norrebro-bryghus-old-odense-ale.pngOne way to avoid the hop shortage when making beer is to make a beer without hops, called a gruit.  Dogfish Head Brewery, a favorite around STL Hops land and a brewer of many unusual beers, has teamed up with Danish brewery Nørrebro Bryghus to brew a special beer based on a “15th century pre-hop era gruit ale recipe from the town of Odense.”  The beer contains star anise, blackthorn berries, maple syrup and herbs.

Only a single case made it’s way into St. Louis and Paul from the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton was the only place to get it.  If that didn’t make it difficult enough to obtain, the case only contains 9 bottles.  This is a one time only release of a very special beer, so if this sounds like your thing I wouldn’t wait too long to pick this up.