The Beer Archaeologist
The Smithsonian features an absolutely fantastic article about Patrick McGovern, (referred as the Beer Archaelogist), a scholar who has unearthed about 3000 year old Beer recipes by analyzing residues in ancient pottery.
“Dr. Pat,” as he’s known at Dogfish Head, is the world’s foremost expert on ancient fermented beverages, and he cracks long-forgotten recipes with chemistry, scouring ancient kegs and bottles for residue samples to scrutinize in the lab. He has identified the world’s oldest known barley beer (from Iran’s Zagros Mountains, dating to 3400 B.C.), the oldest grape wine (also from the Zagros, circa 5400 B.C.) and the earliest known booze of any kind, a Neolithic grog from China’s Yellow River Valley brewed some 9,000 years ago.
The ancients were liable to spike their drinks with all sorts of unpredictable stuff—olive oil, bog myrtle, cheese, meadowsweet, mugwort, carrot, not to mention hallucinogens like hemp and poppy.
Now Dr. Pat is planning with a brewer, Sam Calagione, on making seven kegs of the experimental beverage in the New York City.
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