Monday, June 10, 2019

Resurrecting ancient Israelite beer

TECHNOLOGY WATCH: 5,000-year-old yeast is being used by Israeli scientists to brew a pretty good beer (Marcy Oster, JTA).

Over the years, I have noted various efforts to reconstruct ancient Israelite and Near Eastern beer and wine. But this takes it to the next level. The scientists used archaeologically recovered ancient yeast to brew the beer. It came from various sites in Israel dating from the fourth millennium BCE to the fourth century BCE. It's hard to get more authentic than that!

Be sure and follow the link at the end of the JTA article to read the scientific article on which it is based.

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