(København, Denmark) – Delaware-based Dogfish Head posted a press release yesterday on its website detailing a new beer to come out on which it collaborated with Danish brewers, Norrebro Bryghus. According to the release, the brew is based on a “15th century pre-hop era gruit ale recipe from the town of Odense [...] a delicate sweetness that balances the sour tartness, making it far more accessible than a Belgian lambic.” Dogfish Head notes that Old Odense Ale is being imported to the states through the Shelton Brothers.
Sam Calagione, DFH Founder and President, traveled to Denmark in early June of last year. There he met with friend and owner of Norrebro Bryghus, Anders Kissmeyer. They dug up an old recipe, Calagione brought over some family-made maple syrup, they added some local nature artifacts, and the rest is history. This may be the second history-themed beer for DFH to come out in August, the other being Dogfish Head Theobroma.
The brew marks the first Danish-American collaboration we’ve heard of recently that appears not to involve Mikkeller. It was first made available earlier in the year at European festivals. But despite positive remarks in the reviews, Old Odense has received mixed beer ratings over at RateBeer. Granted, the ale has had more time to sit and develop since then.
Norrebro Bryghus is most well-known for its North Bridge Extreme Double IPA.