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.”
Sam and Dr. Pat share a laugh while brewing a test batch of Kvasir in Delaware.
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.