coffee porter, aged on excessive amounts of huckleberries in rum barrels?