Usually, if someone ingested solutions of any kind used to process films, it is bad news. Whoever did that will be poisoned for sure. However, that won’t be the case with this particular ‘fluid’. Crafted by independent brewery, Dogfish Head, this new gose beer called SuperEIGHT is not just an alcoholic beverage with 5.3 percent ABV, but it also designed to process films, specifically, the Kodak Super 8 film (and hence, the beverage rather unique namesake).
I know, it sounds absolutely bonkers, but it actually works and the result is as what you can see in the video after the post. Anywho, it all started when Dogfish founder and CEO Sam Calagione learned that beers, believe it or not, can be used to develop films. Then it occurred to him that Dogfish’s was developing a new beer that will have “acidic sort of sour PH and a heightened level of vitamin C” which may be just as good to our taste buds as a film processing catalyst.
Armed with this revelation, Calagione jumped on the experimental highway and let the brew work its magic on Kodak Super 8 film which it proved it worked. While the alcoholic beverage is totally capable processing film, rest assure that it contains no man-made chemicals in; instead has 8 “super ingredients” that Mother Nature has to offer, including prickly pear, mango, boysenberry, blackberry, raspberry, elderberry, kiwi juices, toasted quinoa, plus “an ample addition” of red Hawaiian sea salt. Yes, even sea salt. I can only imagine what it will taste like…
Speaking of ‘taste’, Dogfish Head SuperEIGHT Beer is described as a “vibrant beer” that bears a slight “tart taste and pleasantly refreshing finish, with delicious flavors of berries and watermelon.” “Flavors of berries,” huh? I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t have more than a tint of berry flavors. And how does the watermelon thingy came about? I have absolutely no idea.
One thing for sure is, it will not taste like a film processing chemical. Although I have to admit that I don’t know what that would taste like. I haven’t tried any and I don’t intend to. I suggest you NOT try it either. If you really want to know what a film processing fluid taste like, perhaps a pack of Dogfish Head SuperEIGHT Beer would be suffice. That said, you will be able to find Dogfish Head SuperEIGHT Beer in stateside, in 12 oz. cans, starting April 2019.
Images: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.