Drinking Archaeology

The study of biomolecular archaeology has never been so cool. It’s products: ancient beer re-created for the modern masses. Check it out:

Those are the beers. Here is the man who created them:

His photo links to the event, “Uncorking the Past: Ancient Ales, Wines, and Extreme Beverages” hosted by the Getty Villa on June 4, 2011 at 5pm.

The event begins with a lecture “illustrat[ing] the biomolecular archaeological approach by describing the discovery of the most ancient, chemically-attested alcoholic beverage in the world, dating back to about 7000 B.C.” This drink is from China, and is recreated by Dogfish Head as “Chateau Jiahu.”  The event ends with tastings of the three brews listed above.  Free beer! Almost- the event costs $25. I am certainly going to make my very best attempt to attend. See you there!

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