According to Tony, the story behind Dolly Dagger is pretty simple and straight forward. Even at a quick glance, people can tell that the American craft beer scene has been booming with creativity over the last few years, especially when you look at all of the new styles being invented and duplicated by brewers all across the country. Since 2010, we have seen new beers like India Black Ales, Belgian IPA's, Session Beers, India White Ales, and India Pale Lagers show up at festivals and events throughout the US by numerous breweries, including our own. Most of these styles have been recreated by a large enough number of breweries, that you can even find loose definitions and style guidelines for these brand new beers on various industry related craft beer forums. It seems like as soon as we get an idea to fuse two styles together, like the hoppiness of an IPA with the clean crispness of a lager yeast strain, a bunch of other breweries have already made versions of their own. Prompted by this surge in creativity across the industry, and inspired by an incredible Jimi Hendrix song, Dolly Dagger, Tony decided to push his brewing brain to it's creative limits and invent a brand new hybridized style that would be as awesome as the one of a kind rock n' roll stylings of "The Wild Man of Borneo"* himself. When you look at some of the popular "new" beer styles that many craft brewers are experimenting with these days, they often involve an increased use of hops in styles that normally wouldn't have that much, or the use of different yeasts to create a noticeable twist on an existing style. Bludgeon Yer Eye and White Falcon would be great examples of taking an existing style like a stout or Witbeir, and by significantly increasing the amount of hops beyond their traditional stylistic guidelines, turning it into something that would require it's own expanded definition. Love Knife and even Magician would be good examples of how using different regional yeasts can, in a sense, create new styles. According to the Brewers Association's Guide to Beer Styles there are no London or English Red Ales, as well as no style definition for a Belgian Red Ale. It's not to say that these countries don't have beers that are red in color, they just do not have defined written descriptions for a specifically designed red ale, like the characteristic Irish or American Reds. Another way that changing up the yeast can create a new style is seen with beers like Beard of Zeus and Mmmkay. Historically, the hoppiest beer styles available have been India Pale Ales, showcasing an array of intensified hop attributes through the signature of ale yeast strains. However, when you replace the ale yeast with a lager yeast, but still design a beer that would be as hoppy as a traditional IPA, you will end up with differences in the finish and aroma that requires a new definition for these noticeable changes in yeast contributions. Tony's latest creation has a little bit of everything, making it the first of it's kind.....I think.
Prompted by this surge in creativity across the industry, and inspired by an incredible Jimi Hendrix song, Dolly Dagger, Tony decided to push his brewing brain to it's creative limits and invent a brand new hybridized style that would be as awesome as the one of a kind rock n' roll stylings of "The Wild Man of Borneo"*
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