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9,000-Year-Old Beer Recipe Unearthed, Re-Brewed

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The Delaware-based Dogfish Head brewery is known for interpreting and resurrecting ancient alcoholic beverages -- one of which is a copy of 2,700-year-old recipe found in King Midas' tomb. But NPR has reported the primordial elixir folks have unearthed a 9,000-year-old concoction from a Chinese burial site. Assisted by a doctor of biomolecular archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, Dogfish Head analyzed the remnants of the drink within pottery relics -- alongside skeletons of prehistoric revelers. NPR writes:

The molecular evidence told McGovern the vessels from China once contained an alcoholic beverage made of rice, grapes, hawthorn berries, honey and chrysanthemum flowers.

"What we found is something that was turning up all over the world from these early periods," he says. "We don't have just a wine or a beer or a mead, but we have like a combination of all three."

The flavor Chateau Jiahu was created and will be brewed for about 3,000 cases. And for $13 a wine-sized bottle, it's not a bad price to have a taste of "the oldest-known fermented recipe in the history of mankind."

Now there's just the matter of designing the perfect glass for optimal taste.
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