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Nordic Grog Is Latest of Dogfish Head's Ancient Brews
Archaeology ^ | Monday, December 23, 2013 | editors

Posted on 12/25/2013 2:50:11 PM PST by SunkenCiv

Residues of pottery sherds from ancient Scandinavian settlements dating as far back as 1200 B.C. are the inspiration for Delaware-based brewey Dogfish Head's latest ancient ale, Kvasir. Patrick McGovern, a bioarchaeolgist at the University of Pennsylvania Museum and frequent collaborator with Dogfish Head on these brews calls the drink a Nordic grog. The recipe for Kvasir, which is available in limited quantities now, involves yarrow, lingonberries, cranberries, bog myrtle, and birch syrup. Prior to Kvasir, Dogfish Head brewed Midas Touch, influenced by residues taken from 2,700-year-old pottery found in Turkey, and Chateau Jiahu, an ale that traces its history back to Neolithic China.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: delaware; dogfishhead; godsgravesglyphs; rehobothbeach; sweden; zymurgy
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1 posted on 12/25/2013 2:50:11 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

2 posted on 12/25/2013 2:51:18 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Very interesting. Thanks, and Merry Christmas!


3 posted on 12/25/2013 2:52:13 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: SunkenCiv; 1234; A knight without armor; afraidfortherepublic; AIM-54; Allan; american colleen; ...
Ping to the Swedish Ping List.
4 posted on 12/25/2013 2:58:49 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: SunkenCiv
Beer me.

/johnny

5 posted on 12/25/2013 2:59:03 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: SunkenCiv

Dogfish makes quite a few ancient ales. Very interesting to sample, most taste unlike anything you’ve ever had before.


6 posted on 12/25/2013 3:02:33 PM PST by NittanyLion
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To: SunkenCiv

I’m drinking some home made blackberry meade. It is delightful. It’s about a year and a half old,
another six months and it will be outstanding.


7 posted on 12/25/2013 3:32:08 PM PST by csvset
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To: NittanyLion
This stuff is interesting. Hawthorne is used to lower blood pressure.

Libations: Tapping into the Past and Dreading the Hangover
Volume 60 Number 6, November/December 2007 by Samir S. Patel

ARCHAEOLOGY's staff tastes the world's oldest booze.

Early Neolithic people in Jiahu, a village in China's Henan Province, invented the earliest known alcoholic beverage. As the staff of this magazine and your guides to the world of archaeology, we felt it was our place--nay, our duty--to tell you how the stuff tastes.

Archaeochemist and ancient wine expert Patrick McGovern of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology analyzed residue in the pores of 9,000-year-old potsherds found in Jiahu. Using high-powered acronyms like GC-MS, HPLC-MS, and FT-IR, he determined the pots once held ancient booze made with rice, honey, and hawthorn fruit. No one has any idea about the process used to make it, but McGovern recruited the crafty brewers at Dogfish Head in Milton, Delaware, to help reconstruct a palatable version.

The resulting concoction, called Chateau Jiahu, is a thick, lightly carbonated brew the color of cloudy cider. We swirled it around in little plastic cups and took a whiff: hints of rice and sake, a scrumpy aroma from the applelike hawthorn, and the malted scent of a barley-rich beer. The first taste was puzzling--were all those flavors having a street fight or dancing a waltz?

While it was strong, meady, and heavy as a brick, several of us went back for seconds to search for other flavors in its complex bouquet.

"It's growing on me," said Ken Feisel, our art director.

"I think it's perfectly pleasant!" enthused senior editor Eric Powell, halfway through his second cup.

All agreed it was interesting, unusual, and worth trying, but that the yeasty aftertaste--the "fuzz on your tongue," Feisel called it--was the beverage's most significant drawback. Fortunately, we ran out before we could report on how a Neolithic Chinese hangover might have felt.

Might have been just the stuff for Genghis Khan's type A warriors to take the edge off after a day of mayhem.

8 posted on 12/25/2013 3:32:10 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TigersEye

I’ve also had Ta Henket:

Per the Dogfish Head website, “Working with our archeologist friend Dr. Pat McGovern, this beer was created to incorporate the ancient ingredients and techniques described in Egyptian hieroglyphics. It was brewed to 11.4 Plato with Emmer (an ancient form of wheat) and loaves of hearth baked bread and flavored with dom-palm fruit, chamomile, and zatar. Fermentation was carried out by a native Egyptian saccharomyces yeast strain captured by Sam and Floris during a recent trip to Egypt.”


