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Not a rickroll, we swear: Pop star Astley to make Danish beer

English singer Rick Astley is best known for his 1987 hit song ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ but maybe someday he’ll be remembered for his beer.

Not a rickroll, we swear: Pop star Astley to make Danish beer
Astley performing in Copenhagen in 2009. Photo: Michael Alø-Nielsen/Flickr
The 50-year-old pop star is teaming up with the Danish brewers at Mikkeller to make his own signature beer.
 
Astley told Daily Mail's Weekend magazine that he’s working on a fruity pilsner lager with the Copenhagen-based brewery, which has in just a few short years become one of the hottest names in the international craft beer market. 
 
“I enjoy a beer with friends and I'm hoping to sell my own brand soon,” he told Weekend. 
 
“I've been working with the Mikkeller brewery in Copenhagen, which was founded ten years ago by a teacher who made his own beer at home,” he added, referring to Mikkeller founder Mikkel Borg Bjergsø. 
 
Astley said that the brewery has been sending him various beers to sample as they work on their collaboration. 
 
“Some are quite fruity – one was a pear beer they make for a restaurant, but we've gone for a pilsner type lager,” he said. 
 
From the sound of it, the beer could be at your nearest hipster bar sooner than you’d think as Astley told Weekend that “all I need now is a name for it.”
 
The Astley connection may not be as completely random as it sounds. He’s married to a Dane and the couple’s daughter is currently studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. 
 
Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, which for the past decade or so has been best known for the pranksters’ art of ‘rickrolling’, was the number one song in 25 countries. He’s gone on to sell around 40 million records worldwide. 
 
 
 
 

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Divers find 500-year-old Danish beer barrels in Swedish wreck

Divers excavating the wreck of a medieval warship off the coast of Sweden have found barrels they believe may hold traces of 500-year-old Danish beer.

Divers find 500-year-old Danish beer barrels in Swedish wreck
The beer barrels had been branded with the letter 'A'. Photo: Brett Seymour
The Gribshunden, or Griffen, the flagship of King John of Denmark, sank in 1495 off the coast of Ronneby, southeastern Sweden, while on the way for talks with Swedish separatist forces int he city of Kalmar. 
 
“It's what we would expect but I still think it's quite fun because it gives us an insight to the life on board,” Johan Rönnby, an archeologist from Södertörn University outside Stockholm, told The Local. 
 
“We haven't taken any samples, so we can't 100 percent say that it is beer, but it is most likely that it would be beer on a ship, as water was not that healthy to drink.” 
 
The suspected beer barrels are marked with the letter 'A' and fitted with two stoppers on the lid, which would have enabled easy pouring. 
 
Rönnby's colleague Brendan Foley, a researcher from Lund University, said that the team were currently taking samples from the barrels to determine their contents. 
 
“We're taking sediment samples now and hoping we're going to find DNA evidence of hops,” he said. 
 
“What we're doing is getting a look at not just what the men on the ship were drinking but what King John was taking to Kalmar to impress Sten Sture the Elder.” 
 
Sten Sture the Elder had led Swedish separatist forces to victory against royal unionist forces at the Battle of Brunkeberg in 1471, after which he had become effective ruler of Sweden. 
 
The excavation of the Gribshunden, which is being part-funded by the Lund-based Crafoord Foundation, involves 40 researchers from 10 countries. 
 
The researchers announced the discovery with a press release on Friday. 
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