The 8th Annual Dogfish Head Analog-A-Go-Go celebration of craft weekend will kick off Friday, Nov. 16, at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, and continue at both the brewpub and the Milton brewery and tasting room Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 18. The festival of all things analog brings together special cask-conditioned beers, craft cocktails, vinyl vendors, food trucks, an artisanal marketplace and live music.
The festivities jump off at 10 p.m. Friday with live music by Japanese Breakfast. An indie-pop solo project of singer-songwriter Michelle Zauner, Japanese Breakfast has mastered the craft of veiling melancholy in full, celebratory shimmer. Zauner’s debut record, “Psychopomp,” is equal parts breezy shoegaze and existential meditations. Japanese Breakfast’s 2017 album, “Soft Sounds From Another Planet,” leans into the experimental, using themes like outer space and artificial intelligence to dive deeper into the human psyche.
Dogfish Head will also premiere a special beer collaboration with local friends from Dewey Beer Co. in Dewey Beach and Fifer Orchards in Camden-Wyoming.
Saturday, the Analog-A-Go-Go festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton. This day-long, indie craft beer experience will feature tastings including rare cask beers and distillery samples with special tours of the Steampunk Treehouse and the brewery.
While taking in the sounds of DJ John GrossYall spinning vinyl, folks can partake in a record swap and then stroll ‘round the outdoor marketplace where special handcrafted treasures and unique finds are available for purchase. Independent merchants will be onsite selling vintage goods, art, crafts, apparel, jewelry, barware, music accessories and vinyl collections with new and rare LPs. Vendors include: Woolrich, Public–Supply, Rainbow Records, Soul Relief Records, Solid Sender, Andrea’s Whimsies, BPK Woodwork, Extended Play, KA-CHUNK!! Records, Obscurology Records, Peggy Keil Handbags and Quilts, Petra Art + Interiors, Rasslin' Records, Sid Vintage, Wine and Beer Pours, Yoloha Yoga and more. Michael Hacker, a Vienna, Austria-based artist known for his unique illustrative flair, 2019 Off-Centered Art Series artist, and longtime friend and collaborator of Dogfish, will be creating original art at the festival.
Saluting all things cask, the brewers at Dogfish concocted an over-the-top lineup of delicious, twisted selections for attendees to enjoy including Horchata Cream Ale – a Golden Cream Ale brewed with rice, lactose, cinnamon and vanilla; Raspberry Truffle Stout – a Milk Stout with cocoa nibs and raspberries; Imperial Stout - aged in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans; Pennsylvania Tuxedo cask; Invisible Ink – a tasty Golden Ale brewed with Askinosi Tanzanian and Ecuadorian cocoa nibs and shells; 75 Minute IPA cask, and more. Dewey Beer Co. will be at the event pouring tastings of the special cask collaboration ale. Special offerings from Dogfish Head Distilling Co. include Bees Knees bottled cocktail made with Whole Leaf Gin, and a Whiskey Manhattan made with soon-to-be-released Dogfish Head Whiskey. These one-of-a-kind cask-conditioned beers can only be enjoyed at the Analog-A-Go-Go festival and Brewings & Eats while supplies last.
When guests get hungry, they can saunter over to one of the food trucks which include Dogfish’s Lunchbox, Mojo Loco, Fifer Orchards Doughnuts, I Don’t Give A Fork, Nellie’s Waffles, WiLDWiCK Café & Food Truck, and Scission Espresso. Guests can also check out the new Tasting Room & Kitchen at the brewery. A wide variety of Dogfish Head draft beer and cocktails will also be available for purchase throughout the festival.
After the Analog festivities wrap, Brewings and Eats in Rehoboth will be hosting TRAPPIST and the Pain Relievaz starting at 10 p.m. Los Angeles-based craft beer punk band TRAPPIST shares intense feelings about the biggest and baddest beers around through music with a hardcore flair. Formed in 2014 and consisting of beer scene legends Chris Dodge, Phil Vera and Ryan Harkins, TRAPPIST has one clear mission: to annihilate the listener with a storm of d-beat, crust punk music all in the name of beer. In early 2018 they released a debut album, “Ancient Brewing Tactics.”
Opening for TRAPPIST is the world’s one and only beer-geek, tongue-in-cheek hip-hop ensemble, the Pain Relievaz. Featuring Sam Calagione aka Funkmaster I.B.U. (CEO and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery), and Bryan Selders, aka DJ Little Guy, the Pain Relievaz have rocked the mic for years, dropping an inaugural album in 2003 and a sophomore album in 2005. They reunited in 2018, and their latest summer beer banger, “Boys & Girls of Summer,” featuring Juliana Barwick, is currently available for purchase on iTunes.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Brewings and Eats will offer a delicious Analog-A-Go-Go-themed brunch with a special DJ spinning vinyl.
To make a weekend of it and get the ultimate Dogfish experience, visitors can book a Dogfish Inn Analog-A-Go-Go two-day package at the Dogfish Inn in Lewes. The package includes two tickets to the Saturday event at the brewery, Jolly Trolley shuttle service from the Dogfish Inn to the brewpub in Rehoboth and the Milton brewery, a Fireside Chat with the Pain Relievaz, Sam and Bryan, and two Uber vouchers.
Live music Friday and Saturday night at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, is free. To purchase tickets for the Saturday, Nov. 17 Analog-A-Go-Go festival at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, 6 Cannery Village Center, Milton, go to www.dogfish.com/analog-a-go-go.
General admission tickets are $20 and include tasting glass, sampling of 10 selections including cask beers, distillery options, access to artisanal marketplace, and Steampunk Treehouse and brewery tours. Non-beer sampling tickets are available for $10 and include nonalcoholic drinks, artisanal marketplace access, and Steampunk Treehouse and brewery tours.
For more information about Analog A-Go-Go, the Dogfish Inn at 105 Savannah Road, Lewes, live music at Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach or to learn more about delicious off-centered beers, go to www.dogfish.com.