Turns out cooking from historical recipes isn’t the only way to play with food and history. There’s a new trend brewing in the alcoholic beverage world (sorry, couldn’t resist).
Cleveland’s Great Lakes Brewing Company, maker of some of the best craft beers around (not like I’m biased), is now working with archaeologists from the University of Chicago to replicate 5,000-year-old Sumerian beer. Hoping to discover what the first beer in the world tasted like, the Great Lakes brewery is using Sumerian hymns and other cuneiform texts supplied by the archaeological team to brew their concoction. The archaeologists also help the brewery use the appropriate equipment, like clay pots and wooden spoons. Unfortunately, Great Lakes doesn’t plan on selling the results to the public…but it doesn’t sound like Sumerian beer would appeal to modern tastes. Sour, warm, with a distinct vinegar flavor? Not what I like in my beer.
- Find out first-hand what ancestral brews were like
- Try out slower brewing methods that produce small-batch beverages
- Recall our nation’s history (however unsavory it may have been)
- Play around with ancient ingredients, like cardamom, honey, and dates
What do you think? Would you ever try Sumerian beer or colonial rum?
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YES. Holy crap, YES.
Dude, get a coaster. You should be ashamed of yourself.
I know, I know. You keep me honest.
Coasters killed my family.
How interesting! I'm going to have to show this to my husband…he does a lot of homebrewing.