World's Oldest Drinkable Beer to Return From the Dead

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A selection of beers from Cistmontane--if the Big One ever hits, and we all go to kingdom come, will the next race of humanoids reconstitute their exquisite brews?

You know, you gotta love humanity and its pleasure/curiosity impulse. When British archeologists found pornographic artifacts in Greece, Rome and other places, more than a few of them went into personal collections, and most of the rest went into "private" rooms at museums, the better to let Victorians get their jollies.

So when the Finnish government heard divers found the world's oldest drinkable beer off the coast of the autonomous Aland Islands, what did they decide to do? Commission a scientific study to re-brew the beer.

The BBC has the full story, and the awesome--and given the tendencies I described earlier--totally rational revelation that a group of beer drinkers slugged down the brewskis, which the scientists think date back to the early 19th century. "They said that it did taste very old, which is no surprise, with some burnt notes," a scientist told the Beeb. "But it was quite acidic--which could mean there's been some fermenting going on in the bottle, and with time, it's become acid."

Fermentation in a container filled with hops yeast and bacteria? You think?

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Check out Dogfish Heads Brewery's King Midas brew!! Awesome beer recipe that was found on the inside the tomb of King Midas!


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Aland beer, new name for the beer?

pat Dogfish Head Brewery has been working with a "molecular archeologist" and recreating ancient beers for over a decade. Hopefully this will start a local brewery revolution in Finland.

And hops aren't what ferments, the sugars from malted barley are what yeast and bacteria eat to poop out CO2 and alcohol. MMMmmm yeast poop


See, I don't drink beer, but even I knew what you just said. Blame this writer's reliance on too much bourbon last night...strike-through and correction to come!

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