Old Beer May Spawn New Life

Recently, I posted on Fossil Fuels Brewing Co. who have been creating new craft beers with prehistoric, 45 million-year-old yeast. To me, this is a feat unlike any other. Raul Cano of Fossil Fuels, however, isn’t the only one brewing from the past.

Last summer, five bottles of beer from the 19th century were pulled from a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea. Now, according to usatoday.com, scientists plan to analyze the beer to figure out just what ingredients were used to brew it.

Baltic Sea Shipwreck Beer
Photo credit: Antti Aimo-Koivisto via AP

As per the article, the two-masted ship sank sometime in the first half of the 1800s while on a voyage between Copenhagen and St. Petersburg. To date, the beer found is one of the oldest preserved beers ever found. Along with the five bottles of beer, over a hundred bottles of champagne were also found in tact.

“It is very interesting to find out what kind of yeast was used in beer brewing in the early 1800s, and what the beer’s quality was like,” Annika Wilhelmson of VTT said. “Was it perhaps very strong and bitter? The role of yeast in beer brewing was not yet fully understood in the early 1800s.”

Cheers to the future and beers of brewing’s past.


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