Phoenix D. Kottbusser

ABV: 5%  |  IBU: 23

An extinct style worth resurrecting

This beer is the merging of two incredible stories. In Kottbusse, Germany, the brewers had a long tradition of making beer with honey, oats, molasses, wheat, barley and hops. Many of these ingredients were made illegal by the Bavarian government with the legislation of the Reinheitsgebot purity law of 1516. This style was forgotten to time until a hand full of beer archaeologists resurrected it. It is still one of the rarest beer styles in the world, with very few commercial examples. The origin of it’s name (Phoenix D) may not at first appear to be a tree, but the Judean Date Palm (Phoenix Dactylifera) is the oldest resurrected seed in history. In 2005 a 2000 year old seed, from the tomb of Herod the great, was planted and  sprouted! It is still today the only living example of the Judean Date Palm Tree.

Best enjoyed… with a schnitzel, bratwurst or pretzels! It’s also a great introduction to craft beer.