Greenland's ice cap beer hits the market

Beer drinkers in Denmark and Greenland are getting a taste of history. Greenland's first microbrewery is brewing ale with water as old as time

A Greenland microbrewery has something no other beer producer in the world can offer - ales brewed in water at least 2000 years old, melted from Artic ice caps.

Greenland Brewhouse, based in the southern Greenland town of Narsaq, launched its first-ever melted-ice brewed dark and pale ales on Monday.

Salik Hard, the Greenlander behind the DKK 4 million venture backed by Greenland's government, dished out samples from the first 66,000 litres of beer produced during entertainment park Tivoli's Greenland celebration which wraps up Tuesday.

'You can't get cleaner water than melted ice cap water, with today's pollution,' said Hard to the Associated Press.

Hard said after years of microbreweries popping up in Denmark, Greenlanders decided they wanted to get a piece of the action as well.

The brewery, which has a capacity to produce some 400,000 litres of beer a year, will ship the beer to Germany to be bottled before sending the finished product to both Denmark and Greenland for retail.

The ales will give beer drinkers an alternative to the Carlsberg and Tuborg dominated markets and cost roughly the same per bottle as other micro-brewed beer.

Hard said there have also been talks with the German Flensburger Brauerei responsible for bottling the icy blast from the past to market the beer in Germany. Several US companies have also expressed interest in the ales.

Greenland Brewhouse has plans to launch a Christmas beer for the 2006 holiday season and hopes to release a fourth brew in 2007.

Launched in June 2006, Greenland Brewhouse is the first of its kind on the semi-autonomous Danish island. Another microbrewery, Godthaab Bryghus, owned by a Danish restaurant chain, is also planning to set up shop in Greenland. The brewery opens its location in Nuuk on 17 August with the intention of selling the beer exclusively in the Hotel Hans Egede.

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