An Evening of Talks, Tutored Tastings, and a Book signing with Penn Museum’s Patrick McGovern and Dogfish Head Brewery’s Sam Calagione, Thursday, 08 October 2009 at 6pm

Event Includes All Three of the Re-Created Ancient Ales from Dogfish Head--Midas Touch, Chateau Jiahu, and Theobroma—Plus a Surprise Beverage

PHILADELPHIA, PA—Patrick McGovern, biomolecular archaeologist at the Penn Museum and the leading authority on ancient fermented beverages, and Sam Calagione, Founder and President of Dogfish Head Brewery, team up to talk about how ancient ales and extreme beverages are discovered and brought back to life.  The event is Uncorking the Past: Ancient Ales, Wines, and Extreme Beverages, an evening of talks, tastings, and a book signing, Thursday, 08 October 2009 at 6pm at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia.

Tickets to the special program can be purchased online.  Advance tickets to the special program are $60; $45 for Penn Museum members.  Tickets at the door, based on availability, are $75.  Guests must be at least 21 years old to attend.

Following a trail of archaeological and chemical clues around the world and through the millennia, Patrick McGovern, Scientific Director of the Museum's Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory, tells the story of humanity's ingenious, intoxicating quest for the perfect drink. Whether mind-altering, medicinal, a religious symbol, a social lubricant, or artistic inspiration, fermented beverages have been a profound force in history.  Sam Calagione, Founder and President of Dogfish Head Brewery, follows up by describing the "brave new world" of re-creating these ancient beverages.

At the reception, guests will have the opportunity to taste award-winning Dogfish Head Brewery recreations, including Midas Touch, Chateau Jiahu, Theobroma, and Pangaea, as well as Dock Street Brewery's sorghum Sudan Grass, and Williams Brothers Brewing Company's Fraoch Heather Ale and Alba Scots Pine Ale.  There will be wine offerings from Alaham Beverages Company: Domaine de Gianaclis Ayam (white and red), and Aida Sparkling Rosé, as well as Egyptian International Beverage Company's Jardin du Nil (white and red). Complementary international hors d'oeuvres accompany the beverages.

Uncorking the Past: The Quest for Wine, Beer, and Other Alcoholic Beverages (Berkeley: University of California Press) at the reception.

More information about Dr. McGovern’s groundbreaking research into the origins and history of alcoholic beverages is available online.

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage.

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Caption: Patrick McGovern and Sam Calagione, featured at the Penn Museum's Thursday, October 8th event, Uncorking the Past: Ancient Ales, Wines and Extreme Beverages, seen here brewing up a new corn Chicha at the Rehoboth Beach brewpub, August 2009.  Photo courtesy Dogfish Head Brewery.



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