For many people, Space Dust is the out of this world sip of hoppy, citrus deliciousness, but sometimes that beer needs to take a little trip to the outer limits of beer drinking. Elysian Brewing Dank Dust IPA cracks open a dark, earthy beer that has many people embracing the dank side of life.
Over the history of Elysian Brewing, the company has never been afraid to push boundaries. From its annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival to the artistic labels that adorn the cans, these beers are not meant to blend on the shelf.
Although some beer trends have drinkers looking for sessionable sips or hazy IPAS, the choice to take beer in a different direction can be a welcome one. Sometimes inspiration can come from other food and culture trends.
Even before the can is opened, everyone can appreciate that this Elysian Brewing beer is different. Sure, people can stare at the depiction and speculate about the character. But, the reality is that people just need to open that can.
As Joe Bisacca, Elysian Brewing’s co-founder commented, it was about bringing that “dank to dust” in a can. “Nailing the earthy, citrusy, piney, dank aroma took trial and error and we love how Dank Dust turned out.”
First, the aroma starts the story. There is no mistaking that this beer is unlike others on the shelf. According to the brewers, the IPA “is brewed with proprietary terpenes.” Those botanicals set the expectation even before the first sip.
After being poured in the glass, the fruits become clear. Citrus notes like orange and grapefruit blend with mango. It is lush yet still inviting. With a hint of sweetness and low bitterness, this beer is drinkable but it makes and impress. The aroma stakes its claim and the journey to dank cannot be denied.
How is Elysian Brewing celebrating Dank Dust IPA?
As part of the national footprint launch, Elysian Brewing tapped Action Bronson as its “Director of Dank.” Using the Dank Dust IPA as inspiration, Action Bronson created some munchie worthy snacks that pair delightfully with the beer.
According to Bronson, “Dank is a lifestyle. I even have a dank dossier, which is why I am Elysian Brewing’s Director of Dank. I worked with the brewery to create two recipes to pair with Dank Dust. The flavors, aromas and creativity that you’ll see in the recipes are inspired by the dankness of the IPA.”
The two recipes are approachable yet pair perfectly with the Dank Dust IPA. A little cheeky and quite flavorful, these dishes are ones that are easily made. One savory and one sweet, the dishes can make for a memorable evening just relaxing in that dank-full experience.
Here’s how to make Action Bronson’s Dank Dust IPA inspired recipes.
Sticky Short Ribs
- Short ribs
- 1 cup turbinado sugar
- 1 tbsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp Kosher salt
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper
- Prep short ribs (cutting Korean Style)
- Mix sugar, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a bowl and combine well
- Cover the meat with the mixture
- Preheat oven/air fryer 420 degrees
- Roast for 30 to 35 minutes checking them around 20 minutes, keeping an eye on it so the sugar doesn’t burn
- Cut the ribs into pieces, let cool and drizzle with hot Chinese mustard
Funkified Funnel Cake
- ½ cup of Elysian Brewing Dank Dust IPA
- 1 cup flour
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- 1 pinch salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Powdered sugar
- Extra virgin olive oil to fry
- Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl
- Add Dank Dust IPA slowly to the mix until the texture is that of a paste
- Once mixed, transfer into a large plastic sealable bag and refrigerate for two hours
- Heat oil in a shallow frying pan
- Test the oil before frying
- Once ready, cut a little piece of the plastic bag corner and use it to pipe batter funnels into the hot oil
- Let fry, flip then remove and place on a wire rack to cool
- Dust with powdered sugar and top with your favorite sweets (Action suggests gummy bears and chocolate sandwich cookies)
Ready to embrace that dank side? What food would you pair with this Elysian Brewing beer?