Grateful Dead

Dogfish Head & Grateful Dead American Beauty Beer & Listening Party

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Grateful Dead, two pioneers who built their followings by connecting directly with beer lovers and music lovers, are collaborating on the newest beer in Dogfish’s line of off-centered ales. “American Beauty” is set to be strong pale ale with all-American hops and barley and a special ingredient inspired by the Dead and suggested by YOU. Did you trade a bushel of fresh clementines for tickets to a two-night stand at Long Beach Arena? Or maybe your dad first laid eyes on your mom sipping a cup of green tea in the parking lot of the legendary Cornell ’77 show? Tell us the story behind your chosen ingredient and you could be the one to help bring this counterculture collaboration to life!

Get inspired while listening to American Beauty in full.

1. Box of Rain
2. Friend of the Devil
3. Sugar Magnolia
4. Operator
5. Candy Man
6. Ripple
7. Brokedown Palace
8. Till the Morning Comes
9. Attics of My Life 1
0. Truckin'
11. Truckin' (single version)
12. Friend of the Devil (live)
13. Candy Man (live)
14. Till the Morning Comes (live)
15. Attics of My Life (live)
16. Truckin' (live)



Originally recorded in 1970. Now remastered in HDCD! Featuring 6 new tracks, expanded booklet, rare photos, and all-new liner notes.

Get American Beauty here.


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Joined: Jun 14 2007
Brown Eyed Woman

and "Red Grenadine" for that hint of red coloring.

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Joined: Jul 20 2012
reinheitsgebot and one more thing.....

good beer should be kept to malted barley, hops, yeast and water only
thank you, germany
and the beer is probably already pretty good as it stands
so instead of adding anything else to "flavor" it
or make it intense
or completely unique
(what hasn't been added to beer yet?)
maybe just leave the completed beer as is
and bless each beer vat with a generous helping of "kindness"
as the final ingredient.

that would be truly representative of a grateful dead beer

(the "proper" final ingredient can be added when this country gets some enlightened politicians)

**or if you're hell-bent on making it taste freaky, forget all of the above and add some macaroni and cheese......i don't think that's been done yet :)

Joined: Aug 20 2009
Now You Know

Hemp seeds!

Joined: Jan 22 2011
Just a touch

Hello my baby, I'm gone, good-bye
half a cup of rock and RYE
Farewll to you old southern sky
I'm on my way.....did someone suggest RYE? mmmmm.okay
As far as the hops debate goes, I never met a beer with to much hops.
How did Bobby put much of everything is just enough.
Okay, maybe more than just a touch of rye

Joined: Nov 2 2010
This is Great

I have been hoping for a collaboration between Dogfish and the Grateful Dead ever since their Bitches Brew came out in 2010. I was hoping this would be 50 year anniversary collaboration, but it looks like it is going to be sooner.

I personally prefer dark beers (stouts and porters). However if doing an ale, I say make it hoppy! (Reflections of Dear Mr. Fantasy.) Play us a song to make us all hoppy!

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Joined: Nov 1 2010
Let it sit a spell in whiskey oak

This is being done by some craft brewers already, but flavor and tasting notes depend on the oak age and the char: let the beer age for a while in used barrels from whiskey distilleries. Depending on the barrel, this can impart subtle flavors of caramel, vanilla and others to the brew. Or just throw in some liquid Lazy Lightning.

Joined: Jun 13 2007
Just a Box of Rain

In line with all the other "keep it simple" requests, I'd suggest using rain water for the water content. Legal, easily sourced, and ties into one of the songs. If not that, how about some splintered sunlight?

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Joined: Jan 12 2009
quixotic ingredient

fenugreek seed extract, just a touch. cheers!

Joined: Nov 4 2010
Hops, hops, and more hops (did I mention hops?)

In case you couldn't figure it out, I'm a HUGE hop head (in addition to a dead head!).

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
Dark Star Beers

if you want some special (and Dead inspired) beer from England, try Dark Star Beers. Purveyors of fine ales to our annual UK Summer of Love Party (love that Hophead)


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