Today on the way home, I stopped to pick up some beer, and I saw a sign that caught my eye:
'It's here! Limited Release Dogfish Head World Wide Stout! Limit 1 per customer! Ask staff for details!'
Well...how can I, a sucker for marketing, ignore a pitch like that? Dutifully, I headed off in search of a staff member, to find out the details.
World Wide Stout is a limited release beer from Dogfish Head Brewing, known for being brewed with a 'remarkable amount of barley', that comes in at around 18% ABV. If you are willing to buy some and let it age, it will eventually mellow in flavor, and climb to around 25% ABV. With Dogfish Head originating in Delaware, it already has a long trip to make it to Washington. Add in the 'limited release' part of the equation, and you end up with something that is not cheap.
How not cheap?
$14.95 for a 12 ounce bottle.
Not a 6-pack. Not a 4-pack. Not a 40 ounce, and not a 22 ounce bottle. $15 for a single 12 ounce bottle.
Folks...I blinked. And then I wilted. I feel like a guilty member of the 1% when I pay $5 for a 22 ounce bottle of Mocha Death....there was not way I could pay $15 for a single 12 ounce beer.
The fact is, I'm not sure I can imagine what a beer would have to taste like to be worth $15. It would help if it was served by Kate Upton...but even then...
Instead, I bought a 6-pack of White Out, by Rocky Coulee Brewing, a smaller place up in Odessa.
Pretty dark for a beer called White Out. What I like about Rocky Coulee is that unlike a lot of eastern Washington breweries, which play up the hops, since they are brewed where the hops is grown, they play up the wheat and barley...more malt than bitter.