Working with scientists from the Leuven Institute for Beer Research (which is apparently a real institute and should hire me), the Stallhagen brewery in Finland has successfully recreated a beer from intact bottles found aboard a 1842 shipwreck. Me? I drank a case of Coors Banquet Beers last night and passed out under a friend's pool table. WITH my shoes on, so I assume there's a penis drawn on my forehead right now, but the looks I was getting from people on the bus were pretty chill, so it could go either way.
"Based on the micro-organisms in the bottles, we were able to figure out which type of yeast and bacteria were used by the beer's 19th-century brewers. This information allowed us to trace the beer back to Belgium," said De Rouck.
With an alcohol content of 4.7%, the beer is much sweeter than modern brews because of the way the malt was produced.
"This beer is absolutely delicious and offers consumers a taste of history," said Stallhagen CEO Jan Wennström. "It's very champagne-like with soft bubbles because of the way it has been made to replicate the original which used very little hops so it's golden yellow with none of the typical bitterness or hops aroma. The taste profile is closer to wine than beer.
The beer comes in two varieties: a collector's edition aimed at connoisseurs for £89 (~$132) a bottle, or the poor-but-not-that-poor-man's version for $9/bottle. I am going to get neither. Not because I don't want to try them, but because my local beer store has Colt 45 forties on sale for $2.19, and that's the fiscally responsible choice. "Or you could just not drink anything and save all your money." What the -- did you suffer some sort of head trauma recently?
Thanks to Mr. cloud, who once drank an unopened beer he found in a grocery store parking lot. Mmmm, free beer is the best beer.