Dogfish Head, the Delaware-based creators of “off-centered ales,” announced today its launch into the spirits world.
According to a blog post on its website, Dogfish Head’s new state-of-the-art distillery is in the heart of its Milton, Delaware, campus, where Head Distiller Graham Hamblett will captain two 500-gallon copper stripping stills and a 250-gallon copper vodka column, sourced from fourth-generation custom fabricator Vendome Copper & Brass Works in Louisville, Kentucky.
The first spirits to debut from Dogfish Head Distilling Co. are Analog Vodka, Compelling Gin, and Whole Leaf Gin (descriptions via Dogfish Head website):
- Dogfish Head Analog Vodka (80 proof): Made with 100% brewers malt and our proprietary “Doggie” yeast, Analog Vodka embodies the core of Dogfish Head’s 20-year commitment to quality and creativity. It’s crisp, with a viscous sweetness of caramelized sugar and malted barley with a cleansing minerality, a sipping vodka for whiskey drinkers.
- Dogfish Head Compelling Gin (88 proof): Distilled using the peel and flesh of our favorite citrus and a long list of beautiful culinary ingredients stolen from our brewpub kitchen, Compelling Gin is bright and citrusy, with a crisp juniper snap and lingering cinnamon warmth, a culinary-inspired gin.
- Dogfish Head Whole Leaf Gin (90 proof): Like Dogfish Head’s signature line of continually hopped IPAs, Whole Leaf Gin continually doses whole leaf hops into each step of the gin distillation process. The result is an earthy gin, with a drying coolness, yet bursting with floral hop goodness, the IPA of spirits.
“You can make spirits from almost any type of raw material, we have chosen to start with the same ingredients that go into our beer,” says Hamblett, a horticulturalist with nearly two decades of experience running an artisanal winery and distillery. “In our process, everything starts in its rawest form, from scratch, and we will use the best ingredients available. We use a batch distillation approach through each stage. It’s a bit more work than other approaches, but it allows me to closely monitor and control each step of the distillation process.”
Other spirits, including rum and whiskey, are on the horizon.