The Smithsonian National Museum of American History is looking to appoint a beer historian and scholar on a three-year appointment.
Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn has set aside a beer that it intends to age for a century before drinking, having encased it in a time capsule not to be opened for 100 years. Alan Richardson Dundee, Pix-AR.co.ukInnis and Gunn Inveralmond Brewery Perth time capsuleMatured in American Bourbon casks, only 8,000 bottles of the brewer’s limited edition 7.7% abv ‘Vintage’ beer were produced for sale. Most have already been snapped up by beer fans, however one has been placed in a time capsule with instructions for it to be opened in 2116, as part of an experiment to test its ageing capabilities.
“It virtually sealed everything in, there was no oxygen getting in and it was completely intact,” Mike Nash, a marine archaeologist who salvaged the wreck, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
David Thurrowgood, a chemist-turned-conservator, came across the beer bottles salvaged from the wreck nearly two years ago in storage at a Tasmanian museum, and wondered if the centuries-old liquid could still contain real yeast.
“At that point I was getting really excited,” Mr Thurrowgood told ABC. “That gave us a chance to possibly have access to the oldest beer in the world. I thought we might be able to culture that yeast and recreate beer that hasn’t been on the planet for 220 years.”
The vessels, in various forms which suggests they had different uses in the production of the beer, date to a Neolithic period of Chinese history and a culture known as ‘Yangshao’, which existed in the area around the Yellow River in the modern provinces of Shaanxi, Henan and Shanxi.The discovery is the first known evidence of beer production in China and is also the earliest-known evidence of barley use, which also means the crop appeared in the area 1,000 years earlier than previous estimates had placed it.