Flaming Lips' Dragons & YumYums beer returns in time for Record Store Day
Record Store Day 2019 is Saturday, and as the official brewery of Record Store Day, Delaware-based Dogfish Head has a number of special brews and planned.
Of special interest of Oklahoma City music and beer fans is the return of Dragons & YumYums, the brewery’s collaboration with The Flaming Lips that was the Grammy-winning band's primary RSD project last year.
As previously reported, the Lips last year released a limited-edition 7-inch vinyl called "The Story of Yum Yum and Dragon," featuring the two original songs inspired by the pink beer. In addition, the brewer and the band also teamed up to unleash 100 translucent records filled with actual Dragons & YumYums beer just before Record Store Day.
Shipping nationwide again just in time for Record Store Day 2019, Dragons & YumYums is described as an "intensely tropical yet subtly bitter pale ale" that is "brewed with a combination of dragon fruit, yumberry, passion fruit, pear juice and black carrot juice for an explosion of fruit in every sip."
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Part of the Off-Centered Art Series, Dragons & YumYums (6.5% ABV) is making its comeback in 6pk/12oz bottles with a playful and vibrant new look from artist Michael Hacker.
As previously reported, the Lips' 2019 Record Store Day project is an album inspired by frontman Wayne Coyne's art installation the "King's Mouth," which was originally created in the band's OKC art center The Womb, which reopened last month through a partnership with the band and Factory Obscura art collection. Read all about it here.
Also for RSD 2019, Dogfish Head is bringing together independent beer and independent record stores through its reignited collaboration with longtime friends the Grateful Dead and the return of its fan-favorite pale ale American Beauty. Dogfish Head and the Grateful Dead are also turning up the volume with the creation of "Sage and Spirit", a limited edition, 10-track vinyl album that will release Saturday, according to a news release.
“The enjoyment of a beautiful beer alongside an amazing album is an exponentially awesome experience, and we at Dogfish, take every opportunity we can get to weave together the art of brewing and our love of music” says Sam Calagione, CEO and founder of Dogfish Head, in a statement. “We’ve always been inspired by the Grateful Dead’s creativity, collaborative nature and most of all music, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with them again for the re-release of American Beauty and our Record Store Day release.”
Brewed to 6.5% ABV to commemorate the year the Grateful Dead was formed (1965), American Beauty is an all-American pale ale infused with granola and succulent wildflower honey. First concocted in 2012, American Beauty is now available year round in a 6pk/12oz bottles with red, white and blue packaging featuring the band’s iconic "dancing bears."
"Sage and Spirit" features a hand-picked collection of Grateful Dead melodies, curated by the band’s audiovisual archivist and legacy manager, David Lemieux. After combing through the band’s expansive discography, Lemieux selected the following tracks to appear on this collaborative Record Store Day release: “Sugar Magnolia,” “Eyes Of The World,” “Lost Sailor,” “Saint Of Circumstance,” “High Time,” “Unbroken Chain,” “If I Had The World To Give” and “Sage and Spirit.” Also featured on the album are recordings of “Jack Straw” and “Brown-Eyed Women” from the band’s European tour in 1972. The perfect accompaniment to a pint of American Beauty, copies of "Sage and Spirit" will be sold, starting on Saturday, at independent record stores around the country.
“Choosing the songs for ‘Sage and Spirit’ really didn’t take long, but that’s not to say I didn’t put a lot of work into it. My directive was, ‘You’re sitting on the porch. It’s a summer day. You’re drinking a Dogfish Head American Beauty and listening to the Dead,’ and immediately I thought, ‘I got it,’” said Lemieux in a statement. “I was so inspired by that directive that the record turned out to be just that; the soundtrack to a summer day – or really any day. It’s mellow and meditative, and every song is a truly beautiful track.”
Available year round in 6pk/12oz bottles, Wood-Aged Bitches Brew is another of Dogfish Head’s melodic music collaborations beer drinkers can indulge in this Record Store Day. Originally brewed to honor the 40th anniversary of Miles Davis’ legendary 1970 jazz fusion record, Bitches Brew is a blend of three threads of an imperial stout and one thread of Tej, a native African honey beer. Wood-Aged Bitches Brew is the same bold, dark beer folks know and love, but this time it has been aged in American oak and Palo Santo wood tanks. A 9% ABV brew chock full of roasty aromas of vanilla, licorice and chocolate, this succulent sipper is best enjoyed alongside some classic jazz fusion tunes, according to a news release.
For more information about Dogfish Head’s music collaboration beers, or to find some American Beauty, Wood-Aged Bitches Brew or Dragons & YumYums near you, go to www.dogfish.com. More information on Dogfish Head’s Record Store Day events can be found at www.dogfish.com/events.
To find a record store near you, visit recordstoreday.com. As previously reported, participating stores in the Oklahoma City metro area include Guestroom Records in OKC and Norman, CD Warehouse in Shawnee and 3 Dachshunds in Edmond.