Denmark’s Skands Brewery is Brewing Beer from a 3,300-Year-Old Recipe

Egtved Girl's Brew, created in partnership with the Dutch National Museum, is based on a recipe from 1,370 BCE.

The Egtved Girl's Brew (left); The remains of the Egtved girl (right). (Photos: Dutch National Museum)

The Egtved Girl's Brew (left); The remains of the Egtved girl (right).
(Photos: Dutch National Museum)

Are you a beer nerd and a history buff? We’ve got the perfect brew for you.

Denmark’s Skands Brewery has begun producing a wheat beer called Egtved Girl’s Brew, made in partnership with the Danish National Museum. The beer, based on a recipe from the Bronze Age, comes from beer residue samples taken from the tomb of a young lady buried thousands of years ago. At the time, it was common to bury the dead with nourishment.

In this case, the Egtved Girl’s family must have gotten a little overzealous. The ancient beer she was buried with eventually leaked into her tomb. In 1921, scientists analyzed the residue and discovered that it was none other than our favorite alcoholic beverage.

The brewery’s own Birthe Skands tells Past Horizons PR:

“I think it was a very exciting challenge. We already had a list of ingredients to be used, but some can be difficult to work with. Too much honey makes the beer too sweet, too much Mose-pors (Sweet Gale) would make it too strong. The idea is to create a balanced beer.”

You can buy the seriously ancient beer—which has flavors of malt, honey, bog myrtle, and cranberry—directly from the Danish National Museum

[via Gizmodo]

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