littlek
 
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Reply Tue 9 Jun, 2009 06:09 pm
Beer Flash! From Scientific American, no less!
(I hope I run into one of those Theobroma!)

9,000-year-old brew hitting the shelves this summer

This summer, how would you like to lean back in your lawn chair and toss back a brew made from what may be the world’s oldest recipe for beer? 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.

University of Pennsylvania molecular archaeologist Patrick McGovern 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. Soon after, McGovern called on Sam Calagione at the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Del., to do the ancient recipe justice. Later this month, you can give it a try when a new batch hits shelves across the country. The Beer Babe blog was impressed, writing that it is “very smooth,” and “not overly sweet.”

But that’s not the only strange brew Dogfish is shipping out this summer. Next week, the brewery will be bottling up the first large batch of Sah’tea for the general public"a modern update on a ninth-century Finnish beverage. In the fall, The New Yorker documented the intricate research and preparation that went into making the beer, which was first offered on tap at the brewery in May. 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. Reviewers at the BeerAdvocate universally praised Sah'tea, comparing it to a fruity hefeweizen. One user munched on calamari as he downed a pint and described the combo as “a near euphoric experience."

And Dogfish is also bringing back one of their more unusual forays into alcohol-infused time travel. Called Theobroma, this cocoa-based brew was hatched from a chemical analysis of 3,200-year-old pottery fragments from the Cradle of Chocolate, the Ulua Valley in Honduras. Archaeologist John Henderson at Cornell University first described the beverage in 2007 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, pushing the first use of the chocolate plant back by 600 years. Dogfish first sold Theobroma in May 2008, and the next batch"made from a blend of cocoa, honey, chilies, and annatto"will be on shelves and in taps in July. The chocolate beer was apparently too sweet for Evan at The Full Pint, who writes that it contained “a ton and a half of sugary sweetness” with “an insane amount of gooeyness left behind on the roof of your mouth."

http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/60-second-science/post.cfm?id=9000-year-old-brew-hitting-the-shel-2009-06-05&sc=WR_20090609
panzade
 
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Reply Tue 9 Jun, 2009 06:11 pm
@littlek,
I got my beer goggles on...I'm ready k Shocked
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littlek
 
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Reply Tue 9 Jun, 2009 06:22 pm
I love this brewery. This new collection is great as it has one beer from Northern Europe, one from China, and one from South America!
Thomas
 
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Reply Tue 9 Jun, 2009 08:43 pm
@littlek,
I'm interested -- anything to advance science!
spendius
 
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Reply Wed 10 Jun, 2009 03:22 pm
@Thomas,
It's all a gimmick. What you want is John Smith's Extra Smooth. No nonsense beer.
panzade
 
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Reply Wed 10 Jun, 2009 03:26 pm
@spendius,
don't sell it here...I picked up a 4 pack of Wexford's Irish style creme ale....hopin for the best
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Ticomaya
 
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Reply Wed 10 Jun, 2009 05:26 pm
@spendius,
spendius wrote:
It's all a gimmick. What you want is John Smith's Extra Smooth. No nonsense beer.

Schlitz is a no nonsense beer, but that doesn't mean it's drinkable.
panzade
 
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Reply Wed 10 Jun, 2009 05:37 pm
@spendius,
C+ / 3.1
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 3.5
rDev: -2.9%

Pours quite dark copper but clear, and with the classic cascading effect from the nitro can. No lacing

Smell was effected by the can I think unfortunately. The beer itself smelled like buttered biscuits and very faintly of some English hops

Taste is dominated by malt characteristics. Bready, creamy butter. Nicely dry and a pretty refreshing bitter finish

The head is very dense and creamy, and the body is pretty thin with a low, soft carbonation. Pretty standard for an EPA.

Serving type: nitro-can

Reviewed on: 05-26-2009 08:58:47
Ticomaya
 
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Reply Wed 10 Jun, 2009 09:09 pm
@panzade,
They both get a C+ at beer advocate. (Schlitz and John Smith's)
panzade
 
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Reply Wed 10 Jun, 2009 09:25 pm
@Ticomaya,
imagine that!
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George
 
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Reply Thu 11 Jun, 2009 06:57 am
@Ticomaya,
Quote:
Schlitz is a no nonsense beer, but that doesn't mean it's drinkable.

But . . . but . . . but . . .
IT MADE MILWAUKEE FAMOUS!!!





That's a good thing, isn't it?
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panzade
 
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Reply Mon 15 Jun, 2009 05:39 pm
Picked up a sampler 12 pack of Wild Goose beer in the liquor store. Says it's brewed in Fredrick Maryland with a Chesepeake brew taste.
Tried the India Pale Ale first and it was pretty good
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sublime1
 
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Reply Wed 2 Feb, 2011 12:41 pm
Any home brewers out there? I just took that step and am on my second batch of extract brewing. Any tips or insights welcome.
panzade
 
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Reply Wed 2 Feb, 2011 03:42 pm
@sublime1,
Jeepers. I've been waiting for another sublime1 beer post for 2 years.
farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 2 Feb, 2011 03:53 pm
@sublime1,
Ive tried some of that Woodchuck Hard cider. Its very good and they have several styles ffrom a spicy (not too good) to a tangy yet "beery" granny smith brew.
I dont even drink and Ill have one of these every few weeks to challenge my resolve of abstinence.
sublime1
 
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Reply Wed 2 Feb, 2011 05:15 pm
@panzade,
Been seeing some old familiar A2K faces popping up on facebook so came back to look around a bit.

On beer: If at all possible get Hopslam from Bells brewery. Only available a couple months a year and is quite possibly the best beer I have ever had.
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Wed 2 Feb, 2011 05:42 pm
@sublime1,
My gawd sublime, where have you been? Still have your summer house in
the woods?
spendius
 
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Reply Wed 2 Feb, 2011 05:50 pm
@farmerman,
Quote:
I dont even drink and Ill have one of these every few weeks to challenge my resolve of abstinence.


That's no test fm. Try a bottle of red-eye.

It's like one of those "test your strength" machines that registers "MUSCULAR" for average dudes to get them to keep feeding the slot. Dudes who believe it only has to be asserted to be a fact.
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Wed 2 Feb, 2011 05:55 pm
@spendius,
I have no idea what you just said, spendi.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 2 Feb, 2011 05:58 pm
@sublime1,
Sublime, so terrif to see you.
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