Version 3.0 of the Dogfish Head Brewing publicity gimmick/ flavor infuser "Randall the Enamel Animal" is now out and about at selected DFH-friendly venues. They've supposedly re-engineered the thing to be resistant to the foaming problems that were common with earlier versions. Furthermore, unlike the earlier versions which more or less only saw fresh or whole-leaf hops added to them, DFH is promoting the use of this device for other flavoring agents as well, such as spices, herbs, or fruit, or (as reportedly tested) espresso beans for the Chicory Stout.
DFH will be "debuting" the new Randalls at nine bars nationwide tomorrow; sadly, the nearest ones are in Rehoboth Beach (naturally) and Philadelphia. But no doubt we'll be seeing them here soon enough--one of the nine locations is the Moan & Dove in Amherst, Mass., owned by the same folks who own the newly-opened Alewife downtown; they'll be pumping Midas Touch through Saaz hops. Other "infusions" include Olde School Barleywine pumped through prunes (!) soaked in 1997 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (!!!); Palo Santo Marron pumped through coffee beans, and Punkin Ale with fresh roasted pumpkin seeds & cinnamon sticks.
DFH will also start offering built-up units "at cost" through their website for $375.00 beginning Thursday.
(Photo: Dogfish Head Brewery)