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Drink of the Dead: Brewery Makes Beer Based on 2,500 Year Old Grave Alcohol

Drink of the Dead: Brewery Makes Beer Based on 2,500 Year Old Grave Alcohol

Brewmasters are always looking for unique things to put in their beer. It's all part of the marketing machine to stand out from other breweries making (essentially) the same beer.

They'll add flowers, pieces of facial hair, bull nuts, even bottling it in a dead animal.

The Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee has joined forces with a local archeologist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to recreate a beer recipe from a vat of alcohol discovered in a 2,500 year old grave plot in Germany.

While on a dig the local archeology team unearthed a cauldron that had the remains of an alcohol that was brewed and buried with the inhabitant of the Iron Age grave.

The cauldron actually still had 14 liters of the hooch left, so the archeology team had a paleobotanist break the ingredients down for the Lakefront Brewery to concoct their own recipe based on 4 simple ingredients: honey, barley, mint and meadowsweet.

Lakefront doesn't plan on selling or bottling this ancient brew, but it's a pretty cool story nonetheless.

Source: NPR

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