A look backward into the past, trying to reconcile its pastoral beginnings with its current big shot trans-Atlantic prestige. . . Like the namesake Cather novel, My Antonia is a beer that scaffolds its complexity atop a simple and rustic foundation. Here's Dogfish Head brewer Sam Calagione and his grandmother discussing their boozy Italian-American roots.
Calagione hooked up with Italian brewery Birra del Borgo to produce this masterclass in innovating style. They call it an Imperial Pilsner, basically a big hefty East Coast craft version of the crisp lager style born in western Czech Republic. It's continually hopped, and as such deeply aromatic in the glass. All the refreshment of a pilsner, all the muscular flavor you've come to expect from Dogfish Head.
But Dogfish Head doesn't distribute in TN, you say. True. How do we have it? Birra del Borgo is distributed by one of our favorite importers, B. United. Thus we go end-around for one sweet little sip of glory. Come get you some!
Dogfish Head - Birra del Borgo collaboration My Antonia Imperial Pilsner (750ml bottles - $18) 7.5% ABV