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Ancient Alcohol After Hours

Tour and Beer Tasting Presented in Partnership with Philly Loves Beer

Friday, August 28, 2020 |
8:00PM - 10:00PM ET

This is a virtual event.
Ancient Alcohol After Hours


Virtual Event - Penn Museum


Back by popular demand! This virtual tour and beer tasting will uncover the culture of drinking in the ancient world in conjunction with modern day brewing techniques. There’s beer that you should buy to go along with the tour—see below. Cheers!

Drinking together has been a tradition for thousands of years, and we aren’t going to let a pandemic stop us! Put the kids to bed, log on, grab a drink, and let us be your designated driver as you virtually explore how our ancestors partied like it was 5000 BCE. And don’t you worry, your tour guide Dr. Olivia Hayden and our resident Beer Scientist Dr. Matt Farber will be available to answer your history and beer related questions along the way!

Check out one of the most popular ancient Greek drinking games (you should definitely try this at home), zoom in on one of the world’s oldest wine jars, learn about a Mesopotamian queen who drank her beer out of a straw, and learn all about the science that went into recreating the beverage served at the funerary feast hosted by King Midas.

$10 Adult

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This tour and beer tasting will be led by a mix of both history and beer experts!

Dr. Olivia Hayden will be your virtual tour guide and resident archaeologist for the evening. She has worked on archaeological excavations in Israel, Greece and Penn's excavations in Turkey at Gordion (where the residue for Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch was found!).

Jason Perkins, Brewmaster at Allagash Brewing Company, will join us from the brewery to discuss some of their unique brewing techniques that utilize old Italian wine jars, discuss why they chose to brew with this method, and give us a peek into their unique brewing style.

Dr. Matthew Farber, Assistant Professor of Biology and Director of the Brewing Science Program at the University of the Sciences, will join us to talk about modern brewing practices, how they have been influenced by our ancient ancestors, and why we no longer drink our beer through a straw.

Don’t forget to buy your beer and drink along with us!

We encourage all of our 21+ friends to drink along with us! Philly Loves Beer has chosen a curated six-pack that pairs perfectly with this tour. Stay tuned for this beer to be posted soon! We will help to guide you along in this virtual beer tasting, don’t worry.

The beer pairing for this tour includes

  • Light-bodied, low ABV beer. Blonde, Session, Pale Ale
    Always Ready: 4.8% ABV NE Pale Ale by Cape May Brewing Co.  OR  Life Coach, 4.2% ABV Session IPA by Conshohocken Brewing Co. ** Local PA brewery, low ABV **
  • Go Big! Double IPA, Belgian Tripel
    Tripel Karmeliet, 8.4% ABV Belgian Tripel by Brouwerij Bosteels  OR Up, Up & Away, 8.0% ABV, NE Double IPA, 2SP Brewing Co. 
  • Low ABV, but filling! Guinness, Dry Stout 
    Love Stout, 5.5% ABV Stout by Yards Brewing Co. OR Guinness 4.2% ABV Dry Irish Stout
  • German Style. Oktoberfest, Marzen, Lager
    Oktoberfest 6.1% ABV German-style Lager by Sly Fox Beer OR Spaten Oktoberfestbier 5.9% ABV Marzen
  • Fruited Beer. Kriek, Gose
    Kriek, 6.9% ABV Foudre and barrel-aged sour ale w/ fruit by Free Will Brewing Co. OR Two Lights by Allagash Brewing Co.
  • Midas Touch
    Midas Touch by Dogfish Head Brewing Co. 

Live in the Philadelphia area? Philly Loves Beer did the work for you and partnered up with local bottle shops to be sure your curated six-pack is in stock! Pick up or have your Penn Museum “Ancient Alcohol After Hours” six-pack delivered prior to the date of the tour! These beers are sure to sell out at your neighborhood bottle shop, so make sure you get them in advance!

Participating bottle shops include

Not able to make it to one of the shops listed above? Please consider purchasing these brews from a local brewery near you!

$10 Adult

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Presented in partnership with Philly Loves Beer