Delaware’s Dogfish Head is known for its “off-centered” approach to craft beer, but with its latest brew, the company is moving into the world of film development — literally. It even made a little movie featuring Philly landmarks to prove it.
As it turns out, Dogfish Head’s latest beer, a gose dubbed Super Eight, can be used to develop Kodak Super 8 film. Created in collaboration with the film company, Super Eight features a low pH level and plenty of vitamin C, making it a good catalyst for a step in film developing, according to a release.
Clocking in at 5.3 percent ABV, the brew falls on the fruity side of the gose style with the addition of mango, prickly pear, kiwi, raspberry, blackberry, elderberry, and boysenberry. It’s balanced with toasted quinoa and red Hawaiian sea salt, giving it nine ingredients, though Dogfish says the salt doesn’t count.
“Technically, that’s nine, but it ‘gose’ without saying that there’s going to be salt,” the release said. “These unique ingredients give this beer a vibrant red color, with delicious flavors of berries and watermelon, along with a tart — yet refreshing — finish.”
Super 8 is a well-regarded analog film that Kodak released in 1965. A revolutionary technology at the time, the film is credited with giving rise to the amateur film genre and the home movie rage of the ‘60s and ‘70s due to its ease of use and affordability, according to LiveScience.
The idea for the beer arose last year after Dogfish founder Sam Calagione appeared on Kodak’s podcast The Kodakery. While there, Calagione learned about beer’s potential as a film-developing agent and decided to brew Super Eight, which was in development at the time, to suit the task.
“We said, ‘Hmm, this beer is going to have an acidic sort of sour pH, it’s going to have a heightened level of vitamin C,' and we thought this beer could be the ultimate film-developing catalyst,” Calagione said in a statement. “We tested it. Lo and behold, it is.”
As NeatPour points out, however, the process involves a little more than pouring a can of beer into a container and developing film. In addition to the film developer, finished film requires a stop bath and fixer, two steps for which Super Eight is inappropriate. To use the beer as a developer, Dogfish-loving filmmakers will have to add vitamin C and baking soda, as a chart from Kodak shows.
However, despite those additional steps, Calagione seems to be all-in on the new Kodak partnership and promises a Super 8-filmed (and Super Eight-developed) movie to be released in partnership with the Nature Conservancy in the fall. Dogfish and Kodak even made a little teaser film of beer-developed Super 8 film featuring Philly landmarks to show that the process works: