Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri to brew Ancient Ale with Dogfish Head!

| mars 27, 2013

If you’re standing up please sit down. If you’re reading this on your mobile phone in a library, on a bus or any other public place where you really don’t want to make a scene then leave immediately and find somewhere secluded before reading on.

Because I’ve got news for you. News about possibly the most amazing thing to ever happen in the Swedish craft beer scene.

Dogfish Head is coming to Sweden to brew. How cool is that!!!

Dogfish Head is coming to Sweden to brew. Yes, you read that right!

Dogfish Head, arguably the USA’s most iconic craft brewery from Milton, Delaware is going to brew a collaboration beer together with Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri.

Right here in Sweden, at Nynäshamn, on April 5th the day after Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione holds a sold-out Beer Makers Dinner at Oliver Twist in Stockholm.

And guess what? BeerSweden has been invited to join the two breweries and cover this historic event and will be posting continuous coverage of the entire epic day as we follow the beer all the way from the mash tun to the tanks!

The beer will be called Kvasir in the USA and Arketyp in Sweden (where it will be sold in 0,25 l bottles) and is the sixth in Dogfish Head’s Ancient Ale series and clocks in at 10% ABV. It was developed with the help of chemical, botanical and pollen evidence taken from a 3,500-year-old Danish drinking vessel. The vessel, made of birch bark, was found in the tomb of a leather-clad woman and the beer was created following extensive research by Dr Pat McGovern, the academic behind all the previous Ancient Ales, whose fascination with the history of drink has earned him a reputation as the ‘Indiana Jones of Ancient Ales’.

For many craft beer fans Dogfish Head has attained legendary status and its ‘off-centred ales for off-centred people’ can make even the most die-hard hopheads go all weak-kneed.

Founder Sam Calagione is for me something of the Bruce Springsteen of craft beer; a man who not only went his own way and deliberately started brewing high gravity, experimental beers from the get-go but who created a brand and company spirit that sets his brewery apart from any other on the planet.

Sam Calagione - craft beer visionary and all round cool dude.

Sam Calagione – craft beer visionary and all round cool dude.

I can’t think of any brewery that understands its drinkers better than Sam and his team. Rarely seen without his trademark T’s, surf shirts and shorts Sam is the kind of guy you want to hang out with from the moment you meet him.

Other brewers try very hard to be cool. Sam doesn’t try.

On hearing the news about this mind-blowing tie-up I managed to track down Marcus Wärme from Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri and asked him about his reaction to this breakthrough transatlantic happening.

BeerSweden: First off Marcus congratulations on the news that Nynäshamns is going to be brewing a beer together with Dogfish Head. Tell us how you found out about it?

Marcus: Jörgen from Oliver Twist rang us up and said he was working on possibly the biggest thing this year to happen in the beer scene. He said we’d be involved but couldn’t say more as he hadn’t received official confirmation yet. Hmmmm, what could he be talking about? It felt really exciting even then because if Jörgen is saying it’s exciting it really must be!
A couple of days later we heard what Sam wanted to do and that he was searching for a brewery in Scandinavia to work with. Then things got even more anxious. In the end Sam got in touch and said he wanted to work with us and we of course were amazingly happy (and grateful to Jörgen for knowing Sam!)

BeerSweden: What do you think this collaboration means to your brewery and the Swedish beer scene as a whole?

Marcus: Of course it’s very flattering that Sam chose us. As the beer in question is a Scandinavian beer they could have chosen any brewery in the region. It feel like a seal of approval both for us and the Swedish beer scene.

Making Swedish craft beer history.

Making Swedish craft beer history.

BeerSweden: How much input have you had in the recipe and how difficult has it been to source the ingredients?

Marcus: The recipe comes from Dr Pat McGovern’s research and Sam’s masterly knowledge to transform this research into a beer. We’re contributing the place, hah ha! The ingredients are secret but the difficult thing has been to get them all here in time as its winter.

BeerSweden: Are you inspired by Dogfish Head and the US craft beer scene in general and will you be a tiny bit star-struck hanging out with him and Dr Pat brewing beer together?

Marcus: Sam and Dr Pat are two amazing, genuinely charming people who honestly feel more like friends than the superstars they are sometimes described as. And that’s without having met them IRL (In Real Life). It’s going to be awesome to be able to meet them in person at last and the only thing I’m a little bit nervous about is that we will be filmed and interviewed in English.

BeerSweden: Lastly this project is so epic can you ever hope to top it

Marcus: We do actually have several other projects in the pipeline and this spring is going to be crazy! All good things come to those who wait…..!

More on this momentous collaboration shortly, including a few words from the ‘matchmaker’ himself Jörgen from Oliver Twist!

Just make sure you’re following BeerSweden both here and by liking us on our Facebook page so you keep up-to-date with the very latest developments on this breaking story.

I told you this was going to be a huge beer week didn’t I!


Update from the Dogfish Head blog:

“Dogfish Head’s Ancient Ale Kvasir revives hybrid Scandinavian grog. Tart hybrid beverage brewed with lingonberries, herbs, birch syrup”.

In ancient Europe, before wine arrived from the Near East, alcoholic beverages were cocktails of sugar-rich ingredients like honey, fruit and grain.

With the help of molecular archaeologist Dr. Patrick McGovern and Swedish brewer Lasse Ericsson, Dogfish Head is re-creating another ancient hybrid ale, this time from the Nordic climes of Scandinavia.

“Last year, we brewed an Ancient Ale from southern Europe,” says Dogfish Head Founder and President Sam Calagione, “so it’s been interesting to see the differences driven by the Scandinavian climate and terroir.”

The recipe for Kvasir, which clocks in at 10% ABV, was developed with the help of chemical, botanical and pollen evidence taken from a 3,500-year-old Danish drinking vessel. The vessel, made of birch bark, was found in the tomb of a leather-clad woman who Dr. Pat says was probably an upper-class dancer or artist.

The analysis pointed to the ingredients Dogfish and friends are using in this unique new brew: wheat, lingonberries, cranberries, myrica gale, yarrow, meadow sweet, honey and birch syrup.

The base of Kvasir is a toasty red winter wheat, and the bog-grown berries will deliver a pungent tartness. While a handful of hops will be used, the earthy, bitter counterpunch to the sweet honey and birch syrup will come from the herbs.

“I’m psyched about doing this Nordic grog,” says Dr. Pat. “We’re bringing back to life an innovation of our prehistoric ancestors at the most northerly limits of the planet.”

In early April, Sam and Dr. Pat will fly to Sweden to brew a batch of Kvasir at Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri, which will handle European distribution.

“This beer is something no one has done here in Scandinavia for thousands of years,” says Ericsson. “We are super stoked to be trusted to be part of bringing it back alive.”

Dogfish Head’s version of Kvasir will debut in July in 750-ml bottles. It will be available throughout Dogfish’s 27-state distribution network, pending local approval.

For more information, contact Sam Calagione at sam@dogfish.com or Justin Williams at justin@dogfish.com.”



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