Step aside with your claims to long legacies, craft breweries! This reconstructed beer recipe is over 5,000 years old. It’s the earliest beer recipe—and the earliest known use of barley—in China.
Archaeologists at Stanford University, while digging along China’s Wei River, made an intriguing discovery: A marvelously complete set of brewing equipment. And at the bottom of that equipment was something even more wonderful: Residue from the drink it once brewed.
Tubers…freaking Tubers… And it still tastes better than Bud lite.
Along a similar line, Dogfish Head Brewery had a collaboration with a biomolecular archaeologist who was able to reverse engineer an ancient Chinese beer from residue in pottery from the Jiahu culture. The beer is about 9000 years old, making it one of the oldest (if not the oldest) known beers in the world. If you have a local Dogfish Head Brewery distributor, you can buy bottles of this “Chateau Jiahu”, the modern recreation of a 9,000 year old beer and try it out.