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Birra Etrusca Bronze

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At the Rehoboth Brewpub

This Ancient Ale proves that beside the wine on every Italian's dinner table, there should also be a place for beer.
To develop the recipe for Birra Etrusca Bronze, Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione traveled to Rome with molecular archaeologist Dr. Pat McGovern. With the help of Birreria Brother Brewers Leo DeVencenzo of Birra del Borgo and Teo Musso of Baladin, they analyzed drinking vessels found in 2,800-year-old Etruscan tombs.
Although Italian historians were a little reluctant to admit it, the team clearly found that the Etruscans had a taste for ale.
"In every part of the process, we go for as much authenticity as we can," Calagione says. "Ingredients are often tough to track down, and there can be financial and logistical challenges, but we really love embracing these risks to bring these beers to market."
The backbone of Birra Etrusca comes from two-row malted barley and an heirloom Italian wheat. Specialty ingredients include hazelnut flour, pomegranates, Italian chestnut honey, Delaware wildflower honey and clover honey. A handful of whole-flower hops are added, but the bulk of the bitterness comes from gentian root and the sarsaparilla-like Ethiopian myrrh resin.
Birra del Borgo and Baladin also will brew a version of Birra Etrusca, and to add complexity and variety, each brewery will ferment its batches with different traditional materials. Dogfish will use bronze, Baladin will use wood, and Birra del Borgo will use terra cotta.

Bottles of Dogfish Head's Etrusca will first be released in December 0f 2012.

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Food Pairing Recommendations: 
Spiced pickles, marinated olives, hearty beer bolognaise
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Zebedee Zivkovic is drinking Birra Etrusca BronzeA bit home-brewy but I think that was what they might have been going for....

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Don P is drinking Birra Etrusca BronzeOverly efferscent.

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Daniel Khan is drinking Birra Etrusca BronzeUnique, with time between I'd have it again!

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Thomas Myrick is drinking Birra Etrusca Bronze at Bier GardenSour yet sweet

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Doc Moriarty is drinking Birra Etrusca Bronze at Pizzeria StellaVery nice flavor, pomegranate cones through nicely w a bitter and sweet flavor. Nice slightly bitter bite on the back end.

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Nico H is drinking Birra Etrusca BronzeThe big pre Xmas beer tasting extravaganza. Wow, very interesting! So many different flavors in that...

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Brian Hoskins is drinking Birra Etrusca BronzeAncient grain beer with honey, hazelnut, myrrh, raisins, and pomegranate? Gotta love Dogfish Head!

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