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Dogfish Head’s new brew Super EIGHT: You can drink it or develop film in it

Dogfish Head’s new brew Super EIGHT: You can drink it or develop film in it

New beer will process film

But you might want to stay with Ilford Ilfotec or Kodak D-76, and just drink the beer.

Dogfish Head Super EIGHT beer will develop film. But how well does it work?
Dogfish Head Super EIGHT beer will develop film. But how well does it work?

Dogfish Head call the beer a super-fruit gose because it’s brewed with eight healthy ingredients: prickly pear, mango, boysenberry, blackberry, raspberry, elderberry, kiwi juices, and toasted quinoa.

Wikipedia says this about gose beer:

Gose is a warm fermented[1]beer that originated in Goslar, Germany. It is usually brewed with at least 50% of the grain bill being malted wheat. Dominant flavours in gose include a lemon sourness, a herbal characteristic, and a strong saltiness (the result of either local water sources or added salt).[2] Gose beers typically do not have prominent hop bitterness, flavours, or aroma. The beers typically have a moderate alcohol content of 4 to 5% ABV.”

Does it work or is it hype?

Dogfish Head are very good at beer making, but they are also pretty good at getting buzz as well. Is the Super Eight really good for developing film, or is it hype?

Super EIGHT claims to develop super-8 video film. Two videos below can help clarify! The first is from Kodak and Dogfish Head. In the second, photographer Ted Forbes develops a roll of black and white film to see how complicated it is, and to discover how well it works!

Video: Kodak and Dogfish Head develop Super-8 film in beer

Ted Forbes develops film in Super Eight beer

How good is the beer?

As a gose, Super EIGHT is bright and sour. I was struck by the citrus taste and the tanginess. I enjoyed it as a summer alternative to my usual preference for chocolate stouts and other dark beers and ales. It’s not a beer I would drink regularly.

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~ Keith

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