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Chateau Jiahu

 
ABV: 
10.0
IBU: 
10
Availability: 
Limited
Original Release Date: 
07/2006

Let's travel back in time again for another Dogfish Head Ancient Ale (Midas Touch was our first foray and Theobroma our most recent). Our destination is 9,000 years ago, in Northern China! Preserved pottery jars found in the Neolithic villiage of Jiahu, in Henan province, have revealed that a mixed fermented beverage of rice, honey and fruit was being produced that long ago, right around the same time that barley beer and grape wine were beginning to be made in the Middle East!

Fast forward to 2005. Molecular archaeologist Dr. Patrick McGovern of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology calls on Dogfish Head to re-create another ancient beverage, and Chateau Jiahu is born.

In keeping with historic evidence, Dogfish brewers use orange blossom honey, muscat grape juice, barley malt and hawthorn fruit. The wort is fermented for about a month with sake yeast until the beer is ready for packaging.

Did you catch the story on NPR's "All Things Considered" about Chateau Jiahu and our Ancient Ales? If you missed the story, here it is!

We currently send Chateau Jiahu (when available) to our wholesale partners in the following states:

AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TX, VA, VT, WA

To find where our wholesalers have delivered this beer in the past 60 days, check out the Fish Finder (you can search by beer and by zip). As a reminder, it is always best to call and confirm a retailer still has the beer before making any treks!

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Food Pairing Recommendations: 
Mexican and Indian cuisines, spice cake, oranges
Glassware Recommendation: 
Snifter
Wine Comparable: 
Citrusy sauvignon

Beer Activity

2 days 5 hours
3 days 3 hours
4 days 3 hours

Kerry O. is drinking Chateau Jiahu at The Library AlehouseVery sweet straight up front, strong in the muscat, but the sake yeast comes in at the finish with its effervescence.

5 days 26 min
6 days 40 min

Mara N. is drinking Chateau Jiahu at The Library AlehouseStrong honey flavor. Too sweet for me.

6 days 2 hours

pelly is drinking Chateau Jiahu at The Library AlehouseDelicate and delish.

6 days 2 hours
6 days 19 hours
1 week 1 day
1 week 2 days
Come out to BBC Hyannis on October 8th from 7 to 9 PM as John from Dogfish Head will be hosting beer club.   
 

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