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A bottle of Svagdricka

Svagdricka, literally weak drink in Swedish, is a form of sweet, dark, low-alcohol (less than 2.25% ABV) malt beverage or small ale. In the early 20th century, there were local producers of svagdricka all over Sweden, but in recent decades its popularity has dwindled.[1] It is top fermented, unpasteurized and resembles Russian kvass. It is one of the two old Swedish brews that has survived into modern times, the other one being gotlandsdricka.[2] There are only a few manufacturers left and their production volumes display great seasonal fluctuation with peaks around Christmas and Easter when it is consumed with traditional Swedish food.[3]


  1. ^ "Svagdricka". (in Swedish). Nationalencyklopedin. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Oliver, Garret; Colicchio, Tom, eds. (2011). The Oxford Companion to Beer. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 778. ISBN 0-19-536713-8. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Axelsson, Rune B. (5 July 1992). "Här lever bryggartraditionen. Svagdricka allmogens dryck vid skörd och fest." [Theis is where the traditional brewing lives on. Svagdricka, the brew for the common people during harvest and feasts]. (in Swedish). Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 1 February 2015.