Film & Film Cameras

Kodak, Dogfish Head Collaborate on a Film-Friendly Beer

March 20, 2019

By Greg Scoblete

Delaware craft brewer Dogfish Head is known for its quirky beers (they make a beer that requires their staff to chew and spit the raw ingredients into the boil–yum) and their latest concoction is no exception.

Dubbed SuperEIGHT, the gose beer’s name derives both from its eight main ingredients and from the fact that it can be used to process Super8 motion picture film.

Like all unique beers, this one has a bit of a backstory.

In 2018, Dogfish Head’s founder, Sam Calagione, appeared on a Kodak podcast where he learned that beers with high acidity and vitamin C could be used to process film. At the same time, the brewery was underway working on a beer with a similar ingredient profile. Call it a happy accident.

Dogfish Head sent early batches of the beer over to Kodak to ensure they could successfully develop Super8 film which, evidently, it can.

Here’s some sample footage processed in the beer:

Kodak has published processing instructions using SuperEIGHT here. We’ll assume you don’t need instructions for drinking it.

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