File this under “things I want to try.” Archaeologist Patrick McGovern with the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has teamed up with Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, Delaware to recreate ancient beer varieties. Anyone up for a field trip to Delaware?
From the article:
Now McGovern is extracting alcoholic beverage ingredients from residue on ancient pottery at archaeological sites worldwide and studying references in documents. He has been resurrecting beers and beverages that had been forgotten.
“He detected traces of various ingredients left by the drinks – including barley, honey, herbs and spices – using a number of methods including liquid chromatography, gas chromatography and mass spectrometry,” says an article the DailyMail.co.uk.
I find it fascinating that an archaeologist can even determine the ingredients in beer thousands of years old, much less recreate them. The article even says he thinks he may be able to recreate a beer that’s 16,000 years old. What a fun and unique area of research! Be sure to read the article, especially since it’s Super Bowl Sunday and probably incredible amounts of beer will be consumed all over the U.S.