Inky Beer Factoid: December 31

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On this day in 1963, Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir played music together for the first time. Jerry Garcia (guitar, vocals), Bob Weir (guitar, vocals), Ron “Pigpen” McKernan (keyboards, harmonica, vocals), Phil Lesh (bass, vocals), and Bill Kreutzmann (drums)  founded the Grateful Dead in 1965. Current touring reincarnations of the Dead include Further and Phil Lesh and Friends.

Did you know that Dogfish Head released “American Beauty,” a Grateful Dead inspired craft beer in October of 2013? (We’ve heard that it’s really tasty and cannot wait to try it!) According to Dogfish Head,

[American Beauty is] …an Imperial Pale Ale inspired by the Grateful Dead, captures the spirits of the band’s 30 years of touring and recording. Dogfish Head and the Dead both built their followings by connecting directly with beer lovers and music lovers, so we asked those loyal fans to help drive the recipe.

For more than 1,500 ingredient suggestions, organic granola was tops. It was the main course in millions of parking lot meals and is a sweet and toasty complement to the barley and all-American hops.


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