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Dogfish Head Midas Touch

by Nannette Eaton on September 17, 2009

“You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.”  —  Frank Zappa

“Wow, am I a total marketer’s dream? They name it ‘Midas Touch’ and all I taste is gold!”  My big sis nods sagely as we sit nestled in a booth at the newly opened Dogfish Head Alehouse in Fairfax, Virginia.  “You might be a fool for a pretty face and a cunning advertising pitch, but you’re not wrong today.  Read the description.”  So I dutifully read:  “This recipe is based on ancient findings. Brewed with barley, white muscat grapes, thyme honey, and saffron, it has the smooth dry body of a beer but finishes fruity like a fine white wine. 9% ABV.”  Honey, muscat and saffon – sounds like golden mean to this harlot.  The Dogfish Head brewery website provides even more Mad Men ad spin, “This recipe is the actual oldest-known fermented beverage in the world! It is an ancient Turkish recipe using the original ingredients from the 2700 year old drinking vessels discovered in the tomb of King Midas. Somewhere between wine & mead; this smooth, sweet, yet dry ale will please the Chardonnay or beer drinker alike.”  Whether you buy the press, or not, the beer is delicious, and fit for a king.  For the food pairings, go with an American classic, crab cakes.

The music match is “People Got A Lotta Nerve” from Neko Case’s album Middle Cyclone. You can get a free download of the single from her website.