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Grateful Dead 'American Beauty' Beer Ready to Pour

Homebrewer fan suggested final ingredient: granola

The Grateful Dead
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October 9, 2013 9:55 AM ET

The Grateful Dead are readying the release of the craft beer the band began developing last year with Delaware brewery Dogfish Head. The special ingredient suggested by fans? Granola, according to Brewbound.

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More than 1,500 fans submitted suggestions for the "American Beauty" pale ale, including the red grenadine the band mentions in "Brown-Eyed Women," jalapeños and rose hips. The suggestion for granola came from Thomas Butler, a 39-year-old chemist and homebrewer who saw his first Dead show when he was nine.

"The components of granola – honey, toasted grains, oats and fruit – offer a lot from a beer perspective," Butler said on the Dogfish Head website. "The idea is to have a sessionable ale that highlights the oats and honey with a nice 'dank' hop selection."

"American Beauty" will be available in bottles and on draft through Dogfish Head's distributors this fall.

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