One of the great beer marketing gimmicks (I mean tools) used lately involves "born on dating" or anything to do with checking for "freshness." Well, how would you like to throw back a 9,000 year old beer (at least a brew made from what may be the world’s oldest recipe for beer)?
Well, thanks to our friends at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Del. (Okay, I've never met them, but after visiting their web site, I feel as if we're best friends), -- and University of Pennsylvania molecular archaeologist Patrick McGovern -- you can now enjoy a beer brewed from a 9,000 year old Chinese recipe.
It seems that old Patrick first described the beverage in 2005 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences based on chemical traces from pottery in the Neolithic village of Jiahu in Northern China (and who says that scientist don't know how to have fun?). Soon after, McGovern called on Sam Calagione at the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Del., to do the ancient recipe justice. Called Chateau Jiahu, this blend of rice, honey and fruit was intoxicating Chinese villagers 9,000 years ago—long before grape wine had its start in Mesopotamia.
If you've not met Dogfish, you should check 'em out at www.dogfish.com
Off-centered ales, for off-centered people ... that's what we do here at Dogfish Head! Whether it's weird ingredients, super-strong extreme beers, or crazy, made-up styles, you can be sure that a beer from Dogfish will challenge your perceptions of what beer is supposed to be!
A few other off the wall (or shelf) Dogfish brews coming to you this summer:
The first large batch of Sah’tea for the general public—a modern update on a ninth-century Finnish beverage. In short, brewmasters carmelize wort on white hot river rocks, ferment it with German Weizen yeast, then toss on Finnish berries and a blend of spices to jazz up this rye-based beverage.
And Dogfish is also bringing back something called Theobroma. This is a cocoa-based brew theat was hatched from a chemical analysis of 3,200-year-old pottery fragments from the Cradle of Chocolate, the Ulua Valley in Honduras —made from a blend of cocoa, honey, chilies, and annatto.
Sir Bowie "off to find an off-centered ale" of Greenbriar