Beer, Wine & Spirits

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery releases wasabi brew

Sam Calagione, founder and president of the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Inc., poses at the brewery in Milton, Delaware, in 2011.
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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery founder Sam Calagione is well known for his willingness to experiment with offbeat ingredients and his love of music.

The two passions inspired the Delaware-based brewery's "Music Series" collection, which led to collaborations with the likes of Pearl Jam and the Grateful Dead.

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Now, in its latest music-inspired release, Dogfish is turning up the heat with Rosabi, an Imperial Pale Ale brewed with wasabi.

The beer is the result of a collaboration with musician Julianna Barwick, who recently performed at Dogfish Head's newly expanded brew house.

As detailed on the company's website, Barwick fell in love with the art of brewing during her visit. More specifically, the sound of it: "the hum of a grain belt, the firing of a pneumatic valve, the drone of the whirlpool."

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Calagione challenged Barwick to "compose an album tracing the creation of a beer" and gave the musician recordings of the brewery's new equipment at work. Barwick worked those sounds into four new songs which will be released as a "mini-album" contained in 1,000 specially packaged cases of Rosabi.

As for the beer itself, it's slated for a June 1 release. The brew has an 8 percent alcohol by volume and is described as having "a subtle heat."

—By CNBC's Tom Rotunno.