hist-brewing: Stone Age Beer tastes like Shit
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Thu Sep 6 13:48:17 PDT 2001
In a message dated 9/5/01 5:53:56 PM Central Daylight Time,
ptuger at bellsouth.net writes:
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> © 2001 Independent Digital (UK) Ltd
> 05 September 2001 23:48 GMT+1
> 5,000-year-old pub found on Orkney served real dung ale
> By Kath Gourlay
> 02 September 2001
> It tastes like what? Real ale fans in Orkney will take authenticity to its
> furthest extreme today by supping "stone-age" beer flavoured with dung.
> The neolithic ale has been scientifically recreated, complete with
> farmyard flavours, after historians discovered what they claim is a
> old pub and brewery on the islands.
> Now hard-drinking Orcadians have been invited to put their brewing
> to the test – in the full knowledge it has been manufactured in clay pots
> bearing the traces of baked animal droppings.
> Merryn Dineley, a historian from Manchester University and chief brewer of
> the ancient liquor, insists that the dung is an essential component of the
> original flavour.
> "It's quite delicious, actually," she claims, hoping that visitors to this
> weekend's Orkney Science Fair will agree. There's no escaping the dung, but
> she has at least removed the deadly nightshade, henbane and hemlock found
> the original recipe.
> Islander Andrew Appleby is one of the few to have sampled the stone-age
> "It's definitely potent – no mistake about that – not to be served in
> mugs," he commented. "Not unless you want a free colonic irrigation
> afterwards. So long as you don't expect it to resemble modern ales it is
> Mr Appleby is a commercial potter who regularly makes "grooved ware" pots
> the authentic stone-age way, fired in an outdoor kiln made from cow dung
> reeds. The dung is routinely burned onto the resulting pots – the more the
> Ms Dineley concluded there had been a brewery at Skara Brae in Orkney,
> Britain's best preserved neolithic village, after examining stone-lined
> drains running under some of the houses, along with evidence of a kiln for
> malting grain. Traces of cereal-based fermented alcohol have been found on
> nearby site.
> "There's no doubt these neolithic people were fermenting alcohol from
> she said. "In fact I think they were making barley malt for brewing before
> they thought about grinding up grain for bread."
Having a wonderful wine. Wish you were beer.
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