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I don't know if this is the right board for this. I am in the USA.

I'm a bit of a beer history nut. The beer you get from the grocery store today is almost always around 5% alcohol by volume, but this wasn't always the case. For thousands of years beer was very low alcohol, usually around 1.5% alcohol by volume. It was the drink of the common man. It was a sports drink. You'd drink it out in the field on your farm, for breakfast, lunch, dinner, children would drink it, old people would drink it. It didn't have enough alcohol to impede your work but it had sugars to keep you going and the alcohol probably still lowered stress and mellowed people out.

This was the state of affairs until fairly recently, historically speaking. There were even great campaigns to try and foster consumption of this low alcohol beer when stronger stuff came about. During the Victorian era drinking beer, which was still around 1.5% abv, was seen as socially acceptable, while drinking much higher strength gin was seen as a societal ill.

And yet now 5% beer is considered a minimum, and more often than not people are imbibing 8% double IPAs or the like.

I wish to return to that simpler time of lower alcohol beer, but I don't believe there is a single brewery in the USA that makes beer of such low ABV. The lowest I'm aware of is Lowercase Brewing in Seattle which makes a 2.6% abv pilsner.

But in Europe these low alcohol beers are still alive and well. KB Hvidtøl for instance is a Danish beer that has been being brewed the same way for hundreds of years. It's 1.7% abv and is an example of that very early sweet nourishing beer that would have been extremely common hundreds of years ago.

I am keen to buy this beer. But how? Should I talk to my local international food store? I am well aware that to make this a worthwhile endeavor I might have to order a whole case of the stuff.

Anyone have any experience with this kind of thing?


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