Drink Up: Randall the Enamel Animal

Photographer: Via dogfish.com

Dogfish Head Randall

Randall the Enamel Animal

Elsewhere in the world of flavor infusion is Dogfish Head Brewery’s craft beer infuser: Randall the Enamel Animal. As if making some of the craft industry’s oddest beers wasn’t enough, the self-ascribed “off-centered” brewery went and fashioned an organoleptic hop transducer module (you know, a double-chamber filtration system that we’re all lucky they decided to name “Randall”) to give their brews an extra burst of flavor. Dogfish Head created the Randall back in 2002, but has fine-tuned and likewise rereleased a few times since; the current iteration, Randall 3.0, was brought to market in 2012. So how does it work? Dogfish Head founder Sam Caligione explains on the brewery’s website: “It’s a sophisticated filter system that allows the user to run draft beer through a chamber of whole-leaf hops, spices, herbs, fruit, etc. so that the alcohol in the beer strips the flavor from whatever you add and puts it in the beer.”

Where to find it

As craft beers continue to claim more and more tap real estate, many craft-focused bars have called on Randall to help give them a competitive edge with their drafts. One early adopter was the Taproom by Spring House Brewing Co. in Lancaster, which regularly features Randall draft specials on Tuesday nights. The infusions vary week to week, but recent concoctions have included:

Tonight on the Randall: Seven Gates Pale Ale over fresh pineapple chunks

Posted by Taproom by Spring House Brewing Co. on Tuesday, July 7, 2015


It's blustery out there! Take cover in doors at the Taproom. Tonight we're pouring the Coconut Coffee Porter over coconut and White Rabbit coffee beans from Mean Cup

Posted by Taproom by Spring House Brewing Co. on Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Tonight's Randall will be 7 Gates infused with Limes, Jalapeños and Cilantro.

Posted by Taproom by Spring House Brewing Co. on Tuesday, April 7, 2015

• 25 West King Street, Lancaster; (717) 399-4009
• Monday, 4 p.m.-12:00 a.m.; Tuesday-Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m.; Thursday-Saturday,
11:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m.; Sunday, 12:00-11:00 pm

Where to get it

Order online at dogfish.com for $298.

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Mike McMonagle is a late-to-bed guy who tries daily to be an early riser. He drinks coffee, beer, whiskey and water regularly. He moonlights as a singer/songwriter by the name of Mike McMonagle. He makes photos sometimes, usually of his cat, or of puddles. Mike is the former digital editor for Fly; he left in 2015.

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