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Birra Etrusca Bronze

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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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Beer Activity

4 hours 41 min

Luke Dixon is drinking Birra Etrusca BronzeComplex. Grew on me.

4 hours 44 min

Steve E is drinking Birra Etrusca Bronze at The LaneAnother DFH beauty. Almost wine like, very raisinesque....interesting thinking outside of the box.

2 days 34 min

Tim K. is drinking Birra Etrusca Bronze at The LaneVery fruity and wine like. Excellent lingering grape taste.

2 days 37 min

Derek is drinking Birra Etrusca Bronze at The LaneReally good beer, very wine like with the fruit tones but once again DFH can do no wrong. So flavorful.

2 days 43 min

Hayden Legg is drinking Birra Etrusca BronzeHazy copper, fading head, honey and nuttiness up front, lingering fruit flavor and malty tartness

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Come join us on Sunday May 18th from 1 to 4 PM at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA where John from Dogfish Head will be sampling some off centered ales.
Be sure to stop at Catch 22 Bar & Grill on Friday, April 25th for a special tapping of 120 Minute IPA.