Beer Profile: Life and Limb – Dogfish head and Sierra Nevada Collaboration
Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada team up to create a collaboration brew
Life & Limb is a collaborative effort, the brainchild of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. Life & Limb is a 10% ABV strong, dark beer that defies style characteristicsâ€” brewed with pure maple syrup from the Calagione family farm in Massachusetts and estate barley grown on the Grossman â€œfarmâ€ at the brewery in Chico, CA. The beer is alive with yeastâ€”a blend of both breweriesâ€™ house strainsâ€”bottle conditioned for added complexity and shelf life, and naturally carbonated with birch syrup fresh from Alaska.
Life & Limb is dedicated to the family of beer drinkers and enthusiasts worldwide who continue to support the little guys, iconoclasts, entrepreneurs, and pioneers who risk life and limb to shape the vibrant craft-brewing community.
The other beer of this collaboration is Limb & Life (draft only). Both beers will be released later this fall.
Release Date: 11/2009
Limb & Life is a ‘small’ beer, made from the second runnings of the larger brew, Life & Limb. Limb & Life has a roasted malt flavor reminiscent of dark roasted coffee and toasted bread, combined with a pronounced hoppiness from the use of bold and aromatic American hops.
Limb & Life is an easy drinking ‘session’ beer – an antidote to the heavy sippers, and a beer that begs for another glass.Â It is balanced yet flavorful, hoppy yet not without strong malt, and drinkable but still complex. Limb & Life will be an extrememly limited draft-only release.
Release Date: 10/2009
About the Brewers:
Over the years, the two brewersâ€”Ken Grossman and Sam Calagioneâ€”have become friends in the industry. They quickly realized how many similarities they share. Grossman’s history as a craft-brewing pioneer and his radical approach to brewing are echoed some fifteen years later by Calagioneâ€”through his boundary-pushing innovation and tireless promotion for the cause of craft beer.
Both men started out as home brewers obsessed with beer-making. Both share deep values of sustainability and responsibility. Both share the desire to pass their breweries on to the next generation, and both started out smallâ€”from humble beginningsâ€”and built vibrant, creative, beer-centered and fiercely independent breweries, despite the long odds. Their mutual respect, admiration, and none-too-few shared glasses of beer led to the collaborative idea and the release of Life & Limb and Limb & Life.