Faithful Ale: a beer to commemorate Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary

Pearl Jam, the Seattle-based band that conquered the Western world, turned 20 this year. Hard to believe that it was 20 years ago when a group of flannel-clad longhairs from Seattle took the world by storm, stage-diving their way into the hearts of rock-n-roll fans around the globe. Today we announce the availability of a beer to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Pearl Jam Ten, the band’s amazing debut album.

Over the past two decades Pearl Jam proved that you don’t have to bow to rock-n-roll’s greedy, corporate dark side to become one of the biggest bands in the world. Seattle is, and should be, very proud to have spawned this uncompromisingly ethical and conscientious band.

Yep, I’m a fan. Kind of obvious, I know.

Ten Turns 20

Among the many forms of commemoration, Dogfish Head Brewery recently released  Faithful Ale, an extraordinary beer to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Pearl Jam Ten. Faithful Ale is rare, which is typical for all of Dogfish Head’s special brews, but the beer is out there. It is likely that most of the better bottleshops around Seattle and across the state received their fair share of Faithful Ale. It is also likely to fly off the shelves. If you want a bottle, you’ll have to do the legwork. Here’s what we know for sure:

  • Faithful Ale went on sale a few minutes ago at 99 Bottles (blog sponsor). They expect it to sell very quickly. Sales limited to one bottle per household.
  • Full Throttle Bottles announced yesterday that it had Faithful Ale and would also limit sales to one bottle per household.
  • In West Seattle, the part of town that some band members still call home, The Beer Junction (blog sponsor) announced yesterday that they now have Faithful Ale. Located just around the corner from Easy Street Records, The Beer Junction is my sentimental choice for picking up a bottle Faithful Ale. It seems like only yesterday that I saw Eddie Vedder standing on the corner outside Easy Street Records. Seems like yesterday, but was actually a couple months ago. Probably on his way to West 5 to meet Kim Thayil for lunch, or something insane like that. (It’s a West Seattle thing. You wouldn’t understand.)

About Faithful Ale

From Dogfish Head: “Faithful Ale is a celebration of Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary as a band and its extraordinary debut album, Ten. In recognition of these milestones, this Belgian-style golden ale is delicately hopped to 20 IBUs and fruit-forward from ten incremental additions of black currants over a one-hour boil. Faithfull clocks in at 7% ABV.”

“To me, Ten is the perfect example of a record-lover’s-record. The whole thing rocks,” says Dogfish Head President and Founder Sam Calagione. “As an off-centered brewery, we believe in celebrating the breadth of our whole portfolio and we feel an affinity for Pearl Jam a long-player band in a singles-obsessed world.”

Slightly Unrelated

You may soon find yourself reading something else about beer and Pearl Jam on this blog.  Stay tuned.

This photo just added. Shamelessly lifted from the 99 Bottles Facebook Page. Faithful beer-loving Pearl Jam fans line up outside 99 Bottles in Federal Way, WA to get a bottle of Faithful Ale.


  1. Thanks for the heads up! Just grabbed one at The Beer Junction. They’re stashed behind the counter so I don’t know how many were left but I assume they’ll be gone soon.

  2. I am pretty sure (almost positive) that this is not an officially sanctioned Pearl Jam. I believe a bunch of PJ fans petitioned Dogfish to do this beer. In the off chance that I am mistaken and it is a PJ sanctioned beer, I would have hoped they would have worked with a Seattle brewery to produce it.

  3. Special thanks to all for coming out to 99 Bottles Thursday morning. We sold out of Pearl Jam Twenty Faithfull Ale and Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA in just under 12 minutes.

    As for the many requests for Saturday release on the next rarity release from Dogfish Head Craft Ales. We hear you! Next time, my friend, next time.

  4. Chuck’s 85th street market in greenwood just received a case of faithful ale & a couple cases of 120 minute along with many more great selections 1:00 pm fri. Cheers

  5. I believe these beers are normally contracted in collaboration with the record labels such as Sony records when they did the miles David & Robert Johnson beers. have a bottle waiting for me this weekend. stoked to try it out. hope it’s better than the Robert Johnson one. woot!

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