Based in Delaware, iconic US craft brewery Dogfish Head has collaborated with Swedish brewery Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri to launch a sixth flavour iteration in its Ancient Ales series. This latest offer – called Kvasir in the US and Arketyp in Sweden – is a hybrid ale made using wheat, cranberries, birch syrup and honey.
The base of Kvasir is a toasty red winter wheat, and the bog-grown berries deliver a pungent tartness. While a handful of hops is used, the earthy, bitter counterpunch to the sweet honey and birch syrup comes from the herbs.
Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione and biomolecular archaeologist Dr. Pat McGovern are at it once again ... this time with a Scandinavian Ancient Ale. The tart and complex Kvasir is brewed with wheat, lingonberries, cranberries, myrica gale, yarrow, honey and birch syrup.
Clocking in at 10% ABV, the tipple was conceived using chemical and botanical elements found in liquid residue from a 3,500-year-old Danish drinking vessel made from birch bark. The vessel was discovered in an ancient tomb, along with the corpse of a female figure clad in leather.
"We're bringing back to life an innovation of our prehistoric ancestors at the most northerly limits of the planet,” said Patrick McGovern, who partnered with the breweries to create the drink.