Monday, August 27, 2012

Ancient Ales



Greg Kitsock, a writer for the Washington Post, comments about Embers of the Deceased, a collaboration brew between two local DC brewers, DC Brau and Bluejacket.

I sampled the beer at DC Brau last Saturday. It has a subtle smoky aroma and a mild bacony flavor over a light body and a low, sessionable ABV.

Greg's article provides excellent detail about the historical aspects of the style, known alternately as a Grätzer or Grodziskie.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/all-we-can-eat/post/the-life-left-in-embers-of-the-deceased/2012/08/25/09bb7668-eee9-11e1-b0eb-dac6b50187ad_blog.html

In his article, Greg asks the rhetorical question which sparked this post: are you a fan of extinct beer styles revived Jurassic Park-style?


Ancient ales. Forgotten recipes. Neglected techniques. Rediscovered ingredients. How much interest is there in reviving old beer styles? What long-lost brew will hit the shelves next? And will anyone buy it?

Or were such ancient ales "lost" from civilization for good reason?


What say you?