Science Says, Ancient Swedes Brewed Beer; DogFish Head Introduces Disposable Cooler

June 22, 2018

By Sarah Freeman, June 22, 2018

To find out what happened in beer this week, we have to go a little further back in time—all the way back to the Iron Age. That’s because scientists from Lund University in Sweden recently discovered that their long-deceased brethren shared an affinity for making beer.

Ancient Brew

Scientists in Sweden have uncovered a new connection between early Nordic civilizations and beer. “We found carbonized malt in an area with low-temperature ovens located in a separate part of the settlement. The findings are from the 400-600s, making them one of the earliest evidence of beer brewing in Sweden," says Mikael Larsson, who specializes in archaeobotany, the archaeology of human-plant interactions. While examples of beer-making have already been found in Mesopotamia dating back to 4,000 BCE, this is the first evidence of beer-making the Nordic region during the Iron Age. (Science Daily)

Cool Beer, Bro

You’re at a backyard barbeque, someone brought the case of beer and someone else brought the ice, but lo and behold there’s no cooler. DogFish Head has come up with a solution to the devastating problems of drinking warm beer outside by introducing its new Off-Center Your Summer Pack in a Dogfish Head KOOZIE® Can Kooler. The variety pack features 60 Minute IPA, SeaQuench Ale, Lupa-Luau IPA and Namaste White in a case with a tear-open top and leak-proof sides that can hold ice and water for up to six hours. Problem solved. (The Full Pint)

Beavertown Goes Big

In the latest brewery acquisition news, London’s Beavertown Brewery—which was founded by son of Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, Logan Plant—announced that Heineken International B.V. would acquire a minority stake in the company. Among other things, the deal will allow the seven-year-old brewery to build “Beaverwold,” a 383,000-barrel brewery, and a smaller brewery at the site of the new Tottenham Hotspur football stadium. Beavertown joins Lagunitas in Heineken’s craft portfolio. Heineken acquired 50% of the California-based brewery in 2015 and completed the purchase by acquiring the other 50% last year. (Brewbound)

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