Sam Calagione chatted with admirers of his Dogfish Head Craft Brewery beers.
In 2012, Sam Calagione met The Flaming Lips when they performed at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware. That association led the craft beer innovator to team up with the band to create a new beer from his Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Sam told attendees at SAVOR 2018 in DC on Friday.
Firefly Main Stage (Photo Credit: aLIVE Coverage)
Like all things, too much of a good thing can be overwhelming, and may even become addicting. With a music festival, the sheer volume of music and sights and sounds and bands and experiences all packed into four days, all the good starts to blur together and ultimately leads to drastic mood swings bordering on exhaustion.
I attended the 5th annual Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware from June 16-19 (now my third time at Firefly) and you get to hear about it over the week. Steel yourself, it may become too much of a good thing.
Let’s start simple. What were the highlights in blurb form?
SAVOR 2016 at the National Building Museum
Stouts. Porters. As I walked the National Building Museum’s expansive floor, pausing at various brewery tables to read the cards flaunting a beer name/style and its tasty looking small bite pairing, it struck me. There are a lot of stouts and porters for a summer event. And that is fine by me.
At the 9th Annual SAVOR (An American Craft Beer & Food Experience) on Friday, June 3rd, if I had counted all the beers I tried, I suspect 75% or more were on the dark side.
Of the 76 craft breweries on hand (from 28 states), 26 of those chose to pour a stout (16 breweries) or a porter (10). Compared to the far more common approach to feature IPAs (33) and other lighter, summer styles.
Some of my favorites:
- Vanilla Java Porter (Atwater Brewery, Michigan)
- Stavropol Russian Imperial Stout (Confluence Brewing Company, Iowa)
- Sérendipité Stout (Parish Brewing Co., Louisiana)
- Salted Caramel Imperial Stout (Southern Tier Brewing Co., New York)
Get excited for Firefly 2016!
The fifth annual Firefly Music Festival (June 16-19) is fast approaching. The full schedule is now available here.
With seven different stages and 134 bands and artists over four days, each day of this year’s festival will bring an impressive display of musical power.
Some highlights I’m looking forward to include; Ellie Goulding, CHVRCHES, Florence + The Machine, Silversun Pickups and Mumford & Sons.
Single day passes are also available if you can’t attend the full festival.
In addition to all the music you can handle, the food and alcohol options look promising. Nearly 30 restaurants will be available, from tacos to schnitzel to curry to BBQ to chicken and waffles and more.
Of course, since the festival is in Delaware, the partnership with Dogfish Head Brewery continues in the form of a grand tent, The Brewery. This year, the specialty beers are:
- Alternate Takes #1: a double IPA (ABV: 7.8)
- Alternate Takes #2: a Belgian-style brown ale (ABV: TBD)
- Biere de Provence: a summer saison (ABV: 8.3)
Firefly Music Festival
The Woodlands of Dover (Delaware)
Thursday, June 16 through Sunday, June 19
See full schedule for set times
$119 Single Day Pass ($319 4-Day Pass)
VIP: $699 4-Day Pass (Super VIP: $2499)