Dogfish HeadChateau Jiahu on its way back

It’s time to turn the clock back once again for another Dogfish Head Ancient Ale. This time, our destination is 9,000 years ago, in Northern China.

Preserved pottery jars found in the Neolithic villiage of Jiahu have revealed that a mixed fermented beverage of rice, honey and fruit was being produced that long ago, right around the same time that barley beer and grape wine were beginning to be made in the Middle East!

In keeping with historic evidence, we use orange blossom honey, muscat grape juice, barley malt and hawthorn fruit to brew Chateau Jiahu. It’s fermented for about a month with sake yeast until the beer is ready for packaging.