9 posted on 12/25/2013 3:43:50 PM PST by NittanyLion
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To: SunkenCiv
Never mind all this foreigner propaganda about drinking to excess in ages past, Neolithic on down. I can guarantee that we, English and Scots Irish from Roman times down, taught the world how to drink to excess and invented the tools to do so.
10 posted on 12/25/2013 3:45:03 PM PST by Little Bill (A)
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To: Little Bill

;’)

Two Irish guys walk out of a pub.

Hey, it could happen.


11 posted on 12/25/2013 3:47:01 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: NittanyLion

I don’t know what zatar is but it sounds pretty good judging from the other ingredients.


12 posted on 12/25/2013 3:49:26 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Nordic Grog

Sounds like something Beowulf should have slayed way back when.

13 posted on 12/25/2013 3:52:45 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Not Irish, but did you hear the story about the Drunken Scotsman passed out on the side of the road when Two Scots Virgins passed by?


14 posted on 12/25/2013 3:54:26 PM PST by Little Bill (A)
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To: Little Bill

:’D

Wherever four [group of your choice] gather, there you will find a fifth.


15 posted on 12/25/2013 3:58:57 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: The Cajun

:’) The research into this grog uses data from 1200 BC. :’O


16 posted on 12/25/2013 3:59:45 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

God invented the English Channel to protect us from effeminate wine swilling frogs and whiskey to keep the North and West occupied.


17 posted on 12/25/2013 4:13:00 PM PST by Little Bill (A)
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To: SunkenCiv

Not distributed in Texas, dang it!


18 posted on 12/25/2013 4:33:36 PM PST by Antoninus II
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To: csvset
I made a Cranberry mead a few years ago, age it over a Year and a half + and carbonated it. Turned out as a beautiful sparkling Rosé.

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It darkened a little over age. But still darn Good.

19 posted on 12/25/2013 4:34:29 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Little Bill
... and invented the tools to do so.

I saw The Supersizers Go... epi on Roman Britain.

The Romans were appalled at what passed for fermented beverages.

Hence the wall, I guess.

20 posted on 12/25/2013 4:50:34 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: csvset

“I’m drinking some home made blackberry meade. It is delightful. It’s about a year and a half old,
another six months and it will be outstanding.”

Booze never lasted 6 months at my home, nor 6 weeks, nor 6 days.


21 posted on 12/25/2013 4:55:02 PM PST by truth_seeker (Nissan)
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To: Calvin Locke
Carlo Rossi was the Vino of the Roman period. They Built the Wall to keep out Scots Ale and Barley Wine. Outside of Ulster the Southern Irish still drank water because Pat wasn't around yet and they couldn't get a Papal Dispensation to drink any thing stronger.
22 posted on 12/25/2013 5:24:26 PM PST by Little Bill (A)
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To: Calvin Locke

Love that show! I watch them on YouTube.


23 posted on 12/25/2013 5:24:42 PM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks! I didn’t know about yarrow, and it grows around here. From a little study (including identifying it and differentiating from poisonous similar plants growing in much wetter places), it appears to be useful.


24 posted on 12/25/2013 6:25:07 PM PST by familyop
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To: truth_seeker

6 days? If a 6 pack lasts 6 hours in my house, there’s something very wrong.


25 posted on 12/26/2013 4:49:13 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Definitely must get some of this for my youngest son and his wife, who is of Nordic ancestry. I call her “Viking Woman” quite often.


26 posted on 12/26/2013 6:43:09 AM PST by Bigg Red (Let the lying lips be dumb, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.--Ps3)
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To: Little Bill
"Not Irish, but did you hear the story about the Drunken Scotsman passed out on the side of the road when Two Scots Virgins passed by?"

~~~

Yep!

"Ah dinna ken where ye been, Laddie, but I see ye won first prize!"

'-)

27 posted on 12/26/2013 10:32:46 AM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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To: TXnMA
There is an unanswered question, after that were they.

There used to be a saying among the Girlies of my generation that the first can come at any time the second takes nine months.

A look at my genealogy pre 1700 seems to prove this.

28 posted on 12/29/2013 3:23:36 PM PST by Little Bill (A)
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To: Little Bill

Did your story involve a kilt, a question — and a blue hair ribbon?


29 posted on 12/31/2013 7:43:39 AM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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