Dogfish Head continually re-earns its status as one of the world’s most bullishly innovative breweries (see: beer based on the one in King Midas’s tomb; another that required the grains to be chewed and spat out before brewing), so just throwing a little wasabi into an Imperial Pale Ale might not exactly seem like the brewery's reinventing the beer wheel made of sliced beer bread.
But when you’re specifically instructed via handwritten letter from Dogfish brew-honcho Sam Calagione to pair said wasabi beer -- dubbed Rosabi -- with a specially commissioned, 18-minute, four-song vinyl EP, and then you do it, your mind changes a bit.
Here’s a live-blog of the wasabi-est 18 minutes of my life, aside from that time I accidentally snorted it at a sushi place after everyone showed up to watch and paid me money.
T-minus 5 minutes: The back of the record says “A true collaboration of music and beer-making, ROSABI EP features four original compositions from artist Julianna Barwick blended with the sounds -- cycling from brewing through fermentation and packaging -- of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.” Okay!
T-minus 4 minutes: The tracks are "Pure", "Meet You at Midnight", "Two Moons", and "Blood Brothers".
T-minus 3 minutes: Very nice art! Like most great records, I have no idea what it means. Oh man, the disc itself is clear white! That’s not normal.
T-minus 1 minute: Cute picture of Sam and this Julianna girl holding brewing something-or-others, and making silly faces. They thank each other. They really seem to like each other. It’s cute.
T-minus 30 seconds: The best thing about Sam Calagione is that he specifically designed a record so it makes you drink an 8% ABV, 22oz beer in 18 minutes. I should probably start listening and stop typing.