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Hop Notes: Record Store Day will be celebrated April 16 at Ignition Music Garage

Like myself, music has been a huge part of the life of Sam Calagione, the founder and president of Dogfish Head. So it’s a natural fit for Dogfish Head to be the official beer of Record Store Day on Saturday, April 16.

This year the brewery has released Beer To Drink Music To (Belgian Tripel, 9 percent ABV, 30 IBUs), brewed with four ingredients inspired by some of their favorite tunes: orange peel – Orange Crush by REM; peppercorns – Sgt. Pepper by The Beatles; candi sugar – Sugar On My tongue by Talking Heads; and cardamom – Mock Song by Phish.

“The enjoyment of a beautiful beer with an amazing album at the same time is an exponentially awesome experience,”  Calagione says. “This beer is purposely built for this ideal.”  


Here are my tasting notes:

  • It pours a deep golden color with good effervescence, leaving nice lacing on the glass.
  • On the nose I get bready malt and spiciness, with cardomom, yeast and a light fruitiness coming through on the end.
  • The flavor pretty much follows the aroma, along with a creamy mouthfeel and a dry finish.
  • Beer To Drink Music To is available in many bottle shops throughout Michiana.

In my younger days, before the days of big box stores and Amazon (can you imagine a world without Amazon?) I used to hang out at my local record store, The Rock Cafe, in Marshall, Mich. My first vinyl purchase was Combat Rock by The Clash, followed by many more.  Although my music tastes have changed some over the years, all of those albums are still in my collection and get play time on my turn table. One of the things that I miss most about compact discs is the great album art. There is nothing like opening a double album for a full spread of art.

The essence of Music Store Day, however, is the actual sale of records. Goshen is extremely lucky to have our own independently owned record store, Ignition Music, which is so much more than just a record store. Again, this year Ignition will be featuring door prizes, limited edition vinyl, live music, food from Nelson’s executive chef Roger Rymer, beer from Goshen Brewing Co. and a beer garden out back. Last year more than 500 people attended, and this year there will be more than 400 Record Store Day titles for sale as well as special record label deals. Collaborations like this between Ignition and GBCo are what make local communities great. The doors at Ignition Music open at 10 a.m.

Each person who makes a purchase will get a coupon good for half off of a $10, six-sample flight at Goshen Brewing Co. If you haven’t visited GBCo recently, there are two new beers on tap: Vesna (pale lager, 5.4 percent ABV, 32 IBUs) and Rock Run (Belgian Saison, 6 percent ABV, 25 IBUs).

Just announced: Ignition Presents at Goshen Brewing Co. The event will be from 5 to 10 p.m. June 17and will feature three national acts: The Main Squeeze, The Soil & The Sun and James & The Drifts. Tickets are on sale now.

I also have an opportunity for a reader to win a GBCo pint glass or snifter (winner’s choice). I have taken a photo of 13 albums from my collection with the jackets only partially showing. If you can correctly identify at least five of the albums, you will be entered into the drawing. Email your answers to and I will randomly draw a name from all the correct entries at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16 — Record Store Day.

Cheers and good luck.

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