It was only a matter of time before beer geeks and technology geeks collaborated. Dogfish Head Brewery asked technology guru’s around the world to suggest ingredients for a beer. They received over 100 different suggestions and brewery employees and friends whittled that list down to five: wattleseed from Australia, toasted amaranth from South Africa, rooibos from Africa, myrica gale from Europe, and honey from the United States. It was also brewed with Pilsner, Munich, and Chocolate malts as well as Belgian Dark Candi syrup.
Each of the five ingredients adds its own flavor to Urkontinent…
- Wattleseed from Australia imparts chocolate, coffee and hazelnut notes to the beer. Toasted amaranth from South America gives it an earthy, grainy flavor and a little additional roast flavor.
- Green rooibos from Africa contributes a floral aroma and slight astringency.
- Myrica gale from Europe supplements the bitterness from minimal hopping.
- Hiveplex Honey from California adds a subtle sweetness while maintaining the dry finish.
Urkontinent was born. The name of this beer is German and comes from the theory that all of the continents, at one time, were connected. Dogfish Head Founder and President Sam Calagione says the 8.1% ABV Belgian Dubbel is “…a valentine to boot-strapping creative entrepreneurs in all kinds of industries all over the world.” Urkontinent will be available in 750ml champagne bottles and will have limited availability on draft. It will be available mid-April.