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Dr. Pat’s New Biblical Beer Hits the Big Screen

October 20, 2010

Okay, so it hit the tiny youtube screen, but we like that even better.

Dr. Pat McGovernDr. Patrick McGovern, has the tongue-tying title of Scientific Director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. (It’s just nice to see “fermented beverages” and “health” all in one title.) In the popular imagination, he is known as the “Indiana Jones of Ancient Ales, Wines, and Extreme Beverages.”

Midas Touch BeerFor several years now, he has partnered with the dashing Dogfish Head brewer Sam Calagione to recreate several ancient recipes of fermented beverages including his most famous Midas Touch.

Last week, a crew from the Discovery Channel came to the Museum to film Pat talk about an ancient Egyptian ale that he is currently researching.

He is featured in this short film “Burton Baton and the Legend of the Ancient Ale,” which won first at the Off-Centered Film Festival in Austin, Texas. See if you can spot Sam Calagione’s cameo appearance…

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