2003 Great American Beer Festival
Gold Medal Winner. "Our ancient ancestors in the Middle East had their priorities in order.First they discovered how to turn the barley they cultivated into a mildly alcoholic beverage that we now know as beer.
Then, obviously appreciative of their newfound skills, they composed a hymn to “Ninkasi”, the Goddess of Beer. This hymn, “written” down on clay tablets, was found 4,000 years later by modern day archeologists. The hymn is actually more of a set of instructions on how to make their favorite beverage. We just had to try it. It is our reproduction of this “beer recipe”. Brewed with malt, bappir (unleavened flat bread), honey and dates. Wonderful balanced flavors of traditional ingredients. Over 200 pounds of bread was baked to brew this beer! One note for those who want to know all the details: The Sumerians didn't use hops in their beer, but we added a small measure of
hops to help preserve the product and to make it resemble what most of our customers think of as beer. There are about 4 IBUs.