Birra Etrusca Bronze
Dogfish Head Brewery/Milton, DE
Dogfish Head continues its quest of bringing back to life ancient beverages with this style, based on the analysis of drinking vessels found in 2,800-year-old Etruscan tombs. Dogfish Head's founder/president Sam Calagione visited Italy with molecular archaeologist Dr. Pat McGovern, the world's foremost expert on ancient fermented beverages, and unearthed evidence that Italians were drinking a beverage more akin to beer long before they ever made wine. Based on their findings, the ingredients selected for this ancient ale reproduction include heirloom Italian wheat, hazelnut flour, pomegranates, raisins, Italian chestnut honey, and gentian root and myrrh tree resin for the ale's bitterness. Its appearance is light orange with a white head that dissipates quickly. On the nose, there are hints of nuts and honey. Sweet fruit and honey mingle on the palate, with tart pomegranate and complex herbal spices shining through. After swallowing, a dry aftertaste lingers on the sides of your tongue for several seconds.