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Sprecher is resurrecting an old recipe for a new brew.

Sprecher to release new ancient brew


During the week of February 24, Sprecher Brewing Company will release the 2014 batch of "Beyond" Braggot, a style of mead made with honey and barley malt.

Braggot, sometimes called bracket or brackett is said to be one of the oldest fermented beverages, originally pioneered by the Vikings and later mentioned in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, which were written in the late 1300's.

Sprecher Brewmaster Craig Burge's braggot contains the same local Wisconsin honey he uses for Sprecher sodas, along with barley malt and plenty of Cascade and Centennial hops. The limited edition brew is made in three separate brews with over 50 percent honey and four different yeast cultures. The current batch of "Beyond", which comes in a distinctively colored copper bottle, has aged for 18 months and will be released in three separate batches, one batch of roughly 400 cases in each of the next three years.

According to Burge, "Beyond" has a great balance of many flavors, including, "sweet and dry honey mead notes followed by the big fruit character of Belgian Barleywine." He also notes that the braggot can be enjoyed now, but that it ages well if stored in a cool and dark location.

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