Oh, color me all sorts of excited for this one. The label is pictured above and if the reports are true, the third release in Dogfish Head’s musical brews will be Faithfull Ale, a beer brewed with currants in celebration of Pearl Jam’s twentieth year as a band!
No, ‘Faithfull’ is not a misspelling, it’s the name of a Pearl Jam song that appeared on their 1998 album Yield.
This beer mixes two of my most favorite things in the world, Pearl Jam and Dogfish beer. And the beer joins an already fantastic year for all things Pearl Jam; in celebration of their twentieth year, they held a festival earlier this month, put out a book, and released a Cameron Crowe documentary just earlier this week. I’ve seen the documentary twice and can confirm and vouch for it’s excellence. If you have any appreciation for music, you will appreciate the story of Pearl Jam.
Apparently, this beer comes after fans of the band started an internet campaign to get Dogfish and Pearl Jam to partner up — and they did!
There’s no release date for the beer, yet, but the label does offer this information: Faithfull Ale is a celebration of Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary and their seminal album Ten — In recognition of these milestones this Belgian-style golden ale is delicately hopped to 20 IBUs and fruit-forward from 10 incremental addition of black currants over the course of the one hour boil. 7% ABV (alcohol by volume).
Why black currants? Well, I can only speculate it’s because of Pearl Jam’s song ‘Black.’
Dogfish started this music series last year when they released “Bitches Brew,” a beer made to honor the 40th anniversary of the Miles Davis album. The second release came this May with “Hellhound On My Ale,” celebrating the 100th birthday of Mississippi Delta bluesman Robert Johnson.