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Dogfish Head Strong Ale Extravaganza at Rustico Ballston

The weather has finally turned crisp and chilly, and at Rustico Ballston they've turned to their coolers for the most warming strong ales in their collection.

On Tuesday, November 27, Rustico will break out almost 10 strong drafts from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. DFH has shipped the very first kegs of their newest Ancient Ale, the 8% Birra Etrusca Bronze Ale to the Ballston beer bar.

Birra Etrusca Bronze Ale is based on a beverage that may have been enjoyed by the Etruscans of Ancient Italy around 800 BC. For this one, Sam Calagione traveled to Italy with Dr. Pat McGovern where they met up with Teo and Leo (Sam’s buddies from Baladin Brewery and Birra Del Borgo respectively) and researched ingredients from various Etruscan dig sites. The result of their research is a strong ale containing an Italian heirloom grain called Cappelli Senatore, along with pomegranate juice, raisins, and hazelnut flour, together with three types of honey: chestnut, wildflower, and clover. The brew was then spiced with several hop flowers, Gentian root and tree resin (think Myrrh) in the kettle. To simulate fermentation in a bronze vessel (which possibly would have been what the Etruscans used), DFH actually tied a bronze plate inside their modern stainless fermenter which was suspended in the wort as it fermented. An interesting story and process, per usual with the Milton, Delaware craft beer mainstay.

There is no admission for this event and all DFH brews will be priced individually by the glass and in 4 oz. taster pours.
The full DFH Strong Ale Event List:
  • Birra Etrusca
  • 120 Minute IPA
  • Olde School Barleywine
  • Immort Ale
  • Bitches Brew
  • Hellhound on My Ale
  • Burton Baton
  • Palo Santo Marron
  • 90 Minute IPA
4075 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA
United States
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 -
6:00pm to 11:00pm