One thing I enjoy more then craft beer is music, under ground hip hop to be exact. With that being said Dogfish Head was one of the brewing companies that kept me pursing craft beer, so when I heard they were going to do a collaboration beer with Dan The Automator I was stoked but hoping it wouldn’t be a flop like Dogfish Heads latest collaboration beer with rock band Pearl Jam. The beer was born one festive night at Eataly New York’s rooftop brewpub Birreria. Hip-hop producer Dan the Automator – the mind behind supergroup Deltron 3030 – and Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione sat at a table full of fresh ingredients and picked out their favorites.
Who’s Dan The Automator? Daniel M. Nakamura, better known by the stage name Dan the Automator, is a Japanese-American hip hop producer. He founded the record label 75 Ark, and in 2000, he joined with Del tha Funkee Homosapien to form Deltron 3030.
What is Positive Contact? It’s a house party in a box. Start with a carefully crafted hybrid of beer and cider, add a helping of hip-hop dub remixes and serve with an inspired multi-course meal. They settled on wood-pressed Fuji apples, roasted farro from Anson Mills in South Carolina, cayenne peppers and fresh cilantro. The result is a sweet-and-sour Belgian-ish brew with cider-like notes, 9% ABV and a warming finish.
Positive Contact will be released in a dynamic box set of six 750-ml champagne bottles, with the 10-inch vinyl EP and the recipes. The box set will be sold for $60-$70 throughout Dogfish Head’s distribution network, in accordance with local and state laws, and hit stores late June.
Deltron 3030 “Positive Contact” music video
Sam on the beer