New Dogfish Ancient Ale, Etrusca, Coming in December

Dogfish Head Birra Etrusca Bronze Ancient Ale

Dogfish Head on Friday announced via Twitter that the latest beer in its Ancient Ales series, called Etrusca, is currently being bottled, and it will hit beer-store shelves in December.

The idea behind Dogfish’s Ancient Ales is to recreate lost styles of beer from ancient times, using recipes and ingredients that are close as possible to those originally used by their brewers.

Dr. Pat McGovern and Sam Calagione Discuss Etrusca

Dr. Pat McGovern and Sam Calagione Discuss Etrusca

Here’s a description of the new, 8.5% ABV brew, from Dogfish:

“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.

“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.”

I appreciate what Dogfish Founder Sam Calagione and his “beer archiologist” buddy Dr. Pat McGovern are trying to do with these Ancient Ales, and I love how Dogfish is always experimenting with new beers and ingredients. (Beer Advocate magazine recently mocked Calagione and McGovern in an amusing comic strip.)

Read more about Dogfish Head’s Birra Estrusca Ancient Ale on the brewery’s website.


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8 thoughts on “New Dogfish Ancient Ale, Etrusca, Coming in December

  1. I need to dip more into DFH’s ancient beers. This is a brewery I just haven’t explored as much as I would like. It would also be a great chance to learn about alternative flavors in beer.

    • I am a HUGE fan of Dogfish Head. I almost always have a few random Dogfish brews in my refrigerator. The Ancient Ales aren’t really my favorite brews from Dogfish, but they’re definitely very interesting. My favorite is probably Midas Touch. If you’re not familiar with Dogfish, I recommend any of its IPAs, especially 75 Minute IPA and Burton Baton.


      • I’m reasonably familiar with their beers. I’ve had several over the years. I’m just saying I don’t truly know them in depth. I know Sierra Nevada and their beers like the back of my hand. We just got some 75min into Portland for the first time. I’ll have to pick up a bottle.

      • I hear you. Dogfish is definitely a brewery worth investigating. Its World Wide Stout is another beer that’s worth seeking out. I really like Sierra, too. I just had a bottle of Estate Ale, and I really enjoyed it. Lots of respect for Sierra for what it has done for the American craft beer movement in general, too.


      • Yeah, they do it the right way. Love the fact that Ken Grossman still owns it and is in charge and that many of the original folks are still involved. I went to a Dogfish Head beer dinner a couple years ago when one of the brewing organizations was in town. Ken Grossmen (Sierra Nevada), Kim Jordan (New Belgium), Dick Cantwell (Elysian), Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head) and others were in attendance. Talk about dining with brewing royalty!

      • Very cool. I already have tickets to the Extreme Beer Fest in Boston in February, and Calagione is supposed to be there, along with a number of other notable brewers, including the Stone guys. I hope to meet them all. Did you get to try either of the Dogfish/Sierra Life & Limb collaborations? I really like L&L II. And they have another one coming in February, too. An Imperial IPA called Rhizing Bines.


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