Culture and beer are like the chicken and the egg debate. Does culture enable you to drink beer under the guise of being fancy, or do you drink first and then cling to culture as an afterthought to justify the stupor?
I don’t really care. I’m just glad that beer and culture cross paths as often as they do.
Sam [Calagione, founder of Dogfish] was drawn to the alchemical spirits in Bitches Brew right out of college, acquiring a copy of the album “within months of the first time I brewed a batch of homebrew in my apartment in New York City. I listened to it when I was writing my Dogfish business plan. I wanted Dogfish Head to be a maniacally inventive and creative brewery, analog beer for the digital age.”
Bitches Brew is an imperial stout brewed by Dogfish in honor of the album’s 40th anniversary that features “threads” of honey and gesho root. So this doesn’t devolve into some drawn-out beer review, I’ll just say it’s really good. It warms the soul and its rich subtlety makes it oh so drinkable.
Anyway, since I’m a huge fan of beer and theme parties, I had two of my favorite ladies — Valeria and Daina — over last night to drink Bitches Brew while listening to the iconic Bitches Brew album by Miles Davis.
So meta, I know.
Given that the album itself is just over two hours, I was interested to see if we would make it through the whole thing. We actually almost listened to it twice without even realizing it. The beer and the story behind it launched us into conversations about everything under the sun. Ridiculous stories from when we first struck out on our own as “adults,” family, big life lessons we’ve learned, beer, our own passions and how Danny Castellano from The Mindy Project, though short, is hilariously dreamy.
That’s right. In case you’ve forgotten, this is a beer blog written by a girl. A girl who watches The Mindy Project. And I’m secure about it.
Overall, it was kind of a perfect evening. The rhythm of our chatter was struck easily, there was so much good cheese and the music was on point. All thanks to that nice little intersection of delicious beer and culture.
Oh, also, Valeria brought her sweet, 14-month-old pitty named Buffy over for our girls night. She high-fives, you guys. She high-fives you on command. Like for real.
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