After decades in the craft beer scene about creating new types of beer and exploring untrodden territory, clever brewers are now increasingly looking to the past for inspiration. Ancient, long-forgotten styles are unearthed and brought into the present with care and dedication. While some breweries stay as close to the original as possible using old grain and hop varieties and traditional techniques, others dare to create modern reinterpretations.
One of these old classics that has been given a contemporary stamp comes from Freigeist Bierkultur. The Sauerlanders have chosen a cult beer from Hanover: the Broyhan was developed by the local master brewer Cord Broyhan in the 16th century and traditionally brewed with light malt and little or no hops. Deciding on this historic brew in a time of hop surplus shows courage and the team at Freigeist Bierkultur has more than enough of it.
Their Broyhan comes with a gentle 4.7% alcohol content and flows into the glass in a delicately cloudy old gold. The scent of tart green apples fills the air and makes you curious about the drink. The first sip reveals a tangy body that combines the fresh fruit acid of white grapes with mild sweetness, soft malt, citrus notes and spicy yeast. An extremely atypical beer that you should definitely try!
Water, wheat malt , hops, yeast