Urkontinent: When beer geeks and tech geeks collide

Belgian dubbel is a 'valentine to boot-strapping creative entrepreneurs'

  • Green Rooibos Tea from Africa contributes a floral aroma.
    Green Rooibos Tea from Africa contributes a floral aroma.
    Green Rooibos Tea from Africa contributes a floral aroma.
    Green Rooibos Tea from Africa contributes a floral aroma.
  • Wattleseed from Australia imparts chocolate, coffee and hazelnut notes.
    Wattleseed from Australia imparts chocolate, coffee and hazelnut notes.
    Wattleseed from Australia imparts chocolate, coffee and hazelnut notes.
    Wattleseed from Australia imparts chocolate, coffee and hazelnut notes.
  • The tea and spices are ready to be added to the whirlpool.
    The tea and spices are ready to be added to the whirlpool.
    The tea and spices are ready to be added to the whirlpool.
    The tea and spices are ready to be added to the whirlpool.

Urkontinent is a social collaboration of worldwide proportions.

The seed was planted when Dogfish Head Craft Brewery asked beer-loving tech types around the world to suggest ingredients for a new off-centered ale.

More than 100 ideas poured in, and a small team from the brewery (and a few of our beer-loving tech friends) narrowed the list to five: wattleseed from Australia, toasted amaranth from South America, rooibos tea from Africa, myrica gale from Europe and honey from the United States.

The name Urkontinent, a German word for the theory that all of the continents were once connected, is a shoutout to the worldly ingredients and ideas that make up this beer.

"Urkontinent is a valentine to boot-strapping creative entrepreneurs in all kinds of industries all over the world," says Dogfish Head Founder and President Sam Calagione.

The careful combination of ingredients gives this 8.1% ABV Belgian dubbel notes of coffee and chocolate-covered cherries.

"It's a complex beer that starts with a ton of mouthfeel, some molasses and roasty notes," says Sam, "then ends clean and dry."

Urkontinent, packaged in 750-ml champagne bottles, will be released in mid-April with a suggested price of $11.99-$12.99.