Monday, April 18, 2011


I was driving to work the other day, and a bumper sticker on the hippie car in front of me reminded me that I really need to break out my bottle of Namaste brewed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware. Yep, this car was covered head to foot in Woodstock-type slogans. You know, the Coexist religion one and some Japanese writing and "Practice Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty" and finally namaste right in the middle. What? You can't believe that in South Florida? Come on!

Luckily, Dogfish took the time to go through the name on the side of its label. "Namaste, the word kinda sorta means the spirit in me recognizes and celebrates the spirit in you. Namaste the brew kinda sorta means white ale as in wheat and coriander but also means dried orange slices and lemongrass. A refreshing summer thing, Namaste."

The label on this wine bottle is interesting and minimalistic. A simple drawing of a human biology-class skeleton is radiating rings of good will to all, or something like that! That's my interpretation and I'm sticking to it. Besides that, just the name and a brief description accompany the drawing. I like it.

The aroma has plenty of wheat and is also slightly spicy with a hint of lemon. The flavors are dominated in the beginning by coriander and wheat, both really big players. Some lemon and citrus are also there, but secondary. I thought that both the coriander and wheat were going to be too much after the first few sips. But after a little time, you will find that the lemony citrus zesty zing is doing an awesome job taming that powerful spicy component AND taking some of the fluffy texture out of the thick wheat sails. Everything works terrifically together to deliver a refreshing, flavorful beer. And at 5% alcohol, which wasn't really that noticeable, I could go for another wine bottle right now! Check it out!

Namaste -- Various Artists

Set of 10 Pinback Buttons HIPPIES 60s WOODSTOCK Peace Signs Tie Dye BOHO

Sterling Silver Charm Sleek Peace Sign 10mm


Jay Zeis said...

I have been looking forward to opening my bottle when the weather gets half decent- not all of us live in Florida

Beer Drinker Rob said...

So did you get to break that bottle open last night like you thought you might? Hope you enjoy it!

Mike Crimmins said...

Did you find it on the shelves? I've been keeping an eye out, but haven't seen it yet this season.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Yeah, Mike. Namaste is on the shelves of South Florida's Total Wine. You should probably have too in other parts of Florida. Let me know.