Greenlanders launch beer brewed with ice cap water
A Greenland brewery has said it has started making beer with pure water from the ice cap destined to give it a uniquely cool taste and worldwide appeal.
"This is a an old dream finally coming true," Greenland Brewhouse co-owner Steen Outzen told AFP Wednesday. "Our aim is to make a unique, very high-quality beer, for connaisseurs."
The ice which has covered Greenland for millenia gives the new beer a "very special taste", reminiscent of "chocolate, grilled nuts and roasted coffee beans", he said.
It has an alcohol content of 5.5 percent by volume, comes in two varieties "Brown Ale Greenland" and "Pale Ale Greenland", and has an "American taste", the brewers said, adding they hoped for worldwide success.
Brewed in Narsaq, southern Greenland, the beer is bottled in northern Germany at the Flensburger Brauerei and was officially launched at Copenhagen's Tivoli amusement park.
Outzen acknowledged that his idea was not entirely new, as over the centuries tiny breweries had tried their hand at making beer with ice cap water. "But the quality was not great," he said.
The first 66,000 litres of production will be offered primarily in Denmark at a price of 35 kroner (six dollars, 4.70 euros) per half-litre bottle.
Greenland Brewhouse, which receives help from the Greenland local government, hopes to sell two million litres of beer in the first year of production, mostly in Europe and the United States.