PW's Year of Beer: Dogfish Head Bitches Brew

By Eric San Juan
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We love beer. That's why we're devoting an entire year to discovering (and drinking) cold ones from near and far. Know of a beer worth shouting out? Send us a note at tips@philadelphiaweekly.com.

The legendary Miles Davis record Bitches Brew was a groundbreaking fusion of jazz, afro-centric rhythms, rock and other genres. So, Dogfish Head created a beer to honor the 40th anniversary of that record mirroring this fusion of African and American traditions. Blending three parts robust imperial stout and one part tej, an Ethiopian honey wine and gesho root, Bitches Brew’s approachable exterior masks deep complexity. Notes of coffee roast and bitter chocolate lead the way, giving the drinker a fine imperial stout with a surprisingly light body, but the star of the show is the sweet honey kiss at the finish: It slices through the coffee and cocoa notes, turning a standby into a whole new kind of beer. This year’s batch was just released, so look for it to begin appearing on tap in the weeks ahead.

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