Bitches Brew—Dogfish Head’s Tribute to Miles Davis

By Brewers Association
Dogfish Head Bitches BrewIn honor of the 40th anniversary of the original release of Bitches Brew, Miles Davis’ 1970 paradigm-shifting landmark fusion breakthrough, Dogfish Head set out to create their own Bitches Brew – a bold, dark beer that’s a fusion of three threads imperial stout and one thread honey beer with gesho root, a gustatory analog to Miles’ masterpiece.

“Within months of the first time I brewed a batch of homebrew in my apartment in New York City. I listened to it when I was writing my Dogfish business plan. I wanted Dogfish Head to be a maniacally inventive and creative brewery, analog beer for the digital age. You could say that my dream was to have Dogfish Head, in some small way, stand for the same thing in the beer world that Bitches Brew stands for in the jazz world. You can imagine how excited we are to be doing this project 17 years after I wrote that business plan,” explains Calagione on Dogfish.com.

In this video, the process for the creation of Bitches Brew is explained and it just so happens that the inspiration for the beer was taken from Davis’s favorite chili recipe.  Once Calagione had a better understanding of the flavor profiles of the chili, which was made at the brewery in Delaware, he was able to choose the ingredients for the beer. Bitches Brew was released in 750 ml bottles on August 31, 2010.

Learn more about Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales and Bitches Brew.