Dogfish Head’s (Milton, DE) most creative beer collection is by far the Ancient Ales Series. The brewers work with Dr. Patrick McGovern, a leading expert in ancient beverages to recreate some of the world’s oldest libations. The series started with Midas Touch, and more recently Birra Etrusca Bronze.
Meet this ancient newbie rising from history, Kvasir. Named for a Scandinavian princess, this grog-like base beer features ligonberry, cranberry, birch syrup, honey, cranberry juice and herbs.
She was a leather-clad priestess, a member of the upper class, and in the most northerly limits of Scandinavia, her tomb guarded a recipe for millennia. In her day, before grape wine arrived from the Neu East, alcoholic beverages were cocktails of sugar-rich ingredients like grain, fruit and honey.With help from biomolecular archaeologist Dr. Patrick McGovern and Swedish brewery Nynashamns Angbryggeri, we’ve unearthed the secrets of her tart, complex grog, and we’re sharing our modern interpretation with you